[ Matthew Blunston ’14, Austin Beaton ’14, and Francois Boissonnault ’14 lace up their skates for an afternoon on the pond. ]
Life On The Hill
Pay It Forward: The RNS of Tomorrow
26th Annual Spring Art Show & Sale
Joining Our Community
Giving and Donor Report
A Last Thought
ON THE COVER: The RNS Campus pond, donated by the classes of ’71 and ’08, makes the perfect reason to play an afternoon game of pond hockey.
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[ Abbie Brittain â€™14 helps Miriam Lutchmedial â€™20 with her school tie at the opening day service in September. ]
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HEAD'S COMMENTS PAUL G. KITCHEN, HEAD OF SCHOOL
A recent front page headline of the Globe and Mail was pleading for Canada to take a different approach to teaching mathematics. The article placed a great emphasis on curriculum, teaching methods, hours spent on a subject, etc. It sounded very much like conversations we have had at this school over the last four or five years. We were then talking about the students who enter RNS not liking math and progressing through the school with an apathy towards math and a genuine lack of comfort with the subject. Today we are a very different school. We have changed what we teach and how we teach, especially how we teach math. We have changed the kids’ engagement; we have changed the number of hours middle school students are in math, and we have seen a big turnaround. It’s working. We are not perfect, but our kids are enjoying math more, and learning to solve real problems better than ever before. To me this is exactly what a good independent school can and should do, and what those schools that want to be great schools must do. Educators today cannot accept “kids just don’t like math” or “he’s not interested in reading”. Schools must be innovative, nimble and willing to change. The education provided has to meet the needs of the students in their care. Tomorrow the hot issue of the day will be something other than math. At RNS we have to know how to change our programs to meet our students’ needs. We have to understand the research, and be innovative and flexible. Education has to become much more experiential.
At RNS, we have an Action Research Team which is examining the way we teach and how best to use our resources to be more effective in the classroom. We want to be a centre for teaching excellence and develop the programs and approaches so that our students are properly armed for the 21st century. As we head into March Break, we have had as good a year as we have ever had at RNS. This week, Head’s Rounds were excellent and student reports were generally very positive. The musical “Smile” finished two weeks ago, and was loved by both the audience and the 100+ students involved in the production. We have endured the harshest winter in years in good spirits, and we are all ready for the snow to disappear and be out on the playing fields. The theme of this magazine is paying it forward, which is exactly what has helped us transform RNS into the school it is today. All the things that we have accomplished this year are only possible because of the generous help and support we have from our alumni, parents and friends. By paying it forward, you are also helping us move forward. Tomorrow’s RNS will be different than it is today, and a school that will be able to better serve the needs of its students. With the continued help of all of the RNS community, our school will have reacted to the next Globe and Mail headline years before you read it. I hope you enjoy the Head’s Letter and that it brings you closer to this very special school.
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LIFE ON THE HILL
ISABELLE SPINNEY & NEETIN PRABHU, HEAD PREFECTS
To date, the 2013-2014 year has been very successful. In September, the campus was full of enthusiasm and excitement as some 90 new students were welcomed to the RNS community with friendly faces and open arms. Everyone quickly adjusted from their summer schedules back to our busy daily routines and lifestyles. The Grade 12s were more than prepared to begin their journey as leaders after being motivated by three days of leadership camp. With the beginning of the new school year came Opening Chapel, a tradition where new members of the school are formally welcomed and presented with their school ties. Later that week, the school once again travelled to New River Beach where we harnessed our school spirit and took part in a series of fun and exciting interhouse competitions. One competition, proposed by Mr. Kitchen, which really defines our school’s sense of community, took place this
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Through cheers of encouragement, the entire school stood behind Mars as she fully embodied the true significance of community and called out each student’s name. past fall in Chapel. He challenged an advisor group and later an individual to identify every person in the student body by name. Eventually Mars Sanchez, a Grade 9 student, was able to name everyone in the Chapel without a flaw! Through cheers of encouragement, the entire school stood behind Mars as she fully embodied the true significance of community and called out each student’s name. Following along this idea of coming together, the first ever ‘Dining in Unison’ event was held at RNS, highlighting the importance of cultural awareness amongst our community. A speaker, as well as a group of traditional Filipino performers, were invited to celebrate with us and to elaborate on the need for diversity and acceptance in our communities. RNS
has always been a very multicultural community, and to emphasize this, students were asked to select which country they most identified with. It was very interesting to see students go up on stage during lunch and pin a flag over their country on a world map. This was part of an international activity put on by several Grade 12 students.
Program, once again, has given students several outdoor educational opportunities. The Grade 7s have gone canoeing, the Grade 9s hiked the Fundy Trail, and the Grade 8s just recently embarked on a winter camping trip. Senior School students have so far trekked Mt. Katahdin and canoed the St. Croix River.
So far this year, RNS has seen many students being involved in a myriad of service opportunities. These have included the annual Terry Fox Run, where a large portion of the school challenged themselves to run the 10km option instead of the usual 5km, and the Big Bike Race which raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Another student-led initiative this year involved the ‘Touch a Truck’ fundraiser in Saint John, helping to raise money for First Steps, a safe and inclusive home for teenage moms. Student volunteers helped as children from the Saint John area explored and had fun in fire trucks, ambulances, big rigs and diggers, to name a few. There were also many students involved in the first-ever RNS Homecoming, a fantastic opportunity to welcome alumni back to the hill as well as engage current students, parents and grandparents in school life.
The winter term started off with the annual lighting of the school Christmas tree, a tradition meant to ignite the Christmas spirit in our community. Aware that many in the Saint John community are less fortunate, advisor groups worked to put together and deliver Christmas baskets to local families in need. Students also got in the holiday spirit and spread Christmas cheer through our 85th Annual Carol Service. This was a huge success! Proceeds from a freewill collection went to support Safe Harbour, an organization preparing to build a youth homeless shelter in Saint John. The 2013 year was concluded with our annual RNS Christmas Dinner and the awarding of several Head’s Pins for student achievement.
Many activities have also been offered to help students venture outside their comfort zones. The Outward Bound
We’re excited to have had such a great year so far. We, along with the rest of this year’s graduating class, look forward to keeping the school spirit and community alive as we move closer to graduation. 6
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HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDENT EXPERIENCES AND ADVENTURES
who truly worked hard to bring a work of art to the stage.
RNS Presents: Six Characters in Search of an Author BY: SAMARA BURTON & JULIA DOCHERTY, GRADE 11
This year’s Senior School Play, “Six Characters in Search of an Author”, was a great way to introduce the new school year to us. Ms. Bell, our director, created an environment where we could all become fully immersed in the story. Using costumes and props while practicing our lines helped us to move more quickly into character, while practicing every day enabled us to truly
Cross Country Running BY: LUKE FLEWWELLING, GRADE 10
Fall Cross Country Running this year was an amazing time and saw students challenging themselves to the best of their abilities. The RNS Campus is an incredibly scenic place to run. There are a variety of trails that snake through the woods up to the awesome view atop
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get a feel for the play and bond with our fellow cast members. Rehearsing the play for weeks with a group of amazing people was probably one of the best ways for us, as new students, to get out of our comfort zones and really begin to experience what the school is all about. We had been given the chance to go beyond our work as students, and to begin proving ourselves as actors. It was so interesting to witness the entire production becoming a group effort, each individual adding his or her own ideas and creativity to make the play that much more interesting. Audiences were treated to a group of individuals
Spyglass Hill or down to the waters at the school dam. Some trails allow you to push and challenge yourself, while others offer a relaxing pace. Running off campus through Rothesay opens up further opportunities for things to see and routes to take. RNS has a top-notch track, the perfect place to train and improve one’s speed, distance and time. The road that rings the school is also a great track for
It was also wonderful to be a part of a production with such an interesting plot line. The story surrounds the tale of six fictional characters, a family who has been abandoned by their author. The characters, not being real people, are forced to constantly relive the experiences that separated them. The main character, “The Father” appeals to a director of a theatre group to bring the fictional family’s stories to life. “The Step Daughter” is also eager to see their story performed, only because she wants to embarrass The Father. The other characters, however, are less willing. Each character is a complex individual and each one is incredibly different. Great detail is put into how individuals interact with one another. The true intrigue, however, comes from the clash between these characters and the “real” people of the play, including the actors and director of the theatre, who are confused, offended and then become more intrigued with the mysterious characters as time goes on. ♦
runners; almost a kilometre long with hills that can get your heart pumping. RNS is a perfect location for running and gives you the freedom to always do things your own way. Whether you’re comfortable on the sidewalks or running through the trails behind campus, Mr. Vienneau is always available to help students develop their running skills to the best of their ability. ♦
Climbing Mt. Katahdin BY: SEAMUS BANNON, GRADE 11
This fall, a group of 17 brave RNS students embarked on a journey to the top of Mt. Katahdin, the State of Maine’s highest peak. Led by Mr. Carpenter and a troop of trail guides, the students left on Friday for the border. After some stops for necessary items – Tim Hortons and beef jerky - the group found their way to the campsite at the comfortable hour of 11:00pm. With the seemingly unending patience of Mr. Carpenter, the tents were pitched and the group went to bed. The next morning the students were up bright and early and, after a filling breakfast, the brand new hikers started their trek up the Abol Path. They encountered a rocky forest terrain, great stone plains and sheer rock faces that tested the definition of the path as a hike. There were spectacular views to be had, beautiful nature, and challenging pathways. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, the group was not able to summit. After the long hike back, however, the group was ecstatic about their achievement. That evening was filled with great stories about the hike being told around a campfire and, of course, there were toasted marshmallows. ♦
Tennis Season at RNS BY: EMILY HUANG, GRADE 10
Tennis is a fun co-curricular activity at RNS that brings players of all skill levels together – those who have been playing for some time and those who are new to the sport; we each have something we can learn from one another. Everyone had a lot of fun, learning and improving together
RNS Hosts The Annual Terry Fox Run BY: HASAN HARIRI, GRADE 12, CHARITY PREFECT
This year’s Kennebecasis Valley Terry Fox Run, which took place on September 15th, was a huge success, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of RNS students and community members. Participants who assembled on the back patio of Heritage Hall, had the choice of running, walking or biking in either a ten or five kilometer race, continuing a Canadian legacy that began 33 years ago. Luckily, the weather cooperated and provided runners with a beautiful, sunny day. The atmosphere of the race, not to mention the abundance of popsicles at the finish line, provided a positive and spirited environment to help tackle a demanding task. With 320 runners and cyclists taking part, we
Middle School Art Class BY: SHAYNA EARLE & EMMA MURPHY, GRADE 8
Our year in Art so far has been so much fun. We’ve been working with many mediums, such as line drawings and clay. The project that we are currently working on is a set of handmade clay mugs. It’s a great project because we get to be creative by choosing
under the guidance of our coach, Mr. Alderson. For most of the season, we played tennis matches with each other helping to develop our serving, forehands, backhands and smashing skills. We also had the opportunity to compete in the ACIS tennis competition. We appreciated the good quality of the new courts on campus and the patience of our coach. By the end
had the highest number of participants ever! Donors from the school and local community contributed to the event, raising over $1400 for cancer research and the Terry Fox Foundation. Helping to organize this type of event was personally a new challenge for me. For the run to be successful, it needed the support of the community, including volunteers and participants who were passionate about the cause. Thankfully, there were many members of the RNS community who were willing to contribute their time and efforts to raise money for cancer research. A special thank you goes to Mr. Read, for leading the initiative, and to everyone who volunteered. Here’s hoping next year will see the same tremendous support from the community. I encourage anyone who can, to participate in 2014 and come out for what is sure to be another fantastic day in support of cancer research. ♦
our own designs and ideas for the style of our own mug. The project will further our understanding of working with clay while letting us have a lot of fun in the process. Middle School Art has been a great experience so far, and we can’t wait to see what exciting projects we will be creating later in the year! ♦
of the season, we each had improved our skills from where we began in September. The most important and valuable lesson we learned was that we had fun while growing and improving. Although tennis ended for the winter, I will keep loving tennis and will definitely be back on the courts in the spring. ♦
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Grade 7 Outward Bound Trip: Spednic Lake
from Big Island. Even the current was surprisingly cooperative with us as we hit the water for our second day.
BY: SAM POWER, GRADE 7
The Grade 7 Outward Bound trip to Spednic Lake was an awesome experience. When we arrived at the dropoff site, we had to prepare to head to our first camp at Big Island. We unpacked the bus and gathered all of our gear together before packing what we needed into our canoes. We partnered up and brought the canoes to the water where we initially paddled off. Unfortunately, the rain and wind were working against us and we had to stop on a small island to let the drifters catch up. The wind then pushed the whole group right to our destination! Once at Big Island, we unpacked and set up tents while our counsellors made dinner. Afterwards, we all got together for
a game of tag. Once the sun went down, everyone ate dinner around the campfire to cap off our first day. The night brought huge gusts of wind and a downpour of rain (with one of the tents even flooding!) It was quite an experience and, according to Mr. Carpenter, the wildest weather he has ever had to deal with on a school camping trip! The next day was sunny and really began to turn things around. Once everyone was awake and had a chance to eat breakfast, we gathered our gear and paddled away
were about 50 FIB students and the remainder of the grade was made up of a few hundred GCSE students. My grade alone was larger than the entire student population at RNS!
My Exchange to Singapore BY: CAMERON SLIPP, GRADE 10
Just before the Christmas break, I returned from my eight-week Round Square exchange at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore where I stayed at UWCSEA’s Dover Campus. The campus had over three thousand students which included 300 boarders. It was a very different experience from our small community at Rothesay Netherwood School. The Grade 10 class was split into two sections: the GCSE (British System) students, and Foundation IB (FIB). There
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Life at UWC was quite different from at RNS. There were a lot more classes and impressive facilities to support those classes, including a swimming pool, an awesome music department, and at least four theatres. The science labs all had technicians that could get you any (safe) chemical you wanted to work with and there were teachers for almost any language imaginable. Being at a larger school certainly had its perks. The weather in Singapore was around 30 degrees every day, with a quick rain shower every afternoon. While there, I had the opportunity to participate in many different activities, including sailing, cycling along the east coast, touring around Chinatown and Little
We made it to our second campsite, hoping for a drier and calmer evening. We had our supper and played a nighttime game of Mafia before heading to bed. Our second sleep was much better, maybe too much so, judging by all the snoring heard throughout the tents! On Wednesday, our last morning, we set out for a hike after our morning fire and breakfast. We walked for about an hour, taking in the beautiful fall colours and the sounds of the leaves under our feet. Following our hike, it was time to head home. We packed up our belongings, loaded the bus, and bid farewell to Spednic Lake. ♦
India, and trying new food. I was also lucky enough to take a quick trip to neighboring Malaysia, where I was very generously shown around by the family of a fellow RNS student. I had many amazing experiences on my exchange and met lots of great people. The Round Square program at RNS is an amazing opportunity to travel the world and experience new cultures; I would recommend it to anyone. ♦
My Exchange to Australia BY: KYLEIGH GUNN, GRADE 10
This past fall, I had the incredible opportunity to go on an eight-week exchange to Australia. The school I attended was New England Girls’ School, a small all girls boarding school in the small town of Armidale, which is north of Sydney. The school had 250 students and ranged from pre-school to Gr. 12.
During my exchange I was able to travel around the country and to see the coast, which was beautiful. I also spent a few days sightseeing in Sydney. I hadn’t realized how populous kangaroos really are, the whole country was filled with them! It was interesting to see the different wildlife and culture.
All in all, I really enjoyed my exchange to Australia! ♦
The school was very different from what I am familiar with at RNS. Many of the rules that were present there are not enforced here. It was really eye-opening to see how other schools function. The curriculum was pretty similar to that at RNS. I was, however, able to take a few interesting classes that are not offered at RNS such as Information Technology, Christian Studies, and Culinary Technology. Popular sports included horseback riding, cattle showing and field hockey, which were neat to learn more about.
As a new boarder at RNS, this school year has already been full of change. Between a busy lifestyle that’s both fun and rewarding, living in residence, the challenging academics, and a slew of extracurricular activities, a new experience is always waiting around each corner. Each opportunity has made life on the hill an excellent fit for me.
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gorgeous province, giving me some of my favourite New Brunswick experiences. Zip-lining across the Reversing Falls, professional and school hockey games, high-school American football games, shopping in Moncton and Fredericton, as well as my first holiday traditions such as Thanksgiving and Halloween were among the many highlights.
