This time of the year is full of excitement. The boys can look back upon the successes of the year with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Each boy has been involved in many areas of school life and fully embraced life in Barnacle House. Indeed, there is much to celebrate.
For many of us the end of the year is bittersweet as we have to say goodbye to friends that we won’t see for some weeks, or longer in the case of those that are not returning or are graduating. This year we say goodbye to many wonderful young men. To each of you, we hope that you can bring the lessons learned here at SMUS with you and continue your growth. We wish that you will return to visit and you will always be welcome to return to Barnacle.
To our graduates, I am so grateful to know you. You have been the lifeblood of Barnacle house for a collective 29 years! We will miss you tremendously. To the Grade 12s, we wish you a world of success, happiness, love, and good fortune. We also wish you a life full of surprises that challenge you in just the right ways, that push you to find your true self, your deep passions, and to go beyond what you think you are capable of. You are an extremely talented group of young men poised to do great things. So don’t hold back!
Of course, it won’t be easy and there is a life of learning, turbulence and change ahead. Remember the lessons that you learned when you first arrived at SMUS. Remember the lessons that you learned this past September when welcoming new people to this community. Be patient with yourself as these transitions take time. It takes time to make new friends. It takes time to learn about a new city, a new school and your new life. As you shed your old skins and grow into your new selves also remember that we are always just a phone call, a skype call, a text or an email away.
Welcome to the world of SMUS Alumni! As your graduation year ends in an 8 and mine ends in a 3, we will forever be linked to the major celebrations which occur every 5 years or so. For instance, your 25th reunion will be my 50th!
Finally, to those returning next year, enjoy your summers! We will miss you and wish you a summer of fun, relaxation and new adventures. See you in September!
Images below (Top left: this year’s Barnacle House Outstanding Citizens – Gr. 8 Eric Xiong, Gr. 10 Mark Finamore, Gr. 11 Rashid al Abri, Gr. 12 Sean Finamore, Top right: Virtuoso Award – Boris Li, Bottom Left: Jock Award – Duc Khuong, Right side: Barnacle Graduates – Hank, George, Yingnuo, Kelvin, Duc, Peter, Charles, Mark and Sean, Bottom Right: the Future – our grade 8 graduates Joshua, Emilio, Eric (Louis too!)