Havergal College Grad Profile 2023
Learn about Havergal College's Graduates from the Class of 2023.
Grad Profile 2023 HAVERGAL COLLEGE
$1.7M scholarships (renewable & non-renewable) offered to graduates 62% 32% 6% studying in Canada studying internationally studying in the United States
Top Areas of Study
48 Humanities and Liberal Arts
35 Math and Science
26 Business and Commerce
Congratulations to the 122 students of Havergal’s Class of 2023 who have chosen to attend universities both in Canada and abroad. We wish them the best of luck in their areas of study.
Huron at Western University McMaster University Queen’s University University of Toronto, Mississauga University of Toronto, St. George University of Toronto, Scarborough University of Waterloo Western University
Boston College Brown University Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University Dartmouth College Duke University
Fordham University Hamilton College Harvard University Johns Hopkins University New York University Northwestern University
University of California-Santa Cruz University of Colorado Boulder University of Denver University of Exeter University of Guelph University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Leeds University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Mississippi University of New Brunswick University of Nottingham University of Ottawa University of San Diego University of Victoria University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison Wilfrid Laurier University York University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design Syracuse University Tufts University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles University of California San Diego University of Chicago University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of Southern California University of South Carolina University of Washington in St. Louis Vanderbilt University Wake Forest University Wellesley College Wesleyan University
Dalhousie University McGill University St. Francis Xavier University
Durham University London School of Economics Peking University University College London University of Oxford University of St. Andrews
The University of British Columbia University of King’s College, Halifax
Other Offers of Admission Aberystwyth University Acadia University Bates College
Texas A&M University-College Station The George Washington University The University of Alabama The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Boston University Brock University Carleton University Chapman University
The University of Texas at Austin Toronto Metropolitan University Trent University Tulane University of Louisiana University of Aberdeen
Emerson College Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology King’s College London (University of London) Manhattan School of Music Michigan State University Northeastern University Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Purdue University School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Alberta University of Arizona University of Birmingham University of British Columbia Okanagan University of Calgary University of California-Davis University of California-Irvine University of California-Merced University of California-Riverside University of California-Santa Barbara
ENGINEERING SCIENCE University of Toronto Leila Agil
Meet Some of Our Graduates from the Class of 2023 At Havergal College, we offer our students the opportunity to excel in academics, arts, athletics and leadership. When you look at the 122 students in the 2023 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. Grads
“Having the ability to explore is very important, which is something Havergal sparked in me,” says Leila of the growth and development she’s made over the years. She felt shy when she started at Havergal in Grade 7, but nonetheless applied for leadership positions that year and every following year. She was finally elected to be a member of House Executive in Grades 10 and 11. “It helped me open up a lot,” she says. “Showing school spirit and inspiring others to find theirs was very fulfilling.” Performing with the Symphonic Band on the trumpet was another confidence booster for Leila, who enjoyed playing live events and mentoring younger trumpet players in her section. In Grade 12, she was elected to be Prayers Prefect, a role that requires public speaking at least twice a week. Her interest in science was piqued when she had the opportunity to go to space camp twice through Havergal’s Forum for Change: first in Grade 8, then again in Grade 12. “It was so cool to be at NASA in Alabama, where they build rockets and train astronauts,” she says. Her experiences at Space Camp have inspired her to study aerospace as a part of her Engineering Science degree at the University of Toronto.
Queen’s University COMMERCE Kaitlyn Dean
Katie Sievenpiper Dalhousie University HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
McMaster University HEALTH SCIENCES
Giving back was a big part of Kaitlyn’s time at Havergal; she learned so much by organizing activities such as Relay for Life in support of The Canadian Cancer Society, representing student voice as Student Prefect and volunteering in the Therapeutic Playroom at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. “These experiences shaped my values as a person,” Kaitlyn explains. “Volunteering at Holland Bloorview helped me learn to identify capabilities instead of inabilities so I can better respect and interact with people who do not have the same abilities as me.” She applied these learnings toward completing Havergal’s Global Leading and Learning Diploma, in which she focused her final project on accessibility challenges in Toronto and offered solutions for positive improvements. A Havergal student since Grade 1, Kaitlyn always felt supported by her teachers, especially when it came to her interest in business, which was ignited after she got involved with business case competitions (DECA). “My participation in DECA in Grades 9 to 12 was formative; it was such a rewarding experience for me because I was able to explore the business world, which ultimately influenced my decision to study Commerce at Queen’s University.” Kaitlyn was the recipient of the Queen’s Chancellor’s Scholarship and is focused on a future career in investment banking.
