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ON THE COVER: Established in 1877, RNS has a long and rich history. Over 140 years, the school has gone from a small co-ed class above the train station, to two seperate campuses for boys and girls, to the internationally recognized and accredited IB school of today, with students from around the globe.


Middle School Intersession & Showcase


Give me an ... RNS


Life on the Hill


A moment in RNS History


Live Where You Learn


RNS Community Performance Series


RNS in Service


Learning at the Happiest Place on Earth


Amazing Alumni


A Class Act




Class Notes



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THE EDITOR’S NOTE JENNIFER ROOS | COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR One of the great things about having my office in the Alumni Room at RNS, is that I'm surrounded by archival school photos from days gone by. If I swivel around in my chair, I can see the Netherwood girls from the Class of 1921 looking down on me with very serious expressions. I bet they were a fun bunch of young women, but photos were formal business back then. The Netherwood Class of 1956, just over my left shoulder, is all smiles while the RCS boys of that same year, who are just to my right, are sitting and standing upright and rigid, looking very straight laced, indeed. (Though from the stories I hear each Reunion Weekend, I know they had plenty of fun.) And speaking of Reunion Weekend, this year, RNS invites alumni and friends back to the Hill from June 16th to 18th. We hope that you can make it! To help you plan, find the 2017 Reunion Weekend schedule and registration form on pages 44 and 45. There's online registration, too. Just go to The new RNS Community Performance Series is another great opportunity to join us on campus. The series kicked off earlier this month with a fantastic concert featuring Port City 5, and on June 6th, acclaimed soprano Jessica McCormack will take to the stage at Théâtre Susan B. Ganong. Find out more about the series and this concert on page 26. If you glance at the cover, you'll notice that the theme of this issue is Then & Now. 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the school. This is quite an accomplishment and I'd say RNS is looking pretty fine at 140 (I only hope I'm as lucky ). Flip through the pages and you'll find some fun tidbits from RNS's past. Thank you to alumna Anne (Harrington) Disher ’46 who shared a few wonderful photos of a significant RNS first. You'll also read about what's happening at the school these days, from Middle School workshops (p. 8) to learning about physics at Disneyland (p. 36) and our first RNS Model UN (p.16). Don't miss the photo diary from the recent March Break Service trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on pages 32 to 35, and learn all about the Round Square program offered here at RNS on page 28. Meet Amazing Alumni, Cynthia Findlay ’65 and Andrew Johnston ’13 on page 38. Once you've read the Head's Letter from cover to cover, challenge yourself by taking our quiz (p.57) and perhaps win some great RNS swag! Be sure to check out the Gatherings pages and our Class Notes section to find out what your classmates have been up to and take a look at our Upcoming Events so that you don't miss out on the many activities coming up on the Hill. Enjoy!


140 years of pride



s I sit at my desk to write this article, I am both inspired and humbled looking back at our storied history and the impact and influence that it has had on today’s school. Our story is one that started back in 1877 with Thompson’s School near the Rothesay Train Station. The school at that time was coeducational, serving boys and girls until 1891 when it moved to our current campus and became Rothesay Collegiate School for boys. A few years later, in 1894, the Netherwood School for Girls was founded on Rothesay Road. Both schools benefitted from long-term, stable leadership in the names of Dr. W. Robert Hibbard and Dr. Charles H. Bonnycastle for the boys and Dr. Susan B. Ganong for the girls. Fast forward to 1984, and after a brief closure, the schools officially merged as RCS Netherwood, a coeducational school on our present site. It is safe to say that our school today, Rothesay Netherwood School, has deep roots and traditions that will guide and complement our future success.

town. I also have had the good fortune this year of travelling around Canada to various alumni gatherings and hearing your stories firsthand. They often include passionate accounts of athletic, musical, and artistic accomplishments from a different era. These tales often refer to old classmates or teachers or places on our campus like the chapel, School House, or the dam. Sometimes, they even jokingly remember how uncomfortable their uniforms used to be. Whatever story I am told, I get a real sense for the pride that our alumni have in their school.

...we have never wavered when it comes to quality education, core values, strong relationships, and continual improvement.

When preparing to write this article, I spent a number of hours thumbing through old copies of The Tallow Dip and The Blue and White. I routinely found myself thinking about a different time when there was a kicking-out ceremony for Netherwood graduates, or when cadet inspections and parades were the talk of the


Today, when I look out my office window, I see the beautiful Georgian Architecture that forms the foundation for our campus. The oldest of these buildings dates back to 1850. Wow, would those walls have stories to tell. My office is currently located in Collegiate Hall, built more recently in 2005. In the foyer of this beautiful building, we have our mission statement. I look at it on the way to Chapel every morning, and I see words like safe, caring, international perspective, character, courage, and creativity. These words remind me of the awesome responsibility of protecting and celebrating our heritage, as well as the great opportunities available today to inspire and challenge our current students, faculty, and staff to believe in themselves and strive for more.

While traditions such as the RCS cadet inspections, left, and the Netherwood kicking-out ceremony, below, are no longer practiced at the school, RNS values it's deep roots and traditions that continue to guide and complement our future success.


As I think about our school today, I need only to look at the happenings of the last month to see ample evidence that we continue to live our mission, be true to our core values, and be proud of our heritage. During this time, our students performed Cinderella and all four shows were sold out. Shortly after these performances, our Varsity Boys' Hockey Team captured the Prep School Hockey Federation National Championship in Ontario. At the same time, during March Break, I might add, we had a group of 20 students participating in an international service trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. And, as you read this article, we have a group of students reading the names of Old Boys at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial where they made the ultimate sacrifice.

wavered when it comes to quality education, core values, strong relationships, and continual improvement. This is who we are and who we will always be. In closing, I would like to personally invite you to join us for Graduation and Reunion Weekend. This is certainly a special year for grad classes ending in 2 and 7, but it is also our 140th year, so please consider joining us. At our Founders' Dinner this year, we will recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our school from Rory Grant ’47, Sylvia (Brenan) MacVey ’75, and Brian Ritchie ’62. I hope to see you back on the Hill in June.

Our school, which dates back 140 years, has experienced many changes, but we have never



The first Middle School Showcase evening was a demonstration of learning from the various arts options that the students participated in all fall - Engineering & Design, Fine Arts, Drama, and LETTER Music. THE HEAD’S


Middle School intersession+showcase students step out of the classroom on a journey of self-discovery



here are many exciting things happening in Middle School this year, especially in how we are able to creatively use time and spaces. In addition to our changing arts curriculum, all Middle School students participated in a three-day “intersession” following their first arts term. This past January, regular classes were adjourned for three days of workshops and opportunities for students to explore the theme Sense of Self. It is not always easy for students (or even adults) to be introspective especially when being asked to define themselves as people and learners. This intersession attempted to give students the time and resources to begin, or continue, the conversation. The first day kicked off with Dr. Ward Yuzda (father of Zachary ’19 and Jude ’21) giving a talk to all Grade 6 to 8 students on the importance of emotions and understanding the brain. Students learned about innate emotions and the functionings of the brain in adolescents. Dr. Yuzda was preparing the students for their afternoon activity which included watching the film, Inside Out, and group sessions around personality and the role of joy, anger, disgust, sadness,

and fear. Students completed personality pies where they visualized the weight of various core emotions in their respective personality and also determined the diverse “personality islands” that would define them and their experiences. The second day was focused on the protection of self in both the physical form and in the digital world. With the advent and accessibility of technology, it is important for students to understand how to safely navigate and represent themselves online. Corporal Eugene Belliveau of the Kennebecasis Police Department hosted a session on digital safety where he discussed the implications of decision making in social media and online chat rooms. In addition, students visited Phillip Yang’s jujutsu facility in Quispamsis to learn basic self-defense training. Some students even managed to defend against one of their teachers, Mr. Gay, with a simple move! The last and final day of the intersession, consisted of a morning conference where students chose various sessions based on their interests. A number of faculty and staff ran workshops that included SPRING ’17




The Middle School Intersession focussed on both mental and physical awareness. Dr. Ward Yuzda, right, discussed the importance of emotions and understanding the brain. Above, students visited Phillip Yang’s jujutsu facility in Quispamsis to learn basic self-defense training.

managing stress, meditation techniques, leadership styles, and personality tests. To culminate the entire three-day experience, students crafted self-portraits. RNS Art teacher, Mrs. Chetley, gave a session on human form, proportions, and creative options to approach the task. What resulted were 62 unique and detailed drawings which captured the student’s perception of self. It was pretty amazing to watch this unfold and to see where students gathered their inspiration from. In the end, we wanted students to have the time and space to think deeply about themselves and the final self-portrait was a way to pull it all together. Another important event that coincided with intersession was the first Middle School Showcase. This evening was a demonstration of THE HEAD’S LETTER

learning from the various arts options that the students participated in all fall. The Engineering and Design students revealed their robotic designs and completed various maze courses. The Fine Arts students created an art gallery in the Théâtre Susan B. Ganong where visitors could see their clay pieces, “handscapes,” and dreamcatcher watercolours. Finally, the students in Drama and Music put on a wonderful show that intertwined performances from the band and choir with theatrical performances of student-directed plays and monologues. It was a very entertaining and rewarding evening for the students. A special thanks goes to all of our Middle School teachers for their hard work and dedication in the classroom to prepare the students for this outstanding evening. u


Arts on the Island BY DAYNA ELLIS | GR.8 HOMEROOM, FRENCH, SPANISH, DRAMA In late September, the entire Middle School embarked on its first Arts Trip to Charlottetown, PE. The trip served as a way to introduce the students to the new arts program. They were able to experience each of the arts disciplines first hand over the course of the trip. At our first stop, Rise and Climb, the students made their way across a difficult ropes course, admiring the design that went into making the course both safe and challenging. At the evening showing of Les Belles-Soeurs, they were enthralled by the performances of the professional actresses and musicians involved in the French-Canadian musical. The second day of the trip was dedicated to the visual arts. Through a guided tour of the Confederation Centre Art gallery and a mask-making workshop, the students were exposed to many different mediums.


Upon returning to school, the students were able to reflect on how their chosen arts course was represented. For example, the drama students discussed the choices made by the director and set and costume designers, and examined the details of each of the lead actresses’ characterization. Being able to see the arts in a real-world setting gave the students a valuable perspective on the importance of creativity in our lives.




B Y PAT R I C K N O B B S , D I R E C TO R O F E N R O L M E N T M A N A G E M E N T 12


hat comes to mind when you hear those three little letters? You know the ones: R, N, S. When put together, these three 'little' letters become powerful. In this specific order, these three letters conjure up different images for each and every one of us. Not only that, but they also invoke feelings and memories which are as different and unique as the thousands of lives the school has impacted. They are meaningful letters which resonate with all of us. They might summon the memory of nervous energy felt when coming up the Hill for the first time. They could be a reminder of the pride felt when the acceptance arrived, upon the receipt of a scholar’s tie, of being part of that unbe-


lievable team, of the warmth one continues to feel as part of the community, of graduation ceremony, or just the confidence in how the potential in each student is realized, valued, and fostered. RNS is so much to so many, but it really comes down to a few simple truths. The first truth is that the foundation for the RNS experience comes from the people. Being part of the RNS family is being a part of a community that cares deeply. Our students are happy and engaged. Their interactions with each other and the faculty are not only respectful but they are also meaningful. As Grades 9 and 10 Grade Band Leader Graham Vogt put it, “We are so invested in continually in-

novating and imagining impactful learning experiences for our students. Consequently, as we are so dedicated to their overall growth, health and happiness, they are like our own children.” At RNS, we want our students to reach their full potential in all areas - to be the best possible versions of themselves. The students see this and can’t help but to rise to these high expectations. They know they are surrounded by people who care and will always be there for them. With this solid foundation in place, RNS is then able to provide opportunities. A parent once said in passing, “RNS must think it is a bigger school than it actually is because of all it offers.” This is true when you think about it. The IB program, Outward Bound,

