One of best american boarding schools for girls! Balmoral Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba , Canada, is the only school in Manitoba to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program for students in Nursery – Grade 5.
The programme enriches the Manitoba curriculum with a global focus and an emphasis on trans-disciplinary skills. Students are engaged in an inquiry based program that is designed to foster the development of the whole child.
Girls are provided an education that gives them a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools, built on a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children.
Our Urban Campus
Balmoral Hall School specializes in education for girls and is located in a historic neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, along the banks of the scenic Assiniboine River.
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||An American high school based in Canada! Balmoral Hall School was established in 1901 as Havergal College. The doors were opened on 122 Carlton Street under the direction of Miss Mary Jane Dalton. Havergal’s name was changed in 1917 to Rupert’s Land College to end the confusion with the institution of the same name in Toronto, and to link the school more closely with the West.
Aikins House was a gift to the United Church of Canada from Sir James Aikins upon his death in 1929. He stipulated in his will that it be used as a school for girls, and bequeathed a further amount for its upkeep. Sir Aikins’ son, Col. G.H. Aikins also presented his own home (the Red House) to the cause. As a result, Riverbend School for Girls, named after the first building, was opened in September 1929 at the present site of Balmoral Hall School.
By 1950, a decline in students had created deficits at both schools. Rupert’s Land Carlton Street facility did not allow for expansion, so it was agreed that the schools would amalgamate to the Riverbend campus. The new school was named Balmoral Hall after Balmoral Castle in Scotland, one of the homes of Britain’s Royal Family. School began in September 1950, under the direction of Miss Gwendolyn Murrell-Wright.
With the amalgamation of the two schools, the traditions from both were intertwined to create a new identity. Riverbend’s motto Ad Meliora “To Better Things” was combined with Rupert’s Land motto Alta Petens “Seeking the Heights” to form Balmoral Hall’s motto Meliora Petens “Seeking Better Things”.
The school has outwardly changed a great deal since its beginnings. In 1955, the Senior School wing was opened. Dalton House replaced the Red House in 1961. The new building served as the residence until 1986. In 1967, a modest expansion of the school brought the Richardson Building – which included a new gymnasium, re-vamped science labs and facilities to meet the growing number of students.
A new library and reception area were constructed in 1980. The Gar-Neil apartments were purchased in 1987, and the residence was moved from Dalton House, which was renovated in 1988 to house the Junior School classrooms.
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Residence Staff work closely with the student elected Residence Prefect to promote the participation of boarders in school activities and organize special events. They also encourage participation in many after school activities including the Blazers athletic program and the Academy of the Arts. Every weekend an optional activity is planned for students such as attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, playing paintball, snowboarding or rock climbing. Other students may opt to go to the movies or attend a friend’s hockey game. Weekends can be cultural, educational, busy or quiet but mostly weekends are a time to have fun and relax.
All residence students are members of the Winnipeg Winter Club premiere fitness facility. Students have access to tennis, badminton, swimming, ice skating, and fitness equipment. As well students are encouraged to take private music instruction, dance, or equestrian.
Students will experience four very distinct seasons throughout the year. In October the leaves will begin to change colour and soon the snow will fall. Warm winter clothes will be required for the average winter temperature of -25 Celsius and for skating on the river trail behind residence. In March everything will melt and the green grass will begin to show. Soon we will be planning a trip to the beach on a day when the average June temperature is +25 Celsius.
About the school
Long description: Winnipeg is one of the most culturally diverse communities in Canada. Students have the opportunity to get a taste for various foods, languages and artistic endeavours both in and outside of school. Our residence organizes exciting activities for boarding students. These events happen both weekly and monthly, including regular restaurants visits, attendance at cultural events and much more. BH truly becomes a home-away-from-home.
Balmoral Hall fosters strong connections within our student, teaching and alumnae communities. Our mentor family program allows international students to connect with families in our community. With the latest technology, BH also makes it easy for our international students to keep in touch with their families.
When it comes to academics, we provide a customized EAL program for our international students. This helps them fully integrate into the exciting and challenging curriculum of their grade.
To ensure an international boarding program that delivers not only an exceptional educational experience, attention in residence is directed at providing a cultural exchange that also fosters the development of Canadian language skills. Every effort is made to place students with girls from other countries while still ensuring similar interests and ages are maintained that will contribute to new friendships.