With Homecoming right around the corner, what better way is there to get into the spirit of celebrating St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) than with a school-wide spirit week!
“The start of a new school year is always electric with excitement and anticipation,” says John Connelly, SMCS guidance counsellor and Student Government moderator. “At the same time, it can be a time of uncertainty and trepidation. Students may be encountering new teachers, more difficult courses, and they may be considering new ways of getting involved.”
WHAT TO EXPECT
Several activities have been planned for the week of September 23-27 by the SMCS Student Government including dress-down days, a carnival day, and a Mass. The week ends with Homecoming on Saturday with the entire SMCS community invited to attend.
“Our idea behind spirit week is to ‘hype the boys up,’” says Edward Qu, SMCS Student Government president. “It’s meant to bring out the spirit of St. Mike’s students and help them see why [our school] is worth it and why so many of us consider it home.”
Students will be able to attend an SMCS carnival during periods 3, 4, and 5 on Wednesday next week. Qu says students can fill up on cotton candy and popcorn and participate in fun activities, including a ‘Wipeout’-style course and a dunk tank.
On Friday, the students, faculty, and staff will gather in the gymnasium to celebrate the Feast of St. Michael Mass.
“Nothing could express our unity as a school community more perfectly than to gather around the table of the Lord as Brothers and Sisters,” says Connelly. “The Mass and assembly dovetail nicely with the symbolic coming together of our community with alumni, parents, and friends of the school [the following day] at Homecoming.”
WHY HAVE A SPIRIT WEEK?
To kick off spirit week, many of the senior student leaders and mentors spend the morning greeting the younger students as they enter the school.
“The primary goal of spirit week is to make all students feel included in their school community,” says Connelly. “It provides an opportunity for younger students to encounter senior students in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.”
The Mass at the end of the week will also be the first time that the whole school will gather together this year.
“Spirit week helps everyone at the school bond with each other, pray with each other, and to get to know each other better,” says Qu.
The Feast of St. Michael Mass will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel @SMCS1852.