Family Handbook 2018-19

A handbook for Havergal parents and students, covering the 2018-19 school year.

HAVERGAL COLLEGE  Family Handbook  2018–19

Major School Dates

Date Day


School Event, Holiday, Vacation & Breaks 

September 3


8 am 1 pm

BS Opens BS: New Boarders arrive BS: Returning Boarders arrive

September 4


JS & US Opening

September 29


8:30 am ‑ 1 pm

Celebration Saturday   (compulsory attendance for Grades 4‑12)

October 5


8:30 am 3:30 pm 

JS: Harvest Festival JS & US close: Thanksgiving Holiday

October 8


Thanksgiving Monday: No Classes

October 9


8:15 am

Classes resume

November 6


3:30 pm 6 pm

JS & US close: mid‑term break BS closes: mid‑term break

November 7


JS, US & BS: No classes ‑ Professional Development Day

November 12



BS opens

November 13


8:15 am

Classes resume

December 14


2‑3 pm

JS: JK/SK  Christmas Concert & Reception

December 18


JS: Grades 1‑6 Christmas Concert

December 19


7‑8:30 pm

US & BS: Carol Service at St. Paul’s Bloor Street church

December 20


2:40 pm 6 pm

JS & US close: Christmas holiday BS closes: Christmas holiday

January 6



BS opens

January 7


8:15 am

Classes resume

February 14


3:30 pm 6 pm

JS & US close BS closes for students NOT participating in the BS excursion

February 15


JS, US & BS: No classes ‑ Professional Development Day

February 18



JS, US & BS close: Family Day BS opens for students NOT participating in the BS excursion

BS ‑ Boarding School (Grades 9–12)        US = Upper School (Grades 7–12)        JS = Junior School (JK–Grade 6) 

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Date Day


School Event, Holiday, Vacation & Breaks

February 19


8:15 am

Classes resume

March 8


3:30 pm 6 pm

JS & US close: March Break vacation BS closes: March Break vacation

March 24



BS opens

March 25


8:15 am

Classes resume

April 18


3:30 pm 6 pm

JS & US close: Easter Weekend holiday BS closes

April 19


JS, US & BS Closed: Good Friday

April 22



JS & US Closed: Easter Monday BS opens

April 23


8:15 am

Classes resume

May 17


3:30 pm

JS & US close: Victoria Day Holiday

May 20


Victoria Day Holiday: School Closed

May 21


8: 15 am

Classes resume

May 31


US: Last Day of Classes

June 3


US: First Day of Exams

June 12


4 pm

JS: Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony US: Last Day of Exams

June 14


10:30 am 4 pm

JS: Closing Ceremony US: Exam & final marks shared with students online

June 18


8:30‑10:30 am 10:30 am 11 am

US Final Exam viewing US: Summer vacation begins for Grades 7‑10 US: Grade 11 & 12 Candlelight Service Rehearsal US: Class of 2019 Grad rehearsal BS: Grad Boarder & Grad Boarder Parent Tea BS: Grade 9 & 10 Boarders move out US: Grade 11 & 12 Candlelight Ceremony

1‑2:30 pm 3:30‑5 pm 4 pm 6‑8 pm

June 19


1‑5 pm 6 pm

US: Grade 12: Class of 2019 Graduation & reception BS: Grade 11 & 12 Boarders move out & BS closes

BS ‑ Boarding School (Grades 9–12)        US = Upper School (Grades 7–12)        JS = Junior School (JK–Grade 6) 

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About Havergal

School Rules


Governance and School Leadership


Academic Honesty and Integrity


Junior School (JK‑Grade 6)


The Junior School Day


Upper School (Grades 7‑12)


Junior School Routines


Junior School Directory


The Upper School Day


Upper School Directory


Upper School Routines


Who To Contact When...




Call 416‑483‑3519 (ext. ####) for...


Upper School Awards & Accolades


Parent Involvement


Forum for Change


Havergal Old Girls’ Association (HOGA)


Student Leadership






Day 9




School Uniform




Academic Practices


Private Music Lessons (Optional)


Havergal Celebrations and   Special Events

Final Summative Evaluations   (Grades 7–12)



Havergal Agreements, Policies and   Guidelines

Extended Student Absences







Health, Safety and Student Wellness


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About Havergal 


A dynamic global leader inspiring the pursuit of wisdom and self‑knowledge 


Preparing young women to make a difference  Integrity. Inquiry. Compassion. Courage. 

