Monday’s virtual Senior School Fall Academic Assembly honoured the academic achievements of Grade 9-11 students during the 2019-2020 school year. Director ofSenior School, Ms. Bland announced the students who received academic distinction (an average of 90% or more), Subject Awards and Key Academic Awards, including the Gold Award presented to the student in each class with the highest academic average.
Academic Director, Mr. Harveythen spoke about how the pursuit of excellence takes practice and time, it’s not something we are born with, quoting Aristotle, “Excellence is within everyone’s grasp” and can take the form of academic, civil, moral or personal.
He went on to offer this advice, “You need to define excellence in relation to yourself. Are you making an honest go of it? Are you improving even a little? Are you willing to put in the time, even when you don’t feel like it? If so, you’re on your way to flourishing – just keep at it.”
The followingKey Academic Awardswere presented:
The Courtney T. Cathers Celebration of the Arts Award, was established to honour the memory of a member of our Class of 2006. It is presented to a Grade 11 student who has demonstrated an inspiring passion for immersion in the arts across multiple disciplines and not restricted to course involvement. Anne-Marie Bassi ’21
The Robert M. Ross Award is named after CDS's second Headmaster who served from 1976-1989. It is presented to a Grade 11 student, returning for their graduating year, who best exemplified leadership, hard work, commitment and school spirit through their involvement in all aspects of school life. Nevis Hunt ’21 and Christina Chkarboul ’21
Mr. Harvey concluded with these two thoughts:1) The route to excellence can be found with practice and habits of mind; and 2) It's worth some time thinking about where you want your excellence to lead you ... who do you want to be?