Monday, February 23, 2009

Graduating Class - Student Portfolios

I was recently invited to be part of the Heritage Woods Secondary Graduation Transitions event.  There were approximately 300 graduating students who talked, sang, drummed, presented and demonstrated their person accomplishments and discussed plans for their future.

It was a stunning event on so many levels.  It was an organizational marvel by the staff, lead by Sue Kirby and Marilyn Nunn, where 20 tables were setup for concurrent presentations to teachers, district staff such as myself and notable community members such as the City of Port Moody acting mayor, Bob Elliott, former Olympian,  Leah Pells as well as the elementary and middle feeder school teachers and principals.

Without a doubt, the most stunning part of the event, was the students themselves.  The quality of the presentation and the attributes of our grads was at such a high level that it leaves me with such hope for the next generation of leaders.

Here are some of the young people in our community who will graduate this June and, without at doubt, become the future corner stones of our communities.  
  • Amanda - a ballerina, a dancer and a writer.  She has worked through the adversity of a dance injury to return to the sport.  In the meantime, she has discovered her new voice as a writer and publisher as demonstrated in her recent article in the local paper and her personal fashion blog.
  • A graduating girl who has found a calling as a girl guide and now a pathfinder who is proud of her accomplishments and who now volunteers to lead the new, younger girl guides.
  • A boy who is an accomplished composer, badminton player, avid comic book reader who enjoys travel.  He even performed a song for the panel that was an original composition about his achievements and dreams for the future.  He hopes to perform this in front of his entire graduation class at convocation.
  • A girl, who as a new Canadian, was inspired by her photography teachers to now persue training at Langara College.
  • A boy who loves to work as a cook at a local Iranian restaurant.  He has recently discovered his passion in a creative writing course and wants to pursue political science and one day become a lawyer.  He read us one of his recent poems.
I was so fortunate to meet these young adults.  All the best, I look forward to following your continued learning achievements.  Welcome to the world of adulthood!

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