“The moral compass that she will gain and develop works to not only help shape her mind, but also her heart.” – Carrie Hughes-Grant, Head of School
Q | Describe your students.
Holy Name of Mary College School provides a high achieving, university preparatory programme to girls in grades 5-12. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and the ideal student is one who shares our core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education. Our students come from across the GTA including Mississauga, Milton, Oakville, Brampton, Etobicoke, North York, Toronto, Woodbridge, and Richmond Hill.
Q | What do you look for in a teacher?
Someone committed to an all-girls education, innovative teaching techniques, a life-long learner, and committed to the whole girl’s growth. Someone who will offer creative and diverse programming, and will challenge the girls of HNMCS to think critically, while taking risks and developing resilience.
Q | In an increasingly competitive landscape for entry to postsecondary education and real-world preparedness, how does a private institution set itself apart from other options available to parents?
Learning is inquiry-based, and faculty are encouraged to look beyond the campus for instructional and experiential opportunities, all of which effectively expand the campus and the programs, often into real-world settings; from service experiences to on-site guidance, to all-girls leadership teams and robotics, through academics and our co-curricular program.
Q | What does technology—both in resources and STEM courses—offer the contemporary student in a private school?
In recent years, roughly two-thirds of the graduates have gone on to math, science, and engineering and technology programs at university. Events like the Engineering Career Night, launched by the Robotics Club mentored by physics teacher Dr. Karen Kozma, who is a professional engineer and alum, brings engineers, both men and women, in to speak with students. It cements the idea that these careers are options—and very real options—for them.
Q | What do graduates tend to remember most from their time at your school?
For most of our graduates, the time spent at HNMCS is one that encompasses a myriad of experiences. Among those that stand out are leadership opportunities, the connected community at HNMCS, and of course their teachers. One of the big highlights is undoubtedly the time spent at overnight outdoor camps. On polling our graduates, some of the things they take with them to university are the connections and friendships they’ve made as well as the skills gained that will take them to the next steps on their journey to achieving their academic and career goals.
Q | What kind of relationship do alumnae have with current students?
Our alumnae love to drop by for a visit, to reconnect with teachers and friends. They do lunch and learn sessions, take part in panels about university, help with admissions initiatives, come to young alumnae events. They are also mentors to current students, working with our University Guidance Office.
Q | What is the benefit to your students of being an independent Catholic school for girls?
Co-founded by the Felician Sisters and Basilian Fathers, two icons of Catholic education, HNMCS is guided by a mission to educate young women to their full potential, through a morals-based, positive and supportive education for the development of the whole student. We are a school that lives by our values: Justice, Respect, Compassion, and Transformation. The girls work together to solve challenges and we teach religion from grades 5-12. They know they are supported by all staff and that they have a connection through faith to each other.
Q | What advantages does your relationship with St. Michael’s College School offer?
We partner with St. Michael’s for our students in social engagements, student government, our teachers and staff visit their school and learn with their staff, the heads of school collaborate. The Basilian Fathers participate in the celebration of masses, reconciliation, prayer services, and joint school activities with St. Michael’s College School including international community service initiatives.
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