The Marguerite Daisy 

Allie Gator, the Havergator 

Vitai Lampada Tradens (Passing on the Torch of Life) 

History   “In the spring of 1894, a school for girls at 350 Jarvis Street was about to close its doors, and a  group of men led by The Honourable H. Blake formed an organization for taking over the building  and making it the home of what became Havergal College. The group of men who founded  Havergal College had great faith in the future of Canada and wanted to provide a sound academic  education for their daughters. Being members and strong followers of the Anglican Church of  Canada, they established the continuing policy of having its beliefs and teachings in their school.  Miss Ellen Mary Knox was the First Principal of the school. She was a graduate of Oxford University,  a teacher at Cheltenham Ladies College in England and a devout member of the Church. The school  cared about the education of women long before most women began to take themselves  seriously.”   Havergal College was named for Frances Ridley Havergal, an outstanding woman of the early  Victorian era. A composer, author and humanitarian, her hymns were used by the Church of  England and by non‑conformist religions. These hymns have survived repeated hymnbook revisions  and continue to appear in Anglican, United Church and Presbyterian hymnals.  Ellen Knox, who led the school with vision through its first 30 years (1894 to 1924), often posed the  question to her students:  “What are you going to do?” This principle still lives in Havergal’s mission  statement. For more than a century, Old Girls have answered that challenge to make a difference  by leading and contributing to their professions, to their communities and to the world.  – Catherine Steele 1928, M.A., D.Litt. D.S. Litt.

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Educational Philosophy  An independent day and boarding school dedicated to the education of young women, Havergal  addresses educational needs by creating a learning environment that encourages girls to respond  with vigour and imagination to their world. We believe that a sound academic education is  essential so that students will:  ● discover the excitement of learning;  ● develop their powers of curiosity, reasoning, imagination, resilience and expression;  ● critically assess the cultural, artistic, scientific and moral developments of humankind;  ● take an active role in changing society as intelligent, informed and responsible local and  global citizen;  ● cultivate and leverage the skills required to meet challenges and persevere through difficult  times to achieve their goals;  ● enjoy physical and mental well‑being through exercise, reflection, activity and life‑work  balance.  Havergal students benefit from the many opportunities available to them to pursue their individual  skills, interests, talents and abilities. The school aims to develop the primary virtues of a democratic  society: compassion and concern for others, tolerance for different points of view and an active  sense of public spirit and service.  Havergal Symbols  The school’s symbols include the Havergal crest, comprised of maple leaves, laurel branches, a  torch and a lamp of learning, which symbolizes the school motto of “passing on the torch of life”  (Vitai Lampada Tradens). The marguerite daisy was chosen as the school flower “because it grew so  cheerily wherever its luck found it, and because it looked up so steadily at the light that its heart  was pierced with purest gold, its petals the purest white.”   – First Principal, Ellen Knox

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Havergal Traditions  Havergal has many traditions that have stood the test of time including: Prayers, Founders’ Day,  Celebration Weekend, Carol Service, the House System, Candlelight Ceremony, Grandchildrens’  Party and many more. The school fosters strong ties within its community of students, Old Girls  (graduates), parents, faculty and staff. Old Girls cherish the lifelong friendships and support  network they developed at the school and serve as inspirational role models for Havergal students.  Since 1896, more than 9,000 alumnae have graduated from the school.   House System  The House system forms the basis for cross‑grade community building within the school. It fosters  peer‑to‑peer mentoring and leadership development, as the program is primarily student‑led.  There are 10 Houses, each of which are named in honour of women who have contributed to the  well‑being of Havergal in different but meaningful ways. Some have been Principals of the school,  some have been much‑loved staff members and others have influenced the growth of the school.  Havergal’s House system is an integral part of the school’s organization, with every student (Junior  Kindergarten to Grade 12), Old Girl, staff and faculty member belonging to one of the 10 Houses.  Siblings and daughters of alumnae join the Houses of their relatives. Each girl’s efforts and  achievements in House spirit competitions, athletics, the arts and co‑curricular activities credit her  House toward winning the House Banner for the year.   Prayers is rooted in Havergal’s rich Anglican tradition. Faculty, staff and students gather for Prayers  three times per week in the Junior and Upper School respectively. Prayers creates a shared space  for the Chaplain, students, faculty, staff, Old Girls and invited guests not only to articulate the  school’s spiritual values, but also to make meaningful connections between the kinds of thinking  and learning we do in relation to our community and, more broadly, the world. Prayers prompts  questions, deepens insights and celebrates our community in all its diversity. Students are invited  to reflect on the resonance of the school’s vision, mission and values and how they apply to their  own lives. Major religious festivals of other faiths are also celebrated at Prayers. Attendance at  Prayers is compulsory because it is considered instructional time and, as such, is an academic  requirement. Parents are always welcome to attend Prayers.  Prayers 

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Religious Education 

At Havergal, the development of spiritual and moral values is an essential part of character  development. All students from JK to Grade 8 participate in religious education classes. While our  traditions are Anglican, major religious festivals of other faiths are celebrated and shared. 