Round Square, plays, musicals, sports, activities, premier sports teams, community service opportunities, trips, bands, choirs, Model UN, and the list goes on and on. As you know, there is always something going on at RNS, and usually, it is not just one thing but many. “RNS is the best investment we ever made,” said another parent who has two children attending the school - both of whom are involved in multiple opportunities the school offers. Add to this the academic program offered at RNS, which is second to none. RNS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School which is a highly respected program of international education that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership, and student achievement. Even beyond all this, RNS is a small school with small classes. The teachers here know each student and understand how to challenge the students in just the right way at just the right time. They also discern where they need support, what is bound to ignite their passions, and how to work with them through their times of frustration. It is a place where it is safe for a student to make a mistake and learn valuable lessons from it. This is all part of the identity and culture of the school, which is in place to help every student thrive. The potential of every student ties back into those three little letters: R, N, S. Everything the school, and its component community, does and has done is to prepare students to be successful in post-secondary education and beyond. We are lucky to have wonderful memories of the school and deeply feel the value of an RNS education. There are many who don’t yet know about RNS and all that we do. Share your experiences with these people and spread the word. Be proud of those three little letters. Say them loud, and say them proud. Let people know of the big impact they have made and continue to make daily. u

RNS Proud

(and university prepared!) BY: DANIEL ABAY '16 First year BSc student at the University of British Columbia My time at RNS is something that I will value for the rest of my life. The school is such a kind and welcoming community that I think it would be hard for anybody to not feel accepted on the Hill. Even coming from another country in the middle of my Grade 9 school year and not knowing a single member of the school community, I always felt comfortable and at home. The friendships and bonds made during my time there will take years to recreate, if even possible. Living in a boarding house was a very different experience for me than what I was used to, but it did not take long for me to start enjoying boarding life. The transition into boarding was seamless for me. I think it was because the community is filled with caring houseparents and teachers, along with a kind and diverse group of students willing to openly accept anyone into the community, no matter their background or makeup. There also never seemed to be a boring day at school. Being surrounded by great friends 24/7 isn’t bad and it was reassuring and useful to know that that there were always teachers and friends close by to help with homework and assignments. I am not only thankful to RNS for the great memories and relationships it helped me create, but also for the student it helped me to become. At first, I found the daily structure given to students a bit of a pain. I now realize that it helped me to understand how important scheduling my time appropriately is to my productivity and overall well-being. Furthermore, the tough workload that comes with the IB program also helped me to develop as a student, as I learned how to handle stress, meet deadlines, and study effectively. I think RNS provided a great environment for me to transition into such a heavy workload, because there were always teachers and students around who were willing to help with anything I was struggling with. At university, I am constantly finding that my time at RNS and in the IB program has given me a bit of a head start. First of all, I did not have the same adjustment period from moving out of home and into residence that I saw many of my peers struggle with. For example, learning to live independently and be tolerant of others around me or figuring out how to manage my time while constantly being around friends, were not problems for me as I had already gained these attributes through living at RNS. The IB program also prepared me for the university workload and I believe I am able to deal with the stress of a heavy workload much better than if I had not attended RNS. Much of the material that is being covered in my first-year science courses were also part of the IB curriculum. In particular, the higherlevel biology and chemistry courses I took at RNS have made the transition to university level courses much easier than it might’ve been. I often see many of my classmates struggling with concepts in these classes that are new to them, but that I had already seen and studied in the IB program. Although I had to put in a little more work in high school than the average student, I feel that this has really paid off now. Since I already had a good understanding of many of the topics being covered in my first term classes, I could relax and enjoy my time a lot more than many of my peers. Especially coming to a very large new school on the other side of the country, I found being able to take my foot off the gas a bit academically to enjoy and acclimatize to my new environment extremely valuable and I am very grateful for this. SPRING ’17




e are officially past the halfway mark of the school year and, as any student at RNS would agree, the tires are really meeting the track. As we look back on how the year has gone thus far, we can see the progress, accomplishments, and commitment that we, as a whole, have made. This ranges from provincial titles earned and another year of successful trick-or-eating, to new initiatives that led us to host students from across the province to discuss and learn more about the world, in a Model UN. Writing this article has really given us an opportunity to take a step back and truly appreciate all of the things that we have done as a school up until now, as well as look forward to finishing off the school year with a bang. Our teams have been travelling all over the


place. We have been busy on the court, field, ice rink, and everywhere in between. RNS students are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and always try something new. We’ve seen international students lacing up skates to give hockey a try. We've had younger students travelling away from home with a team for the first time, and we recently put on a fantastic sold-out performance of Cinderella, which consisted of just under 30 per cent of our school's population in the cast. Along with trying new things, we have implemented some new ideas that we think have been successful so far, such as the leadership table. Every day at lunch, Grade 12 students get the opportunity to sit at the leadership table. Here, they plan and discuss opportunities for

RNS students are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and always try something new.

improvement in the school. The Leadership Table is also a place to create conversation between prefects to discuss upcoming events as well as ways to improve their prefectship as a whole. A big success for the student body has been the launch of two student lounges. RNS students have been discussing the idea of a student lounge, but have never been able to finalize a location. In the past year, a student lounge has been created in School House and also in the Kirk House common room, giving all students a location to hang out, especially during winter, outside of class and study times. The lounges have been extremely successful thus far, and we are excited to see what they could turn into in the future.


This year has been full of successes and we are excited to say that summer is just around the corner. The days are now longer, the snow is gone, and spring co-curriculars are underway. Before we know it, RugbyFest will have arrived and we will be walking off of the field, or court, or classroom, and onto the summer grass for graduation. Good luck to the Grade 12s, who will be prepping now for the big exams in May. As for the rest of Senior and Middle School, please keep pushing until the end. Help make this year one to remember. u SPRING ’17


Martha Pitre '18, far left, with two members of the RNS Model UN committee, Emily Parsons '18 and Ryan Bessey '18.

RNS Model UN: From the Ground Up BY: MARTHA PITRE '18 16

This time last year, if you would have asked me what Model United Nations was, I certainly wouldn’t have been able to tell you. From the name, I gathered that it was some form of debate that followed the procedure of the real United Nations. While I was mostly correct, I’d soon learn that there was so much more to it than I had ever even considered. This past year, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a group of motivated students who helped organize the first-ever RNSMUN; the only high school-level Model UN in Atlantic Canada. Mr. McEvoy first began to set the project into motion in April of last year. Admittedly, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into. A quick Google search told me that Model UN "is an educational simulation and/ or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations." Further, delegates are placed into committees and assigned countries or significant figures and organizations to represent. I soon joined a group of like-minded students whose goal it was to hold a Model UN at RNS in December, where we would invite delegates from across New Brunswick to take part. There was much work to be done and a lot of experience to gain, as most of this group was new to MUN, just like me. In early June, we decided upon committees, which included a Security Council on the situation in Libya, a First Committee which dealt with China’s island building in the South China Sea, and a Specialized Committee which discussed concussions in the NHL. Over the summer, we were charged with writing position papers for each committee, THE HEAD’S LETTER

which would become background information for the delegates attending our event in December. When we returned to school in September, plans began to solidify. Sensing some unease in us MUN newbies, Mr. McEvoy organized lunchtime sessions where we were able to practice proper parliamentary procedure and learn from the more senior members of the group. These training sessions took the form of discussions about fictional worlds such as Blue’s Clues and The Brady Bunch, among others. We were assigned characters or organizations within these worlds and were asked to solve the problem at hand as it best represented our character. This was a difficult thing to do, as often our personal opinions varied greatly from that of our assigned role. Being a part of this group was an interesting position for me to be in, as I was learning how to run a Model UN at the same time as I was learning how to participate in one. While I was nervous, the enthusiasm and excitement felt by every member of the team made the process more fun than work. It took many hours, several sessions and a lot of patience on Mr. McEvoy’s part; however, December 10th finally rolled around. We welcomed over 40 participants from across New Brunswick and began our day of discussions. Walking from room to room, it was evident to me that we had created something truly special. The energy and eagerness of all of the participating delegates was positively infectious, which made our job as organizers that much easier. After speaking to a few students, I came to the understanding that most of the delegates were new to

Model UN, but were seeking to further develop skills such as public speaking and debate. What was most remarkable to me was how young people from such diverse backgrounds were able to work together for a common purpose and create reasonable resolutions to real world issues. If the delegates of RNSMUN were any reflection of New Brunswick’s future leaders, I’d say we’re in pretty capable hands. When all was said and done and awards were distributed to exceptional delegates, Secretary General Bob Bao presented one final award on

behalf of the team of organisers. Rejin Esmaeda of Woodstock High School was awarded the first ever RNSMUN Award for Diplomacy, an honour created for a delegate who typified the order and respect for others demanded of all delegates at a Model UN conference. I think I speak for everyone involved when I say that RNSMUN was much more than a lesson in procedure and debate. With careful guidance and the ongoing support of both students and faculty, RNSMUN will continue to inspire Atlantic Canadian students for years to come. u

International Round Square Conference 2016, Switzerland (with a stop in Paris!)

a dirty city, but in real life it was actually very clean and quite lovely. The next part of our trip was in Switzerland at Aiglon College, a boarding school in the Swiss Alps. Unfortunately, during the flight from Paris, my luggage was lost (everyone else’s arrived), so I had to go the first few days without any of my personal belongings. This was a bit of a nuisance, but looking back, it made the trip more memorable. Upon arrival, we participated in a huge opening ceremony, where all of the schools brought their flags and some speeches were made. This marked the beginning of an amazing conference.

BY: KATHERINE CHISHOLM ’18 This past October, I got the chance to take part in a life-changing experience. As part of the Round Square program at our school, a small group of students got the opportunity to participate in an International Conference set in Switzerland. Throughout this experience we got to travel to new places, experience many different cultures, meet new people, see new things, and enjoy some pretty breathtaking adventures. This experience flew by way too fast and I learned so many new life skills that I feel will help me in the future. This trip began with an eight-hour plane ride to Paris from Saint John with a connection in Montreal. Our Pre-conference trip was exploring the city of Paris. We arrived early in the morning, very tired, but so excited to see the city that we got right to the touring upon arrival. A couple of highlights of Paris were going to “Le Louvre,” where we saw Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Raphael’s “School Of Athens,” and getting to explore the Catacombs. The Catacombs are underground tunnels filled with the bones of approximately 7 million bodies, that run all under the neighborhood where we stayed. While in Paris, we also toured the Eiffel tower, went to many cafés, and I got a portrait of myself drawn by a street artist. This was my first time in Europe and it was even neater than I expected. People often describe Paris as

Katherine Chisholm '18, above, has her portrait sketched by a street artist in Paris, while touring the city during the Round Square Pre-Conference. Below, at RSIC 2016 in Switzerland, are Head of School, Paul McLellan, Angus Oxley '19, Emma Murphy '18, Eden Barlow '19, Ariel Van Doleweerd '18, Katherine Chisholm '18 and Mrs. Jacquie Albinati.


Over the next few days, I made some pretty great friends, who I am still in touch with, from all around the world, but primarily from Romania. We also got to hike in the Swiss Alps and have a giant picnic as well as hear from a whole bunch of guest speakers, including Sir Jackie Stewart (an insanely talented Formula One driver, for those of you who don’t know), which was super cool. A group of us also got to see the castle, set on the edge of Lake Geneva, where Lord Byron lived. The days flew by incredibly fast, my luggage finally arrived, and I had so much fun. All good things must come to an end, though, and soon it was time to head home. We boarded the plane and said our goodbyes. Over those few days I made so many memories that will last me a lifetime. Overall, this was an incredibly powerful experience. From it, I learned that it is always a good idea to pack spare clothes and a toothbrush in your carry-on bag, just in case.u SPRING ’17

Providing love, warmth, comfort and security through Project Linus BY: SHAYNA EARLE ’18


Project Linus is an organization that our school has been working with every February for the past 15 years. Project Linus is a national organization with the mission to provide love, warmth, comfort, and a sense of security to children and those seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of a hug, through the gifts of handmade, washable blankets and quilts, lovingly crafted by volunteer ‘Blanketeers.’ The events we hold annually for this charity involve making blankets that are then donated to Hestia house and other

Above, some of the many volunteers who made blankets for Project Linus this year. Right, Shayna Earle '18, presents blankets to Stephanie Tomilson, a member of the Hestia House Board of Directors. organizations. This past year, we have taken on a second event due to the need for these blankets and based on the feedback from the charities receiving the blankets. Fifty blankets were made and donated this year along with the many from years before. I have been participating in these events alongside my mother for all 15 years, however, in the last three years, I have taken over as coordinator for our school along with the area of Rothesay and Saint John. I, on behalf of our school, have been in close contact with the directors of Project Linus Canada and we are

now recognized as a chapter in the national campaign. We have been expanding our work with Project Linus in the past few years and I hope to have this growth continue. The need for the donations is continuous as we are often approached by organizations asking about the next event. In our close-knit RNS community we are extremely fortunate, and through the work with Project Linus we have an opportunity to give back to those around us in our local community who are in need of a bright smile or warm hug. u

Leading the way in Drama BY: SARAH SLIPP ’19 When I returned to RNS this September, I was most excited for our drama productions to begin. The year started with our Senior School play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by William Shakespeare, where I played the role of Helena. Originally, I found it very challenging to understand Shakespeare, but this didn’t last long thanks to our director, Ms. Lindsay Bell. She went through the play many times with the actors, explaining what our characters were saying and why. THE HEAD’S LETTER

What I really love about the drama program at RNS is that there are always many students involved who have no experience acting on stage. Our cast was such a diverse group, all of us having many different interests. Before the play began, I had never spoken to almost half of the cast. Throughout the play, I got to know so many new people and also became closer with those who I already knew.

