Head of School

Dear HNMCS Community:

Congratulations to our graduates of 2021! What an extraordinary group of young women. From hybrid learning to learn from home and back again, this has been no ordinary year. We are so proud of the girls and their open communication during the process to solidify their graduation plans. We know they are off to a great start as they enter the next phase of their journey and we look forward to welcoming them back on campus in the near future. Good luck, stay safe and stay in touch!

On May 5, 2021, the Government of Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals ages 12 and older. This vaccine has been shown to be both safe and effective for this age group. This is incredible news for HNMCS, and I know that many of our students have already been vaccinated.

As you know, widespread vaccination is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, building immunity in Ontario and protecting school communities. As many school situations involve close contact with other students and staff, HNMCS strongly recommends that all students 12 years of age and older be vaccinated.

We are developing our reopening plan for fall 2021 using the following guiding principles:

  • providing a safe and healthy school environment for all students and staff;
  • addressing student learning, mental health and well-being arising from the closure of in-person learning in 2020/2021;
  • working diligently to open HNMCS for in-person delivery of teaching and instruction, five days a week (with learning from home still available);
  • adapting a new creative and innovative timetable focusing on community building and bringing back co-curricular activities safely as permitted.
  • classes outside where possible, as no personal fans are allowed given that we cannot be recirculating unfiltered air - windows will be open and the air filters were upgraded
  • HNMCS’s reopening plan will be informed by Ministry of Education guidance and/or direction regarding health and safety protocols from Peel Public Health for the resumption of in-person learning. We hope these plans will be released to schools in July.

    Our students, parents, faculty and staff have demonstrated extraordinary resilience since the COVID-19 outbreak required everyone involved to embrace new ways of teaching, learning and connecting. With the vaccine rollout now picking up speed, we have reason to expect better days ahead. It is with this spirit of optimism and continued vigilance that HNMCS is making plans for September.

    The new timetable has been carefully crafted to fit the needs of girls learning with appropriate class lengths for age and stage, allowing them to be best prepared for university timetables, all while allowing for the most choice of course options. Girls were consulted about class lengths this year and given that some boards have already declared they will stick with quadmester or modified semester classes for the 2021-22 school year, we are really excited by the opportunities that our innovative timetable can bring to teaching and learning alike. We ask that you live this timetable with us and we will be speaking often to the girls and teachers about their experiences with it. (See article on timetable for more information.)

    Please keep a look out for the August email with more information about school opening and Route 2026 - Our Strategic Plan. Thank you to all who have contributed in many different ways throughout this process. Wishing you a fabulous summer, stay safe and well, remember to continue to follow all protocols as set out by the Government, and we look forward to seeing you in September.

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    Carrie Hughes-Grant
    Head of School


    Welcome to the Head of School blog - enCOURAGE. The name comes from the core values and our vision statement that aspire to support our girls to stand up for their convictions. By examining four themes - faith, teachers, the head of school position, and our girls, enCOURAGE communicates how we at HNMCS help our girls live our values.

    MAR. 18, 2021: CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE

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    FEB. 28, 2021: COVID SILVER LININGS

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    JAN. 27, 2021: CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF FAILURE

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    JAN. 05, 2021: FROM STEM TO STREAM

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    Dec. 1, 2020: A Culture of Learning

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    Nov. 12, 2020: WHY A VALUES BASED EDUCATION MATTERS

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    OCT. 26, 2020: Transformation

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    Oct. 8, 2020: Changing Properties of the Rock

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    Sep. 24, 2020: What Rock?

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    Sep. 17, 2020: Moving the Rock

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