Well, the first two weeks of school are officially behind us and what a great time it has been!
We opened our 136th school year with 267 students - of which 143 are boarders and the remaining 124, local day students from Rothesay, Quispamsis, Saint John and surrounding areas. We welcomed students from near and far, including Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Barbados, Bermuda, China, Croatia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United States, and Vietnam.
The atmosphere at RNS this fall is wonderful, it truly is a caring and special community we have here on the hill. Despite some fog and cool temperatures, our annual trip to New River Beach was a fun-filled day with a lot of school spirit and friendship evident on the beach. The annual photo of the entire school was taken last week on the steps of School House and, this past weekend, students and teachers participated in the local Terry Fox Run - something we have been proud to take part in for over twenty-five years. A total of 1500kms was ran, walked, biked, bladed or other by our school community on Sunday with over $1400 being raised for cancer research. Well done!
Below is a little bit about what's going on at RNS today, including a special invitation to you to join us for our first-ever Homecoming at RNS! Please make note in your calendars and join us at any event that you are able during Homecoming and the remainder of the year, we'd love to see you.
Have a wonderful fall!
Your friends in the RNS Development & Alumni Affairs Office
Homecoming Weekend 2012
The faculty, staff and students of Rothesay Netherwood School take great pleasure in inviting the wider RNS community to the school's first-ever Homecoming Weekend! This special weekend will take place from Friday, September 28th to Sunday, September 30th.
Join us for a weekend of games, tours, and a special dinner honouring Lorraine (McCormick) Simonds on her retirement after 30 years of teaching.
For a complete schedule, click on the link above in the Downloads & Links section. For more information, please give Judy MacFarland or Nic Carhart in the Alumni Office a call - 506.847.8224 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Relive the memories, the spirit and the pride all over again! See you there!
Join us as we honour Lorraine Simonds
This past June, Lorraine (McCormick) Simonds retired from RNS after 30 wonderful years at the school. She began her career with the school in 1982 as a teacher and houseparent on the Netherwood Campus, eventually joining with everyone on the hill when the two schools officially merged in 1984.
Since then, she has played an important role in the life of Rothesay Netherwood School. From her supportive work as a teacher and advisor to her dedicated efforts as a coach, Lorraine played a part in almost every aspect of school life, including parent of Mike '05, Mark '08, Laura, and Anna '12.
Please join us as we honour Lorraine on her retirement and service to Rothesay Netherwood School on Saturday, September 29th in Heritage Hall. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30pm followed with dinner and presentation at 7:30pm. Dinner is $30 per person.
Please RSVP by September 25th to email@example.com
or by calling Judy MacFarland at 506.848.0879.
RNS evaluated amongst the leading independent schools in Canada
Over the past four decades, through the work of dedicated parents, alumni, and faculty, our school has been able to turn into the leading Canadian independent school it is today.
Associated with the efforts of becoming a leading Canadian independent school, Rothesay Netherwood School partnered with and then was recognized as an accredited member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Association since 1989.
The Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Association represents 95 Canadian independent schools, both day and boarding, and includes the country’s most accomplished independent schools. To be a member of CAIS, they have achieved the highest, internationally recognized and respected standards of excellence in education.
Each CAIS school is mandated to perform an internal evaluation once every seven years. This evaluation process involves an in-depth internal review of the school’s commitment to excellence and ongoing improvement, including an examination of all aspects of the school’s programs and operations, seeking to discover its strengths, weaknesses and future goals. The report is then evaluated by an external committee comprised of peer educators and administrators from other CAIS schools from across the country. The committees, different for each evaluation, visit the school and meet with members of the school community while observing classes and school activities. The committees then recommend to the CAIS Board whether a school shall or shall not be accredited.
The most recent evaluation of RNS was performed in November 2011, when the CAIS External Evaluation Committee visited the campus. This past spring, CAIS extended Rothesay Netherwood School with its fourth CAIS accreditation with high regard.
“Rothesay Netherwood School exemplifies a great independent school. Its teachers are forward thinking, caring and compassionate and its students are bright, talented and engaged in their learning. The culture and community spirit of the school are both profound and exciting. RNS is indeed among the leading boarding and day schools in the country.” Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director, CAIS.
On the ice . . .
The RNS Varsity Boys’ Hockey team spent their Saturday this past weekend joining the UNB Varsity Reds at the Aitken Centre on the UNB Fredericton Campus.
The boys were able to skate their own practice on the Reds’ ice before having the opportunity to watch the UNB squad practice. RNS student-athletes Mitchell Vanderlaan (Gr. 12) and William Thompson (Gr. 10), both from the Fredericton area and both part of the Varsity Reds Prospect program, were called to the ice to skate with the university players.
Following the practice, the RNS boys had a chance to listen and learn from UNB Head Coach, Gardiner Macdougall, and Varsity Reds players, Ben Wright, Chris Culligan, and Taylor Macdougall, speak about balancing hockey with school, how to best take care of your body during the on and off season, and the future opportunities and options in hockey that they might have.
Led by Head Coach, Kevin Higo, formerly of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL), the RNS Varsity Boys will next head to the Boston Shootout this weekend (September 21-23) in Massachusetts before travelling to Chicago, IL in November to play in the annual Bauer World Invite (Nov. 2-4th).
Both the girls and boys’ hockey programs at Rothesay Netherwood School are innovative and rewarding for the student athletes and are integral components to the RNS athletic program. RNS competes in the Southern New Brunswick Hockey League (SNBHL) through the Kennebecasis Valley Minor Hockey League (KVMHA) at the Midget B, Bantam C and Peewee C levels. The Varsity Girls’ team competes in the highly competitive North American Prep Hockey Association (NAPHA) as well as tournaments in and around Atlantic Canada. The RNS Varsity Boys’ team competes in a series of elite tournaments and exhibition games against major midget AAA teams and prep schools throughout eastern Canada and the USA.
The remainder of the RNS hockey teams, including the Varsity Girls', will begin their seasons later this fall. Keep watch to the RNS Online Calendar
for all games.
On the field . . .
With the fall comes the soccer and field hockey seasons. RNS has five soccer teams and one field hockey team in competitive play this season. For a listing of all games, be sure to check out the RNS Online Calendar
Both the Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls' soccer teams will once again participate in the CAIS National Soccer Tournament from October 11-14th. This year's competition takes place in Toronto. Boys' games are being hosted by Ridley College with all games being played on the St. Catharines campus. The girls' tournament is being hosted by The Bishop Strachan School and Branksome Hall. These games will be played on the Country Day School campus in King, Ontario.
In A Thousand Words . . .
This Gr. 10 Physical Education class had the pleasure to be the first to use the brand new RNS Tennis Courts. The courts, located at the back of Tennis Court Field, were generously donated to the school and installed over the summer.
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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!
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