Commitment to Diversity  Havergal will foster understanding and respect about the difference in race, ancestry, place of  origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender  expression, age, marital status, family status or disability. These terms shall have the meaning  accorded to them under the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Commitment to Values  ● Integrity: Honesty, dignity, responsibility and respect for others guide our actions.   ● Inquiry: Exploring, respectfully questioning and discovering guide our path of learning.  ● Compassion: We believe that kindness and caring are part of who we are and guide what  we should do.  ● Courage: We are not afraid to question the status quo and be bold and tenacious in our  pursuits and values.  Commitment to Sustainability   The Havergal community will meet its responsibility to contribute to the flourishing of the Earth.  Each member of the school community is a part of the collective responsibility to build awareness  and understanding of sustainable practices and principles and to implement practices and policies  in focus areas including energy efficiency, waste reduction and the procurement and use of  resources. For more information, visit:‑campus/sustainability  Commitment to Philanthropy  Havergal’s long tradition of philanthropic support has spanned generations. Support began with  the founding of Havergal in 1894. The establishment of its present campus in 1926, the addition of  new wings built in 1959, 1977 and 1999 as well as Havergal’s Athletic Centre (built in 2006) and Dr.  Catherine Steele Archives were all made possible through contributions from members of the  Havergal community.  

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Why Is Donating Important?   Each year, we invite members of the Havergal community, including parents, Old Girls, Grade 12  students, staff and friends to donate to our Annual Fund. Everyone who is a member of the  Havergal community is invited to support to the best of their ability. Annual giving is an important  source of financial support for curriculum enrichment, financial assistance, special projects and  many other initiatives that make our academic, athletics, arts and music programs unique.  Each generation of Havergal students has benefited from the generosity of past supporters. By  making an annual gift, donors are advancing our culture of giving and ensuring that our girls have  an enriching experience while at Havergal. Participation is in many ways as important as the  amount given ; a sense of community is strengthened when everyone gives and feels invested in  the school’s mission.  The Annual Giving program is administered by staff in the department of Advancement &  Community Relations. Annual giving packages are mailed each fall. A reminder mailing is delivered  in the spring to those who have not already made a donation. We aim to have 100% participation  from parents.  Did You Know?  ● Tuition covers approximately 90% of the actual cost of a Havergal education.  ● All gifts of $25 or more receive a charitable tax receipt.  ● Havergal’s fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30.  ● All Havergal donors are recognized in our Annual Report.  What Are the Priority Areas?  Where supporters direct their gifts is up to them. Some donors direct their donations toward  specific areas, while others choose the area of greatest need. This year, Havergal’s area of greatest  need is the   Limitless Campaign. 

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Limitless Campaign  Havergal’s current fundraising initiative, the Limitless Campaign, is the school’s most ambitious  fundraising endeavor to date and brings to life our strategic vision of delivering leading programs in  spaces that inspire learning, with a focus on art, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)  music, health and well‑being and environmental sustainability. Our goal is to raise $21 million to  support developments to Havergal’s Junior and Upper Schools and we have surpassed the halfway  mark with just over $11 million donated to the campaign to date.   With construction underway, Havergal is aiming to complete these enhancements to both the  Junior and Upper Schools during the 2019‑20 school year. The Junior School will undergo a  two‑storey addition to the north of the existing building, where new customized classrooms  dedicated to Art, Music and STEM programs will bolster interdisciplinary opportunities.  Reconstructed Junior and Senior Kindergarten classrooms, a renovated gymnasium and a new  dining wing will also significantly change the look and feel of the Junior School. Our Upper School  will experience a three‑storey addition at the rear of the building adjoining the Athletic Centre,  providing redesigned Art studios, innovative technology classrooms, a learning  commons––featuring a three‑storey BioWall––a newly designed quad and a renovated servery.  

This capital campaign can only be realized by the continued investment and support from our  community—parents, grandparents, Old Girls, faculty, staff and friends.  

To learn more or make a gift online, please visit . To view our construction  project in real time, please visit our Upper School and   Junior School  live feeds 

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What Is the Impact of My Gift?  ● Bursary support makes a Havergal education more accessible for qualified students who  could not otherwise afford to attend.  ● Upgraded equipment and quality resources strengthen our Athletics, Arts, Drama and Music  programs.  ● Guest speakers are experts in their fields who can expand the reach of the classroom.  ● Enhanced learning spaces offer more flexible learning environments.  ● Professional development for teachers encourages innovation in the classroom. 

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How Do I Make My Gift?  ● To make a phone donation, call the Advancement Officer, Community Relations at  416‑482‑4707.  ● Click here  to donate online or learn more about different ways of supporting Havergal  College or visit‑to‑give/ .  ● In the fall, you will receive an Annual Giving package with a reply envelope enclosed for  your donation – many of our parents choose to donate through the mailed package.   ● Please note that Havergal’s charitable business number is 11923 7212 RR0001.  The Havergal College Foundation  The Havergal College Foundation oversees the investment of funds raised by the Havergal  community. The Foundation ensures that the assets of The Foundation, together with expected  contributions and income, are invested in a prudent and effective manner. Click here  to learn more  about The Havergal College Foundation.  

