At the end of each school year, the Grade 11 class plans a special night for the TOPS community to enjoy: TOPS Night. It is a night of talent and tears, where students make and revisit old memories, celebrate their talents and achievements, and fill the cafeteria with the sound of laughter and cries.
Family, friends, and future and former TOPS students attend the event. The evening consists of TOPS students showcasing their artistic talent, oftentimes through dance or music. Over time comes tradition. For the last few years, a Grade 12 student has composed and conducted TOPSody—a TOPS orchestra filled with students across the four grades. The night is punctuated by a TOPS valedictorians’ address by two noteworthy students from the graduating class.
Every year, each grade of students is required to create a video. The Grade 9s to 11s create a video to bid farewell to the senior students, while the seniors’ video is designed to creatively announce each student’s future plans. At the end of the night, the teachers present a memento and a congratulatory handshake to each of the Grade 12 students. For students, the night is bittersweet. It is one filled with the excitement of the future, but also with the knowledge that their time in TOPS is coming to an end.
“We worked, laughed, cried, and grew together… We are nothing less than a family.” – TOPS Student, 2013