Maya was a shy child who struggled with confidence in her co-ed classroom. She joined Havergal in Grade 3 because her parents hoped an all-girls environment would enable her to thrive, and it did. By Middle School, Maya was performing with the Symphonic Band and participating in the peer tutoring group Study Buddies. “Being involved in these co-curricular activities allowed me to meet people in different grades,” she says. In Grade 10, Maya and a friend were interested in leadership roles, so they co-founded the Food Club as a way to engage in different food-related activities, including collecting food donations for a local organization that supports youth experiencing homelessness. Maya also became interested in raising awareness and supporting maternal health after completing a project on a subject in Grade 12 World Issues. “What drew my attention the most when it comes to maternal health is how high the mortality rate is for pregnant women in developing countries and how preventable these deaths are.” This passion led her to study health sciences, which she is currently pursuing at McMaster University. “I was always a quiet student, but the Havergal community continuously encouraged and
When Katie started her Havergal journey in Grade 4, she was excited for all of the co-curricular opportunities the school offered. As a Junior School student, she joined the soccer, track and field, cross country and hockey teams and participated in clubs such as chess, watercolouring, math, journalism, drama and choir. In the Middle School, she was involved in the Havergal Youth Theatre group, sang in the Middle School Choir and participated in clubs focused on coding and science. She joined Havergal’s Model United Nations (MUN) group in Grade 8 and became a committed and enthusiastic member throughout her Upper School years. “I always had such a great time at MUN conferences because I’m interested in politics and the people were so great,” she says. “But it was my experiences singing with the choirs that helped me become who I am today because of the confidence I gained.” By Senior School, Katie was involved in all of theatrical plays and choirs, played on the soccer and curling teams and was elected as Arts Prefect in her Grade 12 year. “I should have dropped something, but I loved it all,” she recounts. After graduating from Havergal, Katie headed off to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia to study History and Political Science.
supported me to try new things; it’s important to take advantage of that.”
London School of Economics BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Natasha Sturdee
University of California, Berkeley MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY AND DATA SCIENCE
During her six years at Havergal, Beats enjoyed challenging herself both academically and athletically. While maintaining good grades, she also found time to play on the field hockey, disc golf, ice hockey, softball and track and field teams and represented Havergal Athletics as one of the Sports Prefects in her graduating year. Overall, Beats was a great role model for sportsmanship. Outside of athletics, she has a passion for music and enjoyed playing the tuba in the Symphonic Band. “When the band is playing a live performance and everyone is in sync and everything is going right, I get this feeling of euphoria that’s unique,” she says. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Beats and friends started a mobile bike business, offering tune ups to local bike riders. She also worked at the The Model Workshop at the University of Toronto, a woodworking workshop, where she learned to use power tools and was trained on sanding and joinery while making things such as desks, tables and boxes. As a musician, an athlete and a tinkerer, Beats is applying all of her skills at Wesleyan University’s liberal arts program, where she’s considering a major in computer science. Her advice to new students? “Join clubs. Do sports. Be nice to everyone. Those are the best experiences at Havergal.”
Living on campus throughout her Havergal years, Daphne enjoyed the family-style, home-away-from home feel of the Boarding School. An academic at heart, she appreciated Havergal’s challenging curriculum and teaching excellence. “Even though I’m pursuing biology at university, my favourite courses at Havergal were philosophy, computer science and AP calculus; they were very influential to me,” Daphne says. “In philosophy, we learned to think about thinking. In computer science, I discovered the wonderful world of communicating with computers using a programming language. In AP calculus, I was introduced to the abstract aspect of math.” In addition to her academic interests, Daphne also has a passion for the performing arts. She has played the piano since the age of four and enjoys singing, especially with Havergal’s Senior and Chamber Choirs. She became Head of Beatstock, a music festival fundraiser for Havergal’s community partnerships, in her Grade 11 and 12 years. Currently, Daphne is studying molecular and cell biology and data science at the University of California, Berkeley. “My career goal is to combine biology, data science and business to solve real-life problems,” she says. Her advice for new Boarding students? “Immerse yourself within the Boarding experience and connect with the people around you; you’ll learn different ways of life from different parts of the world.”