BY: HOLLY IRVINE, GRADE 11, SCOTCH OAKBURN COLLEGE
On the 4th of September, I left behind my family, friends, school and warm Australian weather to head to the land of pine trees and pancakes with bacon. After five flights and over 24 hours of travelling, I arrived in Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada. After being welcomed by my host Mae-Lin De Lange and her family, I was taken back to their home in Rothesay. The town, full of historic landmarks, would become my home for the next eight weeks. During my stay at Rothesay Netherwood School, the girls in Quinn House were very hospitable and it wasn’t long before I felt like part of the community. My housemates, host family and other new friends really made an effort to show me around their
New Beginnings: Living in Quinn House BY: DANIELLE DUPLESSIS, GRADE 11
Living in Quinn House has been wonderful. Although I may have left my friends and family at home in Fredericton, the transition
I came to RNS as a full-time boarder. The schoolwork was on the same level as Scotch Oakburn College for both schools have the same subjects. RNS and Scotch are similar schools but they also have their differences. Coming from a school of 1200 students to a small community of 270 students, I was able to get to know a lot of people through assigned lunch tables, sports, small class sizes and Advisor. After school, I participated in soccer and supported the Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey, Varsity Boys’ Soccer and the Varsity Boys’ Hockey teams at their matches.
to living in residence has been seamless. While living together with so many girls may seem like a daunting change, I have come to realize that it’s actually not so different than my life at home. The Quinn community is as busy, loving, and helpful as my own family, and even being a new student, I have always felt welcome. So far, we have bonded as a group through many house activities. Just like at home, we have fun celebrating all of the girls’ birthdays with a delicious cake and an off-key rendition of “Happy Birthday.” This year, I’ve discovered that, although we may have travelled from different corners of the world to come to RNS, we are in fact not all that different. Quinn House has residents from Mexico, Dominica, China, Bermuda, and many other countries, yet we are all brought together by the experiences of being Quinn House boarders, which we’ll share for a lifetime. ♦
Canadians are very welcoming; I made friends easily and was able to fit in quickly. RNS is an amazing school; boarding at RNS was a whole new experience compared to boarding at Scotch Oakburn. I wish I could have spent more time on my exchange. I am very appreciative of everyone who was involved in making my experience such a rich one. Thank you to my parents, Round Square, Rothesay Netherwood School, Scotch Oakburn, and the De Lange family for making it possible. I wish all the exchange students good luck next year and encourage you to take up every possible opportunity. It really is a once in a lifetime experience! ♦
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My Exchange to Launceston, Tasmania BY: MAE-LIN DE LANGE, GRADE 11
As the end of my Grade 10 year approached, I grew more excited with each passing day, counting down until the day finally came, April 21st. For what, you might wonder? What on earth could possibly be so intriguing as to warrant such anticipation? Earlier in the year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Mr. Van Doleweerd and Mr. Murray, it had been arranged that I would travel to Tasmania on a school exchange for the final months of the year. I was thrilled to be given the chance to represent my school, to meet new people, and to have the experience of a lifetime. My exchange school was called Scotch Oakburn College, which I later learned is affectionately shortened to “Scotch” by its
New Beginnings: Living in Mackay House BY: DANNY CHANDRA, GRADE 11
In all honesty, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t been scared out of my mind before coming to RNS. It would be the first time I really left my home for an extended period of time and I had countless unanswered questions. Would I make new friends? How would I find boarding? Would I miss my friends and family? The list goes on and on. All my questions were quickly answered
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students. As soon as I learned which school I would be attending, I began researching for what to expect: facilities, food and athletic opportunities. However, nothing I found out about Scotch could have prepared me for what it was truly like.
similar to RNS. However, in comparison to the close-knit community at RNS, Scotch Oakburn is much larger. The school boasts three campuses and approximately 1,200 students, spanning from early learning to graduation.
The realization that I would really be travelling halfway around the world first hit when I contacted the student who was to be my host while I attended Scotch Oakburn. This student was Holly Irvine, who followed me to Canada and attended RNS on exchange last fall. She sounded absolutely lovely and I had a feeling we would get along well, which, as it turns out, we did.
Living in the boarding house was a unique experience for me, as I’ve always been a day student. Adjusting to roommate life and always being surrounded by schoolmates was different, although definitely not unwelcome. When living in such close quarters with people, you manage to form truly strong bonds of friendship in a short period of time, traversing the typical barriers of different grades or ages, which might otherwise prevent you from reaching out to someone.
Arriving in Tasmania, I wasn’t sure what to expect, as experiencing something in real life is incomparable to any expectations built from information found online. I fell in love with the island as soon as I stepped off the plane, receiving an extremely warm welcome at the airport from Holly, her sister Meg, and their mother Vicki Irvine. Thanks to their kind and generous hospitality, I saw the many amazing sights of the city of Launceston and its surrounding areas. I even got to pet a Tasmanian devil! Scotch Oakburn College is a co-ed school with both boarders and day students,
within the first few days as I realized just how amazing this place is! The boys in Mackay were remarkably welcoming and I met great new people within minutes upon arriving. The transition to the boarding life was smooth, easy, and ever so inclusive; I immediately felt like I fit in. Wednesday afternoons and the weekends are the most fun; all the boys go outside and kick a soccer ball around, play a game of ‘manhunt’ at night, or have a skate on the
Honestly, time flew by and before I knew it, I was already packing my suitcase in preparation for my many flights back to Canada. Leaving everyone in Tasmania felt as though I was leaving behind family, a difficult moment knowing I likely wouldn’t see most of my new friends again. I went from being a stranger to being the closest of friends with those I met, and was welcomed into another amazing community. I wouldn’t trade my experience at Scotch for any other school. ♦
pond. Even sitting in the common room playing video games with friends is fun. It’s like a never-ending sleepover with all your pals and it’s awesome! In many ways, I’d rather stay at school than go home on weekends because of all the fun we have on campus, but don’t tell my Mom that! RNS is a great school, and I’m so glad I have the opportunity to come here. Although I wish I had come sooner, I am thoroughly looking forward to the next few years. ♦
[ Students take a break on the Mt. Katahdin climb. ]
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Homecoming Weekend BY: EMMA BROWN & PETER JENSEN, GRADE 12, DEVELOPMENT PREFECTS
This fall, RNS held its very first Homecoming Weekend! It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved in our tightly-knit community to come together and celebrate our school. RNS is a community that you are a part of forever and it was very special to see everyone – students, parents, siblings, grandparents and alumni – come together for the fun-filled weekend. Activities kicked off with a performance from worldrenowned soprano Jessica McCormack, who even has ties to RNS – her grandmother, aunt and uncle all attended the school! Saturday included brunch, a family fun fair, a BBQ and interhouse competitions. The ACIS Soccer Tournament also took place at Homecoming, providing an extra dose of entertainment and school spirit. Homecoming Weekend gave students, past and present, the chance to remember just how much fun our little school can be. It’s
all about community at RNS, and events like this are perfect examples of how close we really are to one another. So many different people pitched in to make the weekend a great success; thanks to everyone who helped out and came out to have fun. With such a great start this year, we hope to see Homecoming become an event that grows and grows with each passing year! ♦
During our first year in CAIS we lost most games, not because of a lack of effort but because our team wasn’t well prepared. This year, our preparation and training was a thorough and demanding process, and boosted our confidence and skill level for CAIS. In addition, the many fitness tests and challenging practices early in the season helped to build the team’s tenacity and allowed us to persevere and play six games in three short days.
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Throughout the season, our team formed close bonds and came together as a closelyknit unit. We knew we could lean on each other for support and encouragement; every player was there for the other and committed to the squad. Utilizing our team’s strong character, we each gave our best in the tournament and for the team. With the dedication and effort of the girls and our coaches, we were able to place second at CAIS, showing an incredible improvement for RNS on the national soccer stage. We each couldn’t be more proud of our team and how far we have all come. ♦
BY: LAUREN KOLYVAS, GRADE 11 & ELLIE LAMB, GRADE 12
The Varsity Girls’ Soccer program has developed significantly at RNS over the past three years. The skill level of the group when we first joined in Grade 9 cannot be compared to the team we have today. This development can be seen through game outcomes, especially in regard to the annual CAIS Tournament.
A Year in Soccer at RNS
BY: AINSLEY COCHRANE, GRADE 12
BY: MARK LEUNG, GRADE 8
Two years ago, the RNS Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team took home the provincial title. It was a big moment in RNS history, with the team reaching that level for the very first time. The next year, with the departure of many players, became a building year. Through many practices, even more games, and amazing teamwork, we were able to slowly build the team back up again. At the beginning of the season, there were girls who had barely picked up a stick before, but by the end of the season, they had become some of our most reliable players on the field.
At a quick glance, this year’s soccer season at RNS consisted of 6 teams, 109 players, 12 coaches, 81 games played, 38 wins, 39 losses, 4 ties, 163 goals and countless hours of practice. Upon looking more deeply you would find a rich tale of challenges and successes, of victory and defeat, and of the joy for a game.
This fall the team had a fantastic season with close wins and losses, as well as matches that were either won or lost by a landslide.
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Throughout the season, it was evident that each player was dedicated to the team and had a strong drive to perform. Although at times we were tired, and sometimes wanted to quit (like the week we played eight games in just seven days) we persevered and grew from it to be a better working and closeknit team. Individually, it helped us become better players, leaders and teammates. It was an amazing season that will not be forgotten by the girls and one of which we can be very proud. ♦
The Middle School Boys’ team included 22 players from Grades 6-8, and was coached by Mr. Read and Mr. Kidd. The highlight for this team was certainly their first win of the year at the annual ACIS Super Tournament in September. The Middle School Girls’ team consisted of 21 players and was coached by Mr. Van Doleweerd and Miss Miedema. The
girls won their first two games of the season with shutouts, and went on to earn a spot in the championship game, eventually losing by just one goal. Miss Miedema summed up the year well, “Everyone enjoyed themselves. The girls had a great time travelling and competing.”
games of the season. The highlight of the season for the team may have been the songs sung on the bus during road trips. Coach Aldous remarked, “Despite our small size and inexperience, we showed tremendous team spirit. I am very proud of our team.”
12, and Jack Smith , Grade 11, were very complimentary about the way that the team managed to build upon their strengths throughout the season. A particular highlight was the tremendous improvement and play of the team’s goalkeeper: Daniel Nunes (Gr.11).
The 18 member Junior Varsity Boys’ team, affectionately known as the MadDawgs and coached by Mr. Tomilson and Mr. Aldous, showed tremendous growth throughout the year. Despite managing only 1 win in their first 8 games, the boys rebounded by winning 3 of their final 5
On the Varsity side, the boys had a great season. The 18 players from Grades 1012, coached by Mr. McCullogh and Mr. Jollymore made another outstanding playoff run, being eliminated in a penalty shoot-out by a strong team from Carleton North. The captains, Diego Martinez, Grade
The 2nd Varsity Girls had a very strong inaugural season. The team was made up of 14 players, and coached by Mrs. Dooks and Mrs. McCarville. Highlights of the year included second place in ACIS and the game in St. Andrews, at which rain poured for the full 60 minutes! ♦
In both events, we achieved successful results that gave us a positive feeling for Boston. We were, however, aware that we were going to compete against world-class athletes and could not hope for too high of a ranking.
On Sunday morning we all met at the boat club to warm up and get ready for our race. All boats had to be on the water eighty minutes before the start of their race. Until the race started, all teams had to circle around in a warm up area. When we finally lined up for the start, I got more and more excited. The course on the Charles River is three miles long, and for a lot of us, this was the longest we had ever raced. During the race, we had to stay focused the entire time and could not look outside the boat or get distracted by Boston’s skyline. It was a tough race and like nothing I had ever experienced before, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend. It is an amazing event and it definitely was a once-in-alifetime experience. As we expected, the results achieved by our crew were not at the level of other elite crews, but we were all still proud of our achievement! ♦
Head of the Charles Rowing Regatta BY: KAROLINA GAEBE, GRADE 12
Each year in October, the Head of the Charles Regatta takes place in Boston. It is the largest two-day rowing regatta in the world with nearly 9,000 athletes racing in over 61 events. This year, the Kennebecasis Rowing Club in Rothesay put together a Women’s Eight for the Women’s Youth Eight event. Five girls from RNS (Sydney Darling, Kali Furlong, Kyra Furlong, Gillian Grant and Lily Sellhorn-Timm), three girls from the rowing club, and Cecil VanBuskirk as our coxswain, and I each showed the required ability and commitment and earned a seat in the boat. To prepare for the regatta we practiced together with the KRC club, in addition to our own normal school practices. We were all really excited for this event. Some of us had already had a chance to represent the school in last year’s Head of the Charles, but for the majority of the crew this was a completely new experience. Prior to the regatta, we raced in the Atlantic Rowing Championship in Antigonish and at the Head of the Four Bridges in Fredericton.
We only realized the true size of the regatta after we had arrived in Boston. Posters and advertisements for the regatta were everywhere in the city. There were thousands of people and crews from all over the world, many of whom had been preparing for this regatta alone and had trained a lot longer than we had. Along the course was a large exposition area where universities, companies and sponsors had their information on display. We were able to spend some time exploring this area and were able to see a lot of new, state-of-theart rowing technology.
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Canada Summer Games: Rowing BY: JACK SMITH, GRADE 11 & KALI FURLONG, GRADE 12
This year we were privileged enough to represent New Brunswick in the Canada Summer Games on the provincial rowing team. Jack rowed with the men’s eight and brought home a bronze medal. He also rowed in the Heavyweight Men’s Four, placing fifth. Kali rowed with the Women’s Pair and the Straight Women’s Four, placing fifth in both boats. Our accommodation, as with other athletes, was on the Bishop’s University campus in Sherbrooke, Quebec. A whole section of the campus was reserved for the athletes participating that week. We stayed in the dorms with our teams. There was a cafeteria open all day with healthy food selections
Canada Summer Games: Basketball BY: GILLIAN GRANT, GRADE 12
This past summer I had the privilege of representing my home province in women’s basketball as part of Team New Brunswick at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Going to the Canada Games was a goal I had trained for over the previous three years, both on provincial teams and on the RNS Varsity Girls’ Basketball squad. When I finally received the much-anticipated phone call that I had made the Canada Games team, I was ecstatic. From that point on, I trained with the team every week, preparing for the Games through practice sessions and multiple warm-up tournaments. When the date to leave for Sherbrooke finally arrived, we boarded the bus and headed to the Games. We stayed at Bishop’s University, where we spent the majority
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and refreshments, making our stay as athletes very relaxing and stress free.
it a truly one-of-a-kind cap to an amazing sporting event.
While the competition was certainly the highlight of the experience, the closing ceremonies were a perfect ending to an unforgettable experience. The celebration saw all the athletes coming together to reflect on their hard work and achievements. There were multiple guest speakers, dancers, and even fire breathers, making
Our time at the Games was the final week of a demanding and unrelenting summer of preparation and hard work. However, our experience was even more than we imagined it to be; it helped us to both build character and grow as athletes. And, the memories we made are sure to stay with us for the rest of our lives. ♦
of our week in Quebec. We played well together as a team, and despite a tough first game against Team Ontario, we ended up placing seventh, a very respectable outcome for us.
RNS Community Dinner: Dining in Unison
Although the main focus of going to the Canada Games was to play basketball, to perform well and to represent our province, it was the overall experience that I will remember as being the highlight. During the week, we were able to watch other athletes compete in their own specialities, including soccer, track and field, and beach volleyball. I was able to meet many other athletes from all over Canada, each of whom was just as excited to be in Sherbrooke as I was. Participating in these games was a wonderful experience. I was exposed to high level competition, had amazing opportunities and I saw what it takes to succeed at the highest level of my sport, all while enjoying one of the best weeks of my life. ♦
BY: HARRY CHI, GRADE 11
Dining in Unison was a night dedicated to culture at RNS that united the school community through experiencing multicultural activities, food and song. With 18 different cultures represented at RNS this year, the Community Dinner was a multicultural celebration of the many different countries, backgrounds and practices in which we are fortunate enough to be immersed. Everyone wore formal dress or cultural attire, such as traditional Chinese and Japanese dresses. Our meal consisted of a variety of foods from around the world like jerk chicken, rice, vegetables, beans and salads. We sat with our advisor groups at tables that represented the various countries that are present within
our community. We competed in trivia and learned to say hello in as many different languages as possible. We also wrote the word love in our individual languages and coloured it to represent our cultures. These were posted on a display at the end of the night, creating one piece of art made by everyone in our community. The aim of Dining in Unison was to gain insight into other cultures and to consider what we can learn from these different beliefs and practices. It also helped us to understand why RNS is such a wonderful and unique environment. ♦
Remembrance Day Service BY: HEATHER CHISHOLM, GRADE 6
On November 7th, while we sat in the Chapel waiting for the school’s Remembrance Day ceremony to begin, we started to wonder who else had sat here in these pews, had walked these halls and paths, and had
Round Square Highlights BY: GILLIAN GRANT & CARLOS HURTADO, GRADE 12, ROUND SQUARE PREFECTS
This year has been wonderful for the Round Square Group. Over 80 students have joined the group and are ready and willing to help
attended this school before us. We then thought of those people, who had left the Hill to fight and possibly die in a war. We have all seen the stained glass windows and the photographs over the stairs leaving Chapel, but who were those boys depicted in the photographs and in the glass? What were their names? What did they do for their country? Early in the twentieth century, many students who attended this school left to go to war to defend their country; many never returned. During Rothesay Netherwood School’s early days, it used to prepare and train students for the military. Now many years later, as a new generation of students, we must remember their names and what they did. That’s why every Remembrance Day, the school puts forward a tremendous amount of effort to ensure that our community realizes and understands what many young men and women did for their country and why it is important to remember. Ever since there
out in any way they can. Participation from everyone has been astounding and has resulted in our ability to support multiple local charities. One of the first Round Square initiatives last fall was the annual Multicultural Fair which incorporated food and cultural highlights from over 15 countries represented at RNS. With help from local Bhutanese refugees who provided Henna body art and cultural dancing, we were able to raise enough money to donate back to these refugees. The money was sent to their community garden project where an electric fence was bought to protect their produce from the local wildlife. Aside from this event, we also celebrated the other IDEALS of Round Square through lunchtime activities and group challenges. This included practicing leadership by giving younger
has been a Remembrance Day, RNS has hosted a ceremony. This year’s Remembrance Day ceremony was very special. It included a reading of ‘’In Flanders’s Fields,’’ the hymn, ‘’I Vow to Thee My Country’’ and many reflections and readings by a number of students. As we do every year, we read aloud the names of the men on our school’s honour roll. I, as a grade six student, found it very moving and eye opening to hear and read all of the names of the very young men who died for our freedom. It made me imagine what the world would be like today if all of those courageous, brave men and women had not fought to make our world a better place. ♦
For a full list of the Rothesay Netherwood School Honour Roll visit: www.rns.cc/ honourroll
students the opportunity to lead their lunch table in an activity.
One of our most recent activities was when we celebrated democracy. Within the Round Square group, we created four political parties who each established a platform. They chose a song to sing in chapel, a lunch menu, a dress down day theme and a charity to support. The winning party was called “ROAR”. For one day, we all dressed up as animals, had a meat-free lunch and raised money to send to the local Animal Rescue League. It was a very successful campaign and reflects more than one component of what we as a group represent. Round Square continues to work toward helping our local community and our school with upcoming events and endeavours to celebrate Round Square. ♦
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Dog Sledding Adventure BY: DANIELA MELENDEZ, GRADE 10
In January, I had the opportunity to go dog sledding in Maine. It was a unique experience since it turned out to be very different than I thought it would be. The events of this weekend made it special and different from any other trip that the school organizes. I had the chance to spend time with an amazing group of people, formed by 15 students and 4 faculty members. We had a lot of fun on the drive there, singing, dancing and talking in the car. I really enjoyed the
Winter Sports on The Hill BY: JACOB NEIL, GRADE 12
One of the many things that set our campus apart from others is the abundance of extracurricular activities that are made available to each student. Not only are there a variety of options, but because extracurriculars are mandatory for all, students are afforded many opportunities to try new things and broaden their horizons. The winter semester offers the widest array of activities, from hockey to basketball to futsal to the intense workout experience of Peak Performance Project (PPP), to the more artistic options of art club and the school musical. Here at RNS, participation may be mandatory, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t gratifying. In art club, students are given the opportunity to work on class art pieces, explore the world of art through medium and style, or simply fine tune their abilities and pursue a keen interest. Grade 12 student, David Zhou, said that his favourite part of the program was the freedom afforded to the students that allows them to experiment with different art forms, work on their own material, or simply enjoy the experience. In the theatre, this year’s school
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trip since it helped me make new friends and to develop a new perspective. The plan was to sleep in a cabin on the first night we arrived to Mahoosuc Guide Services and then the next morning we would mush our way to camp and stay there for the next two nights. Unfortunately, the weather caused some difficulties and we had to sleep in the cabin for an additional night. At first, because of the weather, it was a disappointment, but I learned that flexibility, adaptation and adjustment are essential when it comes to dealing with the
musical went off without a hitch and was a smash success thanks to the creativity and talent that exists amongst the student body. Cast member Parker Somerville, Grade 12, who played Big Bob in this year's production of Smile, said that the most rewarding part of the experience was performing in front of a full house and reaping the rewards of everyone’s hard work. On the athletic side of things, the Boys’ Varsity Hockey team had a tough but rewarding year and finished just over .500 %, an impressive number for a rebuilding year. The Girls’ Varsity Hockey team also had a strong season, going all the way to the finals of the NAPHA Championship. Both varsity teams also paid it forward by participating in community fundraising events such as "Pink in the Rink" for breast cancer research and "Do It For Daren", an awareness campaign for youth mental health. The Central Midget Hockey team, who are currently still in the playoffs at time of press for this article, have their eyes set on bringing home the Central New Brunswick Midget title for RNS this year. Team Captain, Eric Duplessis, Grade 12, commented that “team growth has been exponential; it's been gratifying to see such improvements this year”. On the courts, Celine Keller, Grade 11, and Neetin Prabhu,
unpredictable. Staying in wasn’t what we had in mind, but it turned out to be just as fun. We were able to visit and play with the dogs and extremely cute puppies. We also went snowshoeing and learned to appreciate the nature around us. In the end, we had a great opportunity to get to know each other and learn to adapt to the situations in which we often found ourselves. ♦ Grade 12, captains of the girls and boys’ Varsity Basketball teams, respectively, both agreed with DuPlessis on team growth and improvement. "The best part of the season has been seeing everyone improve," Celine said. "For me”, adds Neetin, “even though I sat on the bench with an injury for most of the season, I watched the team grow and realized just how far everyone has come this year." To continue to build upon soccer skills, students were offered the opportunity to play Futsal this winter, a European form of indoor soccer. Students competed against other schools and leagues in the region and hosted a futsal tournament at RNS. Co-Captain, Diego Martinez, Grade 12, comments that his highlight of the season was winning the Top of the Hill Tournament at RNS; he was also pleased to see such great improvement in each of the players. Whether it is a varsity sport, a learn to play team, skills and drills, fitness and conditioning, or the art club, RNS offers something for everyone. Through extracurriculars, students are given the means to hone their skills, foster creativity and further develop themselves as individuals. ♦
[ Minjae Kim ’17 and Cecil VanBuskirk ’16 in Smile, the school musical. ]
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PAYING IT FORWARD :
The RNS of Tomorrow By: Craig Jollymore, Dept. Head, English
Photos: A group of students spent part of their March Break on a service trip to Yorkin, Costa Rica. Living with the Bri Bri Tribe, students helped paint an elementary school and build a roof and frame for a visitors' home and a waiting area for a health clinic. This is just one of the many opportunities our students are given to pay it forward.
This is a special moment in our Rothesay Netherwood School’s history. We are on the cusp of offering the advantage of a worldclass education, partly because ‘paying it forward’ has become an important facet of our school culture. As we continue down this road into the century of massive changes in how we learn, work, live, and behave toward others, it is important to develop character, courage and creativity in our students so that they will set themselves apart from the crowd - to be a leader, not a follower. And by giving back to the community now, it helps give our young people the sense that while the world is a much bigger puzzle and we are each only
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one small individual piece, we can still take action and contribute greatly to the global community. Of course, giving and stewardship have always been part of our culture in past generations, whether through Netherwood’s motto of “Simplicity, Sincerity, Service” or the values that guided the RCS Cadet program. We know that this culture is vital to build the RNS of tomorrow, one that strengthens and secures our position as a leader in Canadian education. Our school’s values and vision insist that we acknowledge and appreciate the support others have given us – alumni, past
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young people the sense that while the world is a much bigger puzzle... and present parents, friends, governors and directors. And so today, encouraged because others have done so for them, we ask that our students and faculty pay it forward in our school, local and global communities.
To this end, RNS is heavily involved in programs intended to help others in our local community. Students’ involvement in the Big Brothers / Big Sisters and PALS literacy programs come to mind. Both provide our students a way to mentor and assist young people who are at risk because of social and economic factors beyond their control. Members of our community also serve regularly at Outflow, an organization that provides meals and support to the homeless and impoverished in Saint John. Over the past two years, through musical evenings, coffee houses and bake sales, our students have raised almost $20,000 for Safe Harbour, a soon-to-be-constructed shelter for the most at-risk youth in our broader community. We know that our school has developed into a special and unique learning community because of the support of our extended school family. In the pay it forward manner, our students are seeking to make other communities stronger for a brighter tomorrow. These principles of action and giving extend beyond our borders. Over the past five years, our students have taken on many service projects, travelling to communities different from our own and seeking to make a lasting impression. Whether through building an extension on a school in Kenya or Costa Rica, or taking part in a Habitat for Humanity build in El Salvador, they have ‘paid forward’ the effort others have made to provide them with a remarkable campus and facilities. In fact, we recently hosted young people from around the world for a Round Square Conference and reversed the process, asking them to take part in a Habitat for Humanity home build here on the hill. When the project was finished, the home was moved to a new location in the Kennebecasis Valley, and a dream came true for an overwhelmingly grateful family.
The spirit of ‘paying it forward’ is coming to permeate how we learn on College Hill. We are emerging as leaders of 21st century learning, and the core principles of collaboration, teamwork and constructively influencing one another are replacing the idea that a test score defines what it means to be a learner. Our peer-tutoring programs, for example, are guided by the recognition that by sharing in those areas where we have talent and ability, we are acknowledging and honouring the countless ways that others have helped to enjoy opportunity and an excellent education. And in class, whether face-toface or via digital platforms like our Grade 9 pilot project of Google Apps for Education, our students rely on each other’s strengths to learn and respond to challenges. This brings to mind the final act that our Grade 12 Class undertakes, the giving of a gift to the school during our Closing Ceremonies. This gift recognizes a simple RNS value: having received much, we seek to leave the school better in some small way for those who come after us. What has become true for our students is also true of our faculty. Others have come to recognize that our school has something to offer to the national dialogue about good ideas and practices in education. Our teachers are now being asked to present at conferences or offer workshops, and thereby share what it is that we are doing at RNS. Our faculty has developed a willingness to look beyond our classrooms and help other educators to grow. This principle operates on campus as well. Each Tuesday, we hold a Lunch and Learn in the Math Room. This is led on a rotating basis by a faculty member who wants to share an insight or practice that has proved helpful to their pedagogy. As well, teachers gather each month in
small teams called Professional Growth Model groups, where we help one another reflect on best practices. This idea was extended last year through our first annual Learn2Learn Conference. Co-sponsored by the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Education, it drew educators from across the country as well as the local region. At the heart of this initiative was the RNS notion that we have an obligation to “pay it forward” - to contribute to the dialogue on education that is happening right now among forward thinking institutions.
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important character traits as 21st century learners and citizens. We see community service and giving back as an integral part of our curriculum and mission as a school. We think that it develops important character traits for 21st century learners and citizens. The culture of ‘paying it forward’ develops the whole student in a way that prepares him or her to meet the challenges of our time. And as a result of the past efforts of our alumni, friends and families, we have emerged as a leader in this time of change in Canadian education. But these advances will only be here tomorrow if the entire RNS family continues to build and strengthen those areas where we have made gains, to secure our position as leaders. The RNS of tomorrow is counting on us to ‘pay it forward’, so that future generations of students can meet the challenges and opportunities of the coming century. 6
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Highlighted Artist: Anne Johnston "Green Point"
Please join us for the Parents ' Association 26th Annual Art Show & Sale Fri. May 9th: 6:00-9:00pm | Sat. May 10th 9:00am-4:00pm This highly-anticipated event will feature over 300 works from a wide selection of Canadian artists from the Atlantic provinces and across Canada. All paintings on display will be for sale.
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Alumni, Parents, Grandparents and friends are invited to join us at our 26th Annual RNS Art Show
This year's show features artwork from:
and Sale hosted and organized by the Parents'
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Association. Join us on Friday evening for our
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Opening Reception where you can enjoy the artwork, chat with parents, friends and alumni, AMY DRYER
and enjoy refreshments. The sale continues all day Saturday. This highly-anticipated event will feature over 300 works from a wide selection of Canadian
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• RUTH COLEMAN • RENE COLLINS • SARAH JANE CONKLIN • AMY DRYER • ALEXANDRYA EATON • RICHARD FLYNN • MANAMI FUKUDA • ANDREW GIFFIN
artists - from amateur artists to well-known
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• MYRIAM LEBLANC • HELGA LOBB
Proceeds raised through events such as the Art
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Show and Sale are given to the school to enhance
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the learning environment of its students. The
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Parents’ Association has made many substantial
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contributions to RNS over the years. Proceeds
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from this year's sale will go toward renovations of
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the school's Théâtre Susan B. Ganong. A wide array of artwork in various mediums and price points will be for sale, including a special small works sale of $100 paintings. Preview some COLIN HUGH SMITH
of the artwork at www.rns.cc/artshow.
• COLIN HUGH SMITH • PATRICK STULL • CLIFF TURNER • JAMES WILSON • LAURIE WINTER And many other talented artists!
RNS and the RNS Parents' Association would like to extend sincere appreciation to all those who supported the 2013 Harvest Moon Auction held in November. The event was a great success raising almost $60,000. From the proceeds, new canoes for the Outward Bound program have already been purchased. Scheduled for completion this year are upgrades to the sound system in the Théâtre Susan B. Ganong, heaters for the Memorial Arena and an outdoor student lounge. Thank you!
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Our community is defined as one where we share common attitudes, interests, and goals toward learning. It is one where we treat others with dignity and respect. RNS builds character, courage and creativity. We inspire, support and nurture each other. From the first time we step on the hill, we belong and become a part of it for the rest of our lives.
ROTHESAY NETHERWOOD -- A SCHOOL WHERE STUDENTS LEARN THE SIX C’S “Rothesay Netherwood School is a university preparatory school dedicated to the education of students in a safe, caring Atlantic Canadian community that fosters an international perspective and the development of character, courage, creativity and a passion for learning.” - The RNS Mission Statement By: Dr. Sandra Lynn Hutchison, mother of Shira Hollinger ’15 “Character, courage and creativity” –when I first read these words in Rothesay Netherwood’s mission statement, I was intrigued. These three C’s seemed, to me, to take into account the education of the whole person. Was there really a school in which these qualities were fostered as well as an international perspective and a passion for learning? I had to learn more. At first, my American husband did not see the reason my daughter should go to Canada for education. Weren’t there enough options in the United States? Especially in New England, where we live, we could both name private schools that had educated presidents, renowned scientists, and well known literary figures. Many of these schools prided themselves on the level of enrichment they offered. Such schools seemed attractive to us, since we had long been struggling with an unresponsive public school system that would not allow any child, no matter what their ability, to advance beyond the level of their classmates. “Differentiated instruction” was a foreign concept. We needed to make a change. During her Grade 10 year, we told my daughter she could choose a school, any school, in which to finish high school, but we would have to support her decision. Shira chose a handful of schools, in Canada and in the United
States. We completed the applications and sent them. But after visiting these schools, she felt unsure about making a commitment to any of them. And so did we.
