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MISS ROACH AND SARAH As usual, 1985-6 has been busy and productive for Branksome as this yearbook well illustrates. However, this year has been a little different from others for several reasons. It started off in an extraordinary way when the whole Senior School was honoured to be asked by our brother school, St. Andrew ' s College, to help celebrate their 60 years in Aurora. And so five bus loads of us enjoyed the crisp, sunny, bagpiping day -- games, ceremony, meals and dance - at St. Andrew ' s on October 26th. There have been as usual a few new ventures. This year has seen our first rowing team, our first indoor track team, our new public affairs club, our first band concerts, which attest to the growing popularity and quality of our instrumental music. " The Musical " is now a tradition in the Senior School as this year ' s SOUND OF MUSIC ensured. But this spring, the Junior School produced two of their own -- THE WIZARD OF OZ for grades seven and eight -- ANNIE for grades one-six. Although we have had one or two exchanges in the past, this year their number has increased. Three of our students have been studying in France during the final term, one in Quebec and one in Fettes School in Edinburgh. And we have enjoyed three guests to our school, Virginia Dufour from Quebec, Isobel Ensuque from Grenoble and Elizabeth Noon from England. The variety added by new activities, different school experiences for several girls, and guests from other provinces and countries gives a vitality to the school which we all share. But what has given this school year its particular stamp of success and spirit, has been the student leadership which has been outstandingly dedicated and creative, particularly that provided by our Head Girl, Sarah Wright, and all the prefects. I thank them on all our behalf. Branksome has many parts to it. I never really realized how much there is to do and enjoy at Branksome until 1 started thinking about what I wanted to say to you today. First came boarding. This year I have come to know the boarding part of Branksome as I have taken on the new status of a boarder. I have seen something of Branksome I never saw before. Learning to Lyme with the Bahamians, delicious dinners every night, waiting your turn for the phone and then hearing that irritating busy signal, opening back doors, and fire drills at midnight are parts of boarding life I ' ll never forget. Homework, tests, exams, marks or academics are another part of Branksome but my speech would be rather tedious if I dwelt on that topic for long. Music and athletics join together to provide the majority of after school activities. Social events are also an exciting part of Branksome and this year started off in a very unique style with Gatsby ' s Garden Party. Next came New Girls. As always there are many new girls at Branksome this year. They add a lot to our school and they always make me think of the Junior School. I guess that is because I was a new girl in grade seven. To the Junior School I have this to say - you are a very special part of Branksome and anytime I am across the street you always make me feel welcome. Your smiles and en- thusiasm are a great part of any day. What about outings? Almost every student leaves Branksome on an outing at one time or another. Nobody ever forgets Mrs. Hay ' s trips to Quebec, Ottawa and Washington. K is for Kiltpress. The Kiltpress is our school newspaper and along with our yearbook it plays a very important role at Branksome. It is the responsibility of the Kiltpress and the SLOGAN to keep each part of Branksome aware of what is happening throughout the other parts. Another part of Branksome, probably the most popular, is the holidays. I have mentioned today many different parts of Branksome Hall and there are a lot more that I haven ' t mentioned. These parts all come together to produce the most important part of all-school spirit and enthusiasm. Ribbit, our school mascot, is full of enthusiasm and his spirit is catching. Come out to any activity and let the spirit grab you. I believe that this should be a fabulous year for all of us. The prefects are a very special group and I ' m lucky to be working with them. This year ' s graduating class is enthusiastic and fun-loving. But we need everybody ' s help. With the team work of the prefects, the grads, the staff, the junior school and the senior school let ' s make this the best year Branksome has seen in a long time. In the words of a song you ' ve all heard - " I ' ve told you about a school I know it ' s kinda crazy but you ' ll want to go You can party till the break of dawn At Branksome Hall you can ' t go wrong! " - Headgirl ' s speech at the Installation of the Prefects, Oct. II ' 85. At Rosedale United Church.
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Miss Brough and Tonya Boundless energy, endless enthusiasm, continuing care and concern are a few of the elements which make the Junior School students and staf f cohesive and productive. Thanks to the staff and parents, our extra curricular programme has been varied and exciting. Cross country skiing at Read Acres was a great success; debating against St. George ' s and Cresent most rewarding; and our band and choir have given much pleasure, both to all of us in the school and to many throughout the city. We have so much to look forward to in the Spring: the performance of the musical, ANNIE, by the grade 1-6 drama club, the grade 7 and 8 drama club ' s production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT ' S DREAM, and the grade 7 and 8 performance of the musical THE WIZARD OF OZ. My thanks and appreciation go to Sarah, Tonya, the prefects and the Junior School officers for their support and help throughout the year. A special thank you to Tonya, who kept me so well informed. It has been a very good year. Dorothy Brough Dear Junior School Thank you for a wonderful year. Although I never went to the Junior School, you all welcomed me and made me feel right at home. The spirit this year has been excellent. Games at lunch, Ribbit ' s Birthday, Spirit Week, and of course skits, have all added together to make a successful and enjoyable year. A special thank you to Miss Brough, the Junior School staff the chieftains and the sports captains for all your extra support and kind- ness. I hope you all enjoyed your year as much as I did and Good Luck to every girl in the Junior School for next year! Love, Tonya
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