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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

scottUpcoming Senior Division dates:

Monday, Nov. 20: Fall arts assembly, Laidlaw Hall, 9:55 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23: Vimy fall play, lecture theatre, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Vimy fall play, lecture theatre, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Casual dress day
Saturday, Nov. 25: Vimy fall play, lecture theatre, 7 p.m.

We had our annual fall sports assembly this past Tuesday. I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the boys and members of the faculty and staff who are involved in this area of our co-curricular programming for all they accomplished during another very successful term of athletics.

With similar intent, this coming Monday’s assembly will be dedicated to a celebration of the arts. Kudos to all the boys and members of the faculty and staff who were part of this week’s very entertaining Music Night. I’d also like to recognize those involved in our fall play, Vimy, which starts next week. Our theatre productions often sell out, so I encourage you to get your tickets early.

One of the qualities of the College that I’ve always appreciated is the way in which we value the diverse interests and passions of our boys. We aim to provide socially engaging, meaningful experiences outside of the classroom for your sons. And while we may not be perfect in this regard, I believe our co-curricular programming is an area of great strength for our school. The learning that takes place in the vast majority of activities that occur in the morning prior to the start of classes, during lunch-time, and after 3:30 p.m. ultimately provide your son with a sense of purpose, challenge him to commit to something beyond himself, and provide opportunities for him to make new friends.

In thinking of the benefits of our co-curricular programming, I recalled a very moving commercial that was sent to me some time ago. It depicts a group of young men taking part in a very unique co-curricular activity – a game of wheelchair basketball in a gym. I suggest you watch it from start to finish. It’s only a minute long and it’s important that you see the final scene. Here’s the link to the video.

Some might find it hard to believe that this inspiring short was the creation of a bunch of folks advertising Guinness stout. And while I would be reluctant to recommend that you or your son glean wisdom from beer commercials, I think the narrator’s quote in this one really hits the mark:

“Dedication, loyalty, friendship: the choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.”

I encourage you to speak to your son about his co-curricular involvement and the value he feels he gains from it.

Thanks for reading,