Rothesay Netherwood -a school in which a balanced curriculum takes into account the whole person… Then I received an email from an old university friend whose children had attended RNS. She suggested we take a look. I went to the school’s website and read its mission statement. Character, courage, creativity – these three C’s summed up an approach to education with which all three of us could fully agree. We scheduled a visit, and we have never looked back. What made us decide on RNS? I think I can sum it up in a single word: balance. Despite the demands of a rigorous IB program, sports and social life are very much a part of everyday life at the school. And we are especially pleased with the diverse array of service opportunities that are woven into the calendar, from the Terry Fox Run for cancer to the annual “Trick or Eat” Halloween outing devoted to collecting tinned food for the hungry. Surely teaching kids to care for the community should be as fundamental a part of a high
school education as learning math. We like, too, the mandatory daily exercise, and that care is taken so that the time spent in sports does not compromise homework. And if homework does pile up, there are the four day holidays every 4-6 weeks, a time for boarders to go home and be with their parents or to explore a new city on a school trip, and a time for those who have homework to keep ahead of the game. A progressive pedagogy ensures that the focus remains on engagement and effort, rather than grades; and in some classes, the Harkness Method, a Socratic approach, is used to ensure that students remain involved in their own learning. On Wednesday afternoons, “Extra Help” takes the place of classes so students can get any one–on-one instruction they need from teachers in subjects in which they are struggling. As extra insurance, academic advisors watch the overall progress of the student and keep parents informed. Caring, community, commitment – as Shira’s Grade 11 year unfolds, it seems to me that these three C’s might be added to the school mission. Rothesay Netherwood -- a school in which a balanced curriculum takes into account the whole person, a magic formula that has served to transform so many students who have had the privilege of experiencing life “on the hill.” 6
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A WELCOMING AND Compassionate c o m munit y Grade 12 student Jacob Neil reflects on his introduction to the community he now calls home. By: Jacob Neil ’14 Our diversity as individuals is what makes us unique as humans; nowhere else in nature will you find beings with such great variance in character. And while other creatures are capable of feeling compassion and love, humans are set apart by our vast array of personalities and beliefs. We all do, however, share many similar characteristics, sometimes the most humanizing of these being our longing to belong, our desire to fit in and be understood. The willingness and drive to reach out to people and to empathize with them is one that is not easily instilled, especially not in the modern day. Empathy is too often thrown by the wayside, and regard for others’ emotions is not always priority. It is refreshing then to come to a school like Rothesay Netherwood, where the people are caring, the students are welcoming and the faculty and staff are so unbelievably friendly. Being the son of an engineer, my surroundings have changed more than most 17 year olds. I’ve lived in 5 countries and moved 11 times. I’ve lived in so many houses they’ve all begun to blur together. RNS, believe it or not, is my 11th school. THE HEAD’S LETTER
It is refreshing then to come to a school like Rothesay Netherwood, where the people are caring, the students are welcoming and the faculty and staff are so unbelievably friendly. Even so, I can honestly say that I have never, in my 17 short years of frantic travel, had an experience quite like this. The compassion present in this community hit me the moment I stepped on campus. Days before school was even scheduled to begin, a staff member saw me roaming, and I can only imagine how overwhelmed I would have looked. They immediately came over, introduced themselves and insisted they take me on a tour. They offered advice on where the good places in town to eat were, where to stay the night and even gave us their number and insisted we call should we have any questions. As someone who, just days earlier, decided to leave home and return to Canada for my final year of high school, I was overcome with
gladness in my decision and wonder at how friendly people seemed to be. I couldn’t get over how genuinely interested teachers and staff members were about who you were, where you were from and really getting to know you. It wasn’t feigned interest in order to get along; it seems the staff here don’t work just for their pay checks; they work because they are invested in our futures and they want to help us grow. Having never lived away from home, boarding has been an interesting, but very enjoyable experience for me. It allows you to have certain freedoms, but it also can be restrictive in other ways. It forces you to learn discipline and time management, and most importantly, how to get along with others. I have sometimes heard it said that learning the curriculum is not always the most important aspect of high school, but rather “learning how to learn”, interacting with people and preparing yourself for the real world. Personally, I have never learned so much in such a short time from so many people. We are all citizens of the world, and at RNS you learn just how important that distinction can be. 6
A Caring AND Nurturing School Current parent, Missy Pelletier, reflects on her family’s decision to enroll their three boys at Rothesay Netherwood School - a decision that has truly shaped their family. By: Missy Pelletier, mother of Will ’16, Robert ’18, Matthew ’19 and Ben ’25 In 2007, my husband Marc and I decided to return to Canada, moving our 4 sons from California to our home province of New Brunswick. We moved to improve our quality of life, to spend more time with our family, and for our sons to enjoy the values of Canadian living, including those of a bilingual education. Sending our children to an independent school was the furthest thing from our minds, as we expected that they would benefit from the same excellent academic experiences that we had as children growing up in New Brunswick. In the first few years, our children attended a wonderful elementary school. However, as our eldest son progressed to middle school, we began to notice many negative changes. His teachers didn’t seem to know who he was, either personally or academically. He had practically no homework. He was not being challenged or engaged. Most worrisome, we noticed that he was becoming less confident in trying new things, like sports and music, as he felt that those activities were reserved for certain highly skilled students. In the spring of 2011, we made a family decision to leave the public school system. Our sons Will and Robert would move to RNS the following September to begin grades 8 and 6 respectively. What a tremendous difference RNS has made to our entire family! While Will had to “catch-up” academically during his first few months, he was able to do so with the support of his dedicated teachers. Both children easily adjusted to the rigors of a busy schedule, resulting in a feeling of success and pride in their achievements. Looking
back, I remember Mr. Kitchen stating that, “RNS is focused on the whole child, and once the confidence in their abilities develops, then academics will follow.” This statement proved prophetic, and we have found it to be true for our children at RNS. One year later, we chose to enroll our very reluctant third son, Matthew. We did so with the promise that he could return to public school after grade 6 if he wished. When March arrived, and a decision needed to be made, we were thrilled that Matthew chose to re-enroll. While he’s maintained many friendships forged during years of public school, he has found a new home and friends at RNS, a school that he loves and from which he plans to graduate in 2019. During our time at Rothesay Netherwood School, we have watched our sons become confident and happy students who love going to school. While expectations are high, there is a sense of responsibility and accomplishment that was somewhat lacking before. There is accountability in terms of academic effort, cooperation and behavior. The goal is to be a good RNS citizen, a goal that is supported by the teachers, and a goal that encourages students to do their best. During our first parent-teacher interview day, we were astounded at our meetings with 12 teachers, all of whom knew our children incredibly well, both the good and the bad. They truly understood our children and what learning styles best suited them. This experience has repeated itself three times now, and each time we come away knowing that the
teachers at RNS want the very best for our children. Some of our favorite features of the school include the effort grades, the athletic programs and the art programs. We think effort grades are fabulous! They have become such a positive form of motivation for our boys, as they understand that effort and hard work are equally as important as their grades. We love the inclusiveness of athletics, from gym class or Spring Trots, to the various sports teams. Every student is encouraged to participate in any given sport, thereby eliminating the intimidation factor, freeing students to become fully engaged. Our son Robert had never been interested in hockey but, with Mr. Van Doleweerd's encouragement, he has enjoyed three years on the Pee Wee and Bantam hockey teams. The experience of being on an RNS hockey team has provided Robert with some of his best moments at the school. Lastly, we love the art program. We have seen our children develop their artistic confidence, interests and abilities. Last year, while in Grade 6, Matthew’s art assignment was to complete two weekly drawings. However, he felt that he lacked the ability to draw and was initially anxious about the assignments. With time, his confidence grew. By the end of the year, Matthew produced a lovely painting that currently hangs in our family room, garnering positive remarks from many visitors to our house. For those reasons and many more, the decision to enroll our children at RNS has become one of the best ones of our lives. Rothesay Netherwood School is a caring and nurturing school, one that strives for well-rounded excellence. We could not be happier with our decision. 6 WINTER & SPRING ’14
By: Nic Carhart, Head of The Annual Fund
Every gift matters. Every gift makes a huge impact. Every gift is truly honoured. Why give? Why not give? Education is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. It is a tool that allows them to build and expand their knowledge and understanding and to experience new ideas, skills, and ways of thinking and learning, while raising the awareness of life around them in our ever growing and changing global community. Education allows more doors to open than any other experience a child will have in his or her lifetime. RNS has made a profound difference in the lives of many students, alumni and parents. It has opened many doors and created countless opportunities for hundreds of alumni throughout our 137 year history. It could have been because of an engaging teacher who went beyond the call of duty to help a student learn. It may have been the opportunity to be a part of
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the team on the soccer pitch or being cast in the school musical. No matter what the individual moment was for that student, the experience of an RNS education made a difference. All RNS students and alumni have had their lives enhanced while attending this school because of the generosity and thoughtfulness of donors. Students have been the immediate beneficiaries of numerous gifts that have been given to the school. Each year, RNS asks its community – alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, governors, and friends – to make a donation to the RNS Annual Fund. Without these annual gifts, past and present, our students and alumni would not have had the benefits of an enriched RNS education during their days on the hill.
What is The RNS Annual Fund ? The RNS Annual Fund is one of the school’s most important fundraising initiatives. Each year, the school relies on philanthropic gifts to the Annual Fund to take the RNS experience from good to great, while directly investing in students and teachers. The Annual Fund makes up the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of running our school – a current gap of 10%. All donations to RNS are issued a Canadian or US charitable tax receipt for income tax filing. Why should I give? The bottom line is this: your gift supports the people and programs that make Rothesay Netherwood School so special. This means talented and engaged teachers; small class sizes; art, music, and drama; exceptional athletic offerings; outdoor education and experiences with Outward Bound; international exchange opportunities through Round Square; the IB Diploma Program; character-building experiences through community service opportunities; technology and innovative learning resources; faculty development; personalized attention, and a respectful and challenging environment. Giving to the RNS Annual Fund is about you making a difference. It is about you creating an opportunity for Atlantic Canadian students to receive a world-class education right here at home. It is about you helping to foster an inclusive community where students can explore, dream, play, learn, create, think, excel, listen, rise, struggle, challenge, win, laugh, be. It is about you making an impression on the RNS of today so that our students can make an impression on the world of tomorrow. It is about you giving back. It is about you paying it forward. It is about you changing lives.
How are the RNS Annual Fund dollars used? Every dollar that is donated to the RNS Annual Fund is directly invested in RNS students and faculty. From the school’s most urgent needs to faculty/staff professional development to athletics to the arts to classroom learning resources, the RNS Annual Fund touches every aspect of the school. This means that each student benefits from the generosity of the many people who give to RNS each year. Donations made through the RNS Annual Fund are also exceptionally important to students as part of our financial assistance program. This program has allowed many students
from Atlantic Canada whose family could not otherwise afford to pay full fees to attend the school and experience the benefit of an RNS education. Based solely on a family’s assessed financial means, over 30% of RNS students receive financial aid each year in the form of bursaries and scholarships.
Why doesn’t the school simply increase tuition? To make the RNS educational experience more accessible to a wider and more diverse range of families in Atlantic Canada, we try to keep our tuition fees stable and reasonable. In fact, RNS tuition fees are some of the lowest in Canada for independent schools. RNS also does not charge new student or initiation fees to new families. Does the Annual Giving program provide new school facilities? No. Money for new buildings is obtained primarily through special donations from members of the school community or through a capital campaign. In fact, it is the school’s policy that tuition funds do not cover the costs of new buildings or major renovations. Who supports the RNS Annual Fund? Parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, teachers, staff, board members, friends and businesses are asked to contribute each year. We strive for 100% participation from our Board, Faculty and Staff to help show that they are truly invested in the mission and vision of our school. We hope that this too will further encourage other members of our school community to consider participating in this all-important facet of the school. How much am I expected to give? We ask that you participate to the best of your ability. Every gift, large and small, is important. Why is my gift important? Tuition alone does not cover the school’s operating budget. In fact, RNS’s 2013-2014 tuition fees will cover only 90% of the actual costs of educating our students. The tuition gap (approximately $2000 per student) is covered through the combination of our generous donors, annual fund contributions and income from our invested endowment. Your gifts go directly to this year’s operating budget, which supports not only the academic program at RNS, but also its arts, athletic, extracurricular and financial aid programs, making students the most direct and immediate beneficiaries of all Annual Fund gifts.
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Will my gift make a difference? Yes! Your participation really does count. The strength of the annual giving program lies in the combined gifts from all donors. Your gift will have a direct impact on a child’s education and experience at RNS. Furthermore, by making a contribution, your participation demonstrates to other donors – alumni, parents, grandparents that you understand and appreciate the generosity that is being shown to countless students. As well, your donation plants a seed that will encourage others to follow your lead and give back to RNS. When will I be asked to contribute to the Annual Fund? The Development Office will mail a letter to each alum, parent, parent of alumni, grandparent, governor and friend of the school either in the fall or in the spring. The Annual Giving program runs from July 1st through to June 30th of each year. It is the goal that pledges and gifts are received by June 30th, the end of our fiscal year. How can I give? Gifts can be made securely online at www. rns.cc/donate with a credit card or may be mailed to the school in the postage paid return envelope supplied. You may also drop by the Development Office and make your gift in person. To discuss other methods of giving – gifts of stock, life insurance, property – or to set up monthly pre-authorized donations, please contact Nic Carhart at email@example.com or call 506.848.0861. For more information on ways of giving, please visit www.rns.cc/support . By showing your support of this integral fundraising effort, you help to ensure that RNS continues to set the standard for excellence and provide an extraordinary educational experience for students for years to come. Thank you for making a difference.
Every gift matters. Every gift makes a huge impact. Every gift is truly honoured. Why give? Why not give?
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Alumni Profile: Why We Give Back LUKE TAYLOR ‘06 & STEPHANIE O’NEILL ’06 As alumni, and especially as having been past boarding students at RNS, we both have a great appreciation for how the school has not only shaped us into the people we are today, but how it has also fostered a strong academic background with which we have been able to achieve our professional aspirations. We both grew up at RNS; it is where we met, learned cultural diversity, travelled, and most importantly developed a strong academic background that has carried us through post-secondary education and now into professional academic programs. Having both come from middle class, small-town families, attending RNS would not have been possible without the generosity of previous alumni in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Giving back to RNS provides students who might not otherwise get the chance to attend this amazing school and benefit from the same opportunities that we were both so lucky to be given. Knowing what an impact being a part of the RNS community gave us through building leadership skills, lifelong friendships, independence, and academic abilities, makes us feel proud to pass on that opportunity for growth to future RNS students. It is, too, on a very personal level that we give back to the school. At our graduation as our class gift to the school, the Class of 2006 graciously set up the Scott Taylor ’03 Memorial Bursary in memory of my brother to ensure that his memory and spirit lives on at RNS for many years to come. It makes it easy to give back knowing how much the school meant to Scott and how he would certainly be doing the same and helping other small-town kids discover RNS. As university students, it is difficult to give a large amount each year, but knowing that we have done our part, albeit small, is a great feeling.
Past Faculty Profile: Supporting RNS ESSIE LOM (1990-2005) & MIKE HUTTON (1990-2000)
of any community. The small gifts of our time and talents we give to local service groups or the monies we donate can and do have a profound impact. As teachers and parents, we often talk of the “butterfly effect”, whereby one action can achieve multiple outcomes. Like a stone tossed into a pond whose ripples touch the farthest shores, we all hope that our children will be able to have an impact on their community. At RNS we are fortunate to hear each of our Grade 12 students reflect publicly in Chapel upon their young lives, often waxing eloquently about a person who has influenced them. Someone else had “paid it forward” for them because they had invested their time and/or their money in others.
In 1990, when we first arrived at RNS to teach, there were barely enough students to keep the school functioning. Fortunately, slowly each year we saw interest in the school grow. What was causing this change? The striving for better teachers, a more engaging curriculum, and a successful sports program could have been some of the factors. More importantly, the secret was the effort to involve parents and alumni as the lifeblood of the school. Annual Giving and endowment enabled more financial support for students and improved facilities. Consequently, when we left the school, it was important for us to continue our annual contributions to RNS. We witnessed firsthand what each donation, large or small, can make to the life of the school and its students. And, by going a step further and making a bequest to RNS in our estate plans, we can help to ensure that our gift will live on well into the future.
Faculty Profile: Paying It Forward CHARLIE MCEVOY One day, my daughter and I were in line at Tim Hortons waiting to order. When we were ready to pay for our order, the gentlemen in line before us quietly leaned in and said, “let me get that” before walking away with our thanks. Later that day, I posted one of my infrequent tweets "#payitforward it does happen" and was surprised that within minutes it had been retweeted. These small gestures, seen or unseen, where we help and support one another are the most important characteristics
The ripples from even the smallest of these actions can spread far. My family and I contribute to RNS because the past gifts of others have allowed my children to learn and to grow in an environment rich in world-class facilities and in an environment which was made possible by others. Like the ad says, it's in you to give.
Parent Profile: Why we believe in RNS MARY & SHAWN BLUNSTON, PARENTS OF MATTHEW ’14 When we were asked to write about why we give to RNS we thought it would be an easy task to do. The problem with writing about the reasons we give to RNS is that it is actually too easy to do. Simply stated, we believe in what RNS is doing with children. We believe that all students should be able to have the opportunity that RNS provides. The school is creating wonderful world citizens who are prepared to thrive in whatever endeavor they pursue upon graduation from RNS. Our son, Matthew, came to RNS to pursue a passion for hockey. We had looked at other options for him, but honestly RNS was the best fit for him and for us. It was a first class education, with a great hockey program in a caring environment. What more could parents want for their child? Matthew is graduating from RNS this June and we have realized that enrolling him at RNS was the best decision that
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we could have made for his future. He has grown academically, athletically and socially in ways that we would never have dreamed possible. We are fortunate that our son was able to take advantage of the wonderful experience that is RNS. We realize, however, that not all families have the means to provide this opportunity to a child that has both the ability and the desire to be the best that they can be. Our wish would be that all children with the desire and the ability would be able to attend this wonderful institution. We hope that our small annual gifts will assist with financial aid and in keeping the costs of attending RNS within reach of deserving students in the future.
Alumni Profile: RNS Will Always Be on My List PETER CLARK ’96
I started at RCS Netherwood in September of 1990. Those were rocky years for the school; the some 100 students registered were just barely enough to open the doors for school that year. The support of friends, parents, and alumni of the school was one of the main reasons that it succeeded and in turn, allowed me to spend six impressionable years there. Throughout my time at RNS, there were significant changes as the school transformed and grew. Today the evolution continues in order to meet the needs of today’s students that will help to prepare them for life beyond the cozy confines of College Hill. My family has had a long history with the school, a legacy that I hope will continue. With my first child on the way, I want my son to have more opportunities in life than I have had. Like me, I would like him to have the opportunity to be a part of a great school community where he can learn and grow in a wonderful environment. The investments that alumni, staff, friends, parents and all donors have made and continue to make, have paved the way to make today’s RNS possible.
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While I am not able to give a lot – at times in the past it was only $20 –I do give regularly and every little bit helps. While there are many worthwhile causes to send our money to these days, RNS will always be on my list; it continues to have the strongest connection of any organization or school that I have ever attended. RNS has helped to shape me into the man that I am today; much of my success in life goes back to what I learned on the hill. I give back to the school so that others will have the opportunity to have those same great experiences to look back upon. By giving back to the school, we all help to ensure that RNS continues to offer students a bright future.
Why Wouldn't I? BY: CYNTHIA VANBUSKIRK
Current parent and remarkable volunteer, Cynthia VanBuskirk, reflects on her decision to re-establish the Rothesay Netherwood School campus store, TIES.
It only took a few months of my son attending RNS in Grade 6 for me to see that this decision our family made was a good one. The excellent teachers, the caring environment, the student role modeling, the music and art programs and the after school athletics, all make RNS a very special place. However, most importantly, RNS is a place that encourages students to achieve personal bests, and to care for others. Near the end of our son’s first year at the school, it became clearer that this was an environment that he wanted to be in for a long time. As a student, he was learning from a curriculum that was comprehensive and challenging, and he was being taught by teachers who care for the students, and who want to groom them to be better. As a person, he was welcomed, not just by his peers, but by the senior students as well. He felt like he belonged at RNS and as a result, he was happy. With this wonderful beginning, back in 2009, it was very easy for me to accept the volunteer role of re-establishing the
With this wonderful beginning, back in 2009, it was very easy for me to accept the volunteer role of re-establishing the “Uniform Shop”, when Mr. Kitchen asked during the spring of 2010. “Uniform Shop”, when Mr. Kitchen asked during the spring of 2010. The little shop has proven to be a miniature version of RNS, a place of learning (sometimes by mistake) and experimentation (sometimes by mistake), personal challenge and teamwork. All of the members of the shop’s volunteer team will tell you that the fall uniform fitting season is as gruelling as any marathon but, together, the team always manages to cross the finish line in style.
