Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division
Friday, Nov. 14: Foundation Year Parent Coffee Morning with Dr. Power – Dr. Power’s office – 9 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20: Fall Music Night – Laidlaw Hall, 7 p.m.
With a 185-year history, we have many established traditions here at the College that help us celebrate our past. One of my favourites occurred this past Tuesday.
During our annual Remembrance Day assembly, the boys were given the opportunity to pay hommage to the sacrifices made by so many soldiers of the past, during the two World Wars and other military conflicts. Students honoured Old Boys who had served their country, through singing, musical performances and a theatrical presentation. The respect the boys showed to our guests was thoroughly impressive and exemplified the deep respect they had for the heroes in their presence in Laidlaw Hall on that morning.
As moving as the ceremony was, I hope that character strengths like bravery and honour are not only remembered and celebrated once a year. Our boys need to know that they’ve the ability to exercise courage through their actions as well – by standing up for a younger boy being ridiculed in the locker rooms, or by inviting another boy who may be struggling to make connections, to join them at their table for lunch.
This year, our Remembrance Day assembly held special significance, as many were mindful of the tragic events that occurred in Ottawa a few short weeks ago.
I’ve featured a lot of different types of media through these messages: news stories, videos, poetry and famous works of art. But I don’t think I’ve ever shared a political cartoon. Many are predicting that artist Bruce MacKinnon, editorial cartoonist for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, will win many awards for his moving tribute to fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed while standing guard at the National War memorial in Ottawa a few weeks ago.
The cartoon speaks for itself, and sends a moving and powerful message appropriate for this time of year, when we pause and remember the courage of those who served to protect our freedom many years ago, and those who continue to watch over us to this day.
I’d encourage you to share the cartoon with your son, to ask him about his thoughts on Tuesday’s Remembrance Day assembly and to challenge him to have the courage to make a difference in our community and beyond.
Thanks for reading,