Message from Ian Robinson, Head, Middle Division
Just like the clouds earlier this week, the weeks are scudding past and May is turning out to be the zenith of the academic year in a variety of ways.
I wrote about the music contests last week and, as is apparently becoming somewhat of a habit, the three bands excelled last Friday at the Toronto Festival of Music at York University. Competing against eight to 10 other schools, all but one senior high schools, all three Prep bands earned a gold Award. If that weren’t enough, the jazz band was recognized as the most outstanding in the festival and Richard Kwok was selected as the most outstanding soloist. This week started in similar vein with the jazz band again earning a gold at the National Festival at U of T. Kurt Karul was recognized for his outstanding musicianship. The concert band and the wind ensemble complete their contests at the National Festival this Friday. Congratulations are due to all of these fine musicians and, naturally, to their teacher Paul McGarr.
The arts have taken centre stage this week and deservedly so. This morning’s arts assembly was a very appealing, creative celebration of the arts with visual art, drama, public speaking and music all featured. They certainly kept their demanding audience enthralled. This afternoon’s Grandparents’ Day was another major success, with many activities on display or available.
The arts are central again tonight with the annual spring concert and arts night. And earlier today, the jazz band entertained the Form 6+7 families who’ll be arriving next year at the New to Blue event. As I’ve said before, busy times but great times too.
With the Prep Games Day on Friday morning, the athletic side of the Prep springs to life again, as it did last weekend with softball and rugby. It should be a lot of fun whatever the weather conditions are.
There is then a long weekend to let us all relax before the final run in to the exams for all in Form 7. Ah yes, the exams. I promised last week to give you some details about the exams and that information is included in this edition of Heads Up. After you’ve read the information, don’t hesitate to contact me, the subject teachers or your son’s form adviser if you’ve any questions.
Just to repeat last week’s notice, Form 6 will have its own Prize Day this year. There’ll be a Prize Day assembly for all Form 6 families – parents very welcome – at 8.30 a.m. on Friday, June 5. The Form 7 families will have a celebration on Monday, June 8 in the evening and then their Graduation and Prize Day will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. If you have any questions, please do contact the personnel in the office.
Lastly, another reminder that Naheed Bardai will be at the Prep tomorrow for his final visit before he gets his feet on Toronto soil for good in very early July. Do welcome him if you see him.