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Standing Out

St. Clement’s School’s mission is to develop outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. When this mission was developed by our community five years ago, the presence of the word outstanding was very purposeful. We believe that by experiencing a rigorous academic education in a close-knit and supportive community at St. Clement’s, our young women inevitably stand out among their peers.

Not a day goes by when I don’t witness our girls’ hard work, engagement, and the resulting growth and achievement. I am enormously proud of every Clementine from Grades 1-12, each with her passion, courage, and curiosity. Each girl is challenged and supported within our community to be herself and to reach her potential.

As I reflect on this past week, there have been several Clementines successes across a variety of disciplines, from Junior School to Senior School. True to our mission, these girls stood out amongst their peers:

• Julie Midroni ’18 placed 2nd overall in the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking World Championship in Sydney, Australia
• Our Junior Science Olympians Ella Francesca de Pellegrin Overgaard ’24 placed 1st in the Grade 5 mixed category, Sophie Wiggan ’23 placed 1st in the Grade 6 mixed category, our Grade 6 team came 1st and St. Clement’s School came 2nd overall
• Katrina Usmar ’23 and Samantha Sedran ‘23, both in Grade 6, returned this week having competed in the VEX Robotics World Championships in Kentucky. They created their own independent team and won the Engineering Award at the Provincial Championships which qualified them for the Worlds
• At the Ontario Secondary Schools Spanish Contest, Simona Rocco ’17 and Jackie Caminiti ’19 each placed 2nd in the Spanish Advanced and Intermediate categories, respectively

To be clear, while I share these particular events with you, standing out does not have to mean exceptional rankings. Indeed, a walk through our hallways and a visit to our classrooms will usually reveal evidence of the outstanding traits we nurture at SCS. As our mission states, we work alongside our girls’ families to develop our girls’ intellectual curiosity, courage and compassion. This allows them to discover their interests, voices and authentic selves. All of these traits contribute to our girls’ ability to stand out.

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