CHS: Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal exellence.

Welcome to the first edition of 1898 for the 2017–2018 academic year. It has been an exciting start to the school year with many alumnae events on campus. We hope you enjoy reading about your fellow alumnae and we hope you will mark your calendars for upcoming alumnae events!

In many ways, the past 10 years at Crofton House School (2007-2017) have represented an unprecedented chapter in the School’s history with the bold rebuilding of the campus. We are very pleased that over the summer our contractors completed the work on our roundabout making it a much safer place for drop-off and pick-up of our ECE and Junior School girls. The classrooms in the Fine Arts Centre have also been fully renovated and music, visual arts and drama classes are already enjoying their new spaces. The theatre is still getting some final touches but will be ready for the December winter concert season.

Moving beyond buildings, I am pleased to share the new initiatives undertaken this year as part of our current 10 year plan titled - Beyond Buildings: Extraordinary Possibilities - based on four strong pillars.

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Merideth Schutter ’95 – Passion and Drive: Keys to Success

Merideth Schutter believes in pursuing one’s personal passion…and in hard work. Qualities that were instilled in her early, by both her parents and CHS.

When reflecting on how CHS prepared her for life beyond the ivy walls and challenges of starting a business, she comes back to the idea of working hard at something you believe in and are passionate about. “A big piece of what CHS did for me was help me with my work ethic and my drive. You do work, you put in the time, but you know the results will come eventually.”

Equally as important as working hard is enjoying what you do. "It is important to find your passion. If you love what you do, enjoy your day-to-day, and get satisfaction from that, you will be successful.”

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Jam Packing Evening – It’s the time of year when our alumnae prepare to sell homemade jam at the Country Kitchen booth for the Winter Bazaar. The final preparation is packaging the jars with a touch of the Gordon Tartan. Join us at the Nocente Family Fireplace Lounge on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information contact Gillian Reynolds ‘90 at

Exclusive Alumnae sittings at the Tea Room – Join us on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the annual Winter Bazaar. This year, there is an exclusive alumnae opportunity to book one of six high tea sittings in a private room in the Old Residence. Booking the room costs $75 for one hour and sits up to 6 alumnae with unlimited tea and 36 high tea treats to share. Book a sitting »

Fall–Winter Alumnae Events - Mark Your Calendars!

November 14, 6:00–8:00 pm Jam Packaging Event
November 18, 10:00–4:00 pm Crofton House Winter Bazaar
December 15, 10:00 am Alumnae Seasonal Social
December 15, 11:30 am Crofton House School Carol Service

For more details about upcoming events, visit the alumnae events page »

As the class of 2018 heads into their final year at Crofton House, Head Girl Ashley Phord-Toy '18 had the opportunity to share the meaning of their grad name.

The Inspiration of “Triple O”

Good Morning Dr. Dawson, Members of the Platform Party, Students, Teachers, Special Guests, and of course, the Graduating Class of 2018. Today’s assembly marks a very special day in Crofton House School’s history. Not only does it mark the start of another school year, but most importantly, it marks the start of the greatest grad class in Crofton House history: Grad Triple O!

When thinking about the name Grad Triple O, many are often curious to know why our grad class has decided to name ourselves something so similar to the fast food chain “Triple O’s.” Now, there are a few reasons. First, nearly all of us were born in the year 2000. And we thought that we should take advantage of this special fact considering it’s going to be another thousand years until any grad class can make another great pun about triple o’s. Second, we just love White Spot. It’s as simple as that. But finally, we named ourselves Grad Triple O because, like our favourite White Spot burger, we have no doubt that this year will be LEGENDARY.

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Crofton House School alumnae have a longstanding tradition of giving back to strengthen communities. It has been 10 years since the School has approached the alumnae requesting financial support in support of excellence in girls’ education. In that time the campus has been renovated and rebuilt to meet the needs of girl’s education in the 21st century and beyond.

The School is now launching an Annual Fund in support of the new Strategic Bursary Program. This program works to remove financial barriers to ensure that extraordinary girls applying to grade 8 can have access to the exciting possibilities of a Crofton House education.  

We hope that when you receive the new Annual Fund that you will consider making a gift that will help give girls an extraordinary future.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85, Assistant Director, Advancement at

Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal excellence.

Inspiration through Life Stories

The Lunch and Learn Program 2017–2018 kicked-off with three dynamic speakers who followed very diverse paths. Each alumna’s story included words of humour and wisdom as they described their lives beyond the ivy walls. The School was delighted to welcome back several accomplished women.

Vivian Yeung ’93 Ophthalmologist Read interview »
Karina Thomas ’90 Occupational Disease Scientific Lead with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Policy and Program Development Branch at Alberta Labour Read interview »
Alexandra Faber ’96 Pediatric Neurologist Read interview »

If you are interested in being a ‘Lunch and Learn’ speaker, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85, Assistant Director Advancement at

Fall is clearly here in all of its windy and colourful glory! Time to bring out the scarves, gloves and toques to keep warm on these blustery days. What better place to stock up and warm up but in the Alumnae Uniform Shop. New this fall are wooly Gordon Tartan scarves, cozy pashminas and (coming soon) fleece toques and gloves!

The Uniform Shop will be open during the Winter Bazaar, November 18th stocked with all the new giftware – key chains, Crofton House charms, and more – perfect stocking stuffers!

Alumnae Achievement Award Nominations now open!

Each year the Alumnae Association is proud to recognize alumnae who are making a difference in their community, their career and in the lives of others. We each have dynamic and inspiring women in our grad classes who are deserving of such accolades. Please consider recognizing one of our many talented alumnae by submitting a nomination form for this year’s award. 

Final due date for nominations is December 31.

Alum Mum Breakfast 2017

The Alum Mums are back and this year with five new additions. Thirty-four alumnae have daughters attending Crofton House with representation in each grade. The Alum Mums got together for breakfast to kick-off another year at their alma mater!

Teddy Bear Alert

September 30 brought over 20 alumnae with their guests, little girls and teddy bears to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centre. While the little girls and teddy bears enjoyed special activities and a teddy bear picnic, the mums heard a special presentation from Susan Hutchison, director, Junior School, on the Power of Play: Preparing Your Child for a Dynamic Future. It was a wonderful morning of learning, playing, seeing old friends and making new ones!




Lauren Burian '14

Congratulations to Lauren Burian ’14 on her graduation from Durham University.  Lauren graduated in June 2017 with her Hon.BA in International Relations and Business Management. Lauren currently has an internship with the Onni Group (real estate and property development firm) and is hoping to return to the UK to continue her career in marketing and communications one day in the future. Lauren would love to connect with her old classmates and any alumnae living and working in London.  She can be contacted at

1987 – A Very Good Year

We were delighted to welcome the class of 1987 back to campus for their second reunion event! Yes, they enjoy each other’s company so much they held a second reunion. Over 25 classmates came together to share dinner and memories. A tour of the new school facilities won rave reviews but also brought back lots of wonderful stories of learning (and pranks) within these same ivy walls.

Upcoming Reunion Planning

This coming year we will be celebrating the reunion years ending in 3 and 8 (i.e. 1983 or 1998). We are happy to help in your reunion planning and delighted to welcome all classes back to campus! For more information on our new reunion packages, please contact Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ’85 at

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