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Remembrance Day Ceremonies at SJR

Today, Thursday November 10, 2022, we gathered as a community to commemorate those who have unselfishly served, and those who continue to serve, our nation in times of war, conflict and peace.
To begin the ceremony, SJR alum Alex Peden ’07 played a bagpipe processional. Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, Cameron Buchanan, was the honoured guest speaker at today’s proceedings. Among the sentiments he shared, he offered ideas on how we can continue to pay our respects to those who have served in our armed forces, both in the past and present. Student leaders from each division participated in the ceremonies by reading pertinent excerpts of poetry and literature, offering addresses of loyalty to members of our own community who have served our nation, as well as sharing art and performance in a way that prompted reflection.
We wore poppies as a visual pledge, to never forget those who served and were sacrificed for our freedom. We heeded the Last Post as an opportunity to reflect on the ceremony and to welcome a moment of silence. We will observe tomorrow, November 11, 2022, as a day to reflect, to remember, and to honour those who have given their lives to protect ours.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.