Havergal College Grad Profile 2019

Learn about Havergal College's graduates from the Class of 2019.

HAVERGAL COLLEGE Grad Profile 2019

Congratulations to the 111 students of Havergal’s Class of 2019 who have chosen to attend universities both in Canada and abroad. We wish them the best of luck in their areas of study.

University Destinations



United States — 23%

Canada — 70%

Boston University Brown University California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Columbia University Dartmouth University Georgetown University The George Washington University Harvard University Parsons School of Design: The New School Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University Tulane University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles University of California, San Diego The University of Chicago Johns Hopkins University Northeastern University Northwestern University

Acadia University  Carleton University Champlain College Concordia University Dalhousie University McGill University McMaster University

6% 5%



Queen’s University Ryerson University Sheridan College University of British Columbia

International — 5%

University of Calgary University of Guelph

Cass Business School (London) Durham University Loughborough University University of Edinburgh (Medical School) University of St. Andrews

University of King’s College, Halifax University of Toronto, Scarborough University of Toronto, St. George

University of Waterloo University of Windsor Western University Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Colorado University of Michigan Wellesley College

2% of graduates are taking a gap year.

Other Offers of Admission Bard College Barnard College Boston University Brock University California College of the Arts (San Francisco) Carleton University Carnegie Mellon University (School of Computer Science) Case Western Reserve University Chapman University

Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management) Saint Louis University Saint Louis University School of the Art Institute of Chicago Simon Fraser University Suffolk University Syracuse University Trent University University of Bristol University of California - Santa Barbara University of Glasgow

King’s College London Loyola Marymount University Miami University Mount Allison University Ontario College of Art and Design Pennsylvania State University Quinnipiac University Rhode Island School of Design

University of Miami University of Ottawa University of Pennsylvania (College of Arts and Sciences) University of Rhode Island University of Rochester University of Warwick University of Washington Virginia Commonwealth University

Rice University Rice University

Wesleyan University Wheaton College MA York University

(School of Architecture) Roger Williams University Royal Holloway, University of London

Cornell University Durham University

Top Areas of Study

33 Arts/Humanities/ Liberal Arts

10 Engineering

18 Business Administration/ Commerce/Management

16 Sciences (Biology, Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry)

(Computer, Biomedical, Mechanical, Surveying)

97% graduated as Ontario Scholars


$1.4M scholarships (renewable & non-renewable) offered to graduates



Number of Students


70% studying in Canada

23% studying in the United States

5% studying internationally

2% taking a gap year

A+ 90–100 %

A 80–89 %

B 70–79 %

Passing Grade: 50%

Emma Gurney

Meet Some of Our Graduates from the Class of 2019

McGill University  MANAGEMENT

Emma’s experience at Havergal is unique as she started in Grade 7 as a Day School student and graduated as a Boarding School student. When her family moved out of the country before she started Grade 8, Emma eagerly waited three years to return to Havergal in the Boarding School. Rejoining the community in Grade 11, she made the most of her two years in the Senior School by being involved in different areas of school life, including participating in the Debate team, volunteering with the school’s Grenoble community partnership, working on the school newspaper Behind the Ivy and representing the Boarding School as Head Junior Don in her graduating year. “As Head Junior Don, I planned events and experiences for the Boarders. I liked having the opportunity to give back to the Boarding community; we were family,” she says. Emma was inspired to pursue a degree in commerce through McGill University’s Management program by the strong women in her family, who have succeeded in leadership positions in their careers for generations. Her life goal is to do as much good as she can in the world.

At Havergal College, we offer our students the opportunity to excel in academics, arts, athletics and leadership. When you look at the 111 students in the 2019 graduating class, it is clear that these future leaders have the tools they need to succeed, whatever their passions. They have earned scholarships, created dynamic visionary projects, led their teams to victory and transformed the Havergal experience into unique versions of excellence.

Michelle Koshy

Ana Langford

Noelle Lim

University of Edinburgh  DIRECT ENTRY MEDICAL SCHOOL


University of Toronto  ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Michelle joined the Havergal community in Grade 4. By graduation, she had gained the confidence in her skills and abilities to know that she wanted to pursue a career as a surgeon. This interest was elevated after she participated in The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship program during the summer before Grade 11. At Havergal, she co- founded the Havergal Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter so that other students interested in going into the field of medicine could explore all of the specialties through conversation, debate and competition. A viola player with the Orchestra throughout her years, she took on the role of Head of Orchestra in her graduating year and participated in the Music Connect community partnership as a way to engage with people living with dementia. In Grade 10, she went on a Forum for Change excursion to Tanzania, where she stayed at the Olive Branch for Children, a place for vulnerable youth to heal. After Grade 11, Michelle volunteered during the summer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is currently studying Direct Entry Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

An athlete throughout her 14 years at Havergal, Ana’s position as Arts Prefect in her graduating year gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her artistic skills to the Havergal community. Ana devoted her energy on the sports fields, participating in one sports team every term since Junior Kindergarten (including hockey, soccer and tennis). However, when she needed to relax, she found solace in the Art room, where she enjoyed slowing down and being present in the moment. “Every stroke of the paintbrush is so comforting for me,” she explains. As an Upper School student, Ana was involved in creative clubs, such as sewing and knitting. She was also a member of Resist, Insist, Persist in support of feminist causes. In her Grade 10 year, she participated in a Spanish class trip to Nicaragua to help with a construction project and practise her Spanish skills. Outside of Havergal, Ana was involved in midget double hockey and soccer. She is currently studying Concurrent Education at Queen’s University (with a major in Psychology), a field of study that her Havergal teachers influenced her to pursue. She hopes to work with troubled youth in her career as an educator.

Since starting at Havergal in Grade 7, Noelle developed from a shy and quiet girl into a self-confident leader in her graduating year. As Prayers Prefect, she took the stage three times a week to deliver announcements, introduce guest speakers or make speeches at assemblies. “I considered my role of leadership to be a service,” she says. “I always tried to help others and it inspires me when I see others helping people.” During her six years at Havergal, Noelle was involved in the Welcome Committee, the Senior and Chamber Choirs, the student newspaper Behind the Ivy (as a photographer) and the Art and Math Clubs. Outside of Havergal, she was a youth group leader and a cantor at her church and she volunteered at Korean Canadian Adoptee Association (KCAA), a resource for adopted Korean children to learn about their cultural background and heritage. Noelle is currently a student at the University of Toronto, studying Engineering Science. “I love engineering because I am interested in math and science and I want to make things that will help others.”

Our Curriculum

Havergal College’s strong liberal arts program meets and exceeds the expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. All courses are university- preparatory and are at the advanced level. A credit is granted with the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 hours has been scheduled. Many students elect to write Advanced Placement exams. Upon graduation, students receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Educational Philosophy Havergal offers a unique education based on leading instructional methods tailored to the learning needs of our students. Our fluid and adaptive program allows us to select those approaches that best serve our students while reflecting our core values of integrity, inquiry, compassion an courage. A liberal arts foundation fosters an attitude of inquiry and encourages students to be open to new ideas and varied perspectives. It cultivates the curiosity and collaborative mindset that a rapidly changing world demands. It also promotes the leadership qualities needed in this unpredictable global context: adaptability, innovation, courage, comfort with ambiguity and willingness to alter the status quo. Girls are prepared for a life of independence and impact. Our education philosophy is inspired as much by timeles

Jacqueline Newsome

Sophia Zhang


Columbia University  ARCHITECTURE

When Sophia joined the Havergal community in Grade 7, she was excited about the co-curricular opportunities the school offered outside of academics and competitions. Although she was fascinated with STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects academically, she was also interested in developing her artistic side. During her six years at Havergal, she was a part of the school’s choirs and bands and became involved in the Music Connect community partnership, in which students visited a nursing home to entertain the residents with musical performances. She was also Band Co-Head in Grade 12, the Head of the Photography Club in Grade 11, a member of the Debate team and a participant in the Art City community partnership, in which students work with younger peers and local professional artists on shared projects. Sophia is currently studying Architecture at Columbia University in New York. “Architecture has a huge impact on how we navigate the world and our relationships,” she explains. “Being able to design things that can help communities is important; spaces need to be created for the well-being of people.”

An outdoor enthusiast, Jacqueline’s experiences working at a summer camp and participating in Havergal’s Outdoor Education course in Grade 11 motivated her to pursue a degree in Community Development and Outdoor Recreation at Acadia University. “To me, outdoor recreation is about getting people outside and building communities, which is why I am combining these two specialties,” she explains. “The program is based on building connections with people around the world to help make conditions better.” A community motivator, Jacqueline spent her high school years leading various groups in roles such as House Captain, Head of the Harry Potter Club, Head of the Book Club and Rowing team Captain. Outside of school, she volunteered in the daycare at Humewood House, a shelter for single moms to gain life skills. In addition to her studies at Acadia, Jacqueline is also studying part-time at Fire Fighters School, with the goal of becoming a volunteer firefighter. “I really like to help in any way I can and make people feel like they belong, which is what informs what I do at camp, at school and in life.”

Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements — 30 Credits

18 Compulsory Credits 4 English (2 senior) 3 Mathematics 2 Science 1 French 1 Canadian History 1 Canadian Geography

1 Physical & Health Education 1 Arts 0.5 Civics 0.5 Career Studies

Health & Well-Being Havergal is committed to the wellness of each student and focuses on healthy, active living. Mindful of the need for balance, Havergal equips each girl with the tools she needs to respond to challenges. The school is a place of support, belonging and engagement. Every student is supported and cared for so that she may reach and maintain the highest level of physical, mental, social, emotional and cognitive health possible while attending Havergal. Leadership, Community & House At Havergal, every student from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 develops leadership skills through active participation in the school and broader community. Throughout her time at Havergal, each student belongs to one of 10 Houses. In the House system, girls come together in smaller, cross- grade groups and learn to cooperate for the common good and are given opportunities to develop the qualities of initiative and leadership. As she progresses through the Junior (JK to Grade 6), Middle (Grades 7 and 8) and Senior (Grades 9 to 12) Schools, her leadership opportunities and level of responsibility increase. Students at all levels share in the school’s commitment

principles as the tools of the modern age. We follow three strategies for an inspiring and connected student experience: • sparking excitement to learn through exploration and self-discovery; • encouraging self-directed learning and resourcefulness in each girl; and • focusing on active cross-disciplinary Co-curricular Activities Havergal College offers a wide range of co-curricular activities to meet the interests of students. Individual talents and interests can be pursued through activities and participation in clubs, athletics and school life, including more than 75 athletic teams and outstanding music, art, drama and literary programs. Spirituality at Havergal Built on Anglican values, Havergal honours its traditions while respecting diverse faiths. Community Prayers provide a focus for spiritual growth and include hymns and prayers, as well as opportunities to learn about other faiths and our role as global citizens. Each student is encouraged to reflect on, and to develop, her own spirituality. thinking and opportunities for mentorship and networking.

Plus 3 additional credits, consisting of 1 credit from each of the following groups: • Group 1: English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education • Group 2: French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education • French as a second language, science (Grade 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete: 12 optional credits, 40 hours of community involvement activities and the provincial literacy requirement.



Senior Year Courses Advanced Functions Advanced Placement Advanced Functions & Calculus Advanced Placement Biology Advanced Placement French Advanced Placement Statistics Band Biology Calculus & Vectors Canadian & World Issues Canadian & World Politics Chemistry Classical Civilizations Communications Technology Computer Information & Science Data Management Drama


Economics Education Toward a Changing World English Language (core) English Literature French Financial Accounting Introductory Kinesiology Latin Law Mandarin Philosophy Physics Politics Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership Spanish Spanish Literature Strings Visual Art Vocal Music World History Since the 15th Century Writer’s Craft





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to many long-lasting community partnerships and, through their

involvement, have opportunities to live the school’s mission: Preparing young women to make a difference .

Principal Catherine Misson

Head of Guidance Heather Johnstone hjohnstone@havergal.on.ca

Guidance Counsellors Jordy Winograd jwinograd@havergal.on.ca Carrie Steele csteele@havergal.on.ca Kirsten Uhre kuhre@havergal.on.ca Lori Buchanan lbuchanan@havergal.on.ca Jennifer Mandala jmandala@havergal.on.ca

Our School Havergal College is one of Canada’s pre-eminent

independent schools for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Founded in 1894, the school is situated on a 22-acre campus in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Approximately 920 students attend Havergal each year. After more than 120 years at the forefront of women’s education, Havergal College is grounded in the principles of a liberal arts education, committed to a culture of thinking and understanding and uniquely positioned to respond to student needs. Here, each girl develops independence of thought, emotional resilience and intellectual agility: everything she needs to make her mark. We guide each student to pursue her individual passions while exploring the frontier of her knowledge. In our mission to prepare young women to make a difference, we encourage curiosity and thoughtful engagement with the community.

Preparing young women to make a difference 1451 Avenue Road Toronto, Ontario M5N 2H9 Tel: 416.483.3519 www.havergal.on.ca

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