Thanksgiving marks the turning of the page at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS). As students return to class following the holiday weekend, we also see the return of the full school uniform. As is tradition around the school’s yellow-bricked halls, the donning of navy blazers for our new Grade 7 and 8 students is celebrated in a special ceremony each fall.
Here are some fast facts about the event:
1. When did the tradition start?
The event started in 2009.
2. Why do we do it?
The Blazer Ceremony marks the final act of welcoming our newest students into the community as they put on their blazer for the first time within the school building.
3. Who is involved?
The administration of the school host the ceremony which includes Grade 7s, new Grade 8s, core intermediate faculty, and student leaders, prefects, and student government members.
4. What is the significance of the blazer?
The blazer has become the outward symbol of our school pride and our belief in our motto “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” (Psalm 118). It is also a symbol of character and the personal pride they take in being a St. Michael’s College School student.
5. What is the importance of having senior students involved?
Student leaders, prefects, and student government members are mentors to our younger students. Their presence symbolizes our hope that they will continue to help the younger students on their journey and always serve as role models – the expectation is the younger boys will grow to be leaders and serve in the same capacity in a few years to continue the tradition.
The SMCS Blazer Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the SMCS courtyard. Watch the livestream of the ceremony here.