Canterbury played its fourth annual FGS Day competition on Saturday, November 13, with nearly all fall athletic teams competing against The Frederick Gunn School. Though FGS won more points, the Saints and Highlanders are still in a close race for the Canterbury-Gunnery Cup, which will be awarded at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
FGS Day also marks the conclusion of the regular fall athletic season, and though the Saints didn’t win the day, they finished up a fantastic fall with Varsity Football, Varsity Volleyball, and Girls' Varsity Soccer advancing to the postseason. Varsity Football also had their first win on the new turf field against Portsmouth Abbey, and the Boys’ Cross Country team took first place for Division III at the New England Prep School Track Association (NEPSTA) Championships.
Though the tradition only began in the 2017-2018 academic year, FGS Day—and the competition for the Canterbury-Gunnery Cup—marks the height of a longstanding athletic rivalry between the schools. With the points added from the FGS Day events, the schools are neck and neck for the Cup, with FGS ahead by only one point. The competition will continue to heat up as the Saints head into the winter season.
For the week leading up to FGS Day’s events, the entire Canterbury community participated in spirited dress. Monday had students and faculty alike in pajamas; Tuesday showed off our students’ creativity (and incited many laughs) with Jersey Day/Anything-but-a-Backpack Day (view the Flickr album below to see their vessels of choice!); Wednesday evoked feelings of warmer weather with Tropical Day; Thursday was Form Color Day, with each grade represented by their designated hue; and Friday celebrated all-things-Canterbury with Saints Spirit Dress.
Friday night’s pep rally in Pigott Arena energized the whole School with skits and dances performed by the Sixth Form Council, athletic teams, and faculty. Following the pep rally, Sixth Formers led a new tradition for the annual bonfire: the Senior Light Ceremony, which celebrated the community’s collective spirit and marked the “first” of our seniors’ many “lasts” together on the hilltop. The entire Sixth Form processed from Pigott Arena through the Wallace Mall and Steers Center Drive—lined with cheering underform students and faculty—and circled around the bonfire site. Sixth Form leaders and team captains then passed a flame to one another and lit the bonfire together. The new Senior Light Ceremony is meant to carry the message of friendship and community along its route and symbolize setting our collective hearts afire with excitement and pride for what it truly means to be a Saint.