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New boarders arrive and Junior School classes start
|Wednesday, 07 September 2011|
It was another energetic day on the Trinity College School campus on Wednesday, September 7th, as the School welcomed new boarders and returning day students, and our Junior School classes got underway for the year.
The Junior School day began with tremendous excitement. Parents talked of students rising extremely early as they were excited to arrive at school to begin the day, notes Head of Junior School Barbara Piccini. “As the new students arrived, it appeared as if the parents were more nervous than the students!” The students participated in various class activities in order to learn about each other, and the Grade 8 students led a scavenger hunt around the School with groups of students from all grades. “The teachers feel we have a very positive group of students to work with this year,” Mrs. Piccini adds. And, in the words of one Grade 5 student: “I was always excited to come to TCS, but in reality, it is even better than I thought.”
Senior School students could be seen in the hallways of LeVan Hall having their uniforms fitted by Top Marks, taking part in sports practices and buying books and supplies in the school store. Following meeting with Headmaster Stuart Grainger and then their housemasters, day students headed out for house outings in the afternoon. After their arrival on campus, new boarding families had a tour and a chance to meet their housemaster and faculty advisor prior to lunch in Osler Hall. The afternoon included meetings with the headmaster and shared leadership team before enjoying a barbecue dinner. In the evening, boarding parents were welcomed in the Davies Student Centre for dessert, and boarding students were able to visit their housemasters in the residences.
Thanks to a stellar year in admissions, the School recruited a total of 177 new students this year (an increase over 163 new students last year). We were especially pleased to see a record 38 students move up from the Junior School to start Grade 9 in the Senior School, notes Kathy LaBranche, director of admissions.
Soon the rafters of Osler Hall will bear the flags of the 32 nations represented within the student body this year. Strong relationships in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria have led to an increasing number of students from these countries, while established ties with China, Germany, Bermuda and Mexico mean that the School continues to welcome many young people from these areas.
In total, TCS is welcoming 450 Senior School students and 95 Junior School students for the 2011-2012 school year.
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