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Governance and School Leadership  

Governance  The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall stewardship of Havergal College, setting  broad policy directions through strategic planning and goal setting and ensures the financial  stability of the school. The Board is responsible for appointing the Principal to whom it delegates  authority over the administration of the school and matters of curriculum and staffing. In keeping  with membership requirements of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the Board  oversees the school and remains at arm’s length from the administration.  Senior Leadership Team (SLT)  Members of the Senior Leadership Team assume strategic and operational oversight for different  aspects of the school. The SLT is chaired by the Principal and made up of individuals with  responsibilities for Academics (curricular and co‑curricular program), Admissions, Advancement,  Community Relations, Communications, Marketing, Facilities, Finance, School Life, Operations,  Safety, Student Wellness, Human Resources and Information Technology. The SLT is comprised of  the following members:


Helen‑Kay Davy  Seonaid Davis 

Vice Principal Teaching & Learning

Vice Principal School Life & Student Wellness

Michael Simmonds 

Vice Principal Student Engagement & Experiential Development

Garth Nichols 

Head, Junior School (JK–6)

Kate White

Executive Director of Enrolment Management  Executive Director of Communications & Marketing Executive Director of Advancement & Community Relations

Maggie Houston‑White   Antonietta Mirabelli 

Tony diCosmo 

Executive Director of People & Culture

Catherine Caven Ortved 

Chief Financial Officer Director of Facilities 

Jenna Cowan  Lisa Massie  Keith Townend  

Director of IT 

Executive Assistant to the Principal and Board of Governors

Jill Azis 

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Principal  The Principal provides strategic oversight and leadership to all aspects of Havergal College while  fostering the school’s enduring values: Integrity, Inquiry, Compassion and Courage. As well, the  Principal oversees fiscal and human resources management, fundraising and advancement  initiatives, the development of faculty and staff, short‑ and long‑term facilities planning, local and  global outreach and building relationships within and beyond the Havergal community. The  Principal ensures that Havergal’s vision, mission and values guide and support the school’s strategic  and operational initiatives and welcomes the opportunity to meet with individual parents to  discuss various school‑related topics. The Principal holds faculty and staff accountable for all  aspects of their professional conduct.  The VP Teaching & Learning provides leadership and strategic oversight for academic programming  and Ministry compliance from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Learning support specialists, Junior  School Curriculum Coordinators and Upper School Department Heads work closely with the VP  Teaching & Learning to align the teaching, learning and assessment vision of the school. The VP  Teaching & Learning oversees the professional development of all faculty. The VP consults with  faculty and other school leaders in dealing with serious student discipline and faculty/staff  accountability related issues.  Vice Principal (VP) School Life & Student Wellness  The VP School Life & Student Wellness provides leadership and strategic oversight for the  day‑to‑day operations of the Upper School (Grades 7 to 12), which includes the Boarding School  (Grades 9 to 12). The VP School Life & Student Wellness also works collaboratively with the School  Nurse, Social Worker, Guidance department, Head of Junior School, Head of Middle School and  Head of Boarding School to ensure that students’ social, emotional, health and wellness needs are  addressed from JK to Grade 12. The VP consults with faculty, staff and other school leaders in  dealing with serious student discipline and faculty/staff accountability related issues.  Vice Principal (VP) Teaching & Learning 

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Vice Principal (VP) Student Engagement & Experiential Development  The VP Student Engagement & Experiential Development provides leadership and strategic  oversight for student engagement and leadership opportunities both within and outside the school,  which includes Day 9 Excursion programming. The VP Student Engagement & Experiential  Development oversees the Forum for Change to ensure its mandate is consistent with the school’s  strategic direction. The VP consults with faculty, staff and other school leaders in dealing with  serious student discipline issues and faculty/staff accountability related issues.  Head, Junior School (JK–6)  The Head, Junior School is responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of the Junior  School students, faculty, staff and operations. The Head ensures that effective strategies, resources  and personnel are in place to meet the academic, social, emotional, health and wellness needs for  Junior School students. The Head, Junior School assists other school leaders in dealing with serious  student discipline and faculty/staff accountability related issues.  Executive Director (ED) of Enrolment Management  The Executive Director of Enrolment Management provides leadership and strategic oversight for  the projection and management of Havergal’s enrolment from Junior Kindergarten through Grade  12, for both Day and Boarding students. This ED is responsible for the recruitment, admission and  retention of Havergal students and all processes associated with these areas in order to support  the sustainability of the school. As member of the SLT, the ED sits on relevant Board  Sub‑committees.  Executive Director (ED) of Communications & Marketing  The Executive Director of Communications & Marketing provides leadership and strategic oversight  in the creation and execution of all of Havergal’s marketing and communications programs and  activities. The ED of Communications & Marketing works to increase Havergal’s brand recognition,  ensures consistent messaging across the school’s online, social media and print material and  manages public relations, media inquires and Havergal’s Crisis Communications Plan. 

