Senior students start the year on the right foot

While Grade 9 and 10 students headed out for day trips on Friday, September 7th, Trinity College School’s Grade 11 and 12 students took over campus for a series of leadership and teamwork activities.

Led by faculty members, students were broken into groups for their afternoon sessions. They took part in “name games” to help them learn about new students, and learn more about their returning classmates. Then they worked together on challenges including “raccoon circles” and “marble tracks” that required them to problem-solve as a group in order to complete each task. The activities were engaging and fun for students and teachers alike.

Guest speaker Orlando Bowen spoke to students following their afternoon session, and the students really responded to his message of gratitude, resilience and making the most of your opportunities. Mr. Bowen is a former CFL linebacker and the founder of One Voice One Team, an organization devoted to youth leadership and service.

After dinner, senior students took part in a series of sessions aimed at increasing their leadership skills and understanding. Topics included social media, building an inclusive community, fundraising and event organization, citizenship, and understanding the support and resources available to students.

Over the course of the day, there were opportunities for students to reflect, provide feedback and think about their own goals and plans for the year ahead. The focus throughout was on making good choices, supporting their peers and approaching the year with a positive and grateful attitude.

The day ended with a bonfire on campus, providing students with a chance to relax after an eventful first week at TCS!