Bishop Strachan School
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|The Bishop Strachan School|
In Cruce Vinco
In the cross I conquer
|298 Lonsdale Road
Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1X2, Canada
|Colours||Burgundy and Grey|
The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) ('Strachan' pronounced /ˈstrɔːn/) is a Canadian day and boarding school for girls. The School has approximately 900 students including 80 boarding students ranging from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (approximately ages 4–17). The School is named after John Strachan, the first Anglican bishop of Toronto, and was founded by John Langtry in 1867. The founders' intention was to educate girls to be leaders.
The campus is situated within the Forest Hill neighborhood of Toronto. The main building was designed by Henry Sproatt.
The boarding program starts in Grade 7, and boarders come from many parts of Canada and the world. The Senior School offers a wide range of courses in both traditional subjects as well as courses such as Film and Design Technology. It offers Advanced Placement courses in some subjects.
When students enter BSS they are placed in a house with 8 to 10 other students from their grade. There are 12 different houses in the school: Acres, Dupont, Grier, Griffith, Lamont, Langtry, Macnaughton, Marling, Nation, Pyper, Rosseter, and Walsh. The school has approximately 80 boarders from Grades 7 to 12 from over 21 countries. Each boarder is a member of a boarding House (St. Hilda's or St. Monica's), as well as a day house. The boarding program includes regular evening study (including tutorial support).
The school offers programs in the arts and a variety of musical ensembles. It stages a classical production and a musical annually with Upper Canada College. BSS also offers a co-educational summer academy during July.
The Bishop Strachan School first opened September 1867 at Pinehurst, near the Art Gallery of Toronto (currently the Art Gallery of Ontario), then relocated in 1868 to a cottage on Front Street, and then relocated to Wykeham Hall at Yonge and College Streets in 1870. There is a historical marker on the College Park building at the SW corner of Yonge and College Streets. In September 1915, The Bishop Strachan School opened as a large gothic-style structure, made of Credit Valley limestone, at its present-day Forest Hill location at 298 Lonsdale Road.
The award winning firm of Bogdan Newman Caranci Inc. (formerly known as Joseph Bogdan Associates Inc.), Architects and Urban Design Consultants based in Toronto, were responsible for the new academic wing at BSS. The work was undertaken under the name Andrew Bogdan Kemp Architects, a Partnership of Corporation. This new addition included new classrooms, a fitness centre, a full gymnasium and underground parking. The new wing creates a functional courtyard for playgrounds while reducing the mass of the building along the residential streetscape. To preserve the highly valued outdoor playing field and tennis courts, the fitness centre, gymnasium and parking are located below grade and connected to the main building via a skylit corridor link. This new structure pays homage to the original architecture, while bringing the school into the realm of 21st century architecture.
The school's alumni include:
- Viola Allen - actress
- Thea Andrews - actress and TV personality
- Margaret Campbell (politician) - municipal and provincial politician
- Lin Chi-ling - Taiwanese model and actress
- Michelle Giroux - Canadian stage actress
- Kate Hewlett - Canadian actress, writer and songwriter
- Emily Murphy - Canadian women's rights activist, the British Empire's first female judge & one of The Famous Five (Canada)
- Marjorie Pickthall - Poet and writer
- Valerie Pringle - Canadian television host and journalist
- Ann Southam - composer
- Margaret Wente Columnist for The Globe & Mail
- Beatrice Helen Worsley - first female computer scientist in Canada
- Larysa Kondracki - writer/director of The Whistleblower
- Marina Endicott - Canadian novelist
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