Although we could not come together as we usually would to celebrate these accomplishments in June, we remained committed to celebrating the achievements of our graduating students. From those who are making the transition from Kindergarten to Grade 1, to those transitioning from Grade 8 to 9, all the way to the Grade 12 graduates who are preparing to set out on their next adventure.
Graduation is a time of celebration, of goals accomplished, and anticipation of what is to come. While this is not how we had anticipated ending our 2019-20 school year, we still celebrated their achievements, and considering all we had been through together, the sense of accomplishment was more palpable than ever.
We also took a moment and expressed our gratitude, to all our students, for making our schools feel like communities. To help us say thank you, we invited some of our secondary principals, vice-principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, and coaches to share their wishes for our graduates.
Our Trustees also came together to share their well-wishes for our graduates, and to impart some wisdom as they reflected on what they wished they had known when they graduated themselves.
The celebration of our graduates didn’t stop here, though, as we plastered our congratulations for them across Waterloo Region. From billboards, to buses, to the sides of our secondary schools – there was no way to miss how proud we were. Even the Education Centre was wearing a similar congratulatory banner, visible to all those who drive by. Our celebration continued with advertisements in local newspapers and on local radio stations, amplifying our message across the community.