Second term began and it was announced that we would be performing Cinderella as our Senior School production. I got the role of one of the stepsisters, Gabrielle. I have had so much fun working with our group of nine leads to prepare the show. What I really love about musical is the small size of the group of leads, because you get to know everyone really well. We spend so much time together and always have a lot of fun. Preparing such a complex production, featuring many different characters along with dancing, singing, and acting is a lot of work, but well worth it. The weekend before opening night, after three full run-throughs of the show, our cast was exhausted, but we quickly regained our energy when our directors, Mrs. Ellis and Ms. Campbell, took the leads to watch Newsies (a Broadway musical which was filmed and released in theatres), in between the rehearsals. Our moods instantly changed and we were ready to continue working hard to prepare the show. It’s amazing how many people help make the musical a success, from set and costume design, to hair and makeup, to music, choreography, lighting, sound, vocals, blocking and crew. None of it would have been possible without everyone who helped out. I am going to miss working with everyone, but I am looking forward to participating in many more productions to come. u

Sarah Slipp '19 had a lead role in both the Senior School Play, left, shown with Will Spaulding '17 and Musical, above, with Sean Docherty '17.

On Exchange in Germany BY: CHARLES BEATON '19


I spent a little more than six weeks away from the Hill, in Germany, at a school called Louisenlund. One of my favourite parts about having the opportunity to visit, was that it gave me a real perspective on where I was coming from, geographically and culturally. I spent most of my time at the school, which was much different from RNS, not just because of the language, but the difference in schooling, K-13 etc. I personally found German Class to be the most interesting and the hardest, as it is (for me anyway) a very complicated language to try and master. When I wasn’t fumbling around with my words in public, I would be enjoying the excellent German cuisine. I would try to pick the dishes that sounded the most interesting even though most of the time I had no idea what they were. Once I even accidentally ordered an ENTIRE beef liver! It was delicious, but I certainly had some leftovers afterwards. There were some things I missed from home, such as

Charles Beaton '19, left, is shown with Matthew Lunt, an exchange student from South Africa. Both boys took part in an exchange at Louisenlund school in Germany. maple syrup, but Germany certainly kept me occupied with a multitude of different sweets and candies that surprised and amazed me. During the weekends, I would walk around the industrial city of Hamburg, savouring

the Currywurst and visiting the ever-popular Christmas markets that are very common in preparation for the December holidays. I loved every part of my time there and it was something that I’m really glad I got to be a part of.u SPRING ’17

A moment in RNS history ...


I am enclosing for your archives my pictures of the RCS drama Someone at the Door, wherein I was the first female to appear in their annual school play. Prior to that, they had used boys in the female roles. My participation was kept secret until I appeared on stage opening night. I was transported back and forth to rehearsals by taxi and snuck into the rehearsal hall. The year was either 1943 or 44. My appearance onstage surprised all my friends, students and other attendees!! The secret was as much fun as my delight in having been asked to play the part. ~ Anne (Harrington) Disher ’46



Above is the cast of the RCS production, Someone At the Door, set during the 1943-44 school year, from left to right: Bob Hayman '45 (as Bill Reid), Tim Creery '46 (as Ronnie Martin), Sandy Robertson '45 (as Harry Kapel), Anne (Harrington) Disher '46 (as Sally Martin), and Gordon Stults '45 (as Jim Price). Opposite page: Sandy Robinson, Gordon Stults, Anne (Harrington) Disher in a scene from the "mystery thriller in three acts" by C. and A. Christie. Photo at left: Tim Creary (entering), Bob Hayman (proposing to) Anne (Harrington) Disher.



When living away from home, students broaden their horizons. They learn to become independent, responsible, thoughtful, and considerate members of a large, extended family. Have a look at what life on campus is like with Nova Scotia boarder, Ben MacDonald ’17, and New Brunswick boarder, Meelahn Scott-Weabury ’19. THE HEAD’S LETTER

This is

Ben. He is in Grade 12 & lives in Mackay House.

Q: How long have you been a boarder at RNS? Where are you from? A: I have been at RNS for three years and I am from Halifax, NS. Q: Who is your roommate? Where is he from? Have you become close since living with him? A: My roommate is Lyon McLean. He is from Halifax, as well, but our situation is a little different because we have known each other since we were born. We were always close, but this has brought us a lot closer. Q: What is your favourite part of being a boarder and living in residence on the Hill? A: My favourite part about being a boarder is that I get to live with all of my best friends. It’s a special thing being able to walk out of your room and hang out with all of your friends without going outside. Q: What is it like for a boarder to study and do homework? A: I think that doing homework in the dorms makes it a lot easier for me because of all of the structure. I am the king of procrastination, but having a dedicated 2-hour study period every night really forces me to sit at my desk and get what I need to do done. Q: Houseparents are there for the good times and the bad times. What does it mean to you to have someone like this in your life while living away from home? A: Having a houseparent is a really important thing for me especially the Associate Faculty who live with us. They’re very easy to talk to and try their best to make us feel at home while living away from home. Q: How often do you chat with your family? How do you usually do this (i.e. text, email, talk on phone, Skype, etc)? A: I usually try to talk to my mom once a day over text and I try to call my parents at least once a week just to catch up on everything happening back at home.

Ben MacDonald #18 is a member of the Varsity Boys' Hockey Team. He is shown here with the other Grade 12 players.

Q: What sort of activities do you do together as a House that bring you closer together? A: As a house, we have a few house outings throughout the year that really help the boys to get to know one another. For example the Mackay house pool tournament adds a competitive aspect to the outing and makes it a lot more fun for everyone. Q: What makes RNS so special to you? A: RNS is special to me because it’s been my home for the last three years and I’ve made a lot of friends that I never would have met if I didn’t decide to come here. Q: What is your best experience so far living on the Hill? A: My best experience at RNS, so far, has to be living in Mackay House and being a Head of House. Living with 50 other boys can be hard sometimes, but I feel that living here at such a young age has helped me to build skills and learn lessons that I never would have learned if I had stayed at home. u

RNS is special to me because it’s been my home for the last three years and I’ve made a lot of friends that I never would have met if I didn’t decide to come here. SPRING ’17


This is

Meelahn. She is in Grade 10 &

lives in Quinn House.

Q: How long have you been a boarder at RNS? Where are you from? A: This is my first year at RNS. I am from Hampton, NB, which is not very far away from Rothesay - only 25 minutes. Q: Who is your roommate? Where is she from? Have you become close since living with her? A: My roommate’s name is Jasmine Chen. She’s from Hunan, a


province in southern China. We are very open with each other, and from the first day we met, we have slowly become closer and more comfortable with each other. Now, after spending so much time together, we have a good relationship. Being in the same grade helps strengthen our relationship even more. We have a couple of classes together, making it so that we interact in school regularly. What I love about Jasmine is that she is caring and enthusiastic - she teaches me new things about her culture and country, and never hesitates to get me to try some food that she brought from her last trip in China or give me special Chinese decorations and ornaments with which to decorate my side of the room. Living with someone you maintain a good relationship with really helps take away the loneliness that can sometimes accompany being away from home! Q: What is your favourite part of being a boarder and living in residence on the Hill? A: The closeness that you develop with others who live on campus. While living in dorms and being constantly around your teachers and peers can feel claustrophobic at times, it is far more a blessing than a curse! It is a great opportunity to be able to really connect with many of the people that make up our school community. In my opinion, it is like having a second family, which enhances the RNS experience. Q: What is it like for a boarder to study and do homework? A: Because the students here are involved in so many extracurricular activities, fitting in time to do schoolwork can be difficult. Boarders have a scheduled study period from 8 to 10 pm on weeknights and Sunday nights, which is great as it allows us to take a break from all that we have been involved with outside of regular school hours and gives us time to wind down and focus on academics. I find that study time in my dorm THE HEAD’S LETTER

is very accommodating. We have a 15-minute break at 9 pm with a snack. If one cannot finish their homework by 10 and has been working hard, they can sign up for late lights providing extra study time past lights out, which is at 10:30 pm for Quinn girls. Q: Houseparents are there for the good times and the bad times. What does it mean to you to have someone like this in your life while living away from home? A: I love the houseparents in Quinn House. This year, we have three wonderful house moms - Ms. Young, Miss Waycott, and Miss Dykerman. They are each so open and kind, making it easy to talk to them or ask for help when it is needed. My houseparents are not only mother figures but also great friends. The houseparents at RNS are such a great support system and truly care about each person and what is going on in their lives, good or bad. Living away from home feels less daunting and more special knowing that I have houseparents who are always there for me and my fellow Quinn boarders, no matter what. Q: How often do you chat with your family? How do you usually do this (i.e. text, email, phone, Skype, etc)? A: I try to talk to my family almost every day. There are some days where I don’t have time to have a long conversation, but I try my best to catch up with my family on how their day was and what the latest news is as often as I can. Usually, I will phone, but I also Skype when they are all together, or send a quick text if I am short on time. Q: What sort of activities do you do together as a House that bring you closer together? A: There are a few different activities that bring all the Quinn girls closer together. Our houseparents organize house outings that we all attend (and end up having loads of fun!). So far, I have been on one house outing where we took a trip into Saint John, ate supper at a restaurant, and then went to see a movie together. Activities like these help boost the level of interaction we all have with each other, and add a fun family-like element that is a nice change from our everyday life on the Hill. Q: What makes RNS so special to you? A: The sense of community and the people that surround me are the reason that I am living in such an amazing place. Before coming to RNS, I went to a school where students and staff talked to each other when necessary and only seemed to want to get through their week, with as little interaction as possible. At RNS, everything is different to what I have previously known. I now realize how much I value being part of a caring and supportive environment. Everyone knows each other, and the people here are always willing to help someone who needs it. I love that when I walk around campus, whenever there is someone coming towards me I always receive a smile and a “Hello!” or a “Good morning!”. The friendly, diverse bubble that I am in is the reason why I actually enjoy getting up every day to go to school, and it is a special place where I can be me. u


I love acting, and I have been doing so on stage for as long as I can remember. I was cast in the school play in November and the musical in February, and both were such positive experiences for me. I met many students that I have become friends with, and performing in the fall helped me crack out of my shell when I was initially shy after moving onto the Hill. Acting in theatre productions here was one of the best experiences that I have had so far because of the differences it made in making me the person that I am today, and it helped my personality shine through. SPRING ’17

