Notes from the dorm

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 March, 2010, 12:00am

A rink of ice, two teams of girls and an age-old rivalry are the essentials of one of Bishop Strachan School's best traditions: hockey day. When the weather outside is frightful and students are slumping over their desks with the winter blues, ice hockey is the answer to all our problems. It is a true Canadian sport that can be found everywhere you go here.

For several years now, Bishop Strachan has been competing in an official game against its rival all-girls school, Havergal College. The ultimate challenge is to determine who will win the Hewitt Trophy and which school will get bragging rights for the rest of the year.

The gym doors burst open at 8.45am and girls start to assemble as the pep rally begins. Signs are floating in the air with messages of encouragement for our hockey team: 'We love #18!', 'Go BSS Go!'

After some quick announcements, the players pour through the doors bearing their striped hockey jerseys and bright smiles. These are the ice queens for the season, in constant pursuit of victory.

'The team loves the pep rally because we all get really hyped up about winning the game,' says one player.

Everyone is given the afternoon off class to rush off to the rink.

Girls come decked out in school colours: white, black, burgundy and grey.

It's noon and the bell rings for the battle on ice to begin. For the rest of the afternoon, tests and assignments are forgotten in the empty school.

After nothing but work has been on everyone's mind, two hours of pure shouting and screaming are exactly what pupils have been craving. And there's nothing like embracing the good old Canadian student life with a crowd of good friends and the pride of Canada's sport.