Trying to make a good uniform shop has required a commitment of hard work, creativity, teamwork, research and lots of time. Fred Shero, a hockey coach, once stated the difference between “contribution” and “commitment” this way: “For bacon and eggs, the chicken makes a contribution but the pig makes a commitment”. The uniform shop team is committed to providing better and better service at Rothesay Netherwood School! Every year working at “TIES” gets a little easier and I have met many wonderful people over the years. All of the TIES volunteers love seeing the new students when they come in for their uniform fitting. Personally, I love meeting the wonderful parents of these great students, some of whom have become part of the shop and are invaluable to its success. In the course of meeting parents and students from all over the world, I have come to realize that, regardless of the language, the country, or the culture, parents want the best school for their child and RNS seems to rise above the rest.
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GATHERINGS 1. We enjoyed a lovely late August gathering in Shediac at Tait House. This was our 27th annual gathering. Many thanks to Karen and Brian Ritchie ’62 for their gracious hospitality. 2. Allen Ruben and Brian Ritchie ’62. 3. Vivan McCordick, Avery McCordick ’55, Annise Hollies, Maynard Shore ’55, Betty Shore and Dick Hollies ’54 enjoying the Fredericton Dinner. A special thank you to Maynard Shore '55 and Boyd Ritchie '51 for their help with this event. 4. Charles Baxter ’54, Doug Bannon ’39, and June Oke enjoying a lovely afternoon at the Shediac Reception. 5. Jordan Miller ’10, Jenny Keleher ’09, Craig Jollymore (RNS Faculty) and Cassie Murphy ’08 catching up at the Fredericton Dinner. 6. On the evening of her opera performance at RNS, Jessica McCormack (left) attended the Head’s Reception with her aunt, Betsy (McCormack) Eisner’73, and grandmother, Jean (Kitchen) McCormack ’39.
7. Allie Gilks ’06, Maggie MacVey ’07 and Sarah Flawn ’05 at the Toronto Reception. 8. A great crowd joined us for a wonderful evening at the Badminton and Racquet Club in Toronto last fall. Many thanks to Cynthia (Earle) Lunderville ’73 for her help in organizing the event. 9. Kim Grant, Elizabeth Montgomery, Andrew Grant ’76, Nicole Hoeksema ’05, Sharon and John Bate ’53 at the Kingston Dinner. 10. Glasier Somerville ’52, Darla Somerville, Suzanne (Somerville) MacLean ’48 and Peter Somerville at the Toronto Reception. 11. Hannah McEvoy ’14 watches on as Ross Ripley ’05 gives himself a temporary tattoo at Homecoming Weekend. 12. Maggie MacVey ’07, Courtney Brodersen ’07, Nicole Hoeksema ’05, Danielle Jee ’09, Diana MacVey ’06, Joel Musial, Allie Gilks ’06, Alice Smith ’11, Gerry O’Brien, Nikki Weber ’08, Sarah Flawn ’05, Chris Atkinson (past faculty), and Ju Hang Sin ’07 at the Young Alumni Reception in Toronto.
13. Blue House and White House compete in a round of tug-of-war at Homecoming 2013. 14. Celine Keller '15 hops her way to victory in the sack race. 15. Clement Su '16 tallies the jelly bean count as Ben Lamont-McInnis '18 guesses how many jelly beans are in the jar. 16. Andrew DuPlessis, father of Eric '14 and Danielle '15, with Nicole DuPlessis and family pet Lily, enjoy the games at Homecoming. 17. Students dress up, pose and get their photo taken at the Homecoming photo booth. 18. Jason Audfroid '15 gets his face painted before the ACIS soccer tournament during Homecoming Weekend.
19. Sébastien Breau Benoit '15 with his grandmother, Raymonde Breau. 20. Erin Flemming '19 with her grandfather, Murray Fahie. 21. On October 25th, we held our annual Grandparents’ Day at RNS. This year, over 130 grandparents and grandfriends joined us for lunch, a music presentation, and an afternoon of classes with their grandchildren. It was a wonderful day and we were thrilled that so many grands could visit the campus, some from as far away as Mexico, Western Canada and England! 22. Ellie Lamb '14 with her grandparents, Stuart and Ann Stearn, who travelled all the way from England to join us! 23. Wally Turnbull ’56, Grandfather of Graham '17, William '18, and Adrienne Turnbull '20, enjoys an afternoon sculpting clay in art class.
28 24. The Harvest Moon Dinner & Auction was a fun-filled night which included delicious food, one-of-a-kind auction items and good company. There were close to 500 people in attendance, including parents, grandparents, alumni, past parents, friends, faculty and staff. It was a fabulous night for all involved. 25. Michelle Barbour, mother of Ainsley Cochrane '14. 26. Shawn and Mary Blunston, parents of Matthew Blunston â€™14. 27. Todd and Michele Power, parents of Samuel Power '19. 28. The group plays a game of Heads or Tails for some fun during the evening. The grand prize was a Florida vacation package donated by Jani-King of New Brunswick. 29. Tim Maloney, the energetic and crowd pleasing Emcee, takes the group through the motions of the game.
35 30. Over 40 guests attended our annual dinner in Halifax in November. Many thanks to Helene Moberg ’78, Fiona Kidd ’11, Duncan Lutes '10 and Dax Bourcier ’11 for all their help with the evening. 31. Melanie (Scharf) Harmon ’90 and Lori (Shaw) Gunter ’90 at the Ottawa Dinner. A heartfelt thank you to Melanie (Scharf) Harmon ’90 for her help organizing the event. 32. Beginning from the left and going around the table: Cole Northrup ’13, Eric Lee ’13, Macaskill Oland ’13, Boyu Meng ’12, Coleman Chan ’13, William Yoon ’13, Eun Su Shim ’13, Simone Green ’13, Kelly Fillman ’12 (host of the event), Lance Pridham ’09, and Linda Chen ’12 at a Western University gathering. 33. Melissa Bastarache, Mark Livingstone ’07 and Vivek Prabhu ’09 at the Ottawa Dinner. 34. Paul Kitchen, Head of School, attended a reception for parents in Mexico City in February at the home of Adriana Ochoa, mother of Ana '15 and Daniela Melendez '16. He visited with Mariano Muniz and Tesha Telleria, and their children, Ana '15, Mercedes '13, Maria '10 and Jose '09. 35. Cherry Ferguson ’65 and Tory (Stanfield) Dymond ’61 enjoying the evening at the Halifax Dinner. 36. Ryan St. Pierre ’13, Haley Brittain ’13 and Tasha Piekarski ’13 at the Halifax Dinner.
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ver the past few months, I have had the opportunity to begin my own RNS experience. Seeing bright, energetic students every day, working with caring and passionate teachers, and meeting proud alumni and supportive parents has allowed me to recognize what a special place the school is. I see RNS continuing to surge forward as we build upon and strengthen the foundations laid by previous generations, to give students an unparalleled educational opportunity. The signs of success are evident and the sense of community is obvious. Whether it be the ‘sold-out’ Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction or the more than 150 who attended Grandparents’ Day in the fall, people are excited about what is happening on the hill. The accomplishments of our students in the classroom, on the stage and on the playing fields demonstrate that RNS is making a real difference in the next generation. Simply put - RNS is an exceptional community. Rothesay Netherwood School has benefited from the support of alumni, parents and friends to make it the special place it is today. We are thankful to the donors listed in the following pages for their commitment over the past fiscal year. It is this type of participation that allows RNS to be an outstanding school. On behalf of RNS, I extend our sincere appreciation for your generosity and encourage your continued support.
Rob Beatty Director of Development & Alumni Affairs
Thank you. With the help of last year’s donors, RNS was able to: • provide financial aid to 73 students - 27% of our student body. • offer outdoor education through the Outward Bound Program; • provide transportation to local community service events for all students; • support our Musical, Senior School Play and Middle School Arts and Drama night productions; • help provide instruments to Middle School music students; • expose teachers to the latest in teaching by enabling participation in professional development initiatives; • participate in mentoring programs with PALS and Big Brothers/Big Sisters; • maintain the RNS campus grounds and sports fields
The following donor and giving report is published as a gesture to acknowledge and thank donors who provided financial support to Rothesay Netherwood School during the 2012-2013 school year between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this listing and apologize for any errors. Please notify the Development & Alumni Affairs Office of any errors or omissions.
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Statement of Revenue and Expenses The statement below has been extracted from the school’s audited financial statements. The audit was performed by Ernst & Young. Overall revenue is up 7.3% from prior year. This is mainly due to increased enrolment which caused tuition revenue to be up 7.2% from prior year. Overall expenses have increased 4.8% from prior year. The major reason for this is the increase of 9.5% in faculty expenditures. This year’s increase allowed us to meet the objective of the strategic plan which was to close the gap between our faculty salary scale and the public scale. For the last 4 years, operationally we have run on a break-even or better basis.
Tuition Fees Endowment Contribution Annual Giving Other Income Total Revenue
$ 7,827,866 149,227 280,803 325,435 $ 8,583,331
91.2% 1.7% 3.3% 3.8% 100.0%
EXPENSES Education Salaries & Benefits Operating Expenses Total Education
$ 3,030,853 627,923 3,658,776
36.3% 7.5% 43.8%
$ 2,768,805 677,304 3,446,109
Administration Salaries & Benefits Operating Expenses Total Administration
$ 1,257,203 544,400 1,801,603
15.1% 6.5% 21.6%
$ 1,182,511 14.8% 468,873 5.9% 1,651,384 20.7%
$ 113,727 712,420 826,147
1.4% 8.5% 9.9%
$ 134,798 1.7% 709,010 8.9% 843,808 10.6%
1,089,928 166,414 813,766 $ 8,356,634
13.0% 2.0% 9.7% 100.0%
$ 1,042,330 13.1% 126,274 1.6% 862,708 10.8% $ 7,972,613 100.0%
Salaries & Benefits Operating Expenses Total Plant
Financial Aid & Scholarships Agent Commissions Food & Housekeeping Total Expenses
EXCESS OF REVENUE OVER EXPENSES*
* Before other expenses, gain on sale of assets, depreciation and amortization.
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$ 7,305,032 91.3% 129,896 1.6% 300,832 3.8% 261,632 3.3% $ 7,997,392 100.0%
34.7% 8.5% 43.2%
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Fundraising Summary In 2012-2013, a total of 452 donors contributed 1448 gifts to Rothesay Netherwood School in the form of monetary donations, the transfer of shares and Aeroplan miles, gifts-in-kind, and endowment gifts. ANNUAL GIVING
Foundations (RNS & Currie)
Total Annual Giving
Total Capital Giving
Endowment Funds Gifts-in-Kind
Total Other Giving
Overall Giving (number of donors) Total Number of Gifts
452 432 1448 1385
Rothesay Netherwood School is a charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Canadian Charitable Registration No. 107916330-RR0001. Rothesay Netherwood School Foundation Inc. is a US charitable organization.
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alumni Class of 1928 Margaret Fairwether Bourne ✵ Class of 1930 Nancy Butters Pacaud U Class of 1935 Fred Hubbard U Class of 1936 Hope Mackay Hunter U Class of 1937 Hazen Mackay Inches U Class of 1938 Bill Bishop U❁ Barbara Stewart Ferguson U Mona “Polly” Dadson Long ❁ Aileen Smith MacLaren U❁ Class of 1939 Doug Bannon U Frances MacDonald Mann U❁ Jean Kitchen McCormack K Class of 1940 Janet Mackay Hart U Eileen MacDonald K Class of 1941 Leila MacKenzie Buckingham ✵ Sandy Gregory U❁ Michael Page K Robert Shatford U Edith Gandy Steele Class of 1942 Jack Hickman U Class of 1943 Harold Mayes K
Class of 1944 Errol Mitchell U Audrey DeBlois Volesky Class of 1945 David Buckland K❁ Robert Hayman Tom Macaulay ✵ Class of 1946 Jim Archibald U Eve Marler Aspinall Lorna MacDougall Bethell U❁ Jim Irving U Betty Goodday Mitham U Jack Walsh K Class of 1947 George Fawcett U Donald Gillis ✫ Rory Grant U David Leighton U Bill Thompson U Bill Turney U Class of 1948 Alfred Brooks U David Harley U Arthur Irving U Mary Murray Le Messurier U Doug Macaulay U❁ Doug Mackay U Diana Sutherland Pitfield Class of 1949 James Coster U Dorothee Sear Cowan U Beth Newell Hall U Pauline Nelson Himmelman Joan Fraser Ivory U Mary Gillespie Jardine U Janet Haley Kosheff ❁
Class of 1950 Robert Bidwell ✵ Beverly Morse Deterding ✵ Joe Hickman ✫ Stewart Hudson ✫ Louise Miles Hunt ✵ Diana Crabtree McFarlin Sandra Baird Munn John Readman Dorothy-Lou Jones Stephens ✵❁ Lucy Whitman Traves ✵ Class of 1951 Anne Aitken Baker U Hugh Donald U Bob Findlay U Lorna MacDonald Gouws U Ed Morrisey U Boyd Ritchie U Doreen Allison Tuomola U Eve McMackin Tupper Class of 1952 Margaret Short Banks U Edward Petrie ✫ Joe Robinson U Michael Schofield U Peter Smith U Glasier Somerville U Class of 1953 John Bate U Mary-Jane Magee Burns U Michael Coster U Richard Trynor U Tony Yearwood K Class of 1954 Ruth Henderson Anglin Dick Hollies U Margaret (Emerson) Ross
K Has contributed to RNS from five to nine consecutive years U Has contributed to RNS for ten or more consecutive years a We remember these donors who are deceased and are grateful for their support
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Class of 1955 Dennis Anglin Alfred Groom ✫ Gregor Hope ✵ Avery McCordick Maynard Shore Class of 1956 Robert Bell Jr. U James Golding David Maddison U David Moore Harold Nickerson U Frederick Simmons U Charlotte Gibbon Turnbull U Wally Turnbull U Class of 1957 Lawrence Earl Don Gruchy ✫ Robert Jackson U Bill McMackin U Bob Snodgrass U Class of 1958 Wendy Armstrong Colpitts Margaret Crosby U Roger Harley U Robert Little K Margaret McFadgen McMaster U Grant Pattison Marjorie Starr Robertson Tom Turnbull U Ann Puddington Wechsler Lloyd Whitney
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alumni Class of 1959 John Baxter U William Boyd ✫ Terry Bryant Sally Butler-Grant U Sallie Mackay Caty U Marion Whitehead Groundwater U Don Hazen U Charles Hiscock U Donald Maddison Ian Robinson ✫ Michael Smith ✫ Class of 1960 Judy Logan Bain ✫ John Beaton William Gunter Patricia Starr Horne U Henry Litz U Reay Mackay U Duncan Noble Graham Scott U David Stewart U Lionel Teed U Class of 1961 Carolyn Manning Allworth Faith Detchon U David Lyman U Geoff Mitchell U Jill Hooper Rutherford Class of 1962 Brian Baxter U Linda Ranger Bergquist Mary Crosby Hare John McFarlane U Brian Ritchie U Sandra Keirstead Thorne U
Class of 1963 Barbara Wright Blake Alison Barker Bossie Derek Brown U Susan Cameron Colin Crosbie Richard Emmerson Elizabeth Anglin Evans Joan LeBreton Evans Diane Gregory Terence Hart Susan Hunter Thomas MacWilliam ✫ Sally Drury McDougall U Heather Stewart Ross Douglas Stanley John Teed U Nancy Mann Wood ✫ Mel Young U Class of 1964 Harvey Hustins Glenn Johnston Sue Kinnear Ness John Stevenson U Class of 1965 Jane Ross Allan ✫ Cricky Brodhead U Richard Foot U Rob Guildford U Connie Carr McGill Hugh McLellan U Gerry McMackin U Nancy Clarke Pasquet John Simson U
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top alumni classes Congratulations to the alumni classes with the highest number of individual donors this year! Thanks to all of the alumni who have contributed, and to the alumni volunteers who have helped the school with our fundraising. Class
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Class of 1963
Class of 1959
Class of 1950
Class of 1958
Class of 1960
Class of 1965
Class of 1951
Class of 1956
Class of 2006
Class of 1966 Joan Johnston Jean Cameron Kelly U James Lea
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alumni Class of 1967 Lesley Brooks K Jim Crosby U Stephen Fitch U David Mackay U Robert Pasquet Class of 1968 Diana Ross Banks Ellen Pickard Cudmore U Judith Fisher Bruce Heggie Allen Hubbard U Debbie Hanley McKee U Class of 1969 David Campbell Sandi Mahon U Peter Stone U Class of 1970 David Casgrain U Bruce Goddard Charles Peatman Class of 1971 Michael Biggar Alexander Crosby Bill Hicks U Bill McCracken U Jim Nelles U John Scovil U Peter Secord Class of 1972 Drummond Macdougall K Class of 1973 David Gresh K Ralph Lutes U Malcolm Macaulay Christine Brenan Whelly
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Class of 1974 Peter Anderson K Jim Brittain U Rick Buckingham U Lloyd Shears U Class of 1975 Janice Collins Anderson K Sylvia Brenan MacVey U Gordon Smith U Vera Turnbull Class of 1976 Nathaniel Noel Robert Shepherd Class of 1977 Arthur Crease Andrew LeMesurier K Peter Nee
