On September 21, International Peace Day is celebrated all over the world – even at York House! When senior students entered the school that morning, they were stamped with peace signs and were able to read messages of peace throughout the school. Students also created ‘peace chalk art’ outside at lunch and watched Peacing it Together – a film that showcases the power of Palestinians, Israelis and Canadians working together in their quest for peace.
In their lessons for that day, some of the junior students discussed their personal commitment to peace and added their footprint to the peace pathway that leads to the “peace wall” in the front foyer of the school.
The students discussed how they could work at peace on a daily basis, such as creating an atmosphere in their classroom and school community were they can get along and work harmoniously:
“I will invite others to play.”
“I will say please and thank you.”
“I will encourage my friends.”
“I will listen when others speak to me.”
“I will ask others if they need my help.”
“I will do my chores.”
“I will share and take turns.”
“I will use a kind, friendly voice when I speak to others.”
“I will think before speaking and acting.”
“I will talk things over when I am in a conflict.”
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
We are so fortunate to have Bruce Brown at York House on Thursday. Bruce is one of the most sought after speakers in North America. He speaks at major NCAA universities, high schools, colleges and professional sport organizations. His message on teaching character through sport is a message that all coaches, athletes and parents need to hear.
Bruce has been the most inspirational voice in shaping my professional career and my values towards athletics and leadership. His message transcends athletics to be relevant in all aspects of life.
He will be presenting Life Lessons for Athletes and more about trust and confidence for athletes to all our Tigers and coaches from 3:30-4:30pm on September 23. All Tigers Grades 6-12 are expected to be there. Other students who are heavily involved in other extra-curricular activities are also welcome to attend. From 4:30-5:30pm he will speak to all coaches, student coaches and team leaders.
The Role of Parents in Athletics presentation will run from 6:00-6:45pm and is very important for all of our Tigers parents Gr. 6-12. This presentation is also very relevant for any parent looking to support and encourage their daughter in various activities, academics and in life.
Olympic athlete, YHS alumnae and parent Leslie Cliff ’72, heard Bruce speak in the fall of 2004 when her daughter, Lisa, was starting Grade 12. Here’s what she had to say about the presentation: “I thought I had a good grip on how to be a supportive parent of an aspiring elite athlete but I learned a lot from Bruce Brown. He exposed me to concepts on how to help Lisa while respecting her abilities to make the big decisions in her career.”
I hope our Tigers parents take advantage of this special opportunity.