Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division
Upcoming Senior Division dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 9: curriculum night, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 10: IB2 student grade level meeting (Group 4 Project) – lecture theatre, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday Sept. 11: clubs fair – student centre, 12:30 p.m.
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in’t!”
Miranda from Shakespeare’s Tempest utters these praises for humanity, after she’s newly acquainted with a cast of characters shipwrecked on the island where, under the watchful eye of her over-protective father Prospero, she’s spent most of her life in seclusion and isolation. A cynic might dismiss Miranda’s trust in the “goodness” of others as naïve and foolish, but I think there’s much we can learn from this innocent teenage perspective. Chiefly, that when faced with new experiences or challenges, it’s essential to maintain a positive perspective, assume good will, and always look for the good in others.
To some degree, the start of a new school year is a “brave new world” of sorts – one that provides countless opportunities for our kids to pursue new interests, challenge themselves in new ways and develop meaningful connections with new people. For some, the start of the year at UCC is literally a new world – students new to the college this year represent over 15 different countries and provinces. On this note, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all students, and in particular, to our new boys, both those from Ontario and those from out of province.
Living with two young daughters who are rapidly approaching their teenage years, I often feel as though we’re all in the midst of our own Shakespearean drama. I admit to being a bit like Prospero, wanting to watch over my kids, and protect them from the pains they may experience through failure, or the potential hurt they may feel through their relationships with others.
Yet, in the final act of the play, it’s important to remember that the over-bearing Prospero ultimately learns that he cannot maintain his control over Miranda’s life and recognizes that he must allow her to experience it – and all of its emotional ups and downs – for herself.
In the drama that will inevitably unfold in our kids’ lives, our role as parents should resemble that of the chorus: offering wise counsel at times and comfort when needed, but doing so away from centre stage, allowing the players to develop as characters through the mistakes they make, the challenges they overcome and the successes they will ultimately achieve.
Wishing you all a great start to the year.
Thanks for reading,