Carving out a legacy

August 28, 2020 | Each year, students and families of the graduating class come together to make a collective donation toward a project meant to honour their time at BCS. 

This year, the Class of 2020 came together to donate a statue of a bear—the BCS mascot— to celebrate the positive impact the school made on their lives. Class gift ambassadors Annie O'Reilly, BCS'20, and Jesse Johnson, BCS'20, explained that the class wanted to leave a "physical symbol and reminder that once you are a BCS Bear, you are always a BCS Bear." In collaboration with the Advancement Team, the Class of 2020 undertook the task of bringing the project to life. Ms. Cook found a wooden bear statue by professional woodcarver Josh Dagg, and Mr. Houston rented a van and drove to Gatineau earlier this summer to pick it up. The roughly 200-lbs statue aptly named 'Once A Bear Always A Bear' is currently in the Sports Complex, right outside the H. Weir-Davis Memorial Gymnasium and Memorial Arena, where it can keep a watchful eye over fellow Bears. "Having a physical statue in BCS was a way of leaving a piece of us on campus," Jesse and Annie noted. 

On behalf of the BCS community, thank you to the Class of 2020 for this gift—what a wonderful reminder that even though you may leave Moulton Hill, your relationship with BCS is forever.

Read Annie and Jesse's full statement below:

"As we step foot on campus, we begin our journey to find out who we are. As we grow, it becomes apparent that BCS plays a big role in who we are and who we become. One of the privileges we gain is becoming a Bear—becoming part of a community that welcomes you as a family. And what better way of celebrating this than by having a representation of our spirit and identity. I think the reason why this project was so meaningful was that we wanted to show our gratitude to a community that had given and taught most of what we know. We had multiple ways of giving back, yet having a physical statue in BCS was a way of leaving a piece of us on campus. Giving back to BCS did not just mean coming up with a last-minute gift or a simple collaboration, it meant creating an action of giving to say thank you. To have other students enjoy the little things BCS has to offer. If we had any advice to give to the next generations it would be: whatever you do, do it to your fullest, life is a short journey, let each drop sink in." 

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