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Executive Director (ED) of Advancement & Community Relations  The Executive Director of Advancement & Community Relations oversees the portfolios of major  gifts, annual giving, special events, alumnae communications and prospect research. As an  ambassador for Havergal and the broader community, the ED of Advancement & Community  Relations also serves on the Advancement Committee of Havergal’s Board of Governors and  provides guidance to the Havergal College Parent Association (HCPA). This ED spearheads the  securing of financial support from potential donors committed to the vision of the school and leads  strategies to engage alumnae, parents and others in school life as volunteers, advocates and  supporters.  Executive Director (ED) of People & Culture  The Executive Director of People & Culture provides leadership and strategic oversight in the  development and implementation of contemporary human resources frameworks that continue to  attract and retain a highly engaged, committed and professional workforce. As well, the ED of  People & Culture is responsible for consulting with senior leaders to align and implement human  resources policies and programs that support Havergal’s philosophy, objectives and strategic plan,  as well as providing HR support to all employees.   Chief Financial Officer (CFO)  The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the daily financial operations of the school, while  driving Havergal’s long‑term strategy for fiscal sustainability. The CFO acts as the Treasurer of the  Board of Governors and of The Havergal College Foundation. Additionally, the CFO will be the staff  liaison to the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and oversee the financial management of  the school’s Master Plan. This role extends to the areas of Food Services, Information Technology,  Facilities and the Business Office to ensure the smooth delivery of those functions.  Director of Facilities  The Director of Facilities provides leadership throughout the school in setting the direction for the  design, plans, construction and maintenance of Havergal’s building, grounds, equipment, security,  construction and other facilities to achieve optimal utilization. In addition, the Director of Facilities  ensures compliance with the regulations and integrity of the historical status and designation of the  main building. 

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Director of Information Technology (IT)  The Director of IT is responsible for providing vision and leadership in developing and implementing  the information technology strategy to support the school’s strategic plan and mission. Working  collaboratively with academic and administrative staff, the Director of IT ensures the school’s  network infrastructure and system servers provide a safe and reliable platform by which the school  can serve all members of its community. The Director of IT ensures that the school’s technology  initiatives enhance teaching and learning.  Executive Assistant (EA) to the Principal and Board of Governors   Executive Assistant to the Principal and Board of Governors is responsible for all administrative  functions and support relating to the Office of the Principal, the Board of Governors and the  Governance Committee of the Board. As an Officer of the Corporation, the EA serves as Corporate  Secretary, advising on Board processes, procedures, record‑keeping and regulatory filings. 

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Junior School (JK‑Grade 6) 

Administration, Faculty and Staff  Assistant Head, Junior School 

The Assistant Head, Junior School supports the Head, Junior School in developing students’  awareness of themselves as learners and members of the broader Havergal community. The  Assistant Head is accountable for the smooth functioning of day‑to‑day Junior School operations  and for ensuring that students flourish at this stage of their education. 

Homeroom Teachers 

Students in JK to Grade 6 are organized into homerooms and have a teacher who oversees both the  academic and social emotional learning of each student. 

Specialist Teachers  Students are taught by specialist teachers in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, French, Technology  and Health and Physical Education. These teachers are subject matter experts in their respective  disciplines.  Curriculum Coordinators  The Curriculum Coordinators are teaching and learning specialists in their respective disciplines  (Literacy, Mathematics, STEM and Program Integration) and work closely with the homeroom  teachers in planning and co‑teaching. Each Coordinator provides professional development  opportunities and helps develop program resources to ensure the breadth, depth and consistency  of our program areas. 

Learning Support Specialists 

Learning Support Specialists collaborate with teachers to support the academic, social and  emotional learning needs of Junior School students. In addition, this team works with students who  have identified learning needs and their teachers to establish and implement teaching, learning  and/or assessment accommodations required for student success.  

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Learning Support Worker  The Learning Support Worker (LSW) supports the social, emotional and behavioural development  of all students. The LSW provides strategies and support for students with social‑emotional needs  both inside and outside the classroom. The LSW works collaboratively with the Learning Support  Specialists to develop and implement Support Plans when necessary.   Chaplains  Havergal’s roots are steeped in the Anglican tradition and the school is fortunate to have two  ordained Anglican priests working with the school to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the  Havergal community. While our school traditions have an Anglican focus, major religious festivals  of other faiths are celebrated and honoured at Prayers.  

Athletic Director (AD) 

The Junior School AD oversees the co‑curricular athletic program from Grade 1 to 6. This includes  all Squads, Squad teams and competitive teams. The JS Athletic Director also ensures that these  programs provide a continuum of development that is age and stage appropriate. 

Director of Performing Arts  The Director of Performing Arts provides leadership and oversight to the JK‑Grade 12 co‑curricular  program in the discrete domains of music, drama and dance, while also amplifying student  potential in the performing arts.  Local Health Integration Network Service Providers  As part of our agreement with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Havergal offers  consultative support from designated service providers such as an Occupational Therapist and  Speech Language Pathologist, who provides services at the school one day a week. The  Occupational Therapist (OT) provides specific consultation in the areas of fine and gross motor  skills, sensory processing, self care, executive functioning and visual spatial concerns. The Speech  Language Pathologist (SLP) provides consultation and therapy around speech articulation problems.  These services require a formalized recommendation from a Havergal College Learning Support  Specialist to LHIN, who then considers whether or not services will be supported. If LHIN approves 

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the services, those services will be provided at the school, at no charge to the parents, for a limited  number of sessions.  

School/LHIN Responsibilities:  ● In‑school services are subject to LHIN approval. This process can take as long as six to eight  weeks.   ● Appointments are booked by the Learning Support Specialists and are offered during the  school day.  Parent/Student Responsibilities:  ● An appointment may be cancelled in advance by contacting the service provider and  appropriate Learning Support Specialist for a particular grade.   ● If a student misses an appointment without first contacting the therapist and Learning  Support Specialist, it will count as an authorized session.   ● Students may not miss an in‑class assessment scheduled by a teacher under any  circumstance.  Furthermore:   ● Once a student is discharged from a LHIN service, they are ineligible for the same LHIN  services for one calendar year.  ● Under extenuating circumstances, upon acceptance of a formal request directed to the VP,  Teaching & Learning, a limited number of private sessions with the same therapist may be  provided at the school. Parents are responsible to cover the cost of these additional  appointments and pay the service provider directly.   ● These extenuating circumstances must be agreed upon by the Havergal College Senior  Administration prior to additional sessions being booked.  

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Upper School (Grades 7‑12) 

Administration, Faculty and Staff  Head, Middle School (Grades 7–8)  

The Head, Middle School leads the Middle School Form Program, oversees student life and student  engagement initiatives and manages the operational running of the Middle School. The Head,  Middle School is responsible for student discipline in Grades 7 and 8. 

Dean, Senior School Students (Grades 9‑12)  The Dean, Senior School Students oversees the delivery of the Teacher Advisor (TA) Program for  students in Grades 9 to 12. The TA Program operates within the House system, which plays an  essential role in keeping Senior School students connected to teachers through small, informal,  cross‑grade, House‑designated groups that are led by House Advisors. The Dean also ensures the  school’s progressive discipline framework is judiciously enforced in the Senior School in  consultation with the VP Teaching & Learning and/or VP School Life & Student Wellness. Finally,  the Dean of Senior School Students oversees the Grade Lead program, a new Senior School  initiative that aims to create grade‑specific programming throughout the school year in  collaboration with grade‑specific Guidance Counsellors and elected student leaders. 

Head, Boarding School (Grades 9–12)  

The Head, Boarding School provides oversight and leadership for the Boarding School program,  working closely with Dons & Junior Dons to create a safe, nurturing and supportive  home‑away‑from‑home for Havergal’s Boarding community. The Head, Boarding School also  collaborates with the VP School Life & Student Wellness, subject teachers, School Nurse, Guidance  Counsellors and other members of the Student Support Team to ensure that the academic, social,  emotional and wellness needs of Boarders are met. 

Form Teachers (Grades 7 and 8)   In Grade 7 and 8, students meet with their designated Form teachers in small same‑grade Forms  four mornings each week. The Form teacher oversees attendance, announcements, uniform checks  and the Form program.  

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Grade Leads (a New Initiative)  There are two designated Grade Leads per grade in the Senior School. Each Grade Lead pair is led  by a faculty member and a Guidance Counsellor. Grade Leads work with the Dean, Senior School  Students, TAs and elected student leaders (Student Grade Reps) to develop grade‑wide and  grade‑specific programming and events throughout the school year. 

House Advisors  House Advisors are House leaders whose job it is to oversee and guide their Teacher Advisor (TA)  colleagues when implementing the TA program. They guide and support House Captains to develop  and deliver a House program.  

