“What is Speech Day?”

The last time a live, in-person Speech Day took place at TCS “under the big top,” was on June 14, 2019. Thus, when we, as a school, gather in two months on Friday, June 17th, to recognize and celebrate the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, and the graduating class of ’22 in particular, it will have been three years, more than 1,000 days, since a previous Speech Day ceremony.

Little wonder then, that a “veteran” Grade 11 TCS student asked me last week, “What is Speech Day?”

The question was a vivid reminder of how many events and rituals our kids have missed as a result of the pandemic. Nothing tragic or monumental, but the various cancelled or modified events during TCS’s spring season, in particular, have impacted the student and staff (and parent!) experience at the School on the Hill.

Beyond Speech Day, and the always touching Junior School Closing Ceremony the day prior, it has been such a shame that we have also not been able to have a full spring term since 2019. Graduating classes and students in all grades have not had the opportunity to be a part of, in my opinion, the best season at the School. I often reference the difference between a “May perspective” and a “February perspective” at TCS. Many of life’s nuisances just don’t seem to be as problematic in May as they did in February.

Perhaps, it is because we are just outside a lot more. After all, the sun feels warmer. The grass is greener. Flowers are in bloom. Trees become weightier. Birds chirp a little louder.

The campus comes alive in the afternoon with rugby balls, tennis balls, soccer balls, volleyballs.

More smiles. More laughter.

In fact, we have had many students who had planned to attend TCS for one year, change their minds in May, and decide to return for another year. And, another.

A “May perspective” can be a powerful thing.

And, Speech Day is the perfect conclusion to complete the spring experience.

If you would like to know more information about Speech Day, click here.

I hope to see you there.

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