Class of 1983 Krista Hope Ferguson Rob Hutcheson U Sylvain Marino Lyn Salsman Waller U Thomas Wellner U Class of 1984 Laura Barr Kissman K Class of 1985 David Cassidy U Val Streeter K Class of 1986 Rosalyn Hodgson Kelsey Scott Wardle Class of 1987 Susan Streeter K
Class of 1978 Jill Keddy Smith Norman Wereley
Class of 1988 Maria Griffin Boudehane K Roxane MacDonald Streeter K
Class of 1979 Kelly Patterson K
Class of 1989 Isabelle Saillant K Michael White K
Class of 1980 Colin MacDougall Class of 1981 Scott Dickieson Diggy Turnbull K Class of 1982 Janet Blackadar Jane Snodgrass Northrup U Mary McCain Turnbull U Nora Valentino U
Class of 1991 Daniele Harrison K Class of 1992 Luke Vallee U Class of 1993 Mary Kitchen U Matthew Lister Class of 1994 Scott Wheelock
Class of 1995 Jamie Irving Erin Murray Shilliday Mark Vallee U Class of 1996 Stephanie Kitchen Armstrong U Peter Clark U Hugh Simson K Class of 1997 Geoffrey Hamilton K Holly McMackin K Leslie McCracken Simson K Class of 1998 Lynn Bessoudo K Jeff Owens Class of 1999 Drew Simson Class of 2000 George Fowler Lindsay Stollery Jephcott Melanie Poirier Class of 2001 Hans Klohn Class of 2003 Sacha Ritter Bustin Jeff Kitchen U Laura McMackin K Caroline Savoie Class of 2004 Brittany Halpin Kitchen Mathieu Poirier K Murray Tucker
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alumni & parents Class of 2005 Heather Adams K Brittany Flood George Harrington Mitchell Henderson K Class of 2006 Allie Gilks K Greg Honour Sarah Irving K Diana MacVey Jeremie Poirier K Luke Taylor Julien Savoie Class of 2008 Lauren Henderson K Class of 2009 Brittany Clark Douglas Cox Abby White Class of 2011 Dax Bourcier Class of 2012 Jim Che Jack Clark Diana Zhang Parents Brian & Kathy Archer Shawn Beaton & Lynn Douris Janet Blackadar Stephen & Gwen Belyea Shawn & Mary Blunston Jim Brittain & Heather White Brittain U Rafal Byczko & Holly Campbell David & Sheri Cassidy U Yoon Sik Choi & Mi Sook Hong Matthew & Tammy Earle U
Rick & Cindy Gowan U Jamie Gray & Emily O’Regan Richard & Janet Kidd K Peter & Sharon Klohn John & Kim LeBlanc Nick Lee & Julia Kim Colin & Janet MacDougall Charlie & Linda McEvoy U Michael McGinnis & Lynn Lamont Paul & Kathleen McLellan U Brian & Jayne Murray Chris & Jane Northrup U Nathaniel & Michele Noel Andrew & Leslie Oland Jean-Guy & Marielle Poirier Mike a & Jill Smith Mary Turnbull U Dean & Dayna VanDoleweerd U David & Miriam Wells John & Elizabeth Wilson Daniel Yoon & Sophie Kim Beniaming Zhang & Wendy Wang Past Parents Dennis & Ruth Anglin David & Alexandra Barrett John & Judy Baxter U Emilio Betoret & Nieves Garcia Helfried Beutner K Terence & Jane Bird K Marc Bourcier & Jacqueline Landry Jim & Barbara Brennan Lorne & Lynn Brett Elizabeth Cameron K David & Peggy Case Yi Che & Xiaoji Li James & Cheryl Clark David & Wendy Colpitts Lee & Jane Corey Ron & Ann Cox U Ted Cragg & Mary Jarratt K Frank Creaghan Jim & Joy Crosby U
Joyce Crosby U Beverly & Max Deterding U George Fawcett U Richard & Linda Flynn Phillip & Colleen Gilks Harvey & Judy Gilmour Ronald & Diane Giroux Jim & Lynne Golding Rod Gould Rory & Olga Grant U Sandy Gregory U ❁ David & Jane Gresh K Derek & Carol Hamilton U Sally Harrington St. Clair Russell & Margaret Henderson K Bryan & Frances Heydeman Kevin & Nancy Higo Ivan Ho U Gregor & Charlotte Hope U Fred & Lucy Hubbard U Susan Hunter Hope HunterU Jim Hutton U Hazen Inches U Arthur & Sandra Irving U Jim & Jean Irving U William & Judith Jamieson Anne Jewett K Bev a & Susan Jewett K Lawrence & Bonnie Jewett Mark Jewett & France Morrissette K Paul & Elizabeth Kitchen U Hans & Wendy Klohn U Karen Landrigan-Adams & Andrew Adams K Ross & Tracy Langley K James & Jeannine Lea Andrew & Linda LeMesurier K Henry & Marilyn Litz U Isolde Liebherr Martha Lutes U Ralph Lutes U Drummond Macdougall K
Andy & Sylvia MacVey U Thomas MacWilliam K Jose Madariaga & Fernanda Gonzalez Frances Mann U ❁ David & Judith Marr U Richard & Gwen McConnell U Jean McCormack K Gerald & Amy McCracken K Bill & Minte McMackin U Gerry & Lynn McMackin U Paul & Elizabeth Meier U Xiang Jie Meng & Yingnan Cao Michael & Bea Morse U Jim & Louise Nelles U David & Patricia Nielsen K Nancy Pacaud U Rachel & Bob Poirier U James & Judy Richards Brian & Karen Ritchie U Joseph & Colette Savoie K Salvatore & Angela Scichilone Rob & Lorraine Simonds U John & Fran Simson U Barbara Slipp Bob & Barbara Snodgrass U Gary & Pamela Spicer Roslyn Stollery U John & Patricia Teed U Lionel & Joan Teed U John & Anne Thomson K Tom & Margaret Turnbull U Wally & Charlotte Turnbull U Mel & Audrey Veall K Christopher & Janice Waldschutz Brian & Anne Wheelock Charles & Christine Whelly Brian & Kim White Bong Yoo K Dolores Young K Mel & Ann Young U
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grandparents, governors & faculty Grandparents (current and past) Larry ❁ & Barb Archer K Lois Barlow Terence & Jane Bird K Doug & Gerry Black Lorne & Lynn Brett Frank Creaghan Joyce Crosby U Brian & Anthea Earle Frederick & Carol Gibson Rory & Olga Grant U Hope Hunter U Hazen Inches U Arthur & Sandra Irving U Jim & Jean Irving U Suzanne Irving U Winnifred Irving U Marie Jewett U George & Frances Lamont Bernard Lemieux & Marthe Bernard Eldon & Anne Maston K Fred & Patricia McLellan Stevie Piekarski K Barbara Slipp Bob & Barbara Snodgrass U Glasier & Josephine Somerville U Wally & Charlotte Turnbull U Tony & Beverley Van Doleweerd Governors 2013-2014 (H - Honourary Governor) Doug Bannon H ❁ Stephen Belyea Terence Bird K Jim Brennan Lorne Brett Jim Brittain U Rick Buckingham U Jane Corey Ann Cox U Jim Crosby U George Fawcett H U
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Rory Grant H U Alfred Groom K David Harley H U Jack Hickman H U Gregor Hope H U Jamie Irving Mary Jarratt K Lindsay Jephcott Paul Kitchen U Peter Klohn Ross Langley K Matthew Lister Mary Jane Logan Doug Mackay H U Sylvia MacVey U David Marr U Richard McConnell U Gerald McCracken U Gerry McMackin U Elizabeth Meier U Geoff Mitchell U Peter Nee Jim Nelles U David Nielsen K Brian Ritchie U Graham Scott U Robert Shepherd Gary Spicer Douglas Stanley Mary Turnbull U Scott Wardle Tom Wellner U Tony Yearwood K Mel Young U Faculty & Staff (Current and Past)
Jacqueline Albinati Kathy Archer Chris Atkinson U Kat Barclay Lindsay Bell K Margaret Bourne U
Stephanie Buchanan U Robert Calder U Nic Carhart K Mike Carpenter Chrissy Chetley K Maurice Cooke K Simone Crawford Heather Daniels Scot DeJong Cindy Dooks K Tammy Earle K Dayna Ellis K Greg Ellis K Damian Gay Tara George U Jim Golding Trudy Gosse K Rick Gowan U Jamie Gray Derek Hamilton U Alexya Heelis Kevin Higo Lucy Hubbard U Michael Hutton U Mark Jenkins Andrea Jollymore K Craig Jollymore U Richard Kidd K Elizabeth Kitchen U Paul Kitchen U Aaron Lee Cara Lee Essie Lom U Elizabeth Ann Macdonald U Judy MacFarland K Shauna MacNeill K Jill McCarville Richard McConnell U Geoffrey McCullogh K Rebecca McCullogh K Charles McEvoy U Kathleen McLellan U Paul McLellan U
Laura McMackin K Tanya Moran Brian Murray Jayne Murray Sandy Phillips Brad Read Kristin Read Bryan Savege K Lorraine Simonds U Matt Stevens Richard Thorne U Sandi Thorne U Peter Tomilson Vera Turnbull Dayna VanDoleweerd U Dean VanDoleweerd U Dolores Young K
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friends, businesses & memorials Friends Anonymous (1) Elizabeth Abraham Calvin Bass Susan Bennett Sally Black U Peter Brown John Cawthorne Bill Cunningham Gary & Monica Ewart Allan Faux Mary Ann Finn Clair Grindley Karen Higgins Glenn Ives Bruce & Bev Jenkins David & Kathryn Kitchen Joan Kitchen U ❁ Nancy Kitchen Fatima Laher Alan MacGibbon Janet Maston K Gwen McKay U Mary Mitchell U
Elizabeth Montgomery K Ross Morrow K Ginette Nantel Richard Nunn Michael Owens Nancy Rector Mark Robinson Robert Ross Duncan Sinclair Peggy Stevenson U Mary Stoughton U Charles Taylor Cynthia Veinot Gary Vernon Businesses & Foundations 513302 NB Inc 630399 NB Ltd O/AN & JC A. David Case Ang & Sal’s Hairstyling Canadian 2 For 1 Pizza U CGOV Foundation K Crosby Molasses U David R. Marr Prof. Corp. U Dr. Lynn N. Lamont DDS Prof. Corp. Dr. Shawn Blunston PC Inc.
E.W. Scott Dickieson Emmerson Service Center Ltd. Fundy Contractors G&P Goldsmiths Ltd. Garden of the Gulf HH Hunter Holdings Inc. Irving Oil Ltd. J.D. Irving Ltd. Kennebecasis Drugs Ltd. U Long Reach Investments Inc. K MSM Construction Services Ltd. Netherwood Scholarship Trust Ocean Marine Brokers Inc. Puneves Investments Inc. Ptarmigan Foundation Inc. Rigel Shipping Canada Inc. U The Diocesan Synod of Fredericton Walter C. Sumner Foundation K William Currie Hughes Scholarship Fund
Marion Cox Helen Estabrooks Dykeman ’36 Winnie Fortune Lieutenant Cyril Harriott ’45 Marilyn Henderson Bev Jewett Joan Kitchen Ian Keith ’55 Josephine McCarthy John McIntyre Bob McLean Ruth Harding Meredith ’32 David Moir Joe Murphy Jeff Starr ’52 Patricia Tsang ’92
Donations were received in memory of Robert Black ’47 Reginald Brown Lynn Burnham
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CLASS NOTES 1930's
Enid and Harry Furniss ’39 celebrated Enid's 102nd birthday in November with a bottle of wine and a lovely duck dinner made by their friend, Holly. Harry comments that "Life is well in Victoria; Enid is still in fine form and I'm chugging along in my mid-nineties!"
Jean Irving, wife of Jim Irving ’46, was presented last fall with the Order of New Brunswick. This honour is bestowed upon citizens of New Brunswick who have made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural, or economic well-being of the province through their work, creativity, and talent. Mrs. Irving was recognized for her passion and commitment to bettering the quality of life of communities throughout the province. In addition to their work in New Brunswick, Mr. and Mrs. Irving, through generous gifts and guidance, have made a significant contribution toward building the RNS community of today. As well, 10 of their grandchildren have attended RNS: Jamie ’95, Kate ’98, Rebecca ’01, David ’02, Alex ’07, Elizabeth ’08, Meredith ’09, Keiller ’09, Victoria ’10, and RJ ’13.
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Arthur Irving ’48 was named the New Brunswick Humanitarian of the Year by the Red Cross. He was given this special recognition at a dinner in Saint John in November. Throughout his career with Irving Oil Ltd., Arthur has demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for business, people, the environment, education and the community at large. He continues to support many organizations at home and beyond, especially those that support and mentor youth. In addition to his commendable charitable work, Arthur has been a dedicated friend to RNS, helping to build today's community of RNS. Six of Arthur's grandchildren, Lauren ’07, Charlotte ’09, Starling ’12, K.leigh ’17, Rein ’15, and Spencer ’15 attended RNS, as well as his daughter, Sarah ’06.
With a passion for sailing and a dedication to the RYC for 76 years, Rory Grant ’47 was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Brunswick Sailing Association last fall. Pictured here with Rachael ’07, Val and Macgregor ’74, Jamie ’05, Michael ’77, Caroline, Olga and Gillian ’14.
Alan Lawson ’51 has published a new book, Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis. Published last fall, it helped to celebrate the centennial of the oldest covered courts in the USA. This winter has seen Alan living in Jaipur, India teaching English at a secondary school. David Flack ’53 and his wife, Betty, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September with their three children and five grandchildren. Now retired, the couple enjoy spending their leisure time golfing and they look WINTER & SPRING ’14
forward each year to spending the winter in Florida.
1960's Peter Bean, Gordon Leslie and John Teed, all from the Class of ’63, enjoyed a mini reunion in Belleair, Florida this winter. The trio played a game of golf at the The Belleair Biltmore Golf Course followed by dinner, drinks and many old RCS stories at John's home.
Jim Golding ’56 was made an Honorary Canon, by The Diocese of Fredericton, one of the Anglican Church of Canada’s highest honours on Sept. 12th, 2013. Rev. Golding has spent numerous decades giving back to his community and parishes through his roles within the church, including being the RNS Chaplain from 1971 to 1993. Jim recently moved to Rothesay where he remains active in the community, and is close by to his daughter, Jane (Golding) Mowatt ’83. At the same service, The Rev'd Canon Donald Trivett was also bestowed the same honour. Canon Trivett, who has since passed away, was the grandfather of Will ’04, Matthew ’07 and Sarah ’11, and has many school connections through the Teed Family. Becky Schofield ’57 retired from her 56 year career in medical imaging and has moved home to Saint John. She says that she “left the city in 1962 and has worked in Florida for 7 years, New York for 10 years, and Toronto for 39 years.” She is enjoying her leisure time with family and friends. Terry Bryant ’59 recalled the time his mother sent him to RCS and “although she cried a lot when I left home, she knew RCS would be good for me. She was right, and still is!” Terry and his family just celebrated his mother’s 100th birthday in December.
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1970's After beating cancer eight years ago, Drummond Macdougall ’72 has since taken on the role of advising others of the benefits of health and wellness through his company, Health OnTrack. As well, having starred on the stage of many great RCS productions in his past, he also continues to enjoy some success in his 'other' new career, that of a film and TV actor. In November, at the Vancouver Film Festival, he celebrated the world premiere of his first lead role in the feature film, John Apple Jack. John Powell ’74 lives in Halifax with his wife, Susan, and his two daughters and one granddaughter. This past January, John was anxiously awaiting the birth of twin granddaughters and was looking forward to spoiling three little girls! Marg (Nicholl) Miedema ’75 has assumed the role of Director, Fundraising and Development, at Canadian Blood Services. In her new position, Marg is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization's national fundraising
programs, in addition to the successful completion of the Campaign For All Canadians - a $12.5 million campaign to build a national public cord blood bank.
Jeff Barr ’79 is currently living in East Jerusalem working with the Canadian Military to help train, equip, and build the Palestinian Authority’s Security Forces in the West Bank. He is working with both Israeli and Palestinian security personnel and with American, British, Dutch, Greek, and Turkish military and police staff as part of an international support team. Jeff looks forward to making the trek back to Canada for his 35th Reunion in June! Caroline Turnbull ’79, through her volunteer role with the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT/ACPLS), became its new president in 2013.
1980's Jerry Arrossamena ’80 lives in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon where he teaches elementary school and enjoys life with his wife and two sons. David Fancy ’88 is living in Welland, Ontario and has been working at Brock University for the past ten years where he is an associate professor and head of the dramatic arts department. He also owns and operates both a theatre and a circus company in the Niagara Region.
Andrew Green ’96 has been named partner at his family’s accounting firm, Green Webber Company, in Saint John where he advises small to medium sized businesses and spearheads the firm’s business development initiatives. Andrew was also recently named President of the Union Club in Saint John and serves as Commissioner of the Saint John Parking Commission and Saint John City Transit.
1990's Lara Rooke ’92 is living in Ottawa where she works for the Department of National Defense as an analyst. When time allows, she enjoys traveling the world. Blair Dennis ’94 has been working for the Gaffney City Police Department in South Carolina for the past four years. He is currently attending SWAT police training school. During his free time, Blair loves to go camping with his wife. Samantha McDonald ’95 married Todd Sanderson on September 28th, 2013 at the Clarion Pinewood Park Resort in North Bay, Ontario. The couple enjoyed a small, intimate outdoor ceremony with close friends and family, including maid of honour, Stephanie McDonald ’98. The Sandersons reside in Larder Lake, Ontario where Samantha works as a Mine Geologist with St. Andrew Goldfields.
