Speech Day honours the graduating class of 2018

In a tradition dating back 153 years, Trinity College School held its annual Speech Day ceremony on Friday, June 15th. This event marks the official conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year and provides a chance to recognize achievement and dedication through the presentation of awards, as well as celebrating the graduating class of 2018.

The day began in The Lodge Garden, where graduates enjoyed a quick breakfast before processing to the Memorial Chapel for the Leaving Class Chapel Service. Graduates, their parents and faculty members joined in the service, which was led by TCS Chaplain, Revd. Don Aitchison.

This was followed by a beautiful buffet lunch for graduates and their families, served by the TCS culinary services team in the Cirne Commons and lower gym. Throughout the luncheon, families enjoyed seeing photos of the students presented in a slideshow created by the School’s admissions office.

The afternoon brought the formal portion of Speech Day, as all Senior School students, faculty members, family and guests gathered under the tent on the west side of campus. In his welcoming address, Headmaster Stuart Grainger reminded students to “live a life of gratitude,” giving thanks to those who sacrificed to make their lives better and to give them opportunities. He quoted Sir Isaac Newton, who said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” He expressed his own gratitude to the graduating students, for embracing the challenge of the School’s rigorous and comprehensive program.

Speech Day includes the awarding of prizes for commitment and distinction in all areas of school life, including academics, arts, service, athletics and leadership. Click here for a full list of prize recipients.

Recognition was also given to retiring faculty and staff: Ron Parker (head of the arts), Bob Ramsay (computer studies faculty and Hodgetts assistant housemaster), Donna Elder (Junior School secretary), Barbara Piccini (head of Junior School) and Deirdre McIntosh (assistant to the headmaster). As well, a handcrafted wooden bench was presented to organist and choirmaster Randy Mills, who has achieved the milestone of 25 years of service to the School.

Just before the presentation of diplomas to our graduating students, Head Boy Liam Hildreth and Head Girl Chloé Raenden reflected on some of their favourite TCS experiences – from Week Without Walls to the food in Osler Hall, and from Christmas Carol Services to half days. They told their younger peers to treasure their time at TCS, saying, “Being a part of this tight-knit community is something to be cherished.” Then the 122 members of the class of 2018 made their way to the stage to receive their diplomas from Headmaster Grainger and TCS Governing Body Chair Rick Byers ’78. Each graduate received an alumni tie from Julia (Bakker) Osmar ’06, president of the TCS Alumni Association, and a pin from Janet Fox, president of the TCS Parents’ Guild.

As their last official act as TCS students, the graduates headed onto the terraces for the annual grad photo, after which they tossed their ties high in the air in celebration. The day wrapped up where it had begun, in The Lodge Garden, with the leaving class, family, friends and staff enjoying a reception with the headmaster.

Click on the links below for multimedia from the day: