Beginning the new school year with gratitude

Excitement was building on the Trinity College School campus on Wednesday, September 4th, as our new Senior School boarders moved into their dorm rooms and Junior School classes got underway for the year.

For Senior School day students, morning house meetings were followed by fun afternoon outings. At the same time, new boarding families were touring campus, getting organized for the school year and beginning to make friends. This year, TCS will be a “home away from home” for 287 boarders from 32 countries. Combined with our 197 day students, this makes for a student body of 484 in the Senior School.

“How exciting to welcome new boarding families to the School from Canada and around the world,” said Head of Senior School Kristopher Churchill. “We embrace the diversity, as it makes TCS a special place to be. Admittedly, it’s a huge responsibility to have students living on campus with many away from home for the first time. We trust our new boarding parents will leave knowing that their children are in caring and capable hands. And, we look forward to watching and coaching our new students as they adjust to new expectations, new friends, new schedules and new opportunities. So many teens around the globe would love to have the same journey they are starting. With that in mind, they will be encouraged each day to live lives of gratitude and thankfulness.”

Over at Boulden House, our 105 Junior School students had a great first day of classes, which included welcoming 36 new students. This year will see the introduction of some exciting initiatives, said Head of Junior School Jennifer Wyatt, including: piloting Chromebooks in Grade 7; a new leadership framework; updated schedules specific to the needs of our Grade 5 to 8 students to maximize learning time and minimize transitions; and the Junior School Hearts and Minds project. Ms. Wyatt reminded students and their families, “In a world where you can be anything, academics are important, but kindness and curiosity are key.”

Thursday, our Senior School classes will formally begin with opening chapel service in the morning and the much-anticipated All Student Fun & Games in the afternoon!