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Message from Naheed Bardai, Head, Middle Division

Naheed BardaiIt is hard to believe it’s June and that the academic year is almost coming to an end. All of your boys have undergone change in many ways – physically, cognitively, spiritually, emotionally. The results of some of those changes are more obvious than others, such as the boy whose voice has gotten deeper or the student who has outgrown three pairs of shoes this year. Other changes are less obvious, but no less important. This time of year is a great opportunity to celebrate and reflect on our growth and development, both as a community and as individuals.

Reflecting on our growth as a community, one aspect of attitudinal development I’ve spoken frequently with the boys about is pluralism and developing a pluralistic disposition. We define pluralism as a celebration of differences, the cherishing of similarities and giving voice to multiple perspectives. From the cases of intersex athletes, violence against women, indigenous rights and anti-Semitism, we’ve explored how the value of pluralism is challenged. Indeed, in our own community, our value of pluralism has been challenged. However, like all strong communities, we’ve found a way to respond through honesty, listening, forgiveness and reconciliation.

I’d encourage you over the next week to find some time to celebrate and reflect on the growth and development of your boy with him. Some questions you might ask him could include:

• What do you feel most proud of this year?
• In what ways has your character changed?
• In which aspect of learning do you think your grew the most? Based on what evidence?
• What did you find the most challenging this year? How did you handle that challenge?
• What might you do differently if you had the opportunity?
• What do you want to work on over the summer and into next academic year? Why do you want to work on that?

We’ve been so fortunate to have outstanding educators work with our boys. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers and staff for their tireless efforts to help our boys grow and develop to their fullest. I’d also like to express my sincere gratitude to our departing teachers, instructors and and TAs who’ve contributed so much to our community. They are:

  • Sean Kelly, Norval Instructor
  • Donna Scott, Primary Art Teacher
  • Destiny Franco, TA
  • Reggie Reyes, TA
  • Blair Yungblut, TA
  • Courtney Hogan, TA

Next year, Bob Cooper will be on a sabbatical. We wish him well has takes time to explore some of his other passions.

At the end of this year, we bid farewell to Adrienne Fisher in our library who is retiring after 19 years at the Prep. Adrienne’s presence will be missed, not only as an expert in children’s literature, but also as a caring and compassionate educator and colleague. We wish her well in retirement.

Chantal Kenny, Executive Director of Admission, will also be departing.  She’s been an integral part of the Prep for 30 years as a French teacher, form master, head of the French department, and most recently, as part of the admissions team.  We thank her for her valuable contribution to the school and wish her all the best in this new stage of her life.

Finally, I’d like to celebrate the outstanding work of our parent volunteers and PPO. You give us so much strength and are a pillar of our community. A special thanks to Lori Elder who has completed her term as chair of the PPO, and who has served the community generously with her time and expertise.

I wish all of you a safe and happy summer. Enjoy Canada’s 150th birthday!



Blue: Whole School
Yellow: Upper School
Red: Prep School



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