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

Welcome to the final edition of 1898 for the 2019-2020 school year. It almost goes without saying that this has been a busy and challenging school year. Nothing has been conventional and it has been exciting to see how the girls, the School and the alumnae have been creative in meeting many new challenges head on! We hope you enjoy reading about your fellow alumnae. We are not setting dates for alumnae events next year at this time but will stay in touch with you as plans are developed under Ministry guidelines. Enjoy your summer!

Message from Lydia (McNeill) Vandenberg ‘85

The school 2019-2020 school year has been one full of changes and challenges. It is a year that has given us as a school and each of us as individuals the opportunity to learn how we can do things better. What is our personal lens through which we view the world? How can we change that lens to ensure that we are helping move the world forward in a way that embraces all, gives voice to those who are marginalized and educates our future leaders to be compassionate and brave?

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Q&A with Ena Harrop, Head of School

We took this end of year opportunity to sit down with Head of School, Ena Harrop to ask a few questions about her experiences in her first year at Crofton House School.

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Alumnae in the Making – 2020 Vision

Once again, we are delighted to welcome our newest alumnae to our community. The Class of 2020 will go down in CHS history for facing world-wide challenges head on as they completed their time as a student at Crofton House School. They share this distinction with the Class of 1918 who graduated amidst the influenza pandemic that also saw the closing of schools (and borders quarantined at the school with the ‘mistresses’ turning from teacher to nurse).

A very different future awaits this class as they venture off to the new challenges of virtual learning and some in class experience at universities around the world. We welcome these new alumnae and wish them the very best!

As part of the graduation tradition, we are pleased to include the valedictory address of Head Girl, Amanda Lee ’20 and a listing of the post-secondary institutions our graduates will be attending in the coming years.

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CHS in the time of COVID-19

We have had many questions about how Crofton House continued to deliver different types of classes during these changing times. We have also had many of you reaching out from various cities and continents sharing your experiences these past few months. Alumnae are proving to be resourceful, caring and proactive in meeting needs within their own communities. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the highlights of this adapted-learning environment and some of the stories of how alumnae are caring for others.

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Stay Connected

Crofton Connect
Connect with your fellow alumnae in our new alumnae platform, Crofton Connect! Sign up today by using your LinkedIn, Facebook or email.


Thank you to all of the alumnae who have supported the CHS Community Response Fund. Together, we raised $80,000 - a true testament to the strength of the Crofton House community.

COVID-19 has impacted many of our families financially and our goal is to ensure that every girl currently at Crofton House can remain part of our community. To support this critical initiative, visit the CHS Community Response online form. Thank you for your continued support of our girls!


Alumnae News


Crofton House Alumna and 2015 Alumnae Achievement Award recipient Prudence Emery ’54 recently saw the publication of her book Nanaimo Girl (Cormorant Books), a runaway success of a memoir detailing a life that was anything but prudent. From the Trafalgar Day Ball, to the luxurious Savoy Hotel in London, to a career as a film publicist among stars of the stage, Nanaimo Girl is the embodiment of a life well-lived. Prudence’s memoir has been enormously well-received, entering a second printing within months of its release, and achieving best-seller status in several bookstores from BC to Ontario. Read more about Prudence’s work.

“Prudence Emery has been called a lot of things, including a pit bull by Jude Law and a pistol by Michael Douglas. But one thing’s certain: You could never call her boring.” — Dana Gee, The Vancouver Sun


It is with sadness that we inform our CHS community of the passing of the following alumnae:

Penny (Godfrey) Koch ’54

Moira (Crawford) Anderson ’53


Class of 2020 Lifers

Shout out to our 31 lifers from the class of 2020, who have been at Crofton House from grade 1 through to grade 12! This photo includes their former Grade 1 teacher, Avria Shier. Congratulations again to the class of 2020!

  • Katrina Aidelbaum
  • Esmee Alexiadis-Beech
  • Andrea Bilawich
  • Emma Bursey
  • Tai Bursey
  • Celine Chak
  • Jady Chan
  • Tiffany Chang
  • Zoe Chee
  • Samantha Chen
  • Serena Chen
  • Hailey Chutter
  • Tea Folprecht
  • Rhiannon French
  • Shruti Goyal
  • Natalie Hill
  • Olivia Hsieh
  • Britney Kam
  • Madisyn Kruk
  • Amanda Lee
  • Natalie Leong
  • Rebecca Liu
  • Rachel Phord-Toy
  • Maia Poon
  • Tiara Safaei
  • Anya Shah
  • Maya Shah
  • Natalie Teghararian
  • Pareesa Versi
  • Crystal Yu
  • Joyce Zhang


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