Parents' Guild

The TCS Parents’ Guild is the oldest existing organization of its kind in Canada, founded in 1902 with a mandate “to complete the chapel and other interests of the School.” While the chapel continues to be a priority, the guild has evolved over the years to reflect the contemporary needs of the school community.

All TCS parents are guild members; this means you are most welcome to attend meetings and events, and your involvement through volunteering, donating and taking part in guild fundraising initiatives is greatly appreciated. The guild’s mandate is to support the daily physical, social and general well-being of students, and we hope you will be excited to join us in this worthy endeavour!

2020-2021 Meeting Dates and Events

All parents are invited to the following guild meetings and events planned for the 2020-2021 school year:
  • Wednesday, September 23rd: Guild Virtual Welcome Meeting (9:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, November 24th: Holiday Workshop #1 (click here for details)
  • Thursday, November 26th: Holiday Workshop #2 (click here for details)
  • Wednesday, December 9th: Guild Virtual General Meeting (9:30 a.m. ET - featuring guest speaker Father Don Aitchison)
  • Tuesday, January 26th: Virtual Cooking Class (click here for details)
  • Friday, February 26th: Virtual Flower Arranging Class (click here for details)
  • Thursday, June 3rd: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Guild Annual General Meeting (8:30 a.m., Location TBA
The guild is also hosting a series of virtual meet & greet events throughout October & November:
  • Wednesday, October 14th: Virtual Meet & Greet for Junior School Parents (10:00 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, October 20th: Virtual Meet & Greet for Port Hope & Peterborough Area Parents (10:00 a.m.)
  • Friday, October 23rd: Virtual Meet & Greet for Cobourg Area Parents (10:00 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, October 27th: Virtual Meet & Greet for Durham Region Parents (10:00 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, November 3rd: Virtual Meet & Greet for Canadian Boarding Parents (10:00 a.m. ET)
  • Friday, November 6th: Virtual Meet & Greet for International Boarding Parents (8:00 a.m. ET)

New Initiative: Limited Edition TCS Glass Domes

The TCS Parents’ Guild is proud to partner with artist Oli Goldsmith to offer limited edition glass domes featuring images of cherished TCS landscapes. The perfect gift for a student, alumnus or any member of our community, this keepsake will celebrate a timeless connection to the School.


Each year, the guild raises funds to support student-centred programs and initiatives at the School. This includes the development of a “wish list” by faculty and staff of potential enhancements to programs and resources.

In recent years, “wish list” funding has included: robotic kits, huddle boards and dry-erase boards, portable staging, playground equipment, squash racquets, canoes, water filling stations, musical instruments, the patio outside Cirne Commons, the greenhouse, outdoor classroom improvements, athletic uniforms, guest speakers and guest musicians… And all of this is in addition to the guild’s annual support for financial assistance, chapel enhancements, house outings and more!

As well, guild volunteers spend countless hours each year operating the Bear Boutique, organizing birthday, Valentines, exam and poinsettia fundraisers, hosting Bear Fair, decorating the Memorial Chapel at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and operating the canteen at school sports events.

Our funding comes from membership dues, donations and profits from such fundraising activities as: our tuck shop, “The Bear Boutique”; our annual family fun day, Bear Fair; birthday/care packages; poinsettia sales; hospitality canteen; exam packages; and a huge Valentine's Day celebration.

There are many great reasons for parents to get involved with the guild by attending meetings and events and/or volunteering:

  • Meet other parents, make friends and build a network of TCS parent support
  • Become more engaged with your child’s TCS experience
  • Help enhance the daily lives of all students
  • Learn more about the School
  • Have fun!

There are several ways to become involved with the guild:

  • Attend a meeting or social event
  • Volunteer
  • Support Bear Fair by attending, volunteering or donating
  • Order a “Hug” package to celebrate your child’s birthday or just to show you care!
  • Send your child a Valentine Hug (available to order in January) or Exam Survival Kit (available to order in April), or purchase a poinsettia to decorate the chapel (available to order in November)

Yes! Even if you are a boarding parent living far from campus, you can still be active in the guild. Donate to Bear Fair. Order a birthday, Valentine or exam time treat to be delivered to your child by the guild. Purchase a poinsettia for the chapel. Our online forms make it easy to take part in these important guild initiatives.

Details on guild fundraisers are featured in the weekly Parents’ Newsletter – so keep your eyes open for your next chance to support these guild programs and put a smile on your child’s face!