There are some skills you can’t learn in a classroom

By Jennifer Pawluk, Communications Specialist

Skim any global headline today, and you will marvel at the future of work. Economies are uncertain. Time after time in Balmoral Hall School’s history, dating back to the turn of the 20th century, this has been the case.

From technological advances to cultural breakthroughs, opinions on how best to educate our children evolve rapidly. Just like any other industry, education is about people. Sometimes, in our discussions of policies and practices, we may forget that. No two students are alike, and so their educational experiences must be personalized. As an independent school for girls, we believe this.

The mission of Balmoral Hall School is to inspire the imagination, and the courage, to excel, to reach, to lead, and to care.

The Portal | Her Life's Work | Spring 2018
Photo by Samanta Katz

In our efforts to master that mission, we consider what it takes to succeed beyond the classroom.

Says Grade 12 student Olivia Wilde: “The most valuable lesson I am learning is that failure is okay. You can always find a way to learn from it! Not being afraid of failure is so important.”

Olivia is one of several students who, with guidance from Director of Academics Lois McGill, designed internships as a means of furthering their academic interests throughout 2017/18. By doing so, Olivia and her peers set a strong example — that is, let’s take teaching and learning personally. Balmoral Hall School has personalized learning since 1901. We always will. Today, in our 118th school year, the field of personalized learning continues to evolve, and so we will, too.

September is a wonderful time for reflection; after all, this is the start of a new chapter in Balmoral Hall School’s story.

Take a moment now to reflect on your role in our story.

Will you empower BH girls to succeed beyond the classroom?

As Grade 11 students prepare to design their internships for the 2018/19 school year, we envision the personalized learning opportunities they will have, following the trail blazed by Olivia and her peers.

With your support, these interns will have greater opportunities.

From their curiosity and creativity, your workplace will benefit greatly.

Parents, alumnae, and friends, please consider partnering with us to offer BH girls internships that foster personalized learning — theirs, as well as yours.

Contact Ms McGill at for more information.


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