On September 5, 1989, KCS opened its doors to 50 students from grades 1-5. Seven staff members and a host of volunteers worked tirelessly to make our school a reality back then. From such modest beginnings, we have grown to a school of 411 students from PK-8 and with a faculty and staff of 61. Over the past 25 years, we added on to our facility four times:
- September 1995: our library, a couple of classrooms and some change rooms
- March 2003: six classrooms
- December 2009: eight classrooms, a new science lab, two music rooms, a small gym and some office space
- June 2013: renovated and upgraded former SGNS space as a result of an amalgamation that was announced in Fall 2012
And now we are preparing to build a high school by September 2016. Given all that has been accomplished so far in KCS history, I am confident that next 25 years will bring many more successes and memories. But before we look forward let’s take a look back to 1989 and what some of our KCS people were up to 25 years ago…
- The song Walk Like An Egyptian topped the Billboard Charts
- Mrs. Hoggarth, our teacher-librarian, got engaged.
- The Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan and The Berlin Wall began to be dismantled
- Mr. Kolozetti went to his first RUSH concert…he’s been to 15+ RUSH concerts since then
- The World Wide Web was first conceived of in Switzerland by Tim Berners-Lee, which would be opened to the public for free use in 1993
- Meghan DeCaria, one of our teachers, was born
- The television show Seinfeld premiered
- Mrs. Borg had a French poodle named Pierre
- An earthquake in San Francisco disrupted the World Series
- Anatoli Guelfgat, our Facilities Manager, was living in Leningrad, Soviet Union (emigrated to Canada in November 1990)
- First episodes of The Simpsons shown
- Ms. Gaudet won a grade 9 basketball championship in Nova Scotia
- Price of gold was approximately $381 (U.S.)
- Ms. Dulmage was going to CFNY concerts at the Etobicoke Olympium
- Brian Mulroney was Canada’s Prime Minister; David Peterson was Ontario’s Premier; Art Eggleton was Toronto’s mayor
- Mr. Sawyer started his undergraduate degree.
- The SkyDome (now known as the Rogers Centre) opened
- Madame Barchuk was in two musicals: Annie and HMS Pinafore.
- Toyota launched Lexus
- Mrs. Freeman was pregnant with her daughter, Rebecca
- The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System is placed into orbit
It’s always fun to look back. We’ll do this again in another blog later this month.
Head of School