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Some of our Trafalgar Castle School students & students from UCC are accompanied by our own Ms. Cullen are on a trip to Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. Ms. Cullen provided us with an update on their trip.
Hello from Lac seul,
Everything is going well up north. We have been running a camp for the kids in the community- today was our third day. The community is called Lac Seul First Nations. We are staying at the school and running the camp in Frenchman's head which is one of three First Nations reserves that make up Lac Seul. The kids were very shy with us at first but the word has spread and we had about thirty kids come out to camp today- huge success! Around here there isn't very much to keep them out of trouble- it's so nice to see some smiling faces at camp. We have been doing a lot of sports, crafts, group games and we have reading time every day.
We have done several trips in and around Sioux Lookout. There are beautiful lakes everywhere and so much fishing!
We were invited to go fishing with the Chief of the community which was a huge honour. One of the boys from UCC had never been fishing before so who better to learn from then a Chief.
We have one more day of camp and then we are participating in Treaty Day on Friday. This is when government officials come in and give everyone their treaty money (about five dollars per person). It is fantastic to be learning so many First Nation traditions and history. I think that our students' eyes have been opened to a whole new world in northern Canada that they would have otherwise never seen or experienced. It has been truly beneficial for everyone.
We are off to catch some fish to have for dinner!
To see more pictures from camp click here
Joined by board members, past parents, and former and current Trafalgar staff, more than 125 alumnae spanning from the Class of 1945 to 2014 travelled from as far away as British Columbia, Quebec, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia Beach, the Bahamas, and Spain to celebrate Trafalgar Castle School’s 140th Alumnae Reunion on June 27 through June 29th.
The weekend offered Old Girls the opportunity to come together across generations to celebrate the School’s rich heritage, relive past memories, and most importantly, reconnect with fellow alumnae to refuel their sense of Ontario Ladies’ College (OLC)/Trafalgar sisterhood.
“I’d like to thank all of you for sharing in this celebration of Trafalgar Castle School’s birthday,” said Megan Briggs, Class of ’02 and President of the Alumnae Association. “I recognize the unique experience we all had in attending OLC and Trafalgar Castle School and I feel truly fortunate to be connected to all the great women gathered here through this shared experience.”
Alumnae and guests were entertained with a series of workshops including a self-defense workshop offered by Durham Regional Police Service Detective Kim (Dunn) Bagg from the Class of ’90; a Zentangle art workshop from Ann (Thompson) Fisher, Class of ’74; and a workshop on strategies for healthy eating led by Marina Cortese from the Class of ’04. Others joined Robb Spessot, a Trafalgar faculty member and sommelier to gain insight into the art of wine tasting and food pairings and many took pleasure in the pampering of our massage and manicure and pedicure stations.
Former faculty Eleanor Davis and Robb Palmer led the group in a beautiful tree planting service held in memory of former Dean Dorothy (Parry) Hallpike prior to the afternoon barbeque where many alums were joined by their families.
At the gala dinner alumnae learned first-hand of the many wonderful things happening in the School today from Head of School Adam de Pencier, incoming Head Girl, Megan and Grade nine student Zahra. “We’re not as big as some schools, but we punch above our weight as the expression goes,” said de Pencier. “In this school, in your school, this is exemplified by the wonderful sense of tradition that graces the Castle: from May Day to Trafalgar Day, to Christmas Dinner, to camp, to the Turkey Trot, to Senior Dinner, to all the many festivals that weave such a wonderful tapestry that mean so much to the girls and their families and are so fondly remembered by our alumnae.”
The weekend culminated in a Chapel service led by Reverend Susan (Bennett) McAllister, Class of ’73 and one last fantastic meal by the School’s catering services.
The reunion marks the beginning of Trafalgar Castle School’s 140th anniversary year of excellence in girls’ education.
Click here to view pictures from the reunion!
*Photos courtesy of Samantha Welbourn Photography