While we have much to celebrate each and every day in our classrooms and schools, this past week has provided us with an opportunity to feature and celebrate the Class Acts that make North Vancouver an exceptional School District. Some of the highlights of our Celebration week are provided below.
25 Year Employee Recognition Event: This year 84 employees were celebrated for achieving 25 years of service in the school district. We recognize these long service employees for providing the kind of perspective and expertise that only years of experience can give. Their invaluable dedication to quality education and the success of our students is sincerely appreciated.
Artists for Kids: Artwork is showcased all year round in our schools and at the Education Services Centre but as part of Class Acts, we celebrated with a public display of After School Program and student enrichment artwork. Students enjoyed presenting their masