Sydenham High School principal gets "ag" gift
By JC Kenny
- AgriNews Contributor
All through the first week of school, it was quiet, normal, as it should be. Nothing strange had happened, says Wess Garrod, the new principal of Sydenham High School.
But then in week two, something strange suddenly appeared in his office - a full sized tractor, to be exact. The appearance of the tractor wasn't a total surprise to Garrod, who had taught an agricultural program at Sydenham in the 1980s. A school which, historically, has stressed the importance of agriculture, there's been a long standing tradition in place to give new principals a "country welcome." Back during his first go-round, Garrod recalls one year when the new guy showed up to find a horse in his office. Both students and teachers, he says, are behind the harmless prank, with a lot of direction coming from one particular teacher, a graduate of the University of Guelph who now farms in Inverary. Says Garrod, the tractor will probably go down in history as "an all time classic. Just the effort it took from everyone involved - I admire the ingenuity."