The school year has come to an end and I’d like to congratulate all of the graduates who have achieved this milestone despite the unprecedented circumstances. From the school strikes to the COVID-19 crisis, this has been a school year like none other.
While it was a challenging year for all, it should not take away from the achievements of students. I am very proud that everyone rose to the occasion and did their best to support each other during these trying times. Our students were able to succeed also because of the dedication from parents whose teaching duties expanded well beyond the usual homework help over the past few months.
With graduation comes new beginnings, whether that means entering high school, starting an apprenticeship, going to university/college, or joining the workforce. I wish all of our graduates the best in their future endeavours. While much remains uncertain in the face of the pandemic, our students can count on the support of the entire community to overcome any obstacles which may lie ahead.
I have prepared a special letter for Grade 12 students, which you can show or print at home for your graduate and can be found here.
As well, normally we would have been celebrating Pride and Canada Day in person over the next few days. While that is not possible this year, I hope everyone finds a way to celebrate with the various online celebrations, within their own social bubbles or in a safe and physically distanced gathering outdoors.
You can find other provincial updates below.
As always, wash your hands, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when needed, be kind.