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Thursday October 19, 2017

Part 2 of a 3-part series of blog posts on the topic of social media

Last week I offered a partial explanation as to why parents have difficulty curbing their children’s cell phone and social media usage. In short, I believe we as parents and adults are compromised in our ability to limit kids’ phone use as we use our own phones too much as well! Hence, we have lost the moral high ground.

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Wednesday October 11, 2017

Part 1 of a 3-part series of blog posts on the topic of social media

In terms of generational differences, you would be hard pressed to point out as great a divide between teenagers and their parents as was evident between the 1950s and the 1960s. Over the course of a mere decade, Woodstock, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix thrashed the conventions of Perry Como, Doris Day and Pat Boone. Rock 'n’ roll artists with their accompanying hairstyles and lifestyle differences couldn’t be more opposite than Beaver Cleaver’s parents.

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Wednesday October 04, 2017

Respect. A very popular word. We hear rap artists calling for it in their lyrics, we see the virtues of it posted on primary school walls, we understand it as part of discussions relating to end of life decisions. Respect is commonly used in many contexts, and I would suggest that most people have a healthy understanding and appreciation of what the word means, no matter where they live on the planet.

More complicated than defining the word, is knowing how to put respect into action. In the event of deciding whether our actions or words are respectful or not, who decides?

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Wednesday September 27, 2017

Last weekend, during Bear Fair, we officially opened the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre. It was a great day from a host of perspectives, but importantly the official dedication and blessing event was to pay tribute and offer thanks to Arnold Massey himself, who attended with his family. The occasion also provided an opportunity for the School to acknowledge the gifts and contributions of Mr. Massey’s co-lead donor, Michael Burns ’56, as well as all alumni, parents, family members and friends of TCS who made our 150th Anniversary Campaign such a massive success.

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Thursday September 21, 2017

Adolescence is generally understood to be a time when young people try different things, meet different people, experiment, challenge, test, question and mature. And the vast majority of kids at TCS are no different than the vast majority of other kids around the world. So, even with all the amazing initiatives, great kids and positive culture at TCS, as I have referenced before, the grim realities of adolescent life are alive and well at TCS, too!

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Wednesday September 13, 2017

With our first formal Monday morning chapel for both Junior and Senior School students occurring this week, I took the occasion to welcome everyone to the start of a new academic year. I thought I would use my blog post to share these words with our parents also.

“To our new students, welcome! To our returning students, welcome back!

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Thursday September 07, 2017

Do you remember entering high school? The summer leading up to the first day? The night before? Then, going to school in the morning on the first day?

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself now, that you wish you knew when you were 14 years of age?

I would tell myself to be kinder. To be more forgiving. To take an interest in more of my classmates. To try different things. And, to travel.

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Thursday June 15, 2017

The end of an academic year is a time to reflect upon the past 10 months. Conversely, the start of an academic year is a good time to plan for the next 10 months. At TCS, we spend a great deal of time talking and reflecting upon the history and traditions of the School. We also spend a great deal of time talking to students about goal setting and planning, with the aim of assisting young people in developing habits of heart and mind to be better prepared for the life ahead of them.

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Thursday June 08, 2017

Few sports baffle and intrigue me more than rowing, particularly as a sport for adolescents. After all, it is a sport in which you are travelling backwards, not seeing the finish line and only truly seeing the person in front of you! Teenagers, many of whom often find it excruciatingly difficult to get out of bed before 11:00 a.m. on a Saturday, find themselves in a car or a bus being taken to the water as early as 5:00 a.m.! Training sessions in the off-season consist of sitting on an ergometer and pulling a rope that turns a fly wheel until your muscles burn and hurt.

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Wednesday May 31, 2017

This past weekend, the School hosted over 320 alumni ranging from graduates of five years ago to 70 years ago! Our oldest alumnus in attendance was Tom Lawson ’47 who is 89 years of age. Our most senior retired faculty member in attendance was Geoff Dale who is 98 years old. Among those who went great lengths to attend were Omar Aboud ’92 who flew in from Syria and Will Young ’92 who came all the way from Australia to attend the School’s Reunion Weekend.

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