Havergal College

Havergal College

Infobox Education in Canada
name= Havergal College
religious_affiliation= Anglican
motto= Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference

streetaddress= 1451 Avenue Road
city= Toronto
province= ON
postalcode= M5N 2H9
url= http://www.havergal.on.ca
affiliation= Anglican
principal= Dr. Susan R. Groesbeck
schooltype= All Girls Primary & Secondary School
grades= K - 12
language= English
area= Lawrence Park
mascot= Havergator
teamname= Havergal Gators [colors= green and gold
colours= Green and Gold
founded= 1894

enrollment= 909 girls (boarders and daygirls)
enrollment_as_of= 2008/09

Havergal College (shortform "Havergal" or "HC") is a leading independent boarding and day school for girls in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Avenue Road (coord|43.7201|N|79.4143|W|). It is located down the street from Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute.

Havergal was founded in 1894 as a low church alternative to Bishop Strachan School, by a group of men led by The Honourable H. Blake, and is named after the hymn composer, author and humanitarian Frances Ridley Havergal. Havergal College is known for its excellence in education and tradition, and has many prominent alumni.

Dr. Susan Groesbeck is Principal. The school currently upholds it's mission "Preparing young women to make a difference", by enabling each girl to develop her full intellectual, creative, spiritual and physical potential.

The Athletic Centre was opened in September 2006. The new facilities include a fully equipped fitness center, 25 m six lane swimming pool, a second gymnasium, several health classrooms and additional changing rooms. Students have been waiting for the Athletic Centre's opening since the idea was first put forth in 2001.

At Havergal College, the school colours are green and gold and the mascot is the Havergator. The student motto for the 2008-2009 academic year is "'08-'09 Let's Redefine"

The school goes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 and has two buildings; the Junior School and the Upper School. Students that attend the school from kindergarten to grade twelve graduation are known as "survivors". The formal uniform consists of a white blouse with a green and yellow tie, the forest green kilt and knee socks, the forest green blazer, and black oxfords. For grades below grade 5 students wear a forest green tunic instead of the kilt.

The Havergal College hockey team plays an annual game versus BSS (Bishop Strachan School)each year in Varsity arena.

Julia Cottrelle was elected School Captain for the 2008-2009 academic year.

port Teams


*Field hockey
*Cross Country


*Synchronized Swimming!
*Winter Swim Team


*Rowing (regattas)
*Track and Field

Notable Old Girls (Alumnae)

*Dr Carolyn Bennett 1968 - Liberal MP
*Margaret Norrie McCain 1951- former New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor
*Dora Mavor Moore 1899 - Canadian theatre pioneer
*Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh 1911 - social welfare advocate
*Kate Reid 1949 - actress
*Margot Kidder 1966 - actress
*Rachel Blanchard - actress
*Gillian Apps - Canadian women's hockey team, 2006 Olympic gold medallist
*Teresa Lee - Prominent Lawyer and Humanitarian in the Detroit area
*Linda Frum - Journalist
*Maryam Sanati - Editor in Chief of Chatelaine magazine
*Alexandra Orlando - rhythmic gymnast

Notable Faculty

*Bryon Wilfert - currently a Liberal MP
*Susan Ditchburn
*Ann Peel


*Frances Ridley (White & Black - penguin)
*Ellen Knox (Green & White - frog)
*Marian Wood (Yellow & Black - bumblebee)
*Kate Leonard (Baby Blue & White - elephant)
*Margaret Taylor (Blue & Orange - butterfly)
*Edith Nainby (Red & White - lion)
*Agnes Hansen (Pink & White - pink panther)
*Catherine Steele (Purple & Silver/Grey - unicorn)
*Marcelle De Freitas (Blue & Silver - dolphin)
*Marry Dennys (Gold & Teal - dragon)

The House tradition is a distinctive characteristic of the Havergal community and is a point of pride within the rich history of the school. The House system not only recognizes the contributions of ten extraordinary women within the life of the school, it also provides an important link between students and Old Girls throughout the generations.

Buildings & Grounds

*Athletic Centre
*The Junior School
*The Upper School
*The Boarding School
*Chapel of St. Cecilia
*Labatt Quad
*Lisa Hardie Woodland Trail
*Dr. Catherine Steele Archives 1928
*Old Girls Legacy Theatre (and Labyrinth)
*Brenda Robson Hall
*Ellen Knox Library

Interesting facts

*The book "The Wives of Bath" by Susan Swan and its subsequent movie "Lost and Delirious", starring Mischa Barton and Piper Perabo, were loosely based on the author's experience as a boarder in Havergal College. The book "Spring" by Emily-Jane Hills Orford uses Havergal College as the location for part of the novel.
* The Lizard Cage starts off about a woman who attended Havergal college

ee also

*St. Andrew's College
*Ridley College
*St. Michael's Choir School
*St. Michael's College School
*Upper Canada College
*Hawthorn School for Girls
*Loretto Abbey School
*St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School
*Brebeuf College
*St. Augustine Seminary
*Branksome Hall
*Bayview Glen School
*The Crescent School
*Bishop Strachan School
*Appleby College

External links

* [http://www.havergal.on.ca/ Havergal College]

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