The Study proudly celebrated its 106th birthday last Friday with a memorable virtual assembly shared across the globe, with the traditional birthday cake cutting ceremony, the much-loved cupcakes for all students and staff, and a major announcement to our community.
After listening to a beautiful recording of Ella Rose C. '24 singing the national anthem, Ms. McInnes led the Founder's Day assembly, including a touching speech by Head Girl Sabine M. '22. Following a video from Mathew Elder, brother of the late Judy Elder '71, Ms. McInnes introduced the recipient of this year's Judy Elder Alumna Award, Diana Weatherall '52 (1933-2019). Attendees learned about Diana's deep connection to The Study and her fascinating life - from her inspiring ability to bring people together, to her dedication to supporting the arts and her career in politics - in a short video. Faith Berghuis '51, Diana's lifelong friend, accepted the award on her behalf.
We were also thrilled to make a major announcement at our Founder's Day Assembly, and F. William Molson, Chair of The Study School Foundation, announced that Diana's legacy will live on at The Study, through an incredibly generous bequest of over $1 million - the largest bequest in the school's history. This gift will continue to keep The Study at the forefront of education, and a significant portion will be designated towards the Active Outdoor Learning Spaces project. In honour of her life and legacy, we will be naming the school's West gates, the Weatherall Gates.
In keeping with long standing tradition, the birthday cake was cut by the youngest student present, Adèle O. '33 who shared the honour with Study alumna, and Diana's niece, Carlotta Stoker-Di Fiore '80.
Thank you again to all who joined us. You helped make The Study's 106th birthday a memorable one!
For some fun photos of the event, check out our Facebook page.