Last night, we ushered in the Holiday Break with our 54th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. We were lucky to once again have The Reverend Heather Thomson join us to preside over this service, which is a favourite amongst students, staff, and alumni alike. I also wish to thank our guest musicians, some returning alumni, faculty and staff, and past parents who joined our student choir—or, as I said for last night, the BCS community choir.
While it's hard to believe we are already halfway through the school year, our community has filled that time with many activities and accomplishments. Our students have been busy not only working and studying, but performing highly in athletics, putting on plays and concerts, and influencing change for a better future. Some of the causes they have championed in recent months include participating in the local climate change strike in September and forming the Green Group, as well as organizing a comprehensive cancer awareness campaign throughout November that saw heads shaved, hair cut, mustaches grown, and over $1,000 raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. Our own Association Board Chair, Linda G. Rodeck, BCS’81, was so inspired by their initiative and spirit that she pledged early on to match their total up to $500.
Our alumni and parents are more involved than ever. I was delighted by how many families joined us for the climb up Owl’s Head and subsequent barbeque in the Quad during Opening Week. Our recent receptions in Ottawa and New York City were well attended, with old friends coming back to the BCS fold for the first time in years, eager to hear about our students and what’s happening at the school. So far this school year, 42% of those community members who have given to the school are either new donors or recovered donors who haven’t given for a while. Plans for our second Career Day in March, where alumni, current and past parents, as well as neighbours and friends share their expertise and experience with our Form V students, are already underway. By all accounts, our community is coming together and enjoying it. It is wonderful to witness.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to thank you for your support of the school and participation in the BCS community during this first half of the year.
We wish all of you a very peaceful and happy holiday season and New Year.