Dear KES Family:
Friday the 13th? Good thing none of us are suspicious. :)
The first frost of the year was glistening white on the ground and rooftops this morning. It is rather magical seeing the sun rise and watching its warmth melt the frozen dew. I realize that no Canadian enjoys scraping their car windshields – especially on a dark and chilly morning – but there is a freshness to a snapping cold autumn morning followed by brilliant sun and vivid colours that are good for the soul.
The students have that same warming ability. No matter what may happen or what my mood might be, at some point in the day the warmth and humour of our students will lift my spirits. Some highlights this week include Riley Coe’s classic eye-roll and communication with CBC’s Trent McClellan who was interrupting her debate during filming of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" on campus. Riley was poised, polite and composed despite being on camera and harassed by one of Canada’s foremost comedians.
Another moment would be running into Andrew Atwood on Monday night in the Athletic Centre. In an effort to exercise off some of my Thanksgiving turkey, I had headed over to the gym. Being a holiday weekend, I had not shaved for three days. In a classic reversal of roles, Andrew happily pointed out my fledgling beard, but was quick to mitigate my embarrassment by stating that it looked good on me. Hahaha! I love these moments.
After a few years absence, I am back in the classroom teaching one section of Grade 12 English. The course theme is good and evil and our current text is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is the highlight of my day. Inevitably Quynn Rusaw or Heather Stanton or Nathan Danquah or Maverik Skeans or Sharon Estrada (or any other member of the class), will say or write something insightful and positive about what we are studying. Yesterday alumnus Anthony Archibald (1990-93) visited the School as a guest speaker in Mr. Avila’s Business class. He loved it. He felt the same energy and sense of fun I always do.
Life on campus definitely has its ups and downs, its chilly and challenging moments. However, the warmth of the students is always uplifting.