Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division
Upcoming Senior Division dates:
Friday, Oct. 9: Early dismissal for Thanksgiving weekend (classes end at 12:30 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 12: Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)
Tuesday, Oct. 13: Foundation Year parent information evening, student centre, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 14: PSAT for all Foundation Year students, Hewitt Athletic Centre, 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 14: IB1 student grade level meeting, Laidlaw Hall, 8:30 a.m.
On Sunday morning, upon getting into my car, I noticed that the contents of my glove box and centre console storage unit had been scattered all over the front seats. It didn’t take long to realize that we were the victims of a theft at some point during the previous night.
Fortunately we don’t keep anything of too much value in our car, but when I realized that the thief had made away with my Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses that I had been using for years (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun) along with some other items, I was really “cheesed.” Ironically, I’m the person in my family who’s obsessed with locking the car, so I was even more ticked off when I realized that I couldn’t blame anyone else for what happened. I was the last one to drive that night and, for some unexplainable reason, I must have forgotten to hit the lock button upon leaving the car.
I stewed about this pretty much all day Sunday, but received a needed dose of reality during Monday morning’s assembly when Craig Parkinson spoke to the boys about the issue of homelessness. As part of his opening remarks, he shared this video of a homeless man talking about his plight and the way he’s often treated by others.
Our Barton Lecture speaker for the assembly was Bob Duff, a former Bay Street executive who ended up homeless and living on the street. Duff now serves as the executive director for St. Simon’s Shelter, an organization that works with the homeless in Toronto. He shared the story of his difficult descent from his Bay Street office, to sleeping below it on a street grate, to finding peace and purpose again through his meaningful work with the homeless. After discussing the complexities and challenges faced by those living on the street and in shelters, the boys expressed their appreciation and compassion with a standing ovation for our guest speaker.
As I, along with your boys, listened to what was being presented during Monday’s assembly, a sense of perspective set in. I was fretting about losing a 10-year-old pair of sunglasses when there are people here in our city who, on a daily basis, struggle to meet their basic needs and long for food, shelter and companionship.
With a view to Thanksgiving weekend, I encourage you to speak with your son about Monday’s assembly, perspective and being grateful for all we have.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others.” – Cicero (106–43 B.C.)
Thanks for reading,