About Crofton House School
Welcome to Crofton House School
As an independent school for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 located on a single, connected 10-acre campus, Crofton House is in a unique position to nurture girls’ social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Each day is filled with study, laughter, discussion, play, movement and music as girls express themselves and enthusiastically discover the world around them.
Head of school: Ena Harrop
Crofton House School was founded in 1898 by the Gordon sisters, Miss Jessie Gordon and Miss Mary Gordon, in their father's home on Georgia Street with just four girls. Three years later, in 1901, the school moved to the corner of Jervis and Nelson in the West End. The name Crofton House was suggested by memories of the "Crofton Cottages" just outside Cambridge.
Clubs and Programs:
Girls at Crofton House can take advantage of over 60 clubs and co-curricular activities in the Junior and Senior Schools that encourage curiosity and discovery. From Debate to Choir to Robotics, CHS has something for everyone’s interests and strengths. In the Senior School, girls can broaden their global perspective by joining a service trip or participating in the Crofton House Global Exchange Program.
Fun experiences, such as games and crafts, bring French alive for Junior School girls in Crofton House Fun in the French program.
Junior School girls learn how to make animations, explore and experiment with movements, use stop motion animation and more in Animation Studio.
Pause & Play encourages Junior School girls to explore the wonderful world around them, relax, and be creative. unstructured play is closely linked with cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits.
Senior School girls learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts and apply them to real-life projects in Crofton House STEM Club.
Tech Crew provides the behind-the-scenes support for many school activities, including setting up the audiovisual and lighting for Senior School assemblies and productions.
Robotics gives Senior School girls the opportunity to plan, create and test robots that will compete in local Vex Robotics tournaments.
• An average of 77% of students in the Junior School participated in a sport or intramural.
• Over 140 students in Grade 3–7 participated in Track & Field, bringing home many personal bests.
• 7A Basketball Team won the 7A ISEA Basketball Championship.
• CHS won silver for Overall Girls School at ISEA Cross-Country Championships.
• CHS hosted the ISEA 7A Girls Volleyball Championships and placed fourth overall.
• Varsity Badminton Team has won gold at the ISAA Championships for 10 years in a row.
• CHS has medaled in 10 out of 13 ISAA Championships (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze).
• 263, or 51%, of Senior School students, participate in one or more sports.
• 6 out of 8 sports qualified for the BC Provincial Championships.
• 32 girls qualified for the Track & Field BC Championships, participating in 58 events, bringing home 37 personal bests, 9 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze) and 24 top 8 finishes.
Creative Arts & Technology
Junior School Opportunities:
• Instrumental music.
• Primary and Intermediate Choir.
• Clubs: Watercolour Wonders, Clay Creations, Photography, Art Hive, Make It! (textiles).
• Visual arts, including an Artist-in-Residence Program and field trips to the Vancouver Art Gallery and other local galleries.
• Design thinking and creativity.
Senior School Opportunities:
• Grade 8–9 annual production.
• “Off-Broadway”: quality annual production (alternates between a play and a musical each year).
• VISTA One-Act Play Festival: Students work in small groups to self-direct and rehearse one-act plays, and two plays are selected to present at the annual festival.
• House Play Festival: House Captains direct and rehearse fun, high-energy mini-productions for all interested students.
• Protohack Challenge: Students work together to create and present innovative solutions using design thinking and technology.
• Music ensembles, including choir, band and orchestra, stage band.
• Annual film festival showcasing students’ work.
• Clubs: Drama, Stage Band, Studio 65 (Art), Tech Booth, Video.
Junior: The Junior School library provides a warm and inviting environment where students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7 are invited to pursue their inquiries and their love for reading. Crofton House library houses a rich and dynamic collection of fiction, non-fiction, magazines, ebooks and digital resources. Students are welcome to enjoy the library space during lunch break and may check out books throughout opening hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Senior: The Senior School library is a bustling, engaging environment. On any given day, classes can be found researching a variety of topics – from the French Revolution, human genomes, film history and everything in between. Grade-appropriate research and citation instruction are available to give students the skills for success. Crofton House strives to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning and aspire to exceptional library service in an ever-changing, digital information age. Library hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm daily, with knowledgeable library staff ready to field any inquiry.
If you aim to get a good mark on an exam, start as early as possible. Don't cram. Cramming the night before is proven to be ineffective because you're taking in so much information at once that it's impossible to memorize it at all — in fact, you'll hardly retain anything. Studying before and going over it multiple times really is the best way to learn the material. This is especially true with things like history and theoretical subjects.
• Always study when you have the chance, even if it is only for 15 or 20 minutes. These short study periods add up fast!
• Study in chunks of 25 minutes using the Pomodoro Technique. After that make a break of 5 minutes; repeat the process 3x, then make a longer pause of 30-45 minutes.
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