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October 12 2010

From the Desk of Bjorn Kinding, Headmaster                      October 12, 2010

Bjorn Kinding, Headmaster
Bjorn Kinding, Headmaster
Ah, Thanksgiving in Canada and what a time to be thankful for the incredible students of College Harrington du Canada! We celebrated with a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, seasoned with an international flavor. Students from Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and The United States, all celebrated Canadian Thanksigiving, together!
Many of us use a GPS to navigate the highways and cities as we travel. We have become so dependent on accurate and reliable information. The hockey players at Harrington count on the coaching staff to help them navigate through the hockey system, so that their wrong turns are minimized their direction stays focused and their path remains unobstructed. Directions are given clearly and the route defined. A few speed bumps along the way may slow them down, but dead ends are completely avoided!

Classes were dismissed on Monday for the Holiday and resumed on Tuesday. A Holiday for all of the teachers and coaches and a well deserved day of rest! As you all know by now, the coaching staff at Harrington has a tremendous work ethic, vigorous schedule, and a huge responsibility to your children. They are consistently coaching on and off the ice.

This week’s featured staff member is Coach Robert Bouchard.

Mr. Bouchard grew up in Montreal and is now returning to his home town, after spending the last twelve years in Nashville as a member of the Predators’ coaching staff. Needless to say, Mr. Bouchard has already had a powerful impact on the entire school program and has earned the full respect from his team and fellow staff members. In a city with over 4 Million Canadiens supporters, he’s managed to stay true to his favourite team in Tennessee and remains a loyal Predator fan, so far. Let’s see if he’ll be able to resist the blue-blanc-et-rouge peer pressure on the November 18! The day the Nashville Predator’s are in town…

Mr. Bouchard has a son and a daughter and a stepson and a stepdaughter. Meghan (9) loves to sing, and she swears she’ll be the next Taylor Swift. Ryan (12) is an up-and-coming goaltender, who will play Bantam at Harrington, next year. Audrey (15) actually (and bravely!) attends College Harrington du Canada, and she is the only girl among over 100 boys. John (22) is currently in Afghanistan, serving his country (USA) as a Marine in the war against terror. Beside all the joy of being a father, Mr. Bouchard’s girlfriend, Ms. Tiffani Owen, has brought true happiness into his life. In addition, Ms Owen has become a true asset to his team and the school, as she is frequently seen videotaping all the HCC Bantam games.

When Mr. Bouchard is not spending time with his family or working at the college, he’s an avid golfer and – after all the years in Nashville, to no surprise for anyone – a fanatic country music fan. He even had the pleasure of being a dinner guest at Vince Gill’s house and to attend a private concert with Garth Brooks. So “Coach Bouch” probably knows where those low places are and where Garth got his friends.

The long snowy Montreal winters will be a challenge for anyone, who’s used to the warmth of the South. One member of the Bouchard family will, however, enjoy the cold weather. “Moose”, the family’s five months old black lab, can’t wait for the Montreal golf courses to close, and for his master to spend more time with him. Admittedly a “huge dog lover” Mr. Bouchard also loves every minute they spend together.

The Bouchard family has bought a house in St. Joseph du Lac, made it into their home, and completely committed themselves to the college and the community. On that note, Mr. Bouchard has opened discussions with several charitable organizations and will oversee the HCC community relations program, where the HCC students will be encouraged to support the community and give back to society.

The College Harrington du Canada greets Mr. Bouchard “welcome aboard!” and we’re looking forward to a pleasant and productive journey together.   More Pictures of Robert Bouchard and his Family, click here

  • Please review the school dress code and review the guidelines with your child. Encourage them to be respectful of the dress code and assist them if they need any final items to complete the requirements. On Monday October 18th., the dress code will enter its formal phase and all students will be required to have complete dress code at school.  This information was shared with the students at general assembly Tuesday morning. Please have your student in formal dress code for Monday, the 18th. ,no exceptions.  You have this week and weekend to complete their wardrobe.
  • School dress code:
    - light blue shirt
    - school tie
    - grey dress pants
    - black dress shoes
    - black belt
    - additions: dark-blue knitted pull-over, cardigan, or vest w/ school logo or neutral (no brand names, logos, text, patterns).
  • A great big ‘thank you” to Mr. Barry Powless.  Barry graciously donated two pool tables to the students lounge! This will provide hours of entertainment and will enhance their free time at the school.  The students and staff really appreciate him thinking of the students and making this generous contribution.
  • I would also like to thank my daughter, Tiffany.  During her visit to Harrington this weekend, she was able to photograph many of the majestic views of our campus, snap photos of the staff (including the one of me above), and take action photos of the students on the ice.  We will be sharing them in future newsletters.   Thank you again, Tiffany, for taking the time to put our school, staff and students in pictures.
  • Please take note of the game schedule for the week ahead. Join us at the arena and cheer the “Harrington Hockey Teams” on to victory.

Games for the Week of October 11, 2010

Fri. Oct. 15th:  19h30  Laflèche vs. HCC Coll.AAA at CESR 1  bus depart: 17h00

Fri. Oct. 15th:  19h30  HCC Bt AA vs. Senateurs at Guimond  bus depart: 17h00

Fri. Oct. 15th:  21h00  HCC Mt BB vs. CLL  at LeGardeur bus depart: 18h30

Sat. Oct. 16th:  20h00  Huskies vs. Bt AA at CESR 2  bus depart: 17h30

Sat. Oct.  16th: 20h00  HCC Bt BB vs. CLL at LeGardeur  bus depart: 17h30

Sun. Oct. 17th:  13h00  HCC Mt AA vs. Royal at Georges Mantha  bus depart: 10h30

Sun. Oct. 17th:  14h00  Lor-Rosemere vs. HCC Bt BB at CESR 2  bus depart:  12h00

Sun. Oct. 17th:  15h30  Patriotes vs. HCC Mt BB  at CESR 2  bus depart:  13h30

Sun. Oct. 17th:  17h00  Seigneurs vs. HCC Bt AA at CESR 2  bus depart:  15h00


Bjorn Kinding,
Bjorn Kinding, Headmaster
College Harrington du Canada
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