Branksome Hall is a member of the Triangle of Hope, founded by Peter Oliver, Chair of the Stephen Leacock Foundation for Children. The Triangle of Hope partners a Toronto independent school with a Toronto inner-city school and a school in South Africa. Branksome and Rose Avenue Public School in Toronto partner with the Queenstown Get Ahead Project School (QGAP) in South Africa. Together, we work to provide opportunities for student learning, service and friendship.
The project began at Branksome in 2004, and every year since then, a group of senior Branksome students and faculty has travelled to South Africa. The Branksome students help at the Queenstown Get Ahead Project School (QGAP), where they spend time running a number of projects with the students and staff. Branksome students lead classes and interact with student groups while the South African and Canadian teachers share curriculum initiatives.
As part of our partnership with Rose Avenue Public School, groups of Branksome Hall students go weekly to Rose Avenue to run the after-school Homework Club and the JUMP Math Tutoring programs with Rose Avenue students.
In August 2006, Branksome Hall began hosting the Leap into Literacy camp for Rose Avenue Public School students. Funded by the Stephen Leacock Foundation, the Literacy Camp gives at-risk students the opportunity to enhance their literacy skills in preparation for the upcoming academic year. About 30 Grade 3 and 4 Rose Avenue students took part in the latest camp at Branksome. Students from Branksome Hall volunteer at the camp and participate in many fun activities and outings with the students from Rose Avenue.
We also volunteer at the First Nations School, in Toronto, as part of our Triangle of Hope partnership.