numerous themes bustling throughout the busy halls of Vincent Massey Secondary
School during the past several weeks, none have been more prevalent than the
spirit of giving back to the community, and helping others. With winter
holidays around the corner, Massey students have continued working hard in
maintaining their daily routines, along with planning and participating in the
school’s numerous events. It was with
this characteristic Mustang spirit of enthusiasm and dedication that one of the
most magical and momentous occasions of the school year was successfully
implemented and realized. On Saturday
December 14th, 2013, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Vincent Massey held
its Annual Children’s Christmas Party!
As perfect as the day was, it took
much more than magic to make it happen!
Weeks of planning went on in order to ensure that the day was every bit
enchanting and wondrous as it was a success.
Weeks were spent baking, making decorations for the rooms, shopping for
gifts, craft materials, and menu items, along with the organizing and planning
of numerous details.
The culmination and result of this hard work and planning
came in the form of joy and smiles, as elementary students from around the
Windsor community, who would otherwise might not have had the opportunity to
celebrate Christmas, came to spend and celebrate a day of seasonal fun. Elementary students were paired up with a
mentor of their choosing from Massey Secondary School, and had time to become
acquainted beforehand throughout the week, while making crafts and
participating in various activities together.
As our excited and overjoyed little visitors piled in with
their mentors for the bus ride over, the magic of the day began! Our ordinary school had been transformed into
a winter wonderland by our dedicated school artists, who had painstakingly, and
with great detail, decorated every hallway and room in use. Festive artwork, lights, bows, garlands, and
ornaments added to the cheer of the children as the party came underway!
Each school was divided into teams, and the groups were
organized into a rotation of activities such as cookie decorating, face
painting, musical chairs, singing, winter crafts, and... too much fun to
remember! Laughter, enjoyment, and
enthusiasm reigned from both older and younger students. A special feast of a lunch was served, which
was prepared on site from student and staff volunteers, working from early
hours in the morning. Appetites were
satisfied as pasta, turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and mashed potatoes
were served with smiles in the cafeteria.
A fun packed obstacle course raised everyone’s spirits and energy levels
even higher, as the cheers and amusement continued! A special visit with Santa himself in the
gymnasium, complete with photos and a gift for each child, helped ensure that
everyone was able to experience a
Throughout the jam packed day of numerous festivities, one
clear and common sentiment was apparent: it was not so much any one activity or
gift which had made the events so special.
It was the truly amazing and touching amount of heart, spirit, and
kindness which went into planning and executing such a meaningful day. Our students and staff have proven once again
that no matter our differences in religious or cultural beliefs, we are all
part of a greater family of love, joy, acceptance, and giving, which is truly
the greatest gift of all. As our students
continue on through their lives, we hope that the memory of this special day of
harmony and altruism will persist in influencing and inspiring their
Thank you to Ms. Dissanayake and Mr. McKenzie, along with
numerous student and staff volunteers, whose dedication, commitment, and
enthusiasm helped not only make the momentous undertaking of the day a
strategic success, but also helped to warm the hearts and raise the spirits of
so many special children. Throughout
life there are many rewards for hard work, but the biggest reward for this day
is the place its memory will hold in our hearts.