BNKC Newsletter – September 2019

Welcome to the September edition of the BNKC newsletter! It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. The season has flown by and we look forward to a busy fall. There are feel-good stories to share, read on below….

The Bishop Strachan School Transformation Project Short-listed for Heritage Toronto Award

BNKC is excited to announce that our Bishop Strachan School Transformation Project has been short-listed for the 2019 William Greer Built Heritage Award presented by Heritage Toronto. The Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in heritage conservation.

As Canada’s oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, BSS opened their doors in 1867 with the intention of educating girls; to become a place of inspirational force for women to reach their full potential as transformative leaders. It was a new idea in its day, the school’s belief that when a girl is exposed to limitless possibilities in school, she will be empowered to accomplish limitless possibilities in life.

The Transformation Project completes the fifth phase of The Bishop Strachan School’s Master Plan. The addition is anchored into the existing 1915 building with a modern language that responds to the heritage context through a material palette of glass and stone, enriching and complimenting the surrounding Forest Hill neighbourhood.

The renovation involved converting the old gymnasium into the new Arts Wing, with a multi-purpose performing arts theatre, music / band rehearsal hall, practice rooms, recording studio, and art studio that now meet the school’s strategic priorities of advanced programming and student-oriented, collaborative, activity-based learning.

Staff Summer Outing – Beach Volleyball at Sunnyside Pavilion

On Thursday, August 22 BNKC travelled down to Sunnyside Beach Pavilion to enjoy the warm sun, blue sky and hot sand for an afternoon team-based fun: beach volleyball! The weather was perfect; the competition fierce! Go West Athletics provided the courts, the Pavilion Café provided the after-game food/drinks on their patio and the lake provided a refreshing foot bath. Thanks to the fine planning of Steve DeBoyrie and Chelsea Campbell, members of the Fun Committee, a good time was had by all!