A Legacy Year

June 21, 2019

We are wrapping up what has been another outstanding year of teaching, learning, and growth for our students, and the adult community, as well. At the closing meeting of the year for all our employees, I shared the perspective that this is also a legacy year for the school, as we have seen meaningful changes that will support and sustain our school for generations. The ‘2019’ that will be embedded in the foundation of Mitchell Family House will speak to a year of innovation and growth for our school.
We have graduated a class of students who will long be remembered for their spirit and their love of each other and of BCS. They were unabashed in their enthusiasm and will be a class that will, I am certain, stay connected with each other and the school in meaningful ways. With them, we also saw the departure of some iconic members of our community, as Don Maxwell and Jude Byrne stepped into retirement, as did long-standing members of our staff, Jean Fortin and John Digby. 

We graduated our first cohort of IB Full Diploma students and they have paved roads to universities throughout North America—some familiar, and some elite programs where it has been decades since a BCS alumnus enrolled. The legacy of the 2019 year at BCS is of a deeply connected community, of excellence, and of growth.

It was difficult to say au revoir to this group, and to this community and our great school, at the conclusion of that meeting. As I shared then, the four years that our family has been here on Moulton Hill have been the most exhilarating, challenging, and professionally gratifying work that I have ever done. The connections to the people are what make it most difficult for us to be moving on at this point, but those same connections, ironically, make it very comfortable to leave, as well. Comfort in knowing that the people who sustain BCS, the students, employees, alumni, and friends, ensure our commitment to creating a deep sense of belonging for every member of our community. On that foundation, a lifetime of achievement and connection can be built. BCS is positioned to continue charging forward in the meaningful work of educating this next generation of leaders, and our family will always enjoy remaining members of the great community.

Merci beaucoup and until we meet again,

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.