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

Students in the playground at the Nelson and Jervis campus, c. 1938-1940.
Photograph by Sheila (Peters) Thorn '40

Welcome to our first edition of 1898 for the 2020-2021 academic year! Already, summer is feeling farther behind us and we hope you are enjoying the return of sweater season with the added warmth of good memories from enjoyable times with friends and loved ones. You’ve added to our warm feelings with your interesting contributions to virtual discussions and kind updates throughout the pandemic—we thank you!

In September, the School reopened its gates on Balaclava and Blenheim, welcoming students back on campus. The School administration worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure a safe environment for all and our warm feelings grew as classrooms, hallways, and of course the woods filled with students, their laughter and voices.

That’s why—after considering your feedback—we realized it was time to make a few changes to 1898. Going forward, we’d like this to be a space where we share the experiences of current students, as well as that of the alumnae who have led the way for them. A place where Crofton House girls of past and present intermingle and commonalities at the heart of our community shine through. From current students, you’ll hear about how school is for them, their special initiatives, as well as the daily projects happening within the Junior and Senior Schools. We look forward to keeping everyone connected this school year!

A Warm and Thoughtful Welcome from Ena Harrop, Head of School


Damienne Darby '87 - how her Crofton House experience gave her the gift of resilience


Student spotlight – Ideas Worth Spreading – TEDx at Crofton House, written by Vivienne Li '21


Welcoming Morgan Pulkinen, Manager, Alumnae Relations & Events

Our Grade 12 girls continued their tradition of welcoming students on their first day back at school. Their cheers and witty signs greeted girls as they made their way back onto campus.

Learn about the Career Education Department at CHS and their initiatives that support our Senior School girls career exploration and meet Janelle Caballero, Department Head of Career Education in the Senior School.

Wendy Macken, Director of the Junior School and Michelle Douglas, Director of the Senior School welcomed our students back on campus earlier this September with great instructional videos and help from a few special guests! Watch the Junior School or Senior School video.

Tour our beautiful campus and learning spaces online! Crofton House School’s 10-acre campus offers modern and specialized learning facilities in a supportive and safe environment. Take a tour.

Calling all alumnae! Are you interested in sharing insight on your career journey with our Senior School students? Our Career Education Department offers a variety of initiatives, such as the Professional Speaker Series, Work Experience Program, and Career Day where you can volunteer and be involved.

Sign up online today!

Read Class News for photos and updates from alumnae.


Congratulations to Michelle Kwok '16 on receiving the 2020 YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award! Michelle is a Co-Founder and CEO of the Female Laboratory of Innovative Knowledge (FLIK) and built the first female-focused apprenticeship portal, allowing female leaders and apprentices to connect and work together. Congratulations Michelle for your outstanding work! Read more about Michelle and her work at FLIK.

Celebration of Life

Elizabeth Matthews '07

Elizabeth joined the Crofton House school community in Grade 7 in 2001. She was very involved at Crofton House, particularly as an athlete for the rowing team and field hockey team. Among her peers and teachers, she was known for her soft-spoken leadership, hardworking attitude and for being incredibly supportive of her teammates. Our deepest condolences to Elizabeth’s family. Read more about Elizabeth in her obituary.

Mary Patricia (Bell-Irving) Wilson '43

Mary Patricia, more affectionately known as Trish, was known for living the virtues of courtesy, honour and service, being kind and compassionate to all who knew her. Trish attended Crofton in 1937 until her Grade 10 year. She had an adventurous spirit, having travelled to many places across Canada and the globe, with her husband Charlie and their children. Our deepest condolences to Trish’s family at this time. Read more about Trish in her obituary.


Header image features students from the 1940s on the playground, posing with a hoop, at the Nelson and Jervis Crofton House Campus c. 1938-1940. Photograph was taken by Sheila (Peters) Thorn '40. Courtesy of the Crofton House School Archives.

Help enrich CHS’s archival collection by donating items related to the School’s history by contacting Manda Haligwoski, Archivist at

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Alumnae Relations

Morgan Pulkinen
Manager, Alumnae Relations & Events
604 263 3255 ext. 4207

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