The Kamloops Thompson School District 73 says it is important to SD73 and the educational community as a whole to insure that 2021 graduating students will be crossing the stage with dignity, purpose and options.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, schools will not be able to host traditional commencement activities because of provincial restrictions, but each school has developed a commencement plan that maintains the health and safety guidelines for all involved while honouring students’ completion of 13 years of schooling.
The school district advises that under the current increased health and safety regulations, the granting of diplomas can continue to happen this year with increased controls, such as physical distancing, hand sanitization, mask use, following visitor protocols, and limiting the number of guests at each student’s commencement recognition.
Schools are arranging for an electronic recording via ZOOM, or other formats of the valedictorian’s speech, the school trustee’s address, as well as the principal’s address.
Barriere Secondary School advise that on Friday, June 18, 32 grade 12 students will be crossing the stage in an intervalled processional to honour the completion of their public school experience.
Student’s families can book their individual times through Mrs. Luison at the Barriere Secondary office. Students, accompanied by their immediate household family, will take part in this celebration. Each family will have the ‘front row’ advantage as their graduate crosses the stage and honours this significant achievement.
BSS Principal Angela Stott reports, “Three students are recognized this year in receiving the District Honours distinction. Congratulations to Ty Hartman, Emma Lassi, and Angela Ruscke.”
There is also exciting news for the BSS basketball community, noting that the school has successfully lobbied, thanks to PAC and school efforts, for resurfacing of asphalt around part of the high school. The school is continuing to raise funds so that the square footage of the asphalt to be resurfaced can be increased. To date they have raised $6000 in community donations. Currently they are selling chocolate bars to fundraise, and will also be hosting an $8 spaghetti takeout dinner from the school, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on June 16. If you would like to book a take-out dinner contact Jody Schilling at email@example.com.
A few staff changes will be taking place at the high school before the new school year in the fall.
Principal Stott will be moving in August to School District 74, Gold Trail, as the district principal of Pedagogy. Mr. Tommasini has accepted a vice-principalship at Sa-Hali Secondary in Kamloops, where he previously spent a semester in the 20/21 school year.
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