I had the great honour of addressing the 2016 graduating class of Pender Harbour Secondary School on June 28, 2016. This class is one the smallest in recent years; TEN young adults received their certificates today.
Here is the transcript of my speech.
On behalf of the Board of Education, School District 46, Sunshine Coast, I am proud to bring greetings and congratulations to the Pender Harbour Grad Class of 2016.
When the school district launched our new strategic plan last year, it was titled “Excellence in All We Do”.
We focus on three main goal areas:
Our Staff Inspires – as a district, we are proud and grateful to have personnel throughout our that are dedicated to each student that walks through our doors.
We Embrace our Community – Public Education could not exist without the partnerships support and dedication to youth our community provides. Thank you for your generosity in donating not only funds, but other resources and of yourselves.
But our most important goal:
Our Students Excel. You are the reasons why we celebrate today, why we have schools, why we strive to continually do better.
The mission of our School District is to enable and inspire our students to realize their full potentials as knowledgable, confident and contributing citizens in the global community. Being a parent of students at Pender allows me to learn more of each of you, your families, and me a glimpse in to the citizens you already are, and will continue to be. As a class, from when you first started school, you have had an effect on my family. You have been leaders, offered mentorship, friendship and challenges in academics and athletics to each one of my children.
The camaraderie and leadership shown to the younger students at Pender Harbour, including and encouraging them to do their best is a great legacy for your class. Your grade 12 year has been an interesting one with the complete change in class structure. The change in structure has allowed for X Blocks, enabling students broader choice for electives, finding and following their passions.
Thank you for welcoming this new structure and being leaders for your peers not only at this school and district but across BC. This model is being watched, adopted and adapted across the province.
From your first day at school
To this day, this minute, this second
Knowledge and skills have been learned, you’ve used many a tool
Your courage has grown, you are a force to be reckoned
You have learned to take a chance
Tried gold, welding, hiking
Spent time with seniors in Latin Dance
Gained confidence to try any subject of your liking
iPad users from way back
Technology helped you your grade nine math
(selfies, Instagram and the release of Snapchat)
Have all been part of your educational path.
Beyond your classrooms,
Many a teacher’s lecture
Your mind blooms
The ideas that conjecture.
Your journey to this point
Has been full of grades, teachers, friends
the accolades today will hereby anoint
the significance of where your K to 12 ends.
You’ve been heroes here at PHSS
Leaders with capes unfurled
We celebrate you and your future success
Now go on, put your mark on the world.