It was a surreal feeling coming back to RSGC to help mentor the guys in Grade 12 as they struggle with their university decisions this year. To be at the College with their perspective in mind took me back a few years and it was an interesting exercise in introspection. Even being amongst the guys who are still in university made me reflect on the different chapters in my life.
Junior School teacher Drew Blanchette ’96 loves to spend Fridays with an early morning run. So, when he started teaching at the College six years ago, he figured why not have some company? And so began Friday Morning Fitness.
On October 5, RSGC took part in Orange Shirt Day. The boys wore an orange shirt over their uniforms as part of the National day, which is typically held on September 30 as a way to educate people and promote awareness about the residential school system.
The boys at RSGC have a lot of unique personalities, so it’s no surprise that the many of clubs on offer cater to everyone. In the Junior School, 15 clubs like Chess, Programing, Mind and Body Health, and Creative Textile Arts run from Monday to Thursday; while in the Senior School, there are about 25 clubs including Poker, Math, Climbing and Gender Studies that allow the boys and teachers share their passions.
SEPTEMBER 11 happened almost two decades ago, yet it still feels like yesterday. A horrible day that changed the world forever, it’s one of those days where most people remember where they were when it happened. For Cindy Barkway, Mother of Jamie ’17 and David, Class of 2020, it's a day she will never forget.
When Omar and Natasha Rajani got married in 2010, they had no idea that their journey to have kids would be such a bumpy road. The couple tried to get pregnant for over four years, trying nearly every available measure in an attempt to conceive.
Some situations shine an especially bright spotlight on the remarkable nature of the Georgian bond. The story of Jonathan Hames ’88, who died on November 6, 2013, after a year-long struggle with esophageal cancer, does just that.
Greg Seale joined the RSGC faculty for the 2016/17 school year as the Media Arts teacher, taking over the Communications Technology program. He wanted to sit back for his first year, teach his classes and silently observe his surroundings while he found his place at the College. It didn’t take him long to find that place.
The Class of 1977 is one of the most active among Georgian alumni. The members keep in contact over social media and email, get together regularly and turn out in large numbers at Old Boys’ dinners. Their 40-year journey together is one of dedication, friendship and coping with loss. In just over a decade as alumni, they lost three classmates.
Some people are lucky enough to love what they do for a living. They likely never imagine, however, that their work will be recognized with a prestigious national award bestowed upon only a small group of Canadians.
Matthew Culbert, Class of 2018, received a brown belt and a steward tie in judo this year – two rare and very high honours. In the 19 years that Sensei David Miller has been teaching at Royal St. George’s College, he has awarded approximately 15 brown belts (the highest level awarded at the College) and three ties.
April 27 was a special day at the College - a day of giving. It was the annual Spring Clean Out Your Closet Drive and it was refreshing to see so many bags of clothes in front of See House, ready to be donated to the various charities.
The Outdoor Education program at RSGC has taught me a lot about leadership. My first experience with the program came when I was in Grade 7. There were a lot of things that I loved about that trip, but I will never forget my two Outdoor Ed leaders.
For a few years, RSGC has been running interactive consent workshops for boys in Grades 9 and 10. The workshops, delivered with Canvas, an arts-based organization that works with students to develop programming about sexuality and consent, have recently been run for boys in Grades 11 and 12 to ensure that no boys graduate without having gone through the exercise.
For almost two decades at RSGC, Grade 9 students have been involved in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), a high school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting youth to social issues, local charities and philanthropy.
It’s a tradition at RSGC that, every year, students in both the Junior and Senior Schools be given the opportunity to take part in an international trip during the March Break. This spring, a group of Senior students from the College and from St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School engulfed ourselves in the mystery of the Galapagos Islands.
The Nicaragua March break trip with ME to WE was a very memorable experience for all eight participants, including Ms. Stephenson and Mr. Robinson, who gave up most of their March Break to accompany us. We helped build a schoolhouse in the community of Los Campos.
Owen Barney, Class of 2018, is spending a lot of time in Nashville. That’s because the youngster signed a record deal with Wax Records and has been busy writing. Look out for a seven-song EP due in May, that will include five songs he is writing himself.
On the weekend of February 10, five members (Jack Beatty, Class of 2022; Andrew Ferguson, Class of 2018; Jack Lacey, Class of 2019; Joey Lisser, Class of 2021; and Jack O’Keeffe, Class of 2022) of the SPARK Entrepreneurship Club, along with teachers, Drew Blanchette ’96 and Rickesh Kotecha ’00 travelled to Phoenix, Arizona for the third annual Co+Hoots Youth Startup Weekend.
Similar to the boys in the Entrepreneurship Club, RSGC’s language teachers had the opportunity to go to a conference, thanks to the Harvey Professional Learning Grant. From February 8-10, six teachers hit the Big Apple for the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language).
Hidden Gems is a magical evening. On February 8 for two performances, members of our community came out to showcase their talents – with all of the proceeds going to the Georgian Scholarship for the Arts.
The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) is the provincial championship for Ontario high school sport and where all Ontario athletes hope to make it to when they start out their season.
This school year, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to challenge my teaching practice at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), in Waterloo. PI is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach.
Over the two-week Christmas break, the gym floor got a facelift – and it was quite the process. It took about four days of sanding to remove the existing finish and game lines, which was followed by a thorough cleaning and a first coat of the new sealer.
January is dark, cold month and can be a difficult one to get through. So, after a successful pilot project last year, RSGC’s Mental Health and Wellness Week in the Senior School involved Starting the Day off Right for the second straight year.
Royal St. George's College is an independent school for boys located in The Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school admits boys from Grades 3 through 12. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each of our students to become the best version of himself.