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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

scottUpcoming Senior Division Dates:
Monday, Nov. 13 – November Long Weekend (no classes)
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Year 10 Career Morning: 8:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Music Night: Laidlaw Hall, 7 p.m.

Perspective is a characteristic that is elusive for many adults at times, and is a concept that is often particularly difficult for young people to understand. During both of our assemblies this week, your sons heard from speakers, and were presented with content, that may have helped them grasp at least some of the meaning of perspective.

On Monday, 89-year-old holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger, shared his story of how he spent his teenage years – being uprooted from his home, separated from family members, and surviving various concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau. Leipciger explained that life expectancy upon entering concentration camps at the time was about four months. The boys were captivated by his heart-wrenching account as he spoke about losing his mother, sister and other relatives during that time, and also about narrowly escaping his own death on at least two occasions. It was truly inspiring to see such a positive mindset from a man who had experienced so much hardship.

“Life is a series of moments, good and bad,” he said, “and what we remember are just fractions of those moments. We need to cherish the good moments and overcome the bad ones.” As well, today, during our annual Remembrance Day Assembly, the boys were given the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many soldiers of the past during the two World Wars and other military conflicts. Students honored Old Boys who had served their country in a very respectful way through their singing, musical performances and a theatrical presentation. As always, the boys were in top form – like Monday’s assembly, you could hear a pin drop throughout the entirety of our Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was a truly moving experience and the reverence demonstrated by the boys, both those participating in the order of service and those in the audience, was admirable, and greatly appreciated by the many veterans who were in attendance.

The two assemblies we had this week were further examples of why I often refer to Laidlaw Hall as the school’s biggest classroom. Indeed, profound learning takes place there. Not the type of learning that is assessed on tests or exams, but learning that will go a long way to help your son better navigate his moral compass and develop strengths of character.

Through hearing Nate Leipciger’s story and remembering lives lost during military conflict, I suspect that your son has a better understanding of hardship, sacrifice, courage and hope. He may also have a better appreciation for the value of perspective.

Wishing you and your family a relaxing and enjoyable long weekend.

Thanks for reading,
Scott

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