Toronto, ON | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
As mentioned in previous posts, my time there was awesome. The friends, the memories, the sports, the overall just being part of that school was enjoyable. I still wear my St. Michael's branded clothes, hats, and now due to this whole COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in, I even wear my 'M' branded mask. Were there times at the school that some classmates had less than a perfect experience - for sure - but that is the anomaly. We still, all of us now in our mid-40's, reminisce about our time walking down those hallowed yellow brick halls. Now my son gets to experience that and I am confident that when he leaves as a graduate, he will be blessed with the same feeling, as will the majority of his classmates.
Perhaps the most difficult period for our son has been during the lockdown due to the pandemic. Being away from the school building, his friends and teachers has been very difficult. He misses the social interaction and personal connections especially with his teachers and school administration. He also longs to participate in the plethora of extra-curricular activities having competed during the winter in both Varsity Swimming and Alpine skiing and was looking forward to playing Varsity Tennis in the spring when the school switched to online learning due to the Provincial lockdown back in March. The fact that we do not have to wake him up to get him energized for school is something we owe a debt of gratitude to the school for providing such a positive, healthy and encouraging learning environment.
Our three boys loved every aspect of the school, it engaged them to be themselves. When looking back at their time spent at St Mike's we see that their school success is measured by much more than grades. We have found that school life at this school is unmeasurable other than meeting the young men themselves. Their confidence, leadership potential and strength of character in the students that we have observed are what make school life intertwined with the quality of life. The pride in being a St Michael's man is part of every graduate young and old. School life doesn't end the day you leave its continues with every meeting and celebration as an alumnus. I see this in my sons, it's a continuation of a life long story.
Every year school starts with a trip for each grade, where students can bond, get to know each other and meet older student leaders from higher grades, the result is that once classes start, they are already comfortable with their peers! Our boys are excited to go to St. Mike's every day. We live far from the school (more than 60 km), and they do not mind the commute or waking up early to attend school, participate in its activities and see their friends. Since we started at St. Michael's College school, we've seen more pride and sense of self in our boys: high morale is built among students and a great level of co-operation is encouraged between them through the school's several activities such as the music bands, group sports and drama performances. Our boys are hoping the pandemic is over soon, so they can go back and attend school every day of the week.