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


We hope your September has been off to a great start! Whether you’re back to the routines of school life or simply greeting the seasonal changes, we welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at Crofton House. For our alumnae community, you can expect a few of our events to adapt virtually for another year. Though our connections remain online for the time being, if there is anything that these connections have taught us, it’s that our community makes the most of what we can to continue engaging, learning and growing in creative ways. We look forward to another great year ahead!

Kelly (McCarthy) Eng ’90, CHS Alumnae Association President, shares a message of welcome with alumnae.

"On behalf of the Alumnae Association, I wanted to welcome everyone “back” from summer. There is still something about the Fall that signals a new start to me, whether you’ve had extended time off, stolen some time here and there, or had no time off at all. It has been a busy summer from the Association’s perspective, as we have been moving along with our Strategic Planning process." Read more.

At this year’s annual opening assembly, Ena Harrop, Head of School, delivered a powerful speech to our students and community.

Watch her full address and read an excerpt from her speech to find out why Jesse Gordon and Shabana Basij Rakish, the head of SOLA, the only girls’ boarding school in Afghanistan, are two inspiring women to keep in our minds for the upcoming academic year.

The excitement of receiving a letter in the mail is one that the 40 Crofton House Grade 1 students experienced first-hand last year when they became pen pals with approximately 20 alumnae who graduated between 1947-1982. Read about the experience.

Introducing the Class of 2022

The Class of 2022, or Titanium ’22 as they’ve fondly named themselves after the 22nd element in the periodic table, kicked off the first day of school with cheers and signs along 41st!

A Crofton House Tradition

The tradition of sashes for our Grade 12 leaders continues on at CHS. The Student Executive (Head Girl, Assistant Head Girl, Prefects) and House Captains were given their sashes in the beginning of September.

Giving Back to the Community

It’s been a busy September for the CHS community! Led by the Parents’ Auxiliary, the community successfully donated and helped pack 334 backpacks to children in need in the Lower Mainland from their annual Backpack Drive.

In addition to this, this year's used uniform sale saw its biggest revenue to date! All proceeds were donated to KidSafe, a local organization that provides essential services and programs to vulnerable children.

Collaborative Art: The "Tree of Hope

The chalk art welcome back event was another colourful hit to start off the school year. The week-long event offered all students an opportunity to collaborate together, get creative, draw and colour to their heart's content during their breaks. Artist Blake Wydeman filled the Nancy Chan Family Courtyard with drawings centered on the theme of “Hope” for the girls to colour in and be inspired by.


We have two exciting volunteer opportunities for our alumnae to support our Senior School students – Career Conference & Mentorship Program - Pilot Year. If you are interested, please sign up online or email us at with any questions.

For more information about both Career Education initiatives, read more.

Career Conference

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm PST
Format: Virtual sessions via Zoom
Theme: Balance & Wellbeing
Role: Speakers are asked to share their professional and/or personal life experiences with our Grade 11 and 12 students.

Mentorship Pogram - Pilot Year

Purpose: The CHS Mentorship Program was created to connect current students with Alumnae who can support them by sharing their academic and career experiences.

Role: As a mentor to a student, your role will be to share your academic/career journeys and support your mentee with guidance, feedback, motivation and perspective.

Copies of The Ivy, the new Crofton House community magazine, were mailed this week to alumnae with active Canadian addresses. If you would like to receive a hard copy of The Ivy, please update your home address. The Ivy Magazine is also available online.

Thank you to those who contributed to the Alumnae Notes! If you are interested in contributing to next year’s edition of The Ivy, connect with us at

Interesting Alumnae Reads

Congratulations to Pik-Shuen Fung ’05 for the publication of her book Ghost Forest. Read the Vancouver Sun review or visit her website for more information about Pik-Shuen and her work. Congratulations Pik-Shuen!

Alumna Psyche Loui ’99 was recently published as a contributing author in the Scientific American. Make sure to read about how neuroscience, psychology and music merge together in this fascinating piece on “How Music Can Literally Heal the Heart”.

Psyche is an Assistant Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice in the Department of Music at Northeastern University. She is also the recipient of the 2021 Junior Alumnae Achievement Award for her outstanding work linking music with neuroscience and psychology. Congratulations Psyche!

Celebration of Life
Marian S. (Vance) Pocock '35

We remember Marian Pocock '35 and celebrate her long-life and many contributions to the community with these selection of photos. Special thank you to Janey Johnson '73 (Marian’s daughter) for sharing with us photos from Marian’s time at Crofton House. Read more about Marian in The Ivy Magazine.

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