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10 THE KENNEDY YEAR-BOOK . ..Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllltlllllll.IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII4IIIIIIIII...Illllltlll.Illllllllllllllll.I.Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllll TO THE STUDENTS The scliool year is fast drawini; to a close. It is now the time to look hack and examine oiir ])ast activities, and to take note of any way in which they may he imprcjved. •And what is in more need of imiirovement than our school spirit. In past years, the .Athletic Committees have annually been able to report sizeable financial dividends. ' Phis year, however, the stor} ' has been sadly different—and why?— r.ecause of insufficient student support. Three thousand less stmlents saw Kennedy basketball allies in 1940 than in 19.58. .And yet our dances have attracted larger crowds than ever before. .Are Kennedy students all becomiiifj socialites or do they hold themselves above supportinj the teams? It is ;i positive fact that the Kennedy teams are of the same fisjhtin ' calibre as their ])re lecessors. Our teams proved the bijjj est stumblinjj ' blocks in the path of the ultimate victors in both basketball and football. 1 venture to say, that, if our teams had consistently had the supi)ort they desired, the Sr. Ru dw trophy and possibly the Sr. Basketball trophy would ■low be reposiiifj in our show-case. It’s a down- rif,du crime to expect the boys to win while playiufj before rows of empty seats, where scores of enthusiastic boosters ought to be sitting. I agree that a team which consistently loses, and in so doing, shows poor form and complete indifference to the outcome should not expect your sujiport. But when has such a team sup¬ ported Kennedy—NMCVER! On .Ajiril 15th. over OO students jammed the gym. to witness the spectacle of our Sr. basket¬ ball team versus the men teachers. Where were all these supporters during the season just completed? Students, are you being fair with your fellow members? Can you give anv concrete rea.son for your attitude of complete indiffer¬ ence? If so, please let us know. L ' ndoubtediv there is .something lacking here—be it a compe¬ tent cheer leader, or what. I can ' t say. But it’s ui) to us to solve this jiroblem and pull ourselves out of the doldrums. Remembering that oft- rejieated phrase L ' nited we stand, divided we fall.” let’s all plan to throw our full support behind every school activity in the future. With but little space left me. 1 should like to mention the achievements of this year’s Imriim. It was through your Forum that student theatre cards were introduced to Windsor. This Maga¬ zine which I hope you are now enjoying would be impossible without the financial backing of the I ' orum. While speaking of the magazine, let me heap a few bouc|uets on its editor, Forrv J ' togers and the members of his staff for their ,-DOWLERS- untiring effort.s and this fine realization of their hard work. Boiupiets should be also given to the social committee for the fine dances it has put on this year, and for keejiing the Forum well sup])lied with funds. Sjiace will not permit me to mention the achievements of the other committees indi¬ vidually. but all deserve your plaudits for their yeomanlike service. Finally you will be interesteil to know that the h ' oruni has ap] ro.xiniately $400 in the treas¬ ury. This must lie spent before school adjourns as it is against the h ' orum Constitution to hold over money to the next year. If you have any helpful ideas for spending this money, let your rejiresentative know. But when culling over ideas in your brain, keep in mind the slogan of the ■Altiora I’eto Society, “1 seek higher things.” —Ned Carrington. I’resident, Forum. ADVICE TO THE NINTH-GRADERS While chatting the other day with some gnids and filth-formers. I brought iip the .subject of the lower school. The verdict was in.stantaneoiis and imanimous. They arc a lot of impolite and distasteful brats. Fifth- formers arc had enough hut the lower .school is terrible. Most of the remarks were blasphemous but milder ones were If one more of those kids goes between my legs, I’ll -. Look at that one; he has to stand on tip¬ toe to drink at the fountain.” When I he atmosphere had cleared and the ruffled feathers had settled hack into place, we reviewed the item of ninth-graders attending the big school dances. Definitely they shouldn ' t he there. The reason, you a.sk? Merely prejudice perhap.s—hut the answer remains the same. •A few rules are sure to do no harm and indeed may he of invaluable assistance to the nninitiated of the ninth grade. Ill the halls and doorways, remember to stay in single file (after all, it ' s a rule). .At noon, obey the prefects. On you too may fall the onerous task of uphohling law and order some day. (That means you may be a prefect yourself some day). Bowing low when a teacher or an Upper School student goes by has gone out of style hut I ' .mily Post tells me that a little common ccurteSN goes a long way. If you must chew gum (you never sec Upper School students giving in to sucli a habit) do your extercise with it between clas.se.s and then deposit it within the awaiting receptacle, called a waste¬ basket. (If you are tardy, the teacher will probably remind you). The main reason you arc at school is, of course, to learn something. However, the school hoard doesn ' t mind your showing a mild sort of interest in athletics. If it’s too itiucli bother to get out and work for a posi¬ tion on one of the teams, at least get out and give the teams your whole-hearteil support. Regular attend- ers at our games this year have been rewardeil by some of the closest and most exciting games that any one could ask for. Now, one last piece of advice given to me by my friend Confticious: Don’t lake any wooden nickels.” —Sandy .McOaw Smart Clothes for Students Always Head the “Honor Roll” in Style and Value . . . See the New Suits and Topcoats Now . . . Handsome Furnishings and Sportswear Too. t ■t BALCONY FLOOR
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12 THE KENNEDY YEAR-BOOK I SECONDARY SCHOOL ATHLETICS ( f the many traits which jjradiially dcveloi) in children, the .spirit of play is most pre lominant. A child who does not have the desire to play is usually not considered normal. . s bodily development c«)ntinnes. the need of physical activity becomes more and more neces.sary. This physcal activity }fradnally revpiires supervision and discipline which in a large measure is obtained in the schools. When a boy attains high school age his physi¬ cal energy requires an outlet. Many students do not jiarticijiate in athletics due to fear of criticism or ridicule by their associates. Many boys are self-conscious and hesitate to try their hand at games because they fear their efforts will not lead to jierfection. (Occasionally we meet boys who do not wish to exert the energy re(|uired for participation in games. Such students are few in the lower forms but are (juite common in our upper school classes. There are pupils in our fifth forms who never held a baseball bat, never caught a softball, never scored a basket nor made a tackle. There are naturally boys who dislike team games but there are otlier sports in which they may participate. In spite of this fact, the same students referred to above have never swung a golf club, never wielded a tcnni.s racket nor dived six feet of clear water. In one physical education class composed of fifth form students several informed me that their only exercise is dancing. Now dancing is undoubtedly a splendiil form of recreation ami has its jilace in social life. However the exce.ss energy which is contained in the body of the normal boy reipiires a stronger outlet than dancing. In general, boys who do not eliminate the sur|)lus energy are the ones wlm roam the streets without sujiervision or otherwise get into difficidtics. ' I ' lie modern higli school offers an attractive program of athletics which should appeal to every normal youth. Twenty years ago the athletic jirogram of most schools was extremely limite l due to lack of eeptipment and lack of knowledge concerning the benefits of a balanced physical eilncation course. With few exceptions there was little coaching as we know it today. In Kennedy Cidlegiate there are programs of both team games and individual activities. It is realized that every student has different tastes in athletics as in other things. With all the activities now offered in this school every boy should be able to par¬ ticipate in some physical e.xercise which appeals to him. Not only are there school teams which compete in extramural schedules, but there are also intramural activities within the reach of every high school boy. Kennedy Collegiate is fortunate in the extent of its e |uipment and yet there are a large number of our students who do m)t avail themselves of the privileges jiro- vitled. Many of our npiver school boys are even toil iiuhdeni to remove their clothes for a swim. Swimming is an activity which is generally- regarded as the finest form of exercise. Other athletics conducted in this school include tennis, pingpong, softball, water polo, football, soccer, track and field events, and basketball. In selecting the members of school teams a number of candidates .are naturally eliminated, ' riiere are always numerous candidates for junior teams and a shortage for senior teams. . ny boy who is not cho.sen for a schotd team should not be discouraged and should make another attempt as soon as ])ossil)le. ivven if he is never selected to represent his schtiol, he is bound to derive some benefit which will aid him in the future. He will at least have a knowledge of that jiar- ticular sport. l or the stu dent who cannot attain the necessary skill to become a member of a team, there is always ample opportunity in intramural competition. In the past two or three years we have had difficulty in obtaining a suf¬ ficient number of participants to compete in intramural schedules, jiarticularly in the middle and upper school classes. When it is considered that interform games include basketball, football, softball, tennis, track and field. ping|)ong, swim¬ ming, etc., there can be little excuse for lack of participation except indifference. Kven though students do not desire to par¬ ticipate actively in sports they can always jiartici- l)ate as spectators. The boy who is not even interested in witnessing an athletic contest is below average. When school teams compete against other schools in various sports there is plenty of oi i ortimity for the student body to support their representatives. In Kennedy Col¬ legiate there is a large part of the .student body which is absolutely indifferent to school activities. The benefits of athletics are generally recog¬ nized as essential to the average boy. I ' lealthful growing bodies retjuirc the exercise jirovidcd by games. .Xthletics not only j)rovide an ijutlet for youthful energy, but also provide development mentallx and spiritnally. Team games teach a boy the meaning of co-operation, sportsmanshi] and friendshij). . thletes learn early to show con¬ sideration for others. They become accustomed to discipline, .so necessary in ordinary life. Youths who have participated in athletics find little difficulty in making associates in new circum¬ stances. .Athletes arc constantly striving for perfection, which is the goal in any vocation they follow after graduation. The criticism is often given that athletes neglect acamedic work in favour of sports. It should be noted however that students rcfiuire a ])ass to partiepate in games. There are numerous students who lo not play games of any kind and still fail to obtain a ]i.assing standard. In athletics, strength, ability and mental alertness are matched. .Ml athletics recjuire a competitive spirit and in a growing boy the devclo])mcnt of this spirit is absolutely es.sential. The basic principle of all athletic competitions is that of the Olympic (lamcs: to develop a higher type of maidujod. —Mr. ( ' leorge Chapman.
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