Natasha understands the value of waiting for an investment to mature. A Havergal student since Grade 4, she took on her first leadership role as a Form Representative in Grade 8, followed by involvement in Student Council, House Executive, Robotics Club Head and Relay for Life throughout her Upper School journey. In Grade 12, she was elected to be Co-Head of the Resources for Youth in India community partnership. Working with the teachers at a school in Mumbai, India, Natasha and team developed teaching videos and worksheets on a broad range of topics including climate change, technology and innovation in order to better support the educational needs of the bright but underprivileged students they are partnered with. Outside of school commitments, Natasha started working at the age of 14 and used all of her earnings to purchase stocks and ETFs. “I have a long-term vision and I know if I keep investing my money strategically, it will set me up later in life,” she explains. Natasha was also involved in Junior Achievement, a youth-based organization in which students start real companies with the support of professionals from affiliated corporations. Learning what it takes to run a company inspired her to study Management at the London School of Economics, where she continues to invest in her future.
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 and 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. Students are prepared for a life of independence and impact. Our educational philosophy is inspired as much by timeless 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 student; and • focusing on active cross-disciplinary thinking and opportunities for mentorship and networking. 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.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements—30 Credits
4 English (2 senior) 3 Mathematics 2 Science 1 French 1 Canadian History 1 Canadian Geography 18 Compulsory Credits
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, their own spirituality. Health & Wellbeing Havergal is committed to the wellbeing of each student and focuses on healthy, active living. Mindful of the need for balance, Havergal equips each student with the tools they needs to respond to challenges. The school is a place of support, belonging and engagement. Every student is supported and cared for so that they may develop the strategies and tools for lifelong optimal levels of wellbeing. 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 their time at Havergal, each student belongs to one of 10 Houses. In the House system, students come together in smaller, cross-grade groups and learn to co-operate for the common good and are given opportunities to develop the qualities of initiative and leadership. As they progress through the Junior (JK to Grade 6), Middle (Grades 7 and 8) and Senior (Grades 9 to 12) Schools, their leadership opportunities and levels of responsibilities increase. Students at all levels share in the school’s commitment 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 .
1 Physical & Health Education 1 Arts 0.5 Civics 0.5 Career Studies
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; First Nations, Métis and Inuit languages; Canadian and world 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 • Group 3: 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
AP Advanced Functions AP Biology AP Calculus AP Data Management (Statistics) AP Core French AP Capstone (Seminar & Research) Band Biology Calculus & Vectors Canadian & World Issues Canadian & World Politics Chemistry Communications Technology Computer Information & Science Data Management Drama Economics English Language (core)
English Literature French Financial Accounting Introductory Kinesiology Latin Law Mandarin Philosophy Physics Politics Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership Spanish Strings Visual Art Vocal Music World History Since the 15th Century Writer’s Craft
About Our School At Havergal College, each student is supported to make empowering choices and become the architect of her education. An all-girls school (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) in Toronto, Ontario, Havergal offers a rigorous curriculum designed around the pillars of academics, wellbeing, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. In collaboration with mentors, teachers and a supportive peer community, our students learn new ways to express themselves with creativity, enthusiasm and self-confidence. A Havergal graduate is connected for life to our network of Old Girls/Alums from diverse career portfolios spanning the globe. They graduate with an inquiry mindset, ready to solve problems and meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world.
Dr. Katrina Samson
Directors of Guidance
Heather Johnstone Academic and University Counselling email@example.com
Kirsten Uhre Student Support and Wellbeing firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Frost email@example.com Jennifer Mandala firstname.lastname@example.org Camille Prince email@example.com Guidance Counsellors
Preparing young women to make a difference
Carrie Steele firstname.lastname@example.org Jordy Winograd email@example.com
1451 Avenue Road Toronto, Ontario M5N 2H9 Tel: 416-483-3519 www.havergal.on.ca
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