Bells ring out over opening chapel service

On Thursday, September 7th, the first day of Senior School classes at Trinity College School officially got underway with the opening chapel service of the 2017-2018 school year.

Welcomed by our school chaplain, Canon Don Aitchison, students were excited to take their seats in the Memorial Chapel and begin their TCS journey. It was also the first chapel for our new faculty and staff members, who were introduced to students during the service.

Headmaster Stuart Grainger spoke about the importance of being grateful for the opportunities we all have as a result of being a part of the TCS community, including students who have travelled from around the world to be here. He reminded those assembled that many young people can only dream of attending to a school such as this. “You are surrounded by a faculty and staff that genuinely care about your well-being; that want to help you, and help you succeed, here and later in life. But with this opportunity and privilege comes a responsibility; a responsibility to appreciate and respect our fortunate situation.” We show this appreciation by always trying our best, by helping and uplifting those around us, and by pushing ourselves to try new things. “If we all commit to doing this, we will have a great year.”

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, we have welcomed 192 new students to the School (154 in the Senior School and 38 in the Junior School). With our Senior School boasting 468 students and 110 students in the Junior School, enrolment for the year has reached 478. The admissions team is happy to report that our students now represent 35 different countries, including Canada, and each country will soon have its flag installed in the rafters of Osler Hall, a testament to our vibrant international community. New flags this year include Rwanda, Laos, the Netherlands and Panama.

Following chapel and morning classes, students were eagerly anticipating the afternoon’s All Student Fun & Games – including the TCS tradition of mud pit! – followed by a barbecue dinner.