Boarding school is a privilege, not just for the privileged.

By definition, I suppose I grew up privileged. Sitting in Manila, a little closer than most to the recent devastation of Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is called here, I cannot help but reflect on the many blessings I have enjoyed in my lifetime. Manila was spared so today it is mostly life as usual, not so obviously for the hundreds of thousands left homeless and the thousands dead to the Southeast here in the Philippines. As we see the photos and read the newspaper accounts it is heartbreaking. We are very fortunate living in Canada. Next to my family, one of the blessings I am counting was the opportunity to attend a boarding school from Grade 9 to 13 (yes, prior to 2001 Ontario had a 13 year system instead of 12). I had attended camp every summer from the time I was eight so I jumped at…

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Admission – The Movie

I spend quite a bit of time on flights travelling across Canada and around the world to meet our future boarding students. I am usually catching up on reading, trying to adjust for jet lag by sleeping or getting caught up on movies. I love movies. One I had wanted to see when it came out was "Admission" with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The film revolves around a Princeton University Admission Officer played by Fey's character. Rudd plays the director of an alternative school and has a student with an unconventional background he thinks Princeton and Fey's character should consider. Admission is a film I could identify with after sixteen years in admissions myself and its content could certainly prompt several blog posts. "The secret to getting in", "the Admission process", "parent hopes and dreams leading to over-programming their child's lives" are but a few. Another is how callus…

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