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Over the summer, KidSafe is using the Crofton House kitchen to prepare, package and distribute food for children attending their summer programs. 

KidSafe is a local organization that provides vulnerable children and youth with nutrition and educational programming during school breaks. Their summer programming allows over 400 children to participate in activities and receive meals and snacks at nine different sites. 

The Crofton House kitchen is being used as the KidSafe ‘food hub’ where the team prepares breakfast, lunch and snacks for four of the sites, and gathers, sorts and distributes all of the food for the food packs that kids take home over the weekend. "We are so grateful for this space. The generosity of Crofton House School has been incredibly helpful to us as we work to grow our food program.” says Janelle Zwarych, Manager, Donor Engagement at KidSafe. 

With the kitchen not in use over the summer, it was a great opportunity for Crofton House to continue supporting KidSafe. Over the past two years, Crofton House has donated the proceeds from the Winter Bazaar, over $132,000, to KidSafe, translating into tens of thousands of meals and snacks and thousands of hours of activities. 

Crofton House thanks SAGE Dining Services and Chef Harley Darnel for supporting the set-up of this initiative and SerVantage for donating the kitchen cleaning service.   

There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall…

My final message to the Crofton House School community is simply one of deep gratitude.  

It has truly been an honour and a privilege to be Head of Crofton House School for the past 19 years and to witness more than 1,500 graduates walk across the stage at Chan Centre – the confident, courageous, creative, citizens and women leaders we know the world needs more than ever. It seems impossible that this year’s graduating class was not born when I arrived at CHS – and now I leave as an honourary member of L19htning McQueen!

I feel equally fortunate to have also worked in close partnership with parents. Not a day has gone by that I have not seen them on the campus lending a helping hand. There is no question that our extraordinary parents have made Crofton House the school it is today by continuing to give so generously. Together we have been able to rebuild the campus to provide a place for our academic, arts, and athletics programs to flourish. The addition of the ECE Centre – a place of pure joy – has also allowed us to offer the best of all-girls’ education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

But we know at the very heart of great schools are not buildings, but rather great teachers. It has been a privilege to watch them each day - and often well into the evening and on weekends - helping girls to fulfill the School’s mission, “to discover and pursue their personal excellence”. They have championed a number of outstanding new programs, coached countless student athletes, and nurtured artists of every type. In the words of the students, “our teachers are supportive, caring, knowledgeable and simply amazing”.

I have also had the good fortune to work with an outstanding team of administrators and leaders. I know that Ena Harrop, the 9th Head of Crofton House School, will have the support of a team of the very best, including Barbara Schuetz, my assistant – who will work together with this entire community to continue the legacy of Crofton House School that Jessie Gordon and her sisters began 121 years ago. 

I have every confidence the future of CHS is bright. I also believe it will be made even stronger because of our shared belief that cost should not be a barrier to a Crofton House School education for any extraordinary girl. 

Thank you for your support of the Dr. Patricia Dawson Bursary Fund – I am truly humbled. As someone who personally benefited from both bursaries and scholarships to complete her own education, I am pleased to know that these funds will put a Crofton House education in reach for more extraordinary girls.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.

Pat Dawson (aka Patty D)

It's the end of the school year! Before we break for the summer, let's take a moment to reflect on the courage, creativity, and citizenship that guided us through the 2018-2019 school year.

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The Junior School Track & Field Team were awarded 2019 Girls Team Champions at the:

  • BC Elementary School Track & Field Championships, where over 100 girls participated in the 3-day event 
  • Vancouver Elementary School Track & Field Championships
  • Vancouver Olympic Club Track & Field Championships, where they were awarded the top relay team trophy as well
  • ISEA 2019 Girls Team Champions!

Senior School athletes Elisa L and Georgia D travelled to St. Catharines, Ontario for the Canadian National rowing championships. After 3 long days of competing, Georgia and Elisa won two national Gold Medals - gold in the Senior Women’s Double and gold in the Senior Women’s Pair.

Senior School Track & Field athletes ended the season strong at the BC Provincial Championships in Kelowna, BC. Crofton Falcons acquired 25 top finishes and received 13 medals, including six gold medals for 80m Hurdles, High Jump, Triple Jump, 3000m, and the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events. In the overall girls championships category, the Junior Girls team placed 7th, the varsity team won Bronze and the grade 8 girls won gold!

  • Junior Girls Overall BC Championships - 7th Place
  • Varsity Girls Overall BC Championships - 3rd Place
  • Grade 8 Girls Overall BC Championships -  st Place!

The Varsity Soccer Team travelled to Campbell River for their BC Provincial Championships. Crofton Falcons placed 6th at the 2019 AA BC Provincial Soccer Championships - matching the best placing we have ever finished in Crofton House history. 

The Varsity Badminton Team travelled to Victoria, BC for their BC Provincial Championships. They placed 5th in their BC Provincial Championships. This is the only BC Sport Championship that only has one tier and our Falcons were competing with the top 16 teams in the province.

The Varsity Tennis Team won Bronze at the 2019 AAA Tennis BC Championships

Congratulations to all our athletes!

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