In addition to being an adjunct professor in social work at Limestone College and a medical social worker for hospice care, Brooke (Hamilton) Guthrie ’96 is now independently practicing clinical social work throughout South Carolina and working toward her doctorate, all while raising her family which includes daughter Neely, eight, and son Jesse, three. Matt Hambly ’97 and wife Sharlene welcomed their first child, Averie Kory, on October 9th, 2013. Matt and Sharlene are ecstatic about the new addition to their family and cannot wait to show her off to everyone! Katrin (Loehr) Lunn ’97 and her husband, John, are delighted to share with everyone the arrival of their son, Thomas, on September 20th, 2013 in Ireland. Aunt
Margit (Loehr) González ’98, along with her husband, Guillermo, and their family (Emma, five, Grace, three, and Moyito, one), were on hand in Belfast to welcome the newest member of the Loehr Family and future RNS’er. Margit and her family live in Guatemala.
Katie Teed ’97 and Chris Young were married on August 17, 2013 and enjoyed a casual afternoon of fun, games, swimming and dinner with friends and family at the Teed’s beach house in Meehan’s Cove. Among the guests celebrating with the happy couple were Katie’s brother and sister, Michael ’02 and Emily ’08, uncle George Teed ’65 and cousin, Harrison Teed ’05. The couple celebrated again in Vancouver in September and honeymooned in Nicaragua over Christmas and New Years. Katie and Chris live in Burnaby, BC where Katie has worked for the past five years as Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications for UBC Botanical Garden. Chris works as an Art Director in Vancouver.
Kate Irving ’98 married Joe Cashion on August 10th, 2013 in the Memorial Chapel at RNS. The couple then enjoyed a wonderful evening with family and friends in Heritage Hall. Helping to celebrate
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were Kate’s grandparents, Jean and Jim Irving ’46, parents, Lynn and Jim Irving ’69, brothers, Jamie ’95, David ’02, and Alex ’07, and her cousins, Rebecca ’01, Elizabeth ’08, Meredith ’09, Keiller ’09, Victoria ’10, and RJ ’13. The couple reside in New York City where Kate continues to work for Irving Forest Products and Joe works in the renewable energy sector.
James Crosby ’99 and Erin (Revill) Crosby ’99 welcomed their first child, Hannah Victoria Joyce Crosby on August 8th, 2013. Hannah is the first grandchild for Jim ’67 and Joy Crosby. She's already taking after her parents who love to travel, having visited to Winnipeg, MB and Kenora,
ON for her Uncle William Crosby ’03’s August wedding, as well as to Nova Scotia, Florida and Mexico - all before 6 months of age!
Stephanie McDonald ’98 continues her “glamorous life” with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Working out of Toronto, she is a Business Development Manager, and has now been with the company for twelve years.
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2000's Sara Branch ’00 and her husband Andrew welcomed their second child, Sally Jane Elizabeth Branch, on September 22nd, 2013. Sally is the first granddaughter for David ’73 and Jane Gresh.
Sumire Yamaguchi ’00 married Cedric Worman on December 21st, 2012. The couple resides in Effingham, South Carolina, where Sumire works as a pianist and a teacher.
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Adam Newhouse ’02, his cousin Atlee Clark ’00, as well as David Irving ’02 and Megan Alexander ’03. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon to New Zealand in February. Andrew and Amy live happily in St. John’s Newfoundland where Andrew works as an electrical engineer and Amy as a counselor.
Andrew Edwards ’01 married Amy Fudge on August 3rd, 2013 in Arnold’s Cove, Newfoundland. Among the RNS Alumni in attendance were Andrew’s mother, Douglas (Reid) Edwards ’71, his siblings, Ian ’00 and Charlotte ’04, the best man, Brad McLaughlin ’01 and groomsman,
Hans Klohn ’01, having graduated with his law degree in 2011 from the University of Stirling in Scotland, has recently completed his exams to be accredited in Canada. Hans is now working on his Master’s in Intellectual Property Law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.
Cicely Mackay ’01 married Matt Forgie ’97 on August 17th, 2013 in Rothesay with many RNS alumni in attendance to help the couple celebrate. David Irving ’02 married Jennifer MacLean on October 5th, 2013 in Rothesay with close friends and family in attendance, including best man, Adam Newhouse ’02.
Stephanie Honour ’04 is living in Toronto where she is studying communications at U of T and working as Program Lead for Store Operations within the dealer training department at Canadian Tire. Nick Rademaker ’04 recently received his CA designation last fall. He is currently working at Deloitte & Touche in Toronto, Ontario. Murray Tucker ’04 married Kelsey Gaudett on February 9th, 2013 in the RNS Chapel.
Megan Bewick ’03 married Michael Mensink last summer on the Kingston Peninsula. Among the RNS alumni in attendance were her sisters, Jennifer Bewick ’01 and Missy Bewick ’05. Megan and Michael live in Toronto where Megan works at L’Oreal. Jonathan Lownds ’03 is now working with the Canadian Navy and was recently promoted to Lead Seaman. Sam Mackay ’03 and Fernanda Escobedo ’05 tied the knot in October with close friends and family in Saint John and then in a bigger traditional ceremony a few weeks later in Mexico. There were many alumni in attendance, including best man, Jeff Kitchen ’03. Aamina Jadavji ’04 married Sham Chagani last summer. Among the RNS alumni in attendance were bridesmaids, Ashley Jewett ’05 and Florence (Dalton) McMullen ’04. Aamina and Sham reside in Calgary where they keep busy with their new business venture, a Second Cup Coffee franchise.
After dating for ten years to the day, Stafford Bain ’05 married Zoe Sweeting on April 28th, 2012 in the Bahamas. Among the many guests helping to celebrate was fellow RNS classmate, Edwin Duncanson ’07. The happy couple resides in Nassau. Robbie Milne ’05 married Carly Jones on August 9th, 2013. Giuseppe Scichilone ’05 and Topher KingsleyWilliams ’05 stood up with Robbie and helped the couple celebrate the happy occasion. Robbie and Carly enjoyed a honeymoon in Thailand before settling into married life at home in Grand Bay-Westfield. Alyssa Cudmore ’05 married Imran Khan on July 6th, 2013 in Rothesay. Fellow alumni helping the couple celebrate included her sister, Martha (Cudmore) McGraw ’02, her brother Kevin Cudmore ’12, and friends, Alana Lawson, Nick Doyle, Kate Mallin and Adam Loutfi , all from the Class
of ’05. Alyssa and Imran live in Rothesay where Alyssa owns and operates her own photography studio. Since graduating from NYU eight years ago, Matt Forbes ’05 moved to Los Angeles and has been busy working in TV, film, animation and voiceover. He also enjoys keeping his singing voice in tune! Giuseppe Scichilone ’05 is teaching Grade Seven English at the Canadian International School of Egypt in Cairo. In his second year at the school, he has taken on the role of Division Team Leader for the Intermediate Department. Greg Honour ’06 has recently taken on the role of managing his own Canadian Tire franchise in Waterloo, Ontario. He looks forward to seeing all the ‘06s back for their ten year reunion in 2016! Jeremie Poirier ’06 is currently living in Grenoble, France where he is completing his MBA. He recently celebrated receiving his Swedish resident permit and looks forward to moving to Sweden in June with his girlfriend, Anna. Gi-He “Liv” Yoon ’06 is completing a three month internship at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, specifically with the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). Liv will be looking at using sport as a tool for social development and empowerment of youth and other
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vulnerable groups, as well as utilizing sport mega-events, such as the Olympics and the World Cup, as political tools and platforms to promote peace and reconciliation around the world. Peter Dalton ’07 is living in Calgary where he works as a massage therapist. He has recently begun teaching martial arts at the Canadian Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, and in addition to this, Peter is also learning chi-gong, a form of energy training.
pictured here about to board a high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai that travels at 300 km per hour!
Emily Cyr ’07 is attending Dalhousie University where she is enrolled in law school. She also works for the Minister of Finance in the provincial legislature. She keeps busy with school, work, and a very large amount of reading! Maggie MacVey ’07 is living in Toronto and is working as an Account Manager with Uline.
Josh Ogden ’08 was awarded the UNB Barry Thompson Prize last fall for demonstrating the highest academic achievement in the Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies Program. Sarah Foster ’08 married Justin Faulkner July 20th, 2013 in Fredericton. The couple resides in McAdam, NB where they help to operate Justin’s family business, The Gun Dealer. Olivia Lutes ’08 traveled to Asia where she spent time with her father, Ralph Lutes ’73, who is based out of Beijing. The duo are THE HEAD’S LETTER
Amber Heydeman ’09 married Joe Smith on June 22nd, 2013 in the RNS Memorial Chapel. The couple enjoyed a wonderful day spent with many special guests, including bother Zach ’10, Alex Morse ’05, Patience McCann ’09, Brittany Clark ’09, Amelia Moffat ’09, Adam Cann ’09, Jessica Lamb ’09, and Victoria Zed ’10. Brittany Clark ’09 and Adam Cann ’09 are both living in Edmonton, Alberta where Brittany was recently hired as a full time Grade 1 French Immersion teacher; Adam is attending the Universtiy of Alberta. Katelyn Gorman ’09 is in her fourth and final year of her nursing degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This winter she is travelling to Accra, Ghana for a 10 week practicum, and will spend time with Patience McCann ’09, who is completing her Masters in International Affairs at the University of Ghana. Following her practicum, Katelyn plans to visit Paris and meet up with Robin Scott ’09 who is living there.
Hazen Grant ’09 won the Marilea McAllister Corinthian Spirit Award at the Four Sisters Regatta at the Rothesay Yacht Club. Following the regatta, a few sailors were having difficulty getting back onto shore. Without hesitation, Hazen helped the young sailors, and then went back out to look for any other boats in need of assistance. Vivek Prabhu ’09 moved to Ottawa this fall to attend Carleton University where he is studying for his Masters in Political Management. In addition to his studies, Vivek is also a Junior Research Fellow with the Atlantic Council of Canada and working as a Communications Assistant in the Prime Minister's Office on Parliament Hill.
Hye Won Kang ’10 spent the summer in Haiti where she worked with a child sponsorship program. Jordan Miller ’10 was honoured by St. Thomas University in February for her contributions to women’s hockey. Jordan is in her final year at STU and has played for the Tommies since graduating from RNS. After spending the past year living in Paris, France, Nicole Tonge ’10 has returned to Canada. She is living in Lake Louise, Alberta where she is Housekeeping Supervisor at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Fraser Wells ’11 won gold in sailing at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in the Laser/ Men’s Category.
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Pat Farren ’13, currently in his first year at Western University in London, ON, is enjoying his studies and his participation on the Science Student Council.
Kelly Fillman ’12 is enjoying her second year at Western University. She recently helped register students to become potential bone marrow donors in the “One Match, Get Swabbed Event” in London, ON. Victoria Jewett ’12 was accepted into the Queen’s University Blyth program and travelled to India last summer.
Andrew Johnston ’13 and Jack Summerhayes ’13 helped Western University capture gold in the Men’s Lightweight 8 crew at last fall’s OUA Rowing Championships in St. Catharines.
Annmarie Kramer ’12 is currently studying International Hotel Management at the Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef in Cologne, Germany. Emilio Ledesma ’12 is in his second year at Anahuac University where he is studying chemical engineering. Unfortunately, the national rugby team he plays for in Mexico lost in the qualifying rounds for this year's Rugby World Cup. However, the good news is that he was drafted to play in the national rugby league and his team is currently in the playoffs. He has also been chosen to represent the State of Mexico in the country's upcoming Olympic games. Emma McEvoy ’12 was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance's Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program. It is a two year program that includes intensive study at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Following the completion of the program, she will achieve registered teaching status with the Royal Academy of Dance. Emma is also preparing for her Advanced 1 Ballet Exam that will take place this April.
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Damian Gay, RNS Middle School Math Teacher, married Erin Reid on July 6, 2013 at RNS. The couple resides on the Hill in Kirk House where Damian is the Assistant Houseparent.
Aaron Lee (RNS Science Teacher) and Cara Climpson (RNS Middle School History Teacher) were married on August 5th, 2013 in Ontario. The Lees reside on the Hill in Kirk House where Aaron is the Houseparent.
Paul Ranson (RNS School Chaplain), and his wife, Kimberly, welcomed their second child, Colin, on September 5, 2013. Colin is a little brother for Isaac and grandson for Lesley (Terceira) Ranson ’78. Gareth Evans-Jones, who was an assistant teacher at RCS in 1982, has led a busy and interesting life since his days on the Hill. He studied German and Politics at Bristol University, has been the stage manager for The Eurythmics, has played university volleyball, soccer and cricket, and taught at a number of schools, including Eton College. Gareth currently lives in The Netherlands where he is the Deputy Head of the Upper School at the British School of Amsterdam. He continues with his music and has released a number of music tracks in his name and in support of a number of charities. Gareth has two sons, Daniel, 21, who is currently studying music at university and Lukas, 18, who is also very involved in school music and theatre.
Jamie MacPherson, Past Faculty, and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their first child, Kingston Derwin, on August 11th, 2013 in Toronto. The MacPhersons reside on campus at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora where Jamie teaches.
PASSINGS at Rothesay Collegiate and led the school in this position until 1981. In 1997, Win returned to teach French at RNS until he retired in 2002.
Win Hackett passed away unexpectedly on September 30, 2013 in Saint John, at the age of 73. Win began his career at RCS as a young teacher and advisor in 1963, and spent 11 years on the Hill before leaving to pursue other opportunities. In his early years, he taught French to the younger classes and lived in North House as a Junior Master. In 1966 when Quinn House was opened, Win moved in as Houseparent; he later became Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Studies before leaving in 1974. He returned in the fall of 1978 as Headmaster
Marion (Hubbard) Logie ’35 died on January 2, 2014 in Toronto at the age of 95. She is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, brother, Fred Hubbard ’35 and nephew Allen Hubbard ’68. Following her days at Netherwood, Marion went on to graduate from UNB, where she met her husband, Bill. During the following three decades, she raised their family in Montreal and Toronto while following her interest and love of meeting and helping others through her church and many other charities.
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As a teacher, advisor, coach and mentor, Win touched the lives of many students and colleagues during his time at the school. Many alumni remember him as a constantly supportive teacher, coach and advisor with a great sense of humour. Between his years on the Hill, Win held many prominent positions in politics. He was a trusted advisor and executive assistant to the late New Brunswick Premier (and RCS Old Boy), The Hon. Richard Hatfield. Win served as Executive Director of the PC Party of New Brunswick, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Bicentennial Commission, Deputy Minister in the Office of the Premier, Executive
The Rev’d William (Bill) Bishop ’38 died peacefully at home in Wolfville, NS on September 2, 2013. He is survived by his daughter, Roberta (Lori); his son, Avard (Joanne); his wife, Margaret; his grandchildren, Julia, Peter, and Paul; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a great great niece. He is also survived by devoted and long-time caregiver, Kate Farris. After graduating from RCS, Bill went on to receive his BA, MA, BEd, and later his theology diploma, being ordained in
Director of the National Entrepreneurship Development Institute, member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and most recently, was appointed ViceChair of the WorkSafe NB Appeals Tribunal. Win also spent many years as host of “Reach for the Top”. Win lived his life to the fullest. He loved New Brunswick and enjoyed good friends and family, spirited debates on any topic, music, reading, art, good food and good wine. He loved sharing stories of his behind-the-scenes experiences from his political life. Win is survived by his wife, Lorie; his daughters: Margaret Anne (Hackett) Totten ’84 (Terry) and Debbie Hackett ’84; the mother of his children, Anna Hackett; his five siblings, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
1946. Over the course of his ministry, he served parishes in Nova Scotia, Ontario, the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. He had a lifelong love of learning, education and the arts. In the field of education, he held leadership positions in schools in the Caribbean, and taught in Nova Scotia, Alberta and the United Kingdom. He spent many happy years of retirement in Wolfville where he was able to pursue his many interests, including history, acting, listening to classical music, choir singing, painting, and travelling. He maintained a keen interest in Acadia University, helping
to grow its international community, in particular students from the Bahamas. A dog-lover, he was often seen on campus in the company of one of a series of cocker spaniels. Mona “Polly” (Dadson) Long ’38 passed away on October 30, 2013 in Kansas City, KS at the age of 92. Frances (MacDonald) Mann ’39 passed away on August 30, 2013 at the age of 92. Following her graduation from Netherwood, Frances served with the Red Cross in Halifax during the Second World War. Throughout her lifetime, she was involved in many charitable organizations both in an executive capacity and as an active member. Frances is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Mann) Wood ’63 son, Robert; sister Eileen MacDonald ’40; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Alexander “Sandy” Gregory ’41 passed away on January 7, 2014 in Saint John at the age of 90. Following his graduation from RCS, Sandy went on to graduate from UNB before joining the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves. He attended King’s College in Halifax where he received his commission for the Navy, and served on the Corvettes in the North Atlantic, escorting the merchant vessels to England. Sandy was widely known and enjoyed for his entertainment skills and magic talent. He sang in choirs and studied theatre, and was a graduate of the American Academy of Arts in New York City, performing throughout the USA and with London’s Players Theatre. He later returned to Saint John to join the family
business, H.S. Gregory and Sons. He was extensively involved in many community organizations. Sandy is survived by his wife, Millie; his four children, Hugh Gregory ’74, Charles Gregory, Diane Gregory ’63, and Glen Soulis; two step-children, Michael Crawford and Kimberly Paton; two nieces, Jennifer (Williamson) Mackay ’69 and Bobbie Williamson ’70; and several great and great great nieces and nephews. Sandy was predeceased by his sister, Alma "Bebe" Gregory ’43. Donald Benson ’42 passed away peacefully on December 31, 2013 in his 91st year. Don was an aeronautical engineer and, following a brief service in the RCAF, spent his entire career working with Air Canada. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean, and his five children, nine grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. Ann (Weldon) Lowry ’44 died at home in her sleep on July 27, 2013 at the age of 85. She was predeceased by her husband, Ben; her sister, Marcia (Weldon) Gould ’43 and by brother David. Ann is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and niece, Liz (Gould) Hawley ’77.
