It is not every day that you meet a Grade 11 student on a quest to interview as many war veterans as possible while they are still living and able to share memories of serving their country during WWII.
That is exactly what Jaxon Hekkenberg ’23 has set about doing for the past six months as a lead up to Remembrance Day. He has received more than 80 handwritten notes from veterans in the U.S. and Canada, and volunteers at a Senior Home near his home in Barrie as well. That is where he met Ken Atkinson, a 97-year-old Barrie resident who was a Bomber Command Air Gunner for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during WWII.
Remembrance Day at The Country Day School has always been a time where faculty and staff in the Junior School and Middle/Senior Schools come together to pay respect to our fallen soldiers and honour the peacekeeping efforts of today.
All three of Kerstin and Mark Wyndham-West’s kids are Lifers: James ’16, Alex ’17 and Amy ’19, which means they all spent 14 years as students at The Country Day School. Kerstin taught at CDS for 23 years before “retiring” from teaching English and Drama in 2019, but is still on campus nearly every day as a Debate Coach, so it doesn’t really feel like she’s left (which for CDS, is a good thing!). Among other things, she has a 14-year streak of helping to qualify at least one CDS student, and sometimes two or even three, for the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships.
Last Saturday, 1108 of the best cross-country runners from 208 schools in Ontario gathered to compete at the OFSAA XC Championships at Lakefield College School. It was great to see all the athletes competing once again, after a two-year hiatus.