Pickering College - Voyageur Yearbook (Newmarket, Ontario Canada)

 - Class of 1943

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It is my hope that the life and activity of this past school year has, in some small measure at least, contributed to these purposes. The problems we have faced need not be recounted. Suffice it to say that I believe that the record of 1942-43 is not unworthy of the century that preceded it. Our academic record on the June examinations was excellent. On the honour matriculation examinations last year we passed 85 per cent and of all papers written 56 per cent were with first or second class honours. We also suc- ceeded in winning three University Scholarships in open competition. The record of our struggles, uwith friendly foesn, will be found in the following pages, as will also be found some suggestion of the variety of activity that forms part of a school year at Pickering. What is more difficult to record,- the deep conviction, the fine loyalty, the unwearied effort of members of the staff, both old and new, and the enthusiasm and co-operation of the largest student body in the history of the School-can only be hinted at and gratefully and humbly acknowledged. Finally, my thanks must be expressed to the Board of Management and its Chairman, lVlr. Samuel Rogers, K,C., without whose faith, confidence and encouragement, our work would at times have seemed almost too heavy a burden. S - I cannot close without a word of greeting to all our uOld Boysi' and particularly to those on active service. It is impossible to keep in touch with all of you personally, copies of The Voyagear are, however, being mailed to the home addresses of all in the services and l trust that sooner or later this word from your friends Hon the hillw will reach you. To you and to those, your successors, who have more recently left behind them the upillars of Pickeringn, are extended in fullest measure my warmest greetings and affectionate regards. uffomrades bound by memories many, Comrades tried in dangers many, Brothers, ever let as bef, ss. 4:1 10

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A Personal Word "The traliant soul is still the same, the same. The strength, the art, the inevitable grace, The thirst unquenched for fame . . . The long obedience and the knightly flame Of loyalty to honour and a name." -Santayana. T THE CONCLUSION OF FOUR YEARS, OPCY3- tions of the School during the tragedy of f a world at war, it is almost inevitable that my mind should be dominated by the con- sciousness of what that struggle has meant to our School and to our 6cOld Boys". For years we watched the gathering storm clouds on the international horizon, for a few more years we heard the storm breaking in what we then thought were out-of-the--way places, one fateful day the storm broke in all its fury on our own heads. Even yet, however, the full horror was not unloosedg not until the following spring did we fully realize the enormity of the challenge that had been thrown to that portion of the world that believed in decency, fairness, honour and uthe soul of mann. This is not the place to discuss the mistakes which brought this thing to pass, nor is it the place to discuss how the conflict widened to become global in its scope. It is, however, appropriate to indicate that in the amidst of Hwaris alarumsw it has been the desire of the Board of Management of this school still to provide a place where young life could grow and develop normally-where young minds could be trained and young bodies fitted to meet the exacting responsibilities of to-day and of to-morrow. lt is not the fault of to-day's children that this war has had to be foughtg it will be their fault if another such holocaust should engulf mankind. For they are the guardians of the new day-they are the creators of uthe new worldw. lt will be our undying shame, as educators, if we fail adequately to prepare them for their task. It is in this connection that l have felt keenly the truth in the lines quoted at the head of this article. During the past four years we have had students in this School from many parts of the world,-Canada, the United States, the West Indies, Great Britain and the very heart of war-torn Europe itself. All of them have lived together as brethren in unity-responsive, as adoles- cence always has been, to the noblest challenges and the finest visions that have touched the mind of man. At the same time some three hundred ex- students of this School have been serving, as their duty bade them do, in many quarters of the world, eighteen have already been reported killed in action and three others are listed as missing. From many of them l have had evidence that their visions have not been clouded-that their idealism is not in suspense for the duration. The knightly flame still burns. It is our solemn duty to tend that sacred fire, it is our high privilege to dedicate ourselves anew to the task that is still unfinished. 9



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The Voyageur f H ' , :ix VOL. 16 1943 'PUBLISHED BY THE STAFF AND STUDENTS OF PICKERING COLLEGE, NEWMARKET, ONTARIO, CANADA Editorial . LET WELL-PL,4NNED FOUNDATIONS BE LAID. EN SHORT MONTHS AGO a rather green freshman strode up the picturesque drive toward uthe school on the hill". Before mounting the steps at the entrance he paused for a moment to admire the impressive facade of the building which was to be his future home. Varied and confused were the thoughts which raced through his excited brain as he slowly climbed to his destination. Suddenly his attention was attracted to an inscription at the base of one of the huge pillars to his right. He stopped to read its message: "Bene Provisa Principia Ponanturi'-uLet the foundations be well and truly laid". If this institution still maintained the ideals of its founders, then indeed had he finally discovered the school of his dreams! He entered the friendly portals to receive the warm welcome which awaited him there. Now, as that freshman reaches the first mile-stone of his journey through Pickering, he again pauses-this time to reflect. Once more those words flash through his mind: f'Bene Provisa . . . w. Every nook and cranny of the old and storied College seem to re-echo those words! Therein, he concludes, is the basic principle of Pickering's programme -the development of the adolescentls complete personality. And it seems to our freshman, as he stands gazing back over the road, that the Headmaster and his staff are engaged in an Hall-out" effort to achieve that goal. Per- sonally, he has enjoyed every moment of his first year in this new environ- ment. 4 r He thinks of the direction given to the physical development of the students, the attempt to include every boy in an active, athletic programme, the emphasis on self-control and sportsmanship at all times. Many a letter has he heard his Headmaster read from alumni who have been taught how to play the game on these fields, and who are now fighting to preserve those same ideals for generations yet unborn. It is obvious, however, that Pickering is not interested in raising a crop of mere supermen. Her academic record demands no apology, studious attention is given to the mental development of the adolescent. ln these chaotic and turbulent times, mental discipline is of paramount importance. When 11

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