David Buckland ’45 passed away on December 11, 2013 in Saint John at the age of 87. David attended RCS and then enlisted with the Canadian military during World War II. Following the war he began his working life, developing a career in property assessment with the municipal and provincial governments. David was known for his tireless energy, his outgoing manner and his spirited sense of humour. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his three
children, Peter (past RNS Faculty), Trish and Michale; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and nephew Roger Buckland ’60. David was predeceased by his brother, Canon Basil Buckland ’33. Lorna (MacDougall) Bethell ’46 died on December 2, 2013 in Orangeville, Ontario at the age of 84. She is survived by her three children, Jill, Elizabeth and Trish; four step-children, Rafe, Leslie, Lousie, and Hugh; three siblings, Hartland, Bart, and Marian; cousins Zoe (Molson) Murray ’52 and Diana (Sutherland) Pitfield ’48 and by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Following her graduation from Netherwood, Lorna went on to study at The University of Lausanne and McGill University. She rode with the Montreal Hunt, played tennis, and was an avid golfer, bridge player and gardener. She was also a wonderful cook. Throughout her life, she was a major contributor to the community in which she was living. Perhaps her greatest achievement was the establishment of Bethell House in Inglewood, where she led a dedicated group of community volunteers in raising the funds, building and operating this model hospice that is named after her late husband, Tony, and stepson, Jamie. Netherwood and the RNS Community also remained a special part of Lorna’s life. She enjoyed hearing about the school’s progress and what was new on the Hill. In recent years, she worked with the school to establish the Lorna MacDougall Bethell ’46 Award. This prize is presented each year at the school’s closing ceremonies and is given to a student who shows leadership and passion toward the Outward Bound program.
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Dorothy-Louise (Dorothy-Lou) (Jones) Stephens ’50 passed away on September 7, 2013 just short of her 80th birthday. She is survived by her daughters, Hilary Anne and Lindsay Jane; her sister-in-law, Marie Lounsbury and nephew, Richard; and many cousins and good friends. Born in Apohaqui, NB, Dorothy-Lou moved to Vancouver in 1959, and loved both coasts. She was gentle and kind, strong and brave, and generous to a fault. James Snell ’53 passed away on July 25, 2013 in Halifax. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Jaime (Maurice Mendoza); two grandsons, William James and Justin; brother, Barry Snell ’55; and two nephews and one niece. Following his much-loved years at RCS, Jim went on to study engineering at Dalhousie University. With an interest in forestry, and a background in engineering, Jim worked on various affordable and sustainable housing projects over the years, most notably Yachtside One, and founded Habitations International (Interhabs) in London, through which he helped to design award winning houses in 28 countries. For his work in this field, Jim became a member of the Canadian Housing Design Council in Ottawa and sat on its national award selection jury. For over 40 years, Jim served first as fleet captain, rear, vice and then full commodore at Bedford Basin Yacht Club, and then was president of the Nova Scotia Yacht Racing Association; he was also a long-time member of O’Keefe Sports Foundation Toronto. Jim also worked with Saint Mary’s University, NS Business Development Corporation, and was a founding member of the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre.
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Peggy (Lawson) Bird ’54 passed away peacefully at home in Longs Creek, NB on August 2, 2013. She is survived by her husband J.W. Bud Bird; her six children, twelve grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two sisters. After graduating as Head Girl in 1954, Peggy trained and worked as a registered nurse in hospitals in Montreal, Moose Jaw, SK and Kentville, NS. Peggy was actively involved in several causes, including the YMCA, Theatre New Brunswick and the Miramichi Salmon Association. An accomplished salmon angler in her own right, Peggy was a life member of the MSA. Wilmot Brenan ’54 died on December 30, 2013 in Saint John at the age of 79. He is survived by his cousins, Christine (Brenan) Whelly ’73, Sylvia (Brenan) MacVey ’75, Grant Brenan ’77, Fred Brenan ’80, and their families. Wilmot attended RCS and then joined the family funeral firm N.W. Brenan and Sons in Saint John from where he retired. He was a recognized world expert in band music and was a former member of St. Mary’s Band. Mary Lou Anderson ’55 passed away unexpectedly on August 4, 2013 in Calgary. She is survived by her two daughters, Heather Piers ’79 and Keltie Piers Pharland, as well as her two grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and a sister. Ralph Fowler ’55 died unexpectedly on January 17, 2014 in Saint John at the age of 76. He is survived by his five daughters, Kate, Mary (Gordon) MacLean, Alexandra (David) Barrett, Barb (Tim) Dobbin, and Sue (Jeff) Foster; nine grandchildren, including Rachel Barrett ’12, and a
great-granddaughter. Ralph worked for the Province of New Brunswick in the Workers’ Compensation Program for many years. He had a great love of the water and a sharp wit, and was a great storyteller. Gordon Shields ’57 passed away on November 12, 2013 in Fredericton at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sandra; three daughters, Janet Thompson (RNS Governor) (Geoff), Gail Shields (Ann) and Carolyn Norman (Jeff); and by six grandchildren, including William Thompson ’15. David Morrow ’70 passed away on September 8, 2013 after a hard fought battle. David is survived by his six children and one granddaughter; his wife Melinda; his mother, Marita; and by his brother Christopher ’76 and sister Gillian. He was predeceased by his father, William Morrow ’45 and by his uncle, James Morrow ’43. David was a talented and competitive sportsman, who was a never-ending example of character and leadership, especially to his children. Andrew Sage ’79 passed away on March 25, 2013 in Charlottetown, PEI. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; his mother, Mary; his two sisters, Roberta (Sage) MacRae ’80 and Cathy Fougere; and by his two nephews. Jordan Boyd ’15 passed away unexpectedly on August 12, 2013 in Bathurst, NB, doing what he loved bestplaying hockey. He had just completed Grade 10 at RNS and was drafted by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL. It is evident to all who knew him that Jordan was a vibrant young man with tremendous spirit and great talent who,
during his time with us, left an indelible mark on our school community. Jordan is survived by his parents, Stephen and Deborah Boyd; his brother, Gregory; sisters, Kelsey and Jillian; maternal and paternal grandparents; uncles, aunts and cousins, including Mark Boyd ’19, and by his many, many friends. Gordon Ridgely died peacefully on September 7, 2013 in Toronto at the age of 75. An exceptionally talented architect, Gordon established his own architectural practice in 1970 and had no intention of ever retiring. Gordon designed numerous significant, beautiful and stately homes in Toronto and New Brunswick and gorgeous summer cottages in Pointe au Baril, Georgian Bay. He was best known for his mastery of Georgian style houses, but he also loved modern design and embraced it whenever the opportunity arose. Gordon was passionate about all things visual and he always transformed his surroundings into places of beauty. A great friend of Rothesay Netherwood School, Gordon designed The Théâtre Susan B. Ganong, Collegiate Hall, Heritage Hall, and Kitchen House. His contributions helped to transform this campus to one of beauty and function that it is today. He will be missed. Gordon is survived by his three children and two grandchildren. Reg Sinclair, past RCS hockey coach, passed away on November 14, 2013 in Rothesay at the age of 88. Reg served as
a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943 before enrolling at McGill University, where he played varsity hockey for four years. He was captain of the McGill Redmen, held five scoring records with the Redmen, and was twice inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame. In 1950, Reg made the jump to the NHL, playing two seasons with the New York Rangers and one with the Detroit Red Wings. He then left hockey life for the corporate world with Pepsi-Cola, which eventually led him to Rothesay in 1977. One day in 1982, Reg received a knock on his door from a group of RCS boys looking for a hockey coach. He, of course, said yes to the opportunity to be involved in hockey and to give back to his community. Reg is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ronnie; his three children and six grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Allen attended RCS, Lucy taught Senior English at Netherwood from 1965-1967. She graduated with her education degree from UNB in 1968 and later went on to teach at Fredericton High School. Lucy was a woman of strong faith and was very active in her community. She was always very interested in learning what was new at RNS and enjoyed attending the school’s annual alumni dinners in Fredericton with Fred.
Lucy Hubbard (Past Netherwood Faculty) passed away on January 27, 2014 in Fredericton at the age of 93. She is survived by her husband, Fred Hubbard ’35, her children Allen Hubbard ’68 (Ronna) and Elizabeth Cantlie (Colin), her three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brother in law Alleyne Hubbard ’33 and recently her sister in law, Marion (Hubbard) Logie ’35. Born in Saskatchewan, Lucy later went to work in Ottawa with the Department of Munitions and Supply during WWII. It was there that she met Fred; and they married in 1946. While the family lived in Rothesay and
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[ Hannah Aly â€™15 takes a peaceful run through the trails at RNS. ]
Our Sympathies… John Bate ’53 and Olga Grant on the death of their sister, Mary Foster, on December 12, 2013 in Saint John. Mrs. Foster was the grandmother of John Foster ’04 and Jane Foster ’11 and mother-in-law to Keltie (Baxter) Foster ’75. Annise & Dick Hollies ’54 on the death of Annise's mother, Edmée Hebert, on January 20, 2014 in Moncton. John Beaton ’60 and Mary Beaton ’66 on the death of their brother, Richard, on November 17, 2013 in St. John’s, NL. Dan Sargeant ’63 on the death of his son, Ian, on October 5, 2013 in Seaforth, NS. Nancy (Mann) Wood ’63 on the death of her husband, Lt. Col. Rev. Canon Randy Wood, on November 30, 2013 in Boswell, BC. Nancy also lost her mother, Frances (MacDonald) Mann ’39 on August 30, 2013 in Halifax. Catherine (MacKenzie) Nugent ’66 on the sudden death of her husband, David Nugent, on September 2, 2013 in Toronto. Pat Cunningham ’71 on the death of her mother, Jean Cunningham, on August 8, 2013 in Halifax, NS. Johanne Caron ’77, Michel Caron ’79, Patricia (Caron) Gallant ’80, and Mary Lise Caron ’84 on the death of their mother, Catherine Caron, on November 1, 2013 in Campbellton, NB. Bart Bransfield ’78, Barry Bransfield ’80, and Marjorie (Bransfield) McGibbon ’99, on the death of their father, Stan Bransfield, on November 2, 2013. Jill (Keddy) Smith ’78, and her children,
Alice Smith ’11 and Jack Smith ’15, on the sudden death of their husband and father, Capt. Mike Smith, on September 2, 2013. Mike was brother-in-law to Anne Keddy ’77 and Shelagh Keddy-Veinotte ’79. Keith Redpath ’79 on the death of his father, Bryan Redpath, on August 28, 2013 in Toronto. Matthew McNally ’80, Marian McNally ’82, and Laura McNally ’83 on the death of their mother, Anna Joyce McNally, on February 12, 2013. Meredith Phinney ’92 on the death of her grandmother, Edna Phinney, on January 9, 2014 in Sackville, NB. Cameron Bird ’99 on the death of her grandmother, Constance Giggey, on December 12, 2013. Mrs. Giggey was the great grandmother of Brooke Cunningham ’16. Grant Whelly ’01 and David Whelly ’07 on the death of their grandmother, Beverly Whelly, on October 25, 2013. Mrs. Whelly was the mother-in-law of Christine (Brenan) Whelly ’73. Sean Hale ’06 on the death of his grandfather, Wally Hale, on February 23, 2014 in Woodstock, NB. Will ’04, Matthew ’07 and Sarah ’11 Trivett on the passing of their grandfather, The Rev'd Canon Donald Trivett on October 8, 2013 in Saint John. Canon Trivett also had many nieces and nephews in the Teed Family. Cassie Murphy ’08 on the death of her grandmother, Joan Kennedy, on Feburary 16, 2014 in Saint John.
Mario Begner ’11 on the death of his mother, Margaret Begner, on January 3, 2014 in Saint John. Ashley Draper ’11 and Daren Draper ’12 on the death of their grandfather, Joseph Hayes, on August 13, 2012 in Shawinigan, QC. Laura Fraser ’11 and Emily Fraser ’13 on the death of their grandmother, Wilma Whitelock, on December 12, 2013 in Kitchener, Ontario. Sandy ’11, Vicki ’12 and Emily ’15 Archer on the death of their grandfather, Larry Archer, on October 15, 2013 in Saint John. Robert Pelletier ’12 and MJ Pelletier ’15 on the death of their grandmother, Rita Toner, on November 15, 2013 in Grand Falls, NB. Hasan Hariri ’14 on the death of his grandmother, Wedad Dahlan, in September in Saudi Arabia. Stephane Carrigan ’15 on the death of his grandmother, Kelly Molloy, on October 21, 2013 in St. John’s, NL. Gabby Barlow ’16 on the death of her grandmother, Anna Barlow, on October 28, 2013 in Indian River, NB. Yanik Lemieux ’16 on the death of his grandfather, Percy Dube, on September 12, 2013 in Edmundston, NB. The McCullogh Family - Geoffrey (RNS Director of Athletics), Rebecca (past Admission Officer), Kayla, Payton and Tip, on the death of Rebecca's father, Jim Howe, on March 2, 2014 in Toronto. Bryan “Doc” Savege, Past Faculty, on the death of his brother, Richard Savege, on August 31, 2013 in London, England.
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A LAST THOUGHT NIC CARHART
“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.” - Ronald Reagan This year, following an empowering experience at Free the Children’s We Day in Halifax, a group of our students presented an idea of forming an empathy club at RNS. This initiative, formally called the “Never Be Alone” Committee and led by eight students representing all grades, aims to ensure that RNS continues to be an inclusive, friendly and safe community for everyone – students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and families. Based largely on random acts of kindness and the paying it forward philosophies, the group offers “Make My Day” cards – an anonymous note of kindness or thanks that is delivered during lunch for a spiritual uplift. These notes might offer gratitude for going out of one’s way or above and beyond the call of duty, may thank someone for doing their job, or may just simply a thank you for being you.
Students will hold a door open for another, older students will tend to our younger students like they were family, and faculty and staff can always be found stopping what they are doing just to shoot the breeze with a student to see how their day is going. Nothing is ever asked for in return, except to return the favour to another and to show one and all dignity and respect.
It is not hard to witness random acts of kindness and paying it forward across our campus on any given day.
It is much like how the RNS of today has been built. Through countless random acts of kindness from
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No matter our relationship to RNS alumni, parent, student, grandparent, faculty, staff, past parent, governor, director, friend - this school, in some way, has made a unique and substantial difference to each of us. If we reflect back on our RNS experience, at one point or another, we could easily find a reason to send a “Make My Day” card of appreciation, gratitude and sincerity.
yesteryear’s generation, the school has been the recipient of many generous gifts that have contributed to the success of hundreds of students. Whether it was erecting a new building or donating to the RNS Annual Fund to help purchase soccer balls, paints and canvases, beakers for the chemistry lab, or novels for an English class, large and small gifts have all helped to make a huge impact for our students. For this, we are forever grateful. Like our predecessors, it is now our responsibility to show the same kindness to the RNS of tomorrow. We must connect, engage, commit and invest ourselves in the school today.
We must pay it forward.
UPCOMING EVENTS FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 25, 26 & 27 25th Annual RugbyFest www.rns.cc/rugbyfest FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 9 & 10 26th Annual RNS Parents' Association Art Show and Sale www.rns.cc/artshow FRIDAY, MAY 30 RNS Celebration of the Arts & Awards Théâtre Susan B. Ganong • 7pm WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Middle School Arts Night Théâtre Susan B. Ganong • 7pm SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Grade 12 Lobster Dinner Fundraiser Heritage Hall • 6pm WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Athletic Awards Evening Heritage Hall • 6:30pm
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THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Graduation Chapel Service Memorial Chapel • 7pm FRIDAY, JUNE 20 137th Closing Ceremonies and Class of 2014 Graduation Front Lawn of School House SATURDAY, JUNE 16 5th Annual RNS Founder's Day Luncheon Heritage Hall • 12:30pm FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 20, 21 & 22 Alumni Reunion Weekend All alumni are welcomed back to the hill for a fun and memorable weekend. For a detailed schedule of events, visit: www.rns.cc/reunion
RNS ASSOCIATION GATHERINGS Alumni, parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to join us at our many regional association gatherings throughout the year! Events are being planned for the spring in Charlottetown, Summerside, Moncton, Montreal and Saint John. For more details, please watch the RNS website, Alumni E-News or email email@example.com. We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming association gatherings! RNS ADMISSION INFORMATION SESSIONS If you know of a family who may be interested in learning more about the RNS experience, please invite them to join us at one of our upcoming regional information sessions, or to visit us on campus! For full details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.rns.cc/admission
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