Rothesay Netherwood School presents ... the



PERFORMANCE SERIES @ Théâtre Susan B. Ganong

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ince the doors swung open in 1997, Théâtre Susan B. Ganong has housed countless school plays and musicals. There have also been coffee houses, Broadway Revues, guest lectures, solo performances, school dances, and even a hypnotist. Over the years, audiences have been carried off to the land of Oz, East Africa, the wild, wild West ... They've learned how to succeed in school and life. They've watched their classmates cluck like chickens. They've listened, learned, laughed, and loved every minute of it. For the most part, the performances set on the Théâtre Susan B. Ganong stage have been school centred. And while our plays and musicals do draw a crowd from the greater community, RNS music teacher and accomplished musician, Richard Kidd, has long wished to share this impressive venue on an even greater scale. "RNS has a beautiful, intimate theatre perfect for chamber music concerts and other music events and recitals," he says. Mr. Kidd's desire to open the theatre to a larger audience and to provide an "opportunity for local professional musicians who have studied away to return home and perform," has resulted in the creation of the RNS Community Performance Series. The RNS Community Performance Series was launched earlier this month with a concert by Port City 5, a popular local clarinet quintet (string


quartet + clarinet) known for pairing pieces from the standard classical repertoire with new arrangements of popular music. The RNS concert, titled "Between Speech & Song," combined the classical music of Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov with the works of Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter, Leonard Cohen. The second concert of the series will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, when well-known soprano, Jessica McCormack takes to the stage at 7:30 pm. While Dr. McCormack is Coordinator of Voice Studies and Assistant Professor of Voice at Indiana University South Bend, she has strong connections to RNS. Her grandmother, Jean (Kitchen) McCormack ’39, great-uncle Bill Kitchen ’42, uncle David McCormack ’71, and aunt Betsy (McCormack) Eisner ’73, all attended the school. Dr. McCormack has an impressive résumé that includes singing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano as part of the Professional Training Workshops series. She was a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival and a featured soloist with the Fort Worth, South Bend, New Brunswick, and Springfield (Ohio) symphonies. Her engagements in 2016-2017 include recitals and guest teaching appointments in Toronto, Bangkok, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Hong Kong, and, of course, here in Rothesay. Additional CPS concerts are being planned for October and December with the acts to be announced. Ticket information, as well as more details on the concert series and the performers, can be found online at As Mr. Kidd says, the RNS Community Performance series means "easy access for people who live in KV to attend concerts featuring music of a high calibre." What a great opportunity for music buffs to enjoy a night out close to home. Don't miss out. Come join us on the Hill. u

Join us for an evening of music! RNS Community Performance Series presents...

JESSICA McCORMACK TUESDAY • JUNE 6TH • 2017 7:30pm @ Théâtre Susan B. Ganong Soprano, Jessica McCormack is Coordinator of Voice Studies and Assistant Professor of Voice at Indiana University South Bend. During the summer, she is on the voice faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame for fall 2016. 27 She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto. McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. A featured soloist with the Fort Worth, South Bend, New Brunswick, and Springfield (Ohio) symphonies, her engagements in 2016-2017 include recitals and guest teaching appointments in Toronto, Bangkok, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Hong Kong.

Tickets: $20 General Admission $15 Students & Seniors $10 RNS Students Tickets are available at the RNS Office by calling 506.847.8224, or online at

40 College Hill Road | Rothesay, NB PRESENTED BY:



What is You've seen the logo, your child is asking about the next RS conference, but what exactly is Round Square? Facutly member and RS Coordinator, Jacqueline Albinati explains ...

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othesay Netherwood School is a member of Round Square, a not-for-profit association of 170 innovative schools in 40 countries, across six continents. The program was created by Kurt Hahn, an expeditionary educator and founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outward Bound, United World Colleges, and Round Square. The philosophy of Round Square synthesizes experiential, personal, and ethical learning through the “IDEALS” philosophy which encompasses Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service.

RNS and Round Square. The curriculum provides each RNS student the unique opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, analyze societies, and come to an understanding of the importance of democracy. Various school initiatives, such as Model United Nations, Debating, and Prefectships help to endorse our school commitment to exercising democracy at the student level. Most importantly, students are encouraged to reflect on the oppression of the individual at the hands of a political party, biased and misleading language used by international leaders, and strategies to address social justice.



RNS seeks to embrace the similarities and differences between nationalities and cultures through meaningful relationships and mutual respect. The diversity of the RNS student body inherently engenders multi-culturalism in the boarding residences, classes, sports teams, theatrical productions, and clubs. The annual multi-cultural fair is an example of how our community recognizes and celebrates our 54 international students. Through the Round Square association, RNS students are able to participate in regional and international exchanges, conferences, and service trips where life-long connections and friendships flourish.

The spirit of environmentalism nurtures the awareness of our surroundings and how our actions have an impact upon future sustainability. In recent years, RNS has implemented gardening, recycling, mindfulness, and sustainable practices. Increasing student awareness to school and community environmental initiatives have encouraged our students to take personal responsibility for their environmental impact. Composting, efficient water and energy sources have become an integral part of RNS culture.


At the core of Kurt Hahn’s philosophy is to help people discover their full potential. In that spirit, RNS and our Outward Bound program are committed to providing a multitude of opportunities for

Social justice, civil discourse, fairness, equality, and moral responsibility are values embraced by both



students to take risks and step beyond their comfort zone, including camping and expedition trips, outdoor education, and team-building initiatives. Many students have benefited from these programs in terms of leadership and personal growth, and have made positive contributions to the RNS community. LEADERSHIP Leadership is integral to every student’s experience at RNS, whether it is in the classroom, arts productions, sports teams, or prefectships. Students emulate random acts of kindness, provide peer tutoring, take lead and support heads of residences, demonstrate a strong spirit through house competitions, participate in youth leadership to develop public speaking skills. All of these forms of responsibility instill self-belief. RNS prides itself in encouraging students to take on leadership roles, and the Round Square association certainly provides additional opportunities for students to seek leadership roles in the international community. SERVICE RNS students demonstrate acts of selflessness to those in the community and beyond on a weekly and annual basis. Service initiatives such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Go Girls, Outflow, and Project Linus provide opportunities for our students to engage with community initiatives. Annual March Break service

trips are opportunities for interested students to offer international support and service, through building houses, schools, and wells. Each regional and international conference provides service opportunities in the community encouraging and educating inter-cultural understanding. As I reflect upon the spirit of what a Round Square student encompasses and of what makes our little school in Atlantic Canada so unique, it is clear to me that we are special because of the members of the community and their authenticity of a giving spirit. Maritimers have a reputation for having a big heart and a willingness and desire to make a difference in the lives of others.


This inclination is quickly adopted by all of our students from all over the world. They speak the same language of empathy. It is not uncommon to see students hold the door open for their peers or teachers, serve a friend food, help one another with homework, clean snow off cars, or shovel paths on the school campus just to name a few gestures of day-to-day kindness. Much like a homemade,


The annual RNS multi-cultural fair is an example of how our community recognizes and celebrates our 54 international students. As part of the fair, students research and prepare dishes from their own, or another, country to serve to attendees.


colourful quilt threaded together with a strong sense of community, each action of service adds new life and tradition to the spirit of our school. The giving of others wraps us in warmth and further strengthens the character of RNS. Programs such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Go Girls allow our students to provide leadership to younger children in neighbouring schools. They represent leadership, self confidence and empowerment. Project Linus, Shoebox Project, Trick or Eat, Christmas Exchange, and Outflow are programs that provide service to the homeless, the less fortunate, and children who are critically ill. Youth for Youth initiatives, which have been organized and managed by RNS students, bring communities inside and outside of the school to raise awareness for teens in distress. Every year, a group of our senior school students travel internationally to work within commuTHE HEAD’S LETTER

nities, helping to build medical clinics, schools, water wells, and nurture relationships with other cultures. Each regional and international conference provides service opportunities in the community encouraging and educating inter-cultural understanding. RNS’s mission emulates the spirit of service in all that we do. RNS develops character, instills a desire for life-long learning, challenges and demands students to be the best that they can be. When a student arrives on the Hill, there is a sense of belonging. Our students and faculty care for one another and they care about the world around them. Margaret Meade, an influential cultural anthropologist once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." u


Alumni, Parents, Grandparents, Friends ... You are our best source of student referrals! If you know of a student who would flourish at RNS, please let us know. We truly appreciate the recommendations you make to your family and friends!

The Admission Office at RNS is open, Monday through Friday, 8:30am -5pm and may be reached at 506.847.8224 or



Day #1 Our first day in Ecuador was spent adjusting to the altitude in Quito with a walking tour of the Old City and a trip to the Equator. The group had a chance to visit the local cathedral, churches, and government buildings.



Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Twenty RNS students and three faculty members took part in an adventure of a lifetime - a March Break service trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. They worked on reforestation and building projects, sheared sheep and alpacas, swam with sea lions, visited a giant tortoise reserve, and so much more. Here's a glimpse of their outstanding experience... THE HEAD’S LETTER

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Day #4 The group enjoyed a hike along the base of the Chimborazo volcano. The hike was challenging, but the beautiful panoramic views made the whole thing worth it.


Day #7 After a few great days in the Ecuadorian highlands the group departed for the Galapagos Islands. The moment we stepped off the plane we saw land iguana, frigate birds, sea lions, pelicans and so much more. The diversity was incredible! THE HEAD’S LETTER

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Day #5 Another service aspect while on nland Ecuador was helping the community are to build a new structure to hold alpacas. During this time, the group really came together to help the community.

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Day #6 There was no shortage of A lpacas at Casa Condor. We were able to he lp move the herd and shee r both alpacas an d sheep. We also learned how the locals tu rn ed the wool into yar n.

Day #9 Our accommodations on the Galapagos Islands was at Hacienda Tranquila on San Cristobal Island. While at the hacienda, we cleared invasive species, helped document tortoise populations, planted seedlings and roasted our own coffee.

Day #10 Our final full day in the Galapagos was spent relaxing and taking in the incredible diversity by deep sea snorkeling and swimming. We swam with sea lions, hammerhead sharks, SPRING ’17 sea turtles and marine species galore!



Learning at the

happiest place on earth BY AARON LEE | SCIENCE, PHYS.ED


n the Science curriculum, we run a unit of study where students investigate the science of force and motion along with the physics involved in roller coasters. Students find this unit very exciting and become fully engaged in the final project. The goal with science class is to develop opportunities that inspire students to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills in creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. By encouraging students


to have fun, take risks, and create challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students learn through hands-on experiences while becoming fully engaged in the curriculum. To do this, the Grade 8 Class went on a field trip to Walt Disney World to introduce the project. For this project, students are hired as 'Imagineers' by Walt Disney World to build a new theme park

and major attraction. What better way to begin brainstorming than put yourself in the middle of it! Leaving from the Saint John Airport, students flew out bright and early on the 5:15 am flight. After a quick stop in Toronto to change flights, we arrived in Orlando, FL, gathered our luggage, and hopped on Disney’s Magical Express which took us to the AllStar Movies resort. Students spent the next six days engaged in the magic of Disney, learning and experiencing first hand many scientific concepts through several Youth Educational Series programs. Students spent each morning participating in these programs, or completing different missions related to what they were learning in their various classes at RNS. Students were also introduced to how Disney Imagineers think and the different ways lighting and sound can affect the rider's experience. During these courses, students were taken behind the scenes and learned exactly how different rides were designed and built. Of course, the best way to do this is to experience each ride to understand what they are learning. This includes learning how each ride has a

story that Imagineers want students to experience, and how stories are told through photographs and with interest and impact. After engaging and learning how the Tower of Terror, Aerosmith’s Rock’n Roller Coaster, and Everest were developed, it is safe to say that we definitely have a few future Imagineers in our group. In the afternoons, students presented their learning from the morning before enjoying free time at the resort. Each evening, we were able to have a little fun at the different parks and enjoy all that Disney has to offer, because after all, it is pretty magical. Students enjoyed their time at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot whether it was going on rides, experiencing the different countries and cultures at Epcot, taking in a show, or watching the incredible fireworks display at night. We also had the chance to celebrate with James White from the Super Bowl Champions, New England Patriots, during a traditional Super Bowl parade. It was an incredible week of learning, growth, and excitement. In the words of Walt Disney, it is safe to say, "dreams can come true." u

"I can't believe I'm actually here" BY: MALLORY THORNHILL '21 The build up of anticipation as the Grade 8 Disney Trip got closer and closer was almost unbearable. But our arrival was one of the most exciting things that I have ever experienced in my life, and I did it with some of my best friends by my side. My first thought was, “I can’t believe I’m actually here,” but that quickly faded away when I realized we had classes all week. I don’t think anybody on the trip was excited for the classes, but we were pleasantly surprised on the first day at the parks. We were taught many different scientific skills about gravity, Newton’s three laws of motion, speed, acceleration, and we got to go behind the scenes to see how many of the rides

different attractions, completing models, and doing small presentations on the learning we experienced that day.

worked at the park. As well as learning the science aspect, we also learned about different cultures, Walt Disney’s dream, photo storytelling, and many other fun skills. The great thing about learning the different concepts at Disney was that we just were not being taught in a classroom. We got to be involved and experience everything we were learning by riding

On behalf of the group, I think I can say that we all thoroughly enjoyed our Disney trip and each of us had an amazing time. When I think back to my trip, all I can say is that it was definitely one of the biggest highlights of my first year here at RNS. When I returned home and attended science class, I found that everything we were learning made sense and I could connect all of the formulas to real-world situations. This trip was overall very fun, but also very educational at the same time, and I would recommend going and taking the risk to any future student who may receive the opportunity. SPRING ’17





Cynthia Findlay ’65 and Andrew Johnston ’13 CYNTHIA FINDLAY ’65 38

Q: Tell me about your profession. A: I run a very eclectic antique and estate jewellery shop in the heart of downtown Toronto with my husband, George Paterson, who I met at Acadia in 1966. Mine is an unusual profession that some may think to be a hobby. We started on the harbourfront of the Queens Quay in 1978 by taking a space for one day at an outdoor market. With some luck and success in the beginning, it quickly became more than a hobby. I recall one of our first customers, a patent attorney who collected porcelain turtles with his wife, stopped by to add to his collection. When I asked, "Why turtles?" he shared that it was a reminder to him and his wife that nothing happens unless you “stick out your neck." This was a great motivation to me. George became the administration team. My family background in retail and my years at Doulton China complemented George's corporate savvy from his experience at IBM, GE and Shell. We were quickly consumed in our business. I also soon realized this would be a career of constant education. I was fortunate to take several courses and seminars in London, New York, and Toronto. Today we have the internet which makes everyone an expert. Over the years we have had many wonderful customers who have become friends. We see several Netherwood girls - Suzanne (Somerville) McLean '48, Jennifer (Oland) Paterson '65, Patricia (Kettles) McFarlane


'65, Frances (Hazen) Carmichael '65, Kathryn Wilson '57, and nothing is as much fun as a visit from Paul Kitchen or helping Catherine (MacKenzie) Nugent '66 with one of her many charities, Heist! Our business is run on the mandate to always buy quality - this was the backbone of my parents business in Bristol, NB. My mother instilled the values of always treating all our customers the same and with equal respect. It is a profession for people who enjoy learning from people and helping them add more beauty to their lives. We are constantly learning, and our experiences with adverse situations have taught us to anticipate and welcome new challenges. We feel very grateful for our good fortune. Q: Describe a typical day in the Antiques Business. A: Our shop is located in the entertainment district on King Street right between the Mirvish theatres in Toronto. There are no typical days as we are a retail shop and the day is like the theatre - it will have a schedule but evolves as the curtain opens, anything can happen. Recently we had Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe (designers and TV personalities) visit to find finishing’s for a client’s new home. This is fun because they are decisive and professional and easy to collaborate with. Set designers come to find items for television and film. In the new CBC series Anne we helped with their search - from dinner sets to decorating fireplace mantles. While the TV series Hannibal was filming, we rented a different dinner set every week for 30 weeks - this came

with a bit of a pleasant surprise as the fan base of this show, the “Hannibal Fanibals,” were serious collectors and wanted to buy the pieces used. We are often flooded by theatre goers of the Royal Alexander or the Princess of Wales. Many of the theatre customers have become our loyal clients. One of the best experiences is when a young couple comes in with the prospects of finding an engagement ring. Theatre patrons get a taste of young romance blossoming in the store and often offer unsolicited advice, “Yes dear!” Imagine our fun when we sold Andrew Webster (son of Christine (Bate) Webster '65) his engagement ring! Q: What are the highlights of your career? A: There have been some wonderful experiences in this business, but a few stand out the most. Whoopi Golberg stopped by on our 10th wedding anniversary with an invitation to visit her dressing room and tickets to her show. We’ve been lucky to develop a loyal customer relationship with her. Some of our wonderful customers share their stories about their heirlooms, and we are lucky to be a part of it. We had a beautiful 20-carat emerald from the family of a pharmaceutical heiress. We were thrilled when we sold it for them to the gem collection of the Royal Ontario Museum. The sisters who sold the piece still visit the exhibition at the R.O.M to this day to visit "their ring.” Another highlight that comes to mind would be renting our first small shop from Ed Mirvish in Mirvish village and renting our current shop on King Street in the Mirvish building from his son, David. Our original lease was two pages and our current lease is over 30 ... changing times. Q: What impact did your years at RNS have on your career/life? A: I was 12 when I went to Netherwood. I think we were eight girls in “prep.” Everyone was so kind. This taught me to have empathy for people in new circumstances and to embrace change. Our school motto - simplicity, sincerity, and service - influenced me the most, as I continue to live by those words. To encourage and to reach out and help other newcomers in need, to also ask for help, to find friends to trust, and to believe that you are capable of achieving.

Cynthia Findlay '65 has a very successful career in the antiques business. One of the highlights of her job, Cynthia says, is developing relationships with her wonderful customers. She is shown here at her downtown Toronto store, Cynthia Findlay Antiques, with customer and inspiration, Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation.


Mary Beaton '66 and Jennifer (Oland) Paterson '65 did). I recall fondly, 'The Montreal Girls,' who were a sisterhood that arrived every year with their tales of travelling to school by train. I admired their ability to excel at sports, especially skiing, and their ability to speak French.

Q: What are your favourite RNS memories? A: I was at Netherwood from 1960-1965. I love when we have class reunions as all our memories of fun moments are different and often new stories come to light. One of my fondest is of the time when we all gathered in the library to watch the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show from the rented TV. I also loved our ballet classes with Mrs. Ross, and I’ll never forget the family dinners with my roommates’ family. Her father, Dr. George Bate, had a wicked sense of humour.

Even the torture of the RCS and Netherwood tea dances is memorable. The days of first dates - your arranged date would walk you up the Hill for the dance and as the sun was setting you hung up your coat and there was a chance you didn’t even recognize your date in the crowd.

Each year, we had new roommates and this was a great way of getting to know our classmates. Our sports days and skating in the winters on the Kennebecasis River kept us active. There was always variety. I fondly remember being the wardrobe mistress for Gilbert and Sullivan productions because I couldn’t sing, and riding the Shetland ponies and my favourite horse "Delilah" at the pony club (and wishing to enjoy this sport as much as

My experience at Netherwood would not have been the joy it was without Christine (Bate) Webster '65, Judy (Litz) Boudman '65, and Kippy Murphy '65. Our time at the four room in Armstrong House will remain to be some of the most hilarious times. Joan McBride '65 as "Dear Little Buttercup," Cherry Ferguson '65 on bagpipes, fire drill, the yellow bath water, snowploughing up hill to clear the ski hill, parading to church in our hats, kicking-out

At my time, we had a plus and minuses system for our achievements and our shortcomings. I learned how to deficit finance by overcoming my weekly minuses. “CJ Findlay, minus two for chewing gum,” still haunts me.


ceremonies at graduation, the Bishop's visit (which would bring on a day without classes), where we were on November 22,1963 (the day US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated)! Our passion to raise money to build the chapel and what it continues to mean to Netherwood girls, writing Sunday letters home and the joy of mail and food parcels ... And, of course, a more recent memory is the pride I felt watching my neice Jessica '99 and nephew David '04 Findlay graduate.

thought we needed in life. She had incredible personal challenges but she always tried to do the right thing for her family and the school. There were her seminars on table manners, very Downton Abbey. She would always remind us how fortunate we were to attend, and how the school compared very favourably amongst the schools in Canada. Her goal was to make us strong independent women by the time we left and to be a credit to the school founded by Susan B. Ganong.

Q: Is there any one teacher at the school who helped to shape who you have become? Tell me about her/him. A: I’ve given this a lot of thought, and Mrs. Crimmins comes to mind. She was our Head Mistress, and she played a large role in my life from ’60-‘65. We were up at 7:05 every morning - breakfast by 8 - morning prayers and then classes by 9, and evening prayers at 8. We had this very strong woman teach us the values she

Q: In June, another group of RNS students will graduate. What advice can you give them? A: I learned from one of my employees that one should never feel diminished by taking instruction. I would always recommend asking for and seeking advice. Having a positive attitude and adapting to new ideas is important. Always keep learning and keep in touch with your class mates, go to the reunions, share your good

fortune, listen to others and let others instruct you, listen to your intuition. I’ve known my classmates for a long time and I admire all of them. Netherwood's Class of 1965 is an amazing group of women! A book I really enjoyed is The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. Neil took time to reinvent himself and to reenergize. Q: What is your mantra? Words to live by? A: The Netherwood school motto is one I stand by - simplicity, sincerity, and service. Dr. George Bate taught me that "we never grow at the top of the mountain, only in the valleys," and an old Japanese friend of mine always said, “Try it, you might enjoy it.” You never know it all, there are always people to learn from. Build family and friends and find people you trust. Your reputation is your best asset and you have a need to protect it. Learn to know yourself and believe in yourself and keep your energy positive. u


Q: You are a recent graduate of RNS, what you're up to these days? A: I’m currently in my fourth and final year at King’s University College at Western University. I will be graduating in the spring with an honours double major in philosophy and political science. Additionally, I am the current captain of the University of Western Ontario Lightweight Men’s Rowing team. Q: What impact did your years as an RNS student have on what you're doing now? A: I was introduced to rowing at RNS. This is the most obvious way that the school has impacted what I do now. It influenced my choice of university and how I’ve spent my undergrad. In addition to preparing me exceptionally well for undergrad. Q: In what ways did RNS prepare you for life after high school? A: Academically, RNS insured a smooth transition to university. The academic skills I developed at RNS gave me the tools to succeed immediately at university (something I didn’t always take advantage of). In particular, Mr. McEvoy and Mr. Jollymore prepared me to research and write at the university level and I still think about making sure my work would be up to their standards. Q: You were a rower at RNS and have continued on to rowing success at Western University. What are the highlights of your rowing career so far? A: Rowing at RNS and the Kennebecasis Rowing Club has made a big THE HEAD ’S LETTER

Andrew Johnston '13 is the Western University Lightweight Men's Rowing Captain. His achievements include Canada Summer Games Bronze Medalist, 5x Ontario University Rowing Champion, 3x Royal Canadian Henley Champion, Canadian University Rowing Champion, Head of the Charles Gold Champion (beating Harvard, Princeton and Yale!), and Canadian Indoor Rowing Champion.

difference in my life. In terms of success on the water, it started with a bronze medal in the men’s 8+ at Canada Summer Games. Since arriving at Western I’ve been a part of crews that have won multiple Ontario University Championships and Royal Canadian Henley gold medals. Especially notable would be wins at the 2015 Canadian University Rowing Championship and the 2016 Head of the Charles Regatta where the Western Lightweight Men’s 8 beat Harvard, Princeton, and Yale among other American competitors. This success has come alongside another RNS alumni, Jack Summerhayes ’13. Q: What are your favourite RNS memories? A: Too many to name. For some reason, one story that comes to mind is when we had to make videos about Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in Grade 10. They were commercials for “soma” the fictional pleasure drug in the book. Some of those videos were hilarious and we were still laughing about them at the end of Grade 12 and beyond. Q: What did you like best about attending RNS? A: The day-to-day structure of RNS really suited me personally. However, I think my favourite thing about attending RNS were the unique education opportunities and how easy it was to pursue them. I was fortunate enough to go on an exchange to South Africa in Grade 10, and attend multiple student conferences and extra-curricular competitions while at RNS. These were great educational opportunities and a ton of fun. Q: Is there any one teacher at RNS who helped to shape who you have become? Tell me about her/him. A: Mr. McEvoy was my advisor, history teacher, and debate coach through-

out high school. I can’t thank him enough for everything he did for me during my time at RNS. He’s a great teacher, and incredibly good at handling students. Every time I backed myself into a corner (count: hundreds) he helped me with more generosity than I deserved. Q: In June, another group of RNS students will graduate. What advice can you give them? A: In my admittedly limited experience, success in university is a result of surrounding yourself with a good group of people. Personally, Western Rowing has provided me with a social circle that is highly driven academically and athletically, which makes it easier for me to be the same way. Q: What is your mantra? Words to live by? A: I guess if I was to get another chance at my grad quote, this is probably what I’d choose: “Confidence is the quality exhibited by one well-acquainted with his strengths. It’s inferior to humility, however - that is, the quality exhibited by one well-acquainted with his weaknesses.” - Carson Cistulli Q: What is your hope for the future of RNS? A: I hope that RNS can continue to provide quality education, academically and otherwise, in the way it did for me. At the same time, the challenge of private education is to ensure that the quality of education as a whole rises as a result of its existence. I was extraordinarily lucky to attend RNS. It’s difficult to articulate all the good our school does for its graduates. Of course, this luck is not universal, and so it is the job of our school community to ensure we’re improving the quality of education beyond our campus. I believe the current RNS leadership recognizes this challenge and works continuously to meet it. u







Reunion Weekend 2017

To register, visit to submit the online form, or complete this form and return it to the school. You may also call the Alumni Office at 506.848.0869.

June 16, 17 & 18

Reunion Weekend 2017 Registration Form NAME







EMAIL To receive the early bird prices listed below, please register by June 1, 2017. Registrations received after this date will be subject to a $10 price increase for each event.

Young Alumni Weekend Rate!

Friday, June 16th 6:00 pm | Welcome Back Social #Attending:

For Young Alumni: Classes 2000 to 2016

$50.00 for all weekend events (Classes 2000 to 2016)

x $30.00 =

Saturday, June 17th 2:30 pm | Golden Alumni Club Gathering

Please check which events you will attend. See individual pricing below, if not attending all events. Please note: The YA rate does not apply to guests. Please sign up guests in the lefthand column.

Individual Events: Friday, June 16th Welcome Back Social x $20.00

#Attending: 4:00 pm | Head’s Reception - 2’s & 7’s & Guests, & Golden Alumni

Saturday, June 17th


Young Alumni Mixer

6:00 pm | Founders’ Dinner & Alumni Dance

Head’s Reception - 2’s & 7’s & Guests

#Attending: x $30.00 = There is assigned seating for this event and space is limited.

Founders’ Dinner & Alumni Dance x $20.00

There is assigned seating for this event and space is limited.

Sunday, June 18th

Sunday, June 18th

12:00 pm | Farewell Brunch #Attending:

Farewell Brunch x $20.00

x $30.00 =

I also wish to make a donation to RNS for $ Weekend Total = My guest(s) and/or I have a food allergy or a special dietary restriction. Please email or call 506.848.0869 with details.

Method of Payment Pay at the door Cheque - Please make cheques payable to Rothesay Netherwood School (Attn: Reunion) and mail to 40 College Hill Rd, Rothesay, NB, E2E 5H1





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If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia in the Alumni Office at or call 506.848.0869.

Reunion Weekend 2017 Reunion Weekend 2017 Schedule

Friday, June 16th 9am to 3pm

Alumni Registration & Drop-in Centre | ALUMNI ROOM, COLLEGIATE HALL Tours available and archival materials on display.

1pm to 3pm

140th Closing Ceremonies | SCHOOL HOUSE LAWN All Alumni are welcome to attend graduation!

6pm to 9pm

Welcome Back Social | RIVERSIDE GOLF CLUB All Alumni are welcome. Join us for a casual meal overlooking the river.

The Reunion Weekend 2017 Schedule of Events is posted on the school website at www.rns/reunion. The schedule will be updated regularly. For all other details, please contact the Alumni Office at 506.848.0869 or email at

Saturday, June 17th 9am to 11:30am

Semi-Annual General Meeting for the RNS Board of Directors and School Governors.

10am to 2pm

Alumni Registration & Drop-in Centre | ALUMNI ROOM, COLLEGIATE HALL Tours available and archival materials on display.

1pm to 3pm

Casual Afternoon ~ Campus Store Open! Enjoy the afternoon ~ tour the campus, visit your old room, hike to the dam, drop by the Alumni Room, spend time catching up with classmates, and visit the campus store (located in School House).

2:30pm to 3pm

Golden Alumni Club Gathering | SOUTH HOUSE LAWN All of our 50 year (+) Alumni are invited for refreshments. Let’s welcome the Class of 1967 to the “Club”!


Alumni Chapel Service | RNS MEMORIAL CHAPEL A special presentation will be made to members of the Class of 1967 in honour of their 50th Reunion. All welcome!


Alumni Race | SOUTH HOUSE LAWN We invite alumni from all classes to join in on the fun! Who will win an alumni cane this year?

4pm to 6pm

Young Alumni Mixer | SOUTH HOUSE LAWN Young Alumni are invited to catch up, have some laughs, and share stories at this pre-Founders’ Dinner gathering.

4pm to 5:30pm

Head’s Reception | KITCHEN HOUSE (15 College Hill Road) Alumni of all class years ending in a ‘2 or a ’7 and guests, as well as our Golden Alumni, are invited to attend. Please note: Official Class Reunion Photos will be taken. Photos begin at 4:15 pm, starting with the most senior classes.

6pm 8pm to 11pm

8th Annual Founders’ Dinner | HERITAGE HALL Welcome Reception at 6pm; Dinner at 6:30pm. There is assigned seating for the event. Space is limited. Alumni Dance | HERITAGE HALL All Alumni welcome! Cash Bar and late-night snacks. Dance the night away to the sounds of Radio Factory!

Sunday, June 18th 10am to 12pm 11am 12pm to 2pm

Alumni Registration & Drop-in Centre | ALUMNI ROOM, COLLEGIATE HALL The coffee pot will be on and archival materials on display. Alumni Chapel Service | NETHERWOOD CHAPEL | All Alumni welcome! Farewell Brunch | HERITAGE HALL Enjoy a gourmet RNS brunch with your classmates before bidding them farewell.




fostering success since 1877



s Chairman of the Rothesay Netherwood School Foundation (RNSF), I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the RNSF. The RNSF became ‘official’ on Saturday, November 5th at the Annual Meeting of Directors and Governors of Rothesay Netherwood School. Appointed by the RNS Board of Directors, the RNSF helps the school by assuring fiscal health through philanthropy and fund development. Our primary task is to help raise and provide the necessary financial resources needed by RNS to ensure excellence in education. The RNSF Board includes Rick Buckingham ’74, Jane Corey (Past Parent), Jim Crosby ’67, Sylvia Macvey ’75, David Marr (Past Parent), Geoff Mitchell ’61, Brian Ritchie ’62, and Mary Turnbull ’82. The success of the RNSF will play a pivotal role in the continued evolution of RNS.


Terry Bird, Chairman of the RNSF.

The RNSF will work on fundraising plans with staff to meet RNS priorities and needs including Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Planned Giving, and Special Events and the investment and management of our Endowment. We will aid with the cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of RNS donors as we endeavor to ensure that the school has the financial stability and resources to succeed in providing quality education. To be successful in today’s world, you must be able to change, grow, and adapt. Tuition now covers about 85 percent of the cost of educating RNS students. Almost one-third of RNS students receive some form of financial assistance. Capital and endowed gifts are needed to provide the facilities and teaching excellence required to educate the next generation of leaders. Your support will truly make a difference in the lives of RNS students. Participation is the key to future success. For the Rothesay Netherwood School Foundation to be successful in its’ mission, we need participation from the entire school community. Alumni, parents, past parents, and friends will need to be engaged and supportive as RNS strives for continuous improvement. From financial aid, to teaching excellence, to facilities and campus enhancement, your generosity can touch every aspect of a student’s life. I encourage you to become involved and support the RNSF. I know your commitment will help students for generations to come. Sincerely,

Terry C. Bird (Past Parent and Grandparent) Chairman, Rothesay Netherwood School Foundation THE HEAD ’S LETTER

Building the Future B Y R O B B E A T T Y, D I R E C T O R O F D E V E L O P M E N T


ndowments are critical to the long-term financial stability of educational institutions. We all have heard of the billion-dollar endowments at schools like Harvard, Yale, and McGill. Generally speaking, the strongest and most stable schools have the strongest endowments. For schools like Rothesay Netherwood School, the continued growth of our Endowment Fund is crucial and we are making significant headway. In the past decade, the RNS Endowment has more than doubled and currently totals almost $7.2 million. This is largely due to the leadership of the RNS Board and the generosity of the RNS community. The Endowment is managed by professional investment advisors and overseen by an Investment Committee. These funds are invested in a broad range of asset types and this diversification stabilizes the Endowment’s performance. A healthy endowment allows financial assistance for students in need. It provides opportunities for enhanced teaching and helps with campus enhancement and restoration. A healthy endowment also eases pressure on the school’s operating budget. It is this type of setting that truly fuels innovation in learning and allows the school to focus on priorities and create an exceptional learning environment. Now more than ever before, we need to grow our endowment at RNS. Presently, almost one-third of our students receive financial assistance. These students enhance our community as they come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and geographic locations. Highly qualified, innovative, and caring teachers are also critical to our long-term success. A healthy endowment allows for a comprehensive professional development program and affords teachers the ability to work and teach with the newest technologies and innovative methods. RNS also has one of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in Canada. Given the campus infrastructure, RNS must make investments to maintain and develop new facilities. RNS has worked hard to become one of Canada’s leading

independent schools and the continued growth of our Endowment will benefit students. Recently, schools and many charities have benefitted from the growth of planned gifts to their endowments. Trillions of dollars are being transferred from one generation to the next. Along the way, many charities have become beneficiaries of this wealth transfer. Dozens of people have informed us of their intentions to make a Planned Gift to the RNS 1877 Society. Membership in the RNS 1877 Society recognizes and honours individuals who have chosen to invest in RNS through a planned gift. A planned gift is a charitable donation which can be arranged during one’s lifetime, but is not available to RNS until sometime in the future. The most common type of planned gift is a bequest, but there are many other giving avenues including cash and securities, life insurance, and retirement plan assets. A planned gift can help the donor achieve tax and financial goals, as well as philanthropic goals, and it can help make a much larger gift than otherwise possible in some cases. Planned gifts can provide financial assistance for students, direct funding to a specific area, or they can establish an endowment for a purpose of your choice. A donor can also make a gift in honour or in memory of a special person in his or her life. You can create a truly lasting legacy for generations to come through a planned gift. The growth and support of the RNS Endowment and The 1877 Society is critical. Throughout RNS’s history, we have had numerous individuals and champions who have provided the financial support so that future generations would have access to the best education possible. It is these gifts that truly help RNS build our future. Many thanks to those who have supported the RNS Endowment or have made a Planned Gift. For more information on The RNS Endowment and Planned Giving, please contact Rob Beatty, RNS Director of Development at 506-848-1731 or SPRING ’17



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Because of bright minds like KYLE MacDONALD '07 That's why!


hen Kyle MacDonald heard his name over the PA system, he had no idea that this trip to the office of his Charlottetown, PE, high school was about to open up a world of opportunities. Before that moment, Kyle had never heard of Rothesay Netherwood School. He had never made a varsity sports team, or performed in a school musical, and he had no idea that going to school could be, in his words, "an exceptional experience."

Dr. Kyle MacDonald '07 is doing his residency training in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, ON. His favourite part of being a doctor, is working with and advocating for children.

"The time I had at RNS gave me a different perspective on what school can be like," he says, adding that "the whole school focus is on finding your potential and helping you reach it in any area that might be." Flash forward to 2017. Kyle MacDonald in now Dr. Kyle MacDonald. He graduated from medical school at Memorial University two years ago, and now he's doing his residency training in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, ON. While Kyle says that he was always interested in a career in medicine, his RNS education helped to turn the dream of becoming a doctor into reality.

out of his comfort zone to perform in the Senior School musical, Sweet Charity, even singing a solo. And he acknowledges that he wouldn't have made a varsity team at any other school.

"RNS definitely had a huge impact on the trajectory of my life," he says. "My time at RNS prepared me in so many ways that helped to jumpstart that process.

"At RNS it was, 'which sport do you want to try?" he says, adding that he "felt safe there to fail and be challenged.

"I truly believe that RNS was essential in setting me up for success academically as I pursued the challenging and competitive career of medicine and also opened up doors for me that has resulted in a passion for international work, travel, and the arts." Kyle also shares that he would never have gone to RNS had he not received the Atlantic Canadian Scholarship. It simply wasn't financially possible. "If it wasn't for the vision of RNS and generosity of the school community, I never would have had the opportunity to study and grow at RNS," he says. "My time at RNS was truly life changing for me and I'm eternally grateful. It has certainly inspired me to reach out and support young people so that they too may be nurtured and empowered to change the world for the better." For Kyle, the RNS experience wasn't just about getting the great marks needed to get into university. What he treasures most was the opportunity to become well rounded. He has fond memories of stepping 50 | THE HEAD’S LETTER

"I loved how encouraging and supportive the RNS family was and I really feel like it enabled me to make the most of my time on the Hill." Since graduating from RNS in 2007, Kyle has continued to have outstanding experiences. In addition to his academic successes - an undergraduate degree from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science Honour in Life Sciences and a Certificate in International Studies, followed by medical school - Kyle has made it a priority to see the world and truly live. He has done international work in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Nunavut. He has studied in Europe, worked for Disney World in Florida, and now as a resident doctor, he has the opportunity to travel to medical conferences across North America. All the while, Kyle remains grounded and grateful. And when asked what he likes best about being a doctor, he says that it's "getting to work with a team dedicated to supporting children and families. "We work with the most vulnerable people - children and infants who don't have a voice of their own. We're entrusted to advocate for them and their family. "It's so special." u

Generous, thoughtful people in our community have made the decision to make a difference in the lives of students at Rothesay Netherwood School by including a Legacy Gift when planning their estate. Many independent schools, colleges and universities, including Rothesay Netherwood School, have benefitted from the foresight and generosity of individuals who have chosen to make a legacy gift. These planned gifts are of immense importance: they have already helped to build RNS into the extraordinary place that it is today and they will help to secure and to shape the school for the future. In many cases, legacy gifts are designed to suit an individuals’ area of interest and also provide significant tax benefits to the donor. Scholarships, financial aid and new and improved facilities are just a few of the areas that benefit as a result of a legacy gift. Donors who have made a planned gift to RNS, or who have made their intentions known, are members of The 1877 Society. Through their charitable endeavours, their gift will help provide permanent benefits to the RNS community. Individuals can become members of The 1877 Society in a variety of ways including bequests, gifts of life insurance and charitable remainder trusts. If you are thinking of joining The 1877 Society or are interested in further information about how your legacy gift can work for future RNS students for years to come, please contact Rob Beatty, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at (506) 848-1731 or .

When donors let us know of their estate plans, all information regarding their donation is kept in strict confidence. Some donors wish to share with others their legacy intentions, while others wish to stay anonymous. No matter the case, we thank each of them for their leadership.


GATHERINGS GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDFRIENDS DAY 2016 1. Angus '19 and Isaac '21 Oxley, with their grandmother, Suzanne Irving. 2. Sara '17 and Daniel '20 Luck with their grandparents, Judianne and Dennis Luck. 3. Sam '19 and Sydney '23 Power, with their grandfather, Bernard Lemieux. 4. Jessica Davis '17 with her aunt, Judy Cairns, and friend, Arthur Robertson. 5. Camryn Baker '22 with grandparents, Stu and Hughena Baker. 6. Atticus Smith '17 with his grandfather, John Teed '63. 7. Kayla McCullogh '23 with her grandparents, Kenneth McCullogh (left), Phil Cann (centre) and Kathrine McCullogh. 8. Rylan Adams '20 is all smiles with his grandparents, Tom and Paula Adams. 9. Martha Pitre '18, her grandfriend, George Boon, and our very own Richard Kidd provided entertainment during Grandparents and Grandfriends Day. The Glee Club also performed, as well as MS drama students. 10. We had another great group of grands attend this years celebration. We hope to have even more show up next year! 11. Caleb '18 (sitting), and Sedona '20 (far right) Brett, Julia '21 (right) and Kira '22 (left) Hanson welcomed their grandparents, Linda Brett and Lorne Brett. 11. Emma Murphy '18 brought her grandparents, Art and Alberta Murphy, to chemistry class.

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GATHERINGS TOP OF THE HILL ~ DINNER, AUCTION, DANCE What a night! The Top of the Hill ~ Dinner, Auction, and Dance was a full house with more than 440 guests in Heritage Hall on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. The theme was Fly me to the Moon and featured live music by Stephen Tobias '81 and The Richard Kidd Combo. More than $63,000 was raised. As you can see, it was an evening of laughs and lots of fun. 1. Geoff Mitchell '61, a director on the RNS Board of Governors, attended the event with his wife, Mary. 2. Congratulations to Sharon Klohn (past parent of Matthew '15) for winning Heads and Tails! The prize was a Boston Red Sox Destination Package. Better luck next time to runner-up, Ian Brett (father of Caleb '18 and Sedona '20). 3. Alumna, Danielle DuPlessis '15 returned to the campus with her mother, Stephanie Suter. They were given a warm welcome back by past Head of School, Paul Kitchen. 4. Among the evenings guests were Denis and Katie Kim (parents of Simon '21). 5. Parents Jennifer and Jason Limongelli (Adam '21). 6. A lovely group photo was taken of members of our RNS Asian community. 7. Faculty member and RNS alumna Vera Turnbull '75 was a master at selling raffle tickets. 8. It was a guys' night out for Andrew LeMesurier '77 (past parent of Emily '07 and David '10), Eric Overing (past parent of Alex '07 and Taylor '09) and David Wells (past parent of Fraser '11, Adam '12, and Darcy '15). 9. Parents Catherine Pennington and Percy Wilbur (Claire '21). 10. Head of School, Paul McLellan, and emcee, CBC Information Morning host, Hance Colburn, announce a winning raffle number. 11. RNS faculty, Cara and Aaron Lee, were two of the many staff volunteers at the event. 12. Guests enjoyed the jazzy sounds of Stephen Tobias '81 (vocals) and The Richard Kidd Combo, featuring our very own Richard Kidd (piano), Greg Marks (saxophone), Peter Kindred (bass), and Jonathan Kipping (drums).

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The number of nations represented currently at RNS.

The number of International students attending RNS this 2016-2017 school year.


Rothesay Netherwood School began in 1877 as Thompson's School, located upstairs in Whelpley Hall near the Rothesay train station. James F. Robertson purchased Thompson's School in 1891, renamed it Rothesay Collegiate School, and moved it to its present location. This year, the school celebrates 140 years!

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How RNS savvy are you?

Have you read the Head's Letter from cover to cover? Of course, you have! Now you'll know all of the answers to these questions. Fill in the responses and send them in for your chance to win some cool RNS swag! The deadline is Opening Day, Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

Question #1

Name the first female to star in an RCS dramatic production.

Question #2

How many students at RNS this school year are from New Brunswick?

Question #3

Where did the Grade 8s travel to in order to learn about Newton's Three Laws of Motion?

Question #4

for the answer in Hill Highlights!

Question #8

Name the well-known soprano who will sing at Théâtre Susan B. Ganong on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 as part of the new RNS Community Performance Series.

Question #9

What does the Round Square IDEALS philosophy stand for? I= D= E= A= L= S=

Question #10

Where did students travel to for this year's March Break service trip?

Question #11

What are the dates of Reunion Weekend 2017?

Question #12

How many boys and how many girls attended RNS this year? Boys Girls

Question #13

How many years is RNS celebrating this year?

This May 12th and 13th, RNS will host it's Show & Sale.

Question #5

Question #14

What is the name of our Head of School?

Question #6

How much money was raised at this year's Top of the Hill ~ Dinner, Auction, and Dance?

Name the 2016-2017 Head Prefects.

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Question #7

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"trying to do good and stay useful." He notes that his wife, Marion, is still putting up with his philanthropy work, and that his children Arthur Irving '48 will be presented with remain supportive. His daughter, Amy ElizThe Red Triangle Award during an awards abeth is a speech and language therapist, gala on May 4, 2017. This YMCA award is son, David Alexander, is a Merchant Navy given in recognition of long and meritorious Officer of The Watch Deck, and daughter, Jovolunteer service, outstanding contributions hanna Louise, is a hospital pharmacist. David and achievement within the Y or in the says, "I recall the kindness of many shown to community. The recipient of this award has me at RCS. Might drop by some time." been an active volunteer and demonstrated a commitment to the community throughout their lifetime. They have made a difference to Canadian society.

being such an extraordinary ambassador for UNB, going above and beyond in her work. Jennifer has been an international recruiter for the university for the past eight years spending many months travelling the globe each year to bring exceptional students to New Brunswick to live and learn.

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Sharyn (Pass) Tucker '60 contacted us and said she would love to chat with any of the Netherwood girls from her day. Anyone who would like to connect with Sharyn, should contact Jennifer in the Alumni Department at 506-848-9206. David Hanschell '63 sends kind regards from the Isle of Bute, Scotland, where he is

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graduation, marriage, birth, work, school, athletics or volunteer success, or if you are just looking for a reason to update classmates on what is happening, please send this news along to We would love to include it in the next edition of The Head's Letter !



Mark Vallee '95 and his wife, Colette, were overjoyed to welcome their third child, Anna Marie, on July 11, 2016. Big sister Gia and brother Taylor were very excited and have been great helpers since her arrival. Anna is an adorable granddaughter to Elizabeth and Paul Kitchen (their 10th grandchild). Mark has run a thriving prosthodontic practice in Halifax since 2008, when he completed his specialty training in Prosthodontics and a Masters in Science from the University of Minnesota. He is also an associate professor with the faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University. Mark is an examiner with the National Dental Examination Board of Canada and lectures frequently at dental continuing education courses in various cities. He and Colette will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in 2017.

Jennifer Waldschutz '92 received an Honorary Alumna award from UNB for

Peter Hunter '98 and Shannon Walsh Hunter '00 welcomed the arrival of their

John Teed '63 and his wife, Pat, recently met up with Gordie Leslie '63 and his wife, Joanie, in Clearwater, FL. John says they had a great get together, enjoyed lunch at Backwaters GRILL, while reminiscing about their days at RCS. John noted that friend and classmate, Peter Bean '53, was unable to make the annual trek this year. "Great to see and to speak with old classmates after 54 years."

twins, Ava Audrey Walsh Hunter and Elle Hope Mackay Hunter, who were born on January 17, 2017. The babies are great-granddaughters to Hope (Mackay) Hunter '36, granddaughters to Susan Hunter '63, and sweet little nieces to Christine Hunter '97. Shannon says, "The whole family is thrilled."

Blanchard Family has moved back home and are living in Quispamsis, NB. Brittany Flood '05 graduated from McGill Dentistry with distinction in 2013. She completed an Advanced Education for General Dentistry Certificate Program at the University of Connecticut in 2014. She graduates this year from Dalhousie University with a Masters of Periodontics and will begin practicing with Park Lane Dental Specialists in Halifax, NS in August.

Meghan Flood '07 (at right, with fellow graduate Abigail White '09 are shown pointing to the cities where they were matched for their residency programs) graduates this year from Dalhousie Medical School. She will begin training as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Dalhousie University in July.

2000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew McMackin '00 was appointed a partner at Stewart McKelvey Lawyers in Saint John in December. Andrew Edwards '01 changed jobs last fall and is now Senior Electrical Engineer for Kraken Sonar Systems in St. John's, NL.

Janelle and Marc Blanchard '04 welcomed their first child, Amelia Elizabeth, on August 18, 2016 in High Level, AB. Since then, The

their first child, baby Finley Robert Honour, on December 26, 2016 in Victoria, BC where Greg is the General Manager of a Canadian Tire store.

Natalie Owens '05 and husband, Ron, welcomed their baby, Georgia James Lovett, on September 8, 2016, weighing 5 lbs 11 ounces. Natalie says, "She has been an absolute joy since she was born and Ron and I feel like the luckiest parents in the world."

Greg Honour '06 and his wife, Nikki, welcomed

Chon In Lee '07 married Jessie Yu on November 12, 2016 in Hong Kong. Among the guests were In's brother, Chun Him Lee '05 and Matthew Trivett '07. In and Jessie live in Hong Kong where In works as an Assistant Operations Manager for HFT Investment Management and Jessie is an Administrative Officer for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. SPRING â&#x20AC;&#x2122;17 |


Abigail White '09 will be graduating from Dalhousie Medical School in May 2017. She has been accepted into the Cardiac Surgery Residency Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, which begins July 1, 2017.

challenge. "The challenge meant so much to me since I worked as a camp counsellor for two summers at the Tim's Camp in Tatamagouche, NS and, now being on the other side as a restaurant owner, the Foundation has a great importance to me and takes up a big place in my heart."

1 Soccer at the University of Maine for this coming September. This signing marks the first RNS female soccer player to move on and play soccer in the NCAA at the Division 1 Level.

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Paige Chapman '11 travelled to Tanzania with a group of fellow Tim Horton restaurant owners in February to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb was a total of 8 days from February 18-25. The group participated in a charity challenge helping to raise $600,000 for the Tim Horton Children's Foundation. This is the most a team has ever raised for a charity 60 | THE HEAD’S LETTER

Katharina Linke '12 graduated from law school with the title "Diplom-Jurist." Since graduating from RNS, Katharina has been attending law school at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität (established 1456, and one of the oldest universities in Central Europe). The official graduation ceremony will take place on May 3, 2017. Katharina will work as a academic assistant at the faculty of law at the ErnstMoritz-Arndt Universität and write a doctoral dissertation starting this April. Katharina says, "This is a huge opportunity for me because only graduates with special academic achievement can write a doctoral dissertation."

Current Students Head Prefect and Multisport (Soccer and Hockey) standout Jane Stevens '17 signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division

Tanya Moran (Director of Finance and Operations) and husband, Chris, welcomed their second child, Benjamin, on Friday, February 24, 2017. Ben is a little brother for Lucas.

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YOUR MEMORIES One of my best memories happened after the Grade 12 dinner at the end of the year. We all gathered around the pond and put fish in it as a class! ~ KATHLEEN CHISHOLM '16

I liked that I was able to live in residence while being a student, therefore getting to meet many people from different places. Getting to walk up the Hill and have classes with the guys was good, too. ~ NORA VALENTINO '82

Looking back at the two RCS years for me on the Hill brings to mind 130 Cadet Corps activities - proudly marching on parade with the whole corps as well as with the drill squad and taking away the First Aid skills gained during training to use them for the rest of my life. ~ IAN SHEPHERD '63

I graduated back in 1970, the year just before both schools amalgamated. I still remember walking up the Hill once a week to get tutored in chemistry, though, sorry, I cannot remember the teacher's name! The memory I wanted to share is pretty rare, I think. You see, for four years I was a day girl and just lived up the street on Goldie Court. A group of other day girls would pick me up and we would all walk down the road for chapel at 8:30. I will always remember those mornings. But in the fall of 1969, my father, Scott Mackay, was promoted and had to move to Halifax. You can only imagine how I felt. I sure wasn't going to move my last year of school even though I have never found it hard to fit in or make new friends - that was just too much! So, my parents had me board my last year. There weren't enough beds in Palin house, or Fairweather house for that matter, so there was a group of us (eight, all together) who lived in the attic of Gregory House.

Gail (Mackay) Krija '70, right, with roommate, Suzanne (Dean) Hubbard '70.

There was Jennifer Griffiths '71, Kathleen Jacobs '70, Cathy Campbell '70 and myself on one side and Kay Best '71, Suzanne (Dean) Hubbard '70, Dale Winton '70 and Sue Mader '70 on the other. We truly had so much fun together. I remember a lot of laughing and being silly girls together. Miss McDonald, our house mother, caught us a few times doing things we shouldn't have been doing, and I will leave it at that - LOL.

Because of that experience, I bonded more with the girls than I ever did as a day girl, and trust me, I used to have a whole group out on Sundays to my house for meals and an afternoon out of the school. That's what we did back in the 60's. I won't try and say that boarding was all easy - I wasn't used to doing homework on Friday night, that is for sure, but I truly believe I developed more as a person by having the boarding experience. There was a camaraderie with the girls from boarding that you didn't get as a day girl. One thing I will say though, is I will always love Rothesay and am so proud to say that is where I grew up. I just thought I would share with you what Netherwood meant to me. Such great memories. Through Facebook, I have been able to reconnect with so many friends, and it is like we just saw each other yesterday.


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Louise (Herrington) Black '36 died peacefully on February 20, 2017 at her home in Quispamsis, NB, in her 100th year. She is survived by her son, John (Janice) and several nieces and nephews.

Marie (Payzant) MacInnes '39 on the death of her son, Bill MacInnes, on November 2, 2015 in Halifax, NS.

Sister Mary (Dawson) Christabel '39 passed away on September 25, 2015 at home with her fellow sisters by her side at the Community of the Holy Spirit in New York, NY.

Maynard Shore '55 on the passing of his wife, Betty Shore, on January 5, 2017 in Fredericton, NB. Jocelyn and Garry Quinn '61 on the death of their son, Terry, in January 2017.

Hedley Forbes '42 passed away on July 23, 2015 in Fredericton, NB. He is survived by his wife, Olive, his five daughters, 11 grandchildren, and six greatgrandchildren.

Art Crease '77 and Vera Turnbull '75 (RNS University Placement Officer) on the passing of Art's mother, Mabel Crease, on May 9, 2016 in Quispamsis, NB.

Carol (Whitehead) Lloyd-Jones '50 died peacefully on June 13, 2016 in London, England. She is survived by her husband, David, her three children, seven grandchildren, and by her brother.

Julia (Schermerhorn) Farwell-Clay '81 and Anne Schermerhorn '87 on the death of their father, John Schermerhorn, on March 12, 2017 in Saco, ME.

Peter Nesbitt '54 died unexpectedly on July 9, 2014 at home in Fort Kent, ME. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his two children, and four nephews. Peter was predeceased by his brother, James Nesbitt '47.

Patrick Rocca '83 and Tanya (Rocca) Mackereth '96 on the death of their father, Patrick Rocca, Sr., on January 27, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Barbara (Torrey) MacAllaster '47 passed away at home in Fairfield, CT on October 12, 2016. She is survived by her two children, one granddaughter, two brothers, one sister, and many nieces and nephews. Mary Claire (McInerney) Ritchie '49 passed away on February 8, 2017 in Palgrave, ON. She is survived by her only daughter and by her longtime Netherwood friend, Marion Crocker '50. Leslie Brooks '69 passed away at home in Petersburg, ON on March 17, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Jim Waechter, her siblings, Susan (Gary) and Ralph Brooks '67 (Catherine), and by her two nephews, one niece, and her step-mother. Scott Donovan '99 died unexpectedly on December 27, 2016 in Edmonton, AB. He is survived by his parents, Jill and Tom, his brothers, Sean Donovan '02 and Adam Donovan '06, two sisters-in-law, two nieces and one nephew. Robert Hook, past RCS English and Drama teacher and Houseparent in Quinn House (1976-1981), passed away on March 22, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB. He is survived by his wife, Jane Hook (past RCS English teacher); two children, four grandchildren, three brothers, and five nephews. Donations are gratefully received by the school in memory or in honour of someone you wish to remember in our community or beyond. Please contact the Development Office at (506) 848-0861 or for assistance. 62 | THE HEADâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LETTER

Catherine Williams '00 and Blake Williams '03 on the death of their father, Cam Williams, on December 13, 2016 in Niagara Falls, ON. Riley Carter '04 and Chris Carter '06 on the death of their grandmother, Patricia Carter, on December 6, 2016 in Ottawa, ON. Stephanie Honour '04 and Greg Honour '06 on the passing of their grandmother, Valda Honour, on December 22, 2016 in Peterborough, ON. Mathieu Poirier '04 and Jeremie Poirier '06 on the death of their grandmother, Rosie Dupuis, on March 17, 2017 in Shediac, NB. Stephanie Ervin '07, Adrienne Ervin '10, Mira Stephenson, Gr. 11, and Isabella Stephenson, Gr. 9, on the death of their grandmother, Shirley Creamer, on February 27, 2017 in Saint John, NB. Erin Iles '08, Patrick Iles '10 and Allison Murphy '08 on the death of their grandmother, Christine Iles, on March 16, 2017 in Halifax, NS. Emma Galloway '16 on the death of her grandmother, Velma Bos, on November 26, 2016 in Saint John, NB. Mac Bagnell, Gr. 10, on the passing of his grandmother, Marlyne Villacastin, on February 3, 2017 in Quispamsis, NB. Anika Nice, Gr. 8, and Ainsley Nice, Gr. 6, on the death of their grandfather, Ross Frazer, on December 23, 2016 in Mississauga, ON. Sandy Stewart, past RNS Art Teacher, on the death of her mother, Jean Stewart, on January 27, 2017 in New Glasgow, NS.


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Last year 710 donors made a donation to RNS. Support from alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, board members, governors, and friends of the school is crucial to the mission of Rothesay Netherwood School. While tuition is directed to basic operational expenses (teacher salaries, utilities, meals, etc.), our school relies on the generosity of our donors to provide enhanced programs and opportunities for our students. Our hope is that each family that has been helped by Rothesay Netherwood School will in turn assist us to touch the lives of current and future students.

WAYS TO GIVE Cash, cheque or credit card; stocks or securities; matching gifts from employers; or Aeroplan Miles HOW TO GIVE Donate Securely Online: Visit, click on Giving, then choose Donate Online. DONATE BY PHONE: Call Nic Carhart in the Development & Alumni Affairs Office at 506.848.0861.

DONATE BY MAIL: Mail your cheque (payable to Rothesay Netherwood School) in the reply envelope included in your Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Letter. All donors will receive a receipt for income tax purposes in Canada or the USA. To be included in the 2016-2017 Donor Listing, donations must be received before June 30, 2017.

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FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 21, 22 & 23 28th Annual RugbyFest THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY APRIL 27 & 28 Middle School Musical Shrek Jr. Théâtre Susan B. Ganong • 7:30pm FRIDAY, SATURDAY MAY 12 & 13 29th Annual RNS Art Show & Sale Opening Reception on Friday at 6:00pm in the Irving Gymnasium. The sale continues Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm SATURDAY, MAY 13 Grade 11 Mother’s Day Brunch Fundraiser Heritage Hall • 10:00am Tickets: call (506) 848-0861 SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Grade 12 Lobster Dinner Fundraiser Heritage Hall • 6:00pm Tickets: call (506) 848-0861 FRIDAY, JUNE 16 140th Closing Ceremonies and Class of 2017 Graduation Front lawn of School House • 1:00pm FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 16, 17 & 18 99th Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend All Alumni welcome to attend! Special celebrations for class years ending in ’2 and ’7. Visit:


SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Semi-Annual Governors’ Meeting Conference Room, Irving Gymnasium • 9:00am SATURDAY, JUNE 17 8th Annual Founders’ Dinner & Alumni Dance Heritage Hall • 6:00pm Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and celebrate those in our school community who have gone above and beyond for RNS. RSVP to or call (506) 848-0869. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Opening Day ~ Our 141st School Year Registration for all students Family BBQ, Heritage Hall • 4:00-6:00pm Opening Chapel Service. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Rothesay • 7:00pm THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 First Day of Classes 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 or visit us at 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 this spring and summer – keep watch to your inbox! For more details, please watch the RNS website, Alumni E-News or email We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming association gatherings!


of a lifetime! Rothesay Netherwood School is Atlantic Canada’s leading accredited independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for Grades 6-12. Our Alumni and Parents are our best source of student referrals. If you know a student who could be inspired by the RNS experience, please let us know.



• International Baccalaureate Program

• Outward Bound Program

• Culture of innovation in learning

• 200-acre scenic campus

• Curriculum designed to challenge and promote student thinking and to engage and empower students as leaders

• Round Square International Exchanges

• Art, music & drama; athletic and co-curricular activities every day

• Major Midget AAA/Prep School Hockey Program for girls & boys

• Scholarships and bursaries

• Premier Basketball & Soccer Programs


• Friendly, cheerful and respectful community

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