Speech Day honours the graduating class of 2017

The 2016-2017 school year officially came to a close as Trinity College School celebrated its annual Speech Day ceremony on Friday, June 16th. Held every year since the School’s founding, Speech Day is a chance to honour our graduates and award prizes for achievement and dedication in the academic and co-curricular life of TCS.

Under sunny skies, the class of 2017 gathered for breakfast in The Lodge Garden, with faculty on hand to help pin on boutonnieres before the graduates processed to the Memorial Chapel for the annual Leaving Class Chapel Service, led by TCS Chaplain, Revd. Don Aitchison.

Following the service, graduates and their families were treated to a beautiful luncheon in the lower gym and Cirne Commons, prepared by the School’s culinary services team. During the meal, a video was projected on large screens showing photos of all of the students during their time at TCS.

All Senior School students, along with family members and special guests, took part in the formal Speech Day ceremony, held under the “Big Top” tent in front of the W.A. Johnson Classroom Block in the afternoon. Headmaster Stuart Grainger opened the ceremony by speaking of “connecting the dots.” He talked of all the many experiences graduates have had at TCS – academic, service, athletics, arts and travel programs and of the relationships formed within our community – and how these become the “dots” they will later be able to connect in reflecting on their path to purposeful lives. “The variety of endeavours you pursued was the key… These dots provide you with the blueprint for success in university and in life.”

The prize giving portion of the ceremony was a chance to celebrate students’ commitment to all areas of school life – academics, arts, service, athletics and leadership. Click here to download the full prize list.

A highlight of the day was the chance to recognize retiring faculty and staff: David Wills leaves TCS after 28 years as a teacher and coach; and Jeff Prince has served for 31 years in the finance office. As well, Cathy McLaren, from the culinary services team, was presented with a handcrafted wooden bench in recognition of her 25 years at the School.

This year, our head prefects, Nathan Titterton and Sharon Omiwole, gave a lovely address to the audience and concluded by thanking all those who had supported the graduates through their TCS journey.

Finally, the class of 2017 took the spotlight as each of our 127 graduates was called to the stage. They received diplomas from Headmaster Grainger and TCS Governing Body Chair Rick Byers ’78. Each graduate also received an alumni tie from James Gibson ’00, representing the TCS Alumni Association, and a pin from Sheri Gardiner, president of the TCS Parents’ Guild.

The day concluded with the annual grad photo and a gathering for members of the leaving class, family, friends and staff in The Lodge Garden.

Click on the links below for multimedia from the day: