From the Right Brain #11

by Leanne Mladen SMLS Teacher of Communications Arts and Visual Arts &  IT Coordinator Celebrating Success I sat at lunch recently with some other teachers, and a student who had a very rough start to the year walked past our table. “Remember how she was in September?” one teacher asked. “Look at her now, what a…Read More

From the Right Brain #10

Career Exploration in the Arts by Leanne Mladen SMLS Teacher of Communications Arts and Visual Arts &  IT Coordinator I remember as I became increasingly interested in pursuing the arts, I heard a lot of talk about “starving artists” and received a general lack of encouragement to plan a future in the arts. As a Visual…Read More

Just Go For It!

by Dorothy Byers SMLS Head of School   Farah and Dorothy with our Prefects Just go for it! Farah Mohamed is an inspiring woman and a perfect choice as the SMLS 125th Anniversary Speaker. This was clearly evident by the impact she had at the school. As a little girl, Farah arrived in Canada as…Read More

From the Right Brain #9

by Leanne Mladen SMLS Teacher of Communications Arts and Visual Arts &  IT Coordinator There’s no more stressful yet rewarding endeavour in the arts than putting on a musical.  Whether you’re the director, stage manager, or a performer, problem-solving, rehearsing, searching, tweaking, and refining are all a constant part of the process. Speaking from experience, having…Read More

Parenting – the most important job in the world

by Dorothy Byers  SMLS Head of School The other weekend we were putting our skis away when a dad came into the locker area and said to no one in particular, “I’m not the boss of my kids”. I got “that look” from my husband who knew that I would be tempted to start a conversation……Read More

On Being New

by Dorothy Byers SMLS Head of School               Dorothy with 2015-2016 Head Girl Mai-Lan At midnight on December 31st each year, something magical happens – the calendar changes to a new year. Just like Christmas and Canada’s Birthday (as well as our own) we know that the date never…Read More

From the Right Brain #8

by Leanne Mladen SMLS Teacher of Communications Arts and Visual Arts &  IT Coordinator One of the reasons you send your daughter to SMLS should be the unique opportunities our programming provides her. This term we are definitely living up to that in the arts as Mrs. Tonya French (teacher of Visual Arts SS1-SS4) has booked…Read More

Learning Perpetually

by Dorothy Byers SMLS Head of School Last week I had a novel and new experience – I wrote my first line of code… and students coached me! SMLS was invited to participate in “The Hour of Code” at Ryerson University by Dean of Science Imogen Coe. She is familiar with our school through her…Read More

From the Right Brain #7

by Leanne Mladen SMLS Teacher of Communications Arts and Visual Arts &  IT Coordinator It’s report card time again and many students are asking, “What mark did I get?” My first reaction is to correct the phrasing, “You mean, what mark have you earned?” and my second thought is “Why are you so focused on marks…Read More

Student Success for All Our Girls

by Dorothy Byers SMLS Head of School At SMLS, we believe that all our students can achieve success. This is a tall order, but to begin, we must define success. We often hear about schools who say that their students “achieve their full potential”, but how can we know what that is unless we have…Read More