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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

scottUpcoming Senior Division dates:

Thursday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, Feb. 24: Classical play King Lear, David Chu Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 27: Year 12 student meeting and consent workshop, various rooms, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 27: Waterloo Math Contest, various classrooms, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Pink Shirt Day, casual dress
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Extended essay meeting time for supervisor with students, various locations, 8:30 a.m.

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Family Day weekend.

I wanted to take this opportunity to commend all the boys who were involved in the The Bishop Strachan School/UCC co-production of The Addams Family. As a faithful viewer of the old black and white television series, I was filled with nostalgic memories as I watched the play. But I must admit that I became an instant fan of the modern stage version of the show and was blown away by the stellar performances of our boys. I look forward to this week’s classical production of King Lear this week.

On the topic of the arts, we had a great start to the week with Tuesday’s creative arts assembly that included the smooth grooves of the Senior Jazz Band and a short student-directed film. Our guest speaker was Canadian photojournalist Richard Lautens, who spoke to the boys about the specific field of photography, but encouraged them to try to find their own forms of personal expression through various mediums of art.

Lautens’ address, which reinforced the value of creativity for all, reminded me of a PBS “This I Believe” personal essay I heard a few years ago delivered by Kentucky poet laureate Frank X. Walker. In his brief piece, Walker made a few interesting belief statements about creativity:

  • “I believe that happy children are those given the freedom to be expressive, to discover …”
  • “I believe that the highest quality of life is full of art and creative expression and that all people deserve it. I believe in a broad definition of what art is and who artists are: barbers, cooks, auto detailers, janitors and gardeners have as much right to claims of artistry as designers, architects, painters and sculptors. Every day, our streets and school buses become art galleries in the form of perfectly spiked hair, zig-zagging corn rows and dizzying shoelace artistry.”
  • “I believe creativity — in all its many forms — can change the way we think and operate. Celebrating the creativity around us helps maintain our sanity and keeps us happy.”

One of the aspects of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme that I’ve always appreciated is the value it places on creativity. Even if your son doesn’t take an arts class as part of his course load, he’ll be required to immerse himself in some form of creativity during his final two years at the College. Admittedly, some boys will do this to fulfill their Creativity, Activity and Service requirement. But I also know that many, regardless of their source of motivation, develop a genuine interest and deep passion in some creative form during their time in the Senior Division.

Your son may not have the talent of Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Steven Spielberg or Bruce Springsteen. But, as parents, if we believe what Walker believes, and value the passion and creativity of our kids, we can show them the happiness that can be gained through the arts and support their artistic expression at every stage in life.

Thanks for reading,
Scott