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Croftonian Crumbs

Croftonian Crumbs was the title of the first edition of the spontaneous and playful school publication, started by Miss Ellen Bryan in 1954. Similar to how today's blogs offer writers a creative and casual space, Croftonian Crumbs originally provided CHS girls an opportunity to put pen to paper without the constraints of a conventional format. We are pleased to revive the spirit of Croftonian Crumbs, in its 21st century digital edition.

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2017 Carol Service

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday December 15, 2017 at 04:51PM
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Season of Joy

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday December 8, 2017 at 01:05PM
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Celebrating Our Community

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday November 24, 2017 at 02:45PM
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Reflection and Celebrations

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Thursday November 9, 2017 at 03:07PM
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Dame Evelyn Glennie Visits CHS

On October 30, the Junior School had a special presentation by virtuoso percussionist and musician, Dame Evelyn Glennie. Born in Scotland, Dame Evelyn is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. Evelyn Glennie had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and holds 90 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize, the Companion of Honour, and Dame Commander of the British Empire. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. The film ‘Touch the Sound’ and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

Through an open discussion with Dame Evelyn, the students and teachers discovered that Evelyn became deaf at age 12 and how she later established herself as a professional percussionist. We learned how to envision a goal in order to achieve it, listened to her ideas on how becoming a professional is a lifetime endeavour, and experienced how to listen fully to ourselves and our environments in non-traditional ways. This inspirational talk reinforced our understanding of what it means to be perseverant, empathetic, courageous, patient, creative, and determined. Sometimes it is our very obstacles and challenges that lead us to opportunity and growth. 

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Thursday November 9, 2017 at 01:18PM
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Happy Autumn

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday October 27, 2017 at 11:47AM
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Whole Girl, Whole World: Amanda Lang and The Beauty of Discomfort

By Jody Harris, Communications Chair, Parents' Auxiliary

Amanda Lang, Bloomberg TV anchor and bestselling author of The Beauty of Discomfort, brought her timely message of embracing the discomfort of change to a packed house at Crofton House School. As part of Crofton House School’s and the Parents’ Auxiliary’s Whole Girl Whole World speaker series, Lang spoke about how fear of failure and a reluctance to innovate can cripple not just our children’s chances for success, but society at large. She argued that for the first time in history, the generation that follows ours might not be as successful, but that it doesn’t have to be that way. To avoid this, we must allow our children to be creative, nurture their curiosity, and teach them how to embrace the power of discomfort.

Curiosity and creativity, Lang argues, are what drive innovation and change, but from an early age we discourage our children from adopting these traits. Parents often treat the endless questions of a toddler as irritating, beginning a cycle of negative feedback children receive about curiosity. Then they head to school, where inquisitive students are often seen as disruptive, creative students as more difficult. Universities don’t do much better, Lang feels. Ultimately, our children become adults and move into the business world, which can be largely process driven, demanding uniformity for the sake of efficiency. And then we wonder as a society why we are lagging behind other countries in terms of innovation.

There are solutions, however, to relearn how to embrace change and discomfort. The first, Lang says, is simply in recognizing the value of creative thought and encouraging it rather than stifling it.  Answer your children’s questions; urge them to ask more, to get some wrong, to be creative, and maybe to fail. Another tool is mindfulness. It’s a popular concept right now that many business leaders have adopted. It works because it involves being curious about what you are feeling. Being aware of discomfort robs it of its power. Gratitude is another powerful tool in embracing discomfort. By refocusing our minds on the positive, we rob the negative of its power over us.

Lastly, we can become more methodical. Lang highlighted the story of Canadian-born NBA player Tristan Thompson, one she also uses in her book, as an example of how to make real-life changes. Well into a very successful career as a professional basketball player, Thompson decided to change the way he threw the ball by methodically breaking down his throw into smaller, more manageable pieces and making adjustments at a miniscule level. The effort could have backfired; instead the result was improved performance.  

For our children, Lang argues, it is vitally important that we teach them how to be more resilient and adaptable. As part of a generation seeing change happen at an unrelenting pace, they need to learn to how to problem solve and be creative. This they can only do if they learn how to embrace the beauty of discomfort.

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday October 13, 2017 at 02:50PM
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Interactive Discoveries

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday October 13, 2017 at 02:49PM
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Courage and Fun

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday September 29, 2017 at 03:38PM
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Welcome Back!

Posted by Stephanie Chow on Friday September 15, 2017 at 01:38PM
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