Teacher Advisors (Grades 9 to 12)   The prevailing goal of the TA Program is to build relationships and a sense of community between  the Teacher Advisors and students, as well as amongst the students in the group. These faculty and  staff members meet four mornings each week with your daughter(s) and deliver a Teacher Advisor  program two times a month on Tuesday mornings. As well, the TA oversees attendance,  announcements and uniform checks.  Department Heads  Department Heads are the teaching and learning specialists in their respective disciplines and work  closely with their departmental colleagues. In this role, they remain knowledgeable and current on  pedagogical issues, strategies and approaches to support an aligned vision for teaching and  learning at Havergal.   Guidance Counsellors  The Guidance department provides support and information to assist Upper School students and  their parents in making educational, career and personal development decisions. In working  one‑on‑one and in groups with Middle and Senior School students, Guidance Counsellors help our  girls understand and navigate the highs and lows of adolescence, friendships and the  accompanying sting of disappointment that is often felt in the face of setback and disappointment.  In meeting the developmental social, emotional, academic and mental health wellness needs of 

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students, Havergal’s Guidance Counsellors act as liaisons with teaching staff, Boarding staff,  Wellness staff, Chaplains and, where appropriate, external agencies. There are grade specific  initiatives that frame the Guidance program. Students are placed with their respective Guidance  Counsellor by House.  ● In Grades 7 and 8 the focus of the Guidance program is to develop in students executive  functioning and leadership skills.   ● In Grades 9 and 10, Guidance Counsellors focus on academic planning and transition.   ● In Grades 11 and 12, Guidance Counsellors focus on the university planning and application  process.   Learning Support Specialists  Learning Support Specialists collaborate with teachers to support the academic, social and  emotional learning needs of Junior School students. In addition, this team works one‑on‑one with  students who have identified learning needs and their teachers to establish and implement  teaching, learning and/or assessment accommodations required for student success.   School‑Based Social Worker  The full‑time school‑based Social Worker meets with students and families throughout the year.  When necessary, the Social Worker refers students to external healthcare providers as deemed  necessary. Counselling appointments are confidential and at no cost to students and their families.   Chaplains  Havergal’s roots are steeped in the Anglican tradition and the school is fortunate to have two  ordained Anglican priests working with the school to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the  Havergal community. While our school traditions have an Anglican focus, major religious festivals  of other faiths are celebrated and honoured at Prayers.   School Nurses  Staffed by Registered Nurses, the Wellness Centre supports the physical well‑being of Havergal  students. Wellness Centre staff work to educate students with respect to their health and wellness  needs, while treating medical concerns according to medical directives issued by the school’s  physician consult.  

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Physiotherapists  Qualified physiotherapists provide treatment to Havergal Upper School student athletes in the  treatment room located on the lowest level of the Athletic Centre. Students needing significant  treatment will be referred to support outside of the school.  

Athletic Director (AD) 

The Upper School Athletic Director provides direction and oversight to the co‑curricular athletic  program in Grades 7 to 12. The AD ensures that Havergal’s Athletics program provides  a  continuum of development in our youngest to oldest athletes.  

Director of Performing Arts  The Director of Performing Arts provides leadership and oversight to the JK to Grade 12  co‑curricular program in the discrete domains of music, drama and dance while also amplifying  student potential in these areas. 

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Junior School Directory

460 Rosewell Ave., Toronto, ON, M4R 2H5


Main Telephone


6608  6510  6928  6602 


Gator Care Supervisor Security (24 hours/day)


Gator Care


Head, Junior School 

Kate White

4713  6510 

Assistant to the Head, Junior School

Karen Nielsen

Assistant Head, Junior School

Liz Watt

7543  6608  4719  7541 

Administrative Assistant VP Teaching & Learning

Calen Walker Seonaid Davis

VP School Life & Student Wellness VP Student Engagement &  Experiential Development

Michael Simmonds

Garth Nichols


Curriculum Coordinators


Nancy Tulli

7513  6933  7534  7591 


Kathy Kubota‑Zarivnij

Integrated Learning

Rachel Read Darryl Reiter


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Form Teachers 

Junior Kindergarten (JK)

Emily Partyka 

6925  6924  6926  6951  7621  7669  7714  7753  7525  7617  7503   7694  7802  6644  7822  7522  6950  6923  6534  7674  7523  7656  7614  7656  7530  7531  6948  6934  7695  6931  7534 

          Laura Campbell 

Senior Kindergarten (SK)

Usha Shanmugathasan 

                       Michael Webb

Grade 1G Grade 1L Grade 2L Grade 2Y Grade 3P Grade 3Pr Grade 4M Grade 4G Grade 5C Grade 5CY Grade 6L Grade 6M

