St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Homecoming is this Saturday --- a day to celebrate the spirit that is St. Michael’s College School with new and old friends.
“I bring my boys [to Homecoming] to start them off young, surrounded by the great environment and culture that St. Mike's offers,” says Paul Marchese ’03. “I want the St. Michael’s culture to be soaked into them so they have a great path to follow as they grow.”
Marchese and his twin boys have attended Homecoming the last two years and plan to join the festivities again this year.
The modern day version of Homecoming can trace its roots back to the late 90s. Former SMCS Director of Athletics, Paul Forbes approached Josh Colle ’93 and Marc Montemurro ’93 about creating a Kerry Blues Booster club.
“We temporarily created the ‘Friends of the Kerry Blues’ booster club and a student game in the fall was chosen to get as many Kerry Blues alumni out as possible. If memory serves me correctly, the alumni would then gather for a steak dinner,” recalls Montemurro.
With the success of that first event, the roots of the school’s modern day Homecoming took hold.
A FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES FOR ALL
This year’s Homecoming will feature games against Upper Canada College, Sterling Hall School, and Huron Heights Secondary School. As well, the St. Michael’s Majors will wear their Don Mills Flyers jerseys and play an exhibition game versus the Toronto Marlboros. Back again this year is the Grade 7 ball hockey challenge --- a fan favourite at Homecoming each year.
“Homecoming is a wonderful day to bring present and returning students together. It builds spirit and awesome energy,” remarks Francesco Bazzocchi ’83, retired SMCS faculty member, who will return to run the event. “My favourite part of the tournament is presenting the Fr. Zorzi trophy and watching the students having fun while carrying it around the track as the crowd cheers them on.”
In addition to the traditional games, the music department will also highlight the schedule with performances and the Drumline will entertain the crowd during the football game.
A DAY FOR ALL
Homecoming traditionally welcomes back approximately 800 members of the community from students to parents, alumni, and prospective families.
“My reasons for attending Homecoming has changed over the years,” says Montemurro. “In the first few years, I still felt an immediate connection to the team. It then became a good reason to see alumni.”
Frank Tersigni, parent of Nick ’21, has been a regular volunteer at Homecoming over the last few years. “The school has been incredibly good to Nick and my family through some difficult times --- volunteering at this and other events is just a little way to give back,” says Tersigni. “It’s amazing to see how many alumni show up and how proudly they wear their double blue.”
“Homecoming is one of the few times that the entire school can get together and relax,” says Edward Qu ’21, president of the SMCS Student Government. “It’s sad to think that this will be my last Homecoming as a student, but it just means I will cherish it more than ever.”
Prospective students and their families are invited to take part in the day’s festivities to get a flavour for what our community is about. Our Admissions Office will be operating an information table to answer any questions families may have.
“Homecoming is a great opportunity to reconnect alumni and their families with our current students and their families for a day of fun and fellowship,” says David Fischer, SMCS Director of Admissions. “In addition, we invite prospective candidates and their families to join us so they can experience first hand our school spirit as well as the hospitality and welcoming that our community embodies.”
Join us this Saturday, September 28! Click here to view the schedule.