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Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division

Scott CowieUpcoming Senior Division Dates:

Friday, Dec. 12 – Wednesday, Dec. 17: December exams continue for all Senior Division students
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Locker clean out for all Upper School students

Regardless of the faith tradition you may follow, this time of year is filled with certain rituals and traditions for many people. For me, one of the things I look forward to most is watching the old holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. I’d watch the colour version if I had to, but I really do prefer the 1951 black and white original starring Alistair Sim. There’s something reassuring about seeing the older version; a confirmation of sorts that its underlying message of how to achieve true fulfillment in life is a timeless one and applicable to all generations.

Of course, Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge is a manifestation of all that could be wrong with one’s character. He’s a miserly, contemptuous curmudgeon who lacks all courtesy and compassion. Yet, through separate visitations from the three ghosts, Scrooge is forced to examine all that he values in life and ultimately shows evidence of a fundamental transformation of spirit before the end credits start to roll.

In some respects, the film is the quintessential tale of character development and as the story’s anti-hero morphs from the self-consumed Scrooge to the magnanimous Ebenezer, we vicariously experience his journey of discovery toward a truly contented life. With the help of his ghoulish guests, Ebenezer, is transformed into the man he was meant to be through being forced to do some serious self-reflection, evaluating his relationships with others and by confirming the true nature of his changed character through his actions, behaviour and shift in mindset.

For most, the holiday season, especially the days leading up to the new year, is a time for introspection. To that end, I would encourage you to speak to your son about his own process of self-discovery and about the steps that Ol’ Ebenezer took:

  • Reflect on who you are and the person you want to be
  • Strive to be other-minded
  • Be kind and magnanimous in spirit

Wishing you all a great holiday break and a happy new year.

Thanks for reading,
Scott