Cate Gulyas

Raeme Lockington

Laura Logaridis

Julie Yocom

Lauren Phillips Hilary Prosser

Larissa MacIntyre  Jesse Grosman Paula Carson Helen Carayannis Andy Lucacescu 

Erin Murphy  Maria Castillo 

Grade 6 

Specialist Teachers


Stephanie Douglas Bowman 

Johanna Pak Patrizia Rizzo


                       France Gareau

Health & Physical Education

Heather Cameron

Anna Bartlett 

                       Sarah Szolopiak

Athletics Director

Anna Bartlett

Head, Learning Support Junior School

Cheryl MacKinnon Ashley Fawcett Nancy Palarchio Jodi McGeown

Learning Support Specialists

Learning Support Worker


Jeff MacLean Rachel Read Rosa Mastri

Visual Art

7537  6667 

Director of Performing Arts

Cissy Goodridge

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Upper School Directory 

1451 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON, M5N 2H9


Main Telephone


Day School Office (DSO)



DSO Email 

Boarding School Office (BSO)



BSO Email 

Vice Principals 

VP Teaching & Learning

Seonaid Davis

4719  6704 

Assistant, VP Teaching & Learning

Alice Dana

VP School Life & Student Wellness

Michael Simmonds Andrea Langford

7541  6508 

Assistant, VP School Life & Student Wellness

VP Student Engagement & Experiential      Development  Assistant, VP Student Engagement &

Garth Nichols

4729  4772 

Sally Danto

Experiential Development

Department Heads

Visual Art 

Miriam Davidson Andrea Charlton Heather Johnstone 


English and Drama

          4715            6614 


Health & Physical Education 

Kari Macer


Languages (French, Spanish, Latin & Mandarin) Sandra Nelson 


Library Information Centre

Tony Nardi  Alex Shum Jessica Lloyd Derek Tellis 





          6628            7504            7512           4719 


Social Sciences 

Adam Pounder (Interim)

Technological Education 

Seonaid Davis

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Middle School (Grades 7 and 8) 

Head, Middle School

JJ Patterson


Assistant to the Head, Middle School

Andrea Langford


Grade 7 Form Teachers 

7A 7B 7C 7D 7E 7F 7G 7H 8A 8B 8C 8D 8E 8F 8G 8H

Dalia Kagan Sarah Croft Beth Nichols Heather Barr

7597  7666  6949  7806  7663 

Karen Mackasey

Jeff Adams


Alexandra Denis

7626  7606 

Jennifer Mills

Grade 8 Form Teachers 

Ingrid Chadwick

7809  7538  7735  6628  7808 

Erika Freisen Kari Macer Jessica Lloyd Kevin Walsh

Alia Toor


Andrea Charlton

4715  6927 

Sara Spigott

Guidance & Learning Support

Carrie Steele


Boarding School (Grades 9‑12) 

Head, Boarding School Senior Residential Don

Natalia Stewart Sarah Williamson

6503  6540  6532  6526  6515  6523 

Residential Don Residential Don Residential Don

Laura Fraser

Tze Vivas

Katie Warriner 

Weekend Residential Don

Claire Davis

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Senior School (Grades 9‑12) 

Dean Senior School Students

Lindsay Norberg

7512  4772 

Assistant, Dean Senior School Students

Sally Danto


For students in AH, EK, KL, MD, MDF:  Grades 9 & 10

Farisa Santos

7811  6614 

Grades 11 & 12

Heather Johnstone

For students in CS, EN, FR, MT, MW:  Grades 9 & 10

Kirsten Uhre

6932  6653  4711 

Grades 11 & 12

Jennifer Mandala Cathy Atkinson

Administrative Assistant, Guidance

Learning Support Specialist

Nicole Klement


Grade Leads 

Grade 9

Farissa Santos Mary Ann Krotz Kirsten Uhre Tamara Curtis Jennifer Mandala

7811  7619  6932  7622  6653  7693  6614 

Grade 10

Grade 11

Judith de Boer

Grade 12

Heather Johnstone

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House Advisors 

Agnes Hansen (AH) Catherine Steele (CS) Edith Nainby (EN)

Jennifer Mandala Karen Whitfield Jason Swetnam


7515  7615 

Ellen Knox (EK)

Lee Hamr Eli Javasky Sarah Ianni Tony Nardi

7730  7692  7590  6616  7665  7693  7619 

Frances Ridley (FR) Kate Leonard (KL)

Marcelle DeFreitas (MDF) Margaret Taylor (MT)

Jennifer Pollack Judith De Boer Mary Ann Krotz

Marian Wood (MW) Mary Dennys (MD)

Teacher Advisors 

Agnes Hansen

Monique Miller

6506  6566  6504  7594  7610  6932  7607  7613  7664  7518  7781  7705  7588  7671  7676  7625  7660 

Tanay Naik

Gordon Grisé Adam Pounder

Ina Székely

Catherine Steele

Kirsten Uhre

Stephanie Bryant Kyle Fredenburg Wendy Hendry

Edith Nainby

Lori Buchanan Sandra Langdon

Risa Morris

Sindy Shetzen

Ellen Knox

Monika Buzanis Jennifer Goldberg Gaven MacDonald Kate Berchtold‑Wall

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