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|Thursday, 08 September 2011|
Following breakfast, students in Grades 9 through 12 headed into the Memorial Chapel for service led by the School’s chaplain, The Revd. Don Aitchison. One of the highlights is the chance to meet new staff and faculty to the School. Familiar faces include some former associate faculty members taking on new roles: Luke O’Connell (health & physical education and economics teacher); Alex Willison ’03 (science teacher, Brent assistant housemaster); Erin McGee (Burns assistant housemaster); Mike Harding (academic support) and former co-op student Matt Fox (math teacher). New faces include Danielle Tanganco (languages & culture teacher, English as a second language instructor); Megan McNutt (science and math teacher); Allyson O’Grady ’93 (academic support); Jen Clarke ’08 (communications office); and Jennifer Boyko and Naomi Mills (admissions office). Our associate faculty members for the 2011-2012 school year are: John McCracken ’07, Bruce Craine, Laura Biggar ’06, Emily Foster ’06, Andrea Mathieson ’06, Diane Rutherford, Andrew Walker ’06, Samuel Clark and Simon Yalkezian ’04. Also joining us are co-op students Joshua Enns and Jeremy Kuikman.
To allow students to learn their classroom locations and meet all of their teachers, the School follows a special schedule including all eight classes in one day. The start of classes is always an exciting event but Thursday was extra special for our fine arts students who had the chance to experience the School’s new visual arts wing for the first time. Thanks to the generous support of donors from the TCS community, construction was completed over the summer on an incredible facility to house studio/classroom spaces and offices for our visual arts programme. Faculty members Andrew Gregg and Harry Stooshinoff were proud to show off the new building, which includes unique “green” features such as a living wall. The official grand opening of the facility will take place during Bear Fair on September 24th.
Friday promises to be another full day for students as Grade 9 students head to the Me To We Leadership Centre in Bethany, Ontario and Grade 10 students go to Camp Kawartha. Grade 11 and 12 students will remain on campus to take part in a global leadership seminar led by Me to We staff. All of these activities are a chance for students to bond within their grades and to learn about trust, teamwork and problem solving.
It has been a wonderful start to the school year and a reminder of how lucky we are to be a part of the TCS community and benefit from the opportunities it provides, notes Headmaster Stuart Grainger. “The parents have provided the gene pool and guidance; the School provides the expertise and facilities; now it’s up to the students to take full advantage of this opportunity!”
Click here for more photos from Thursday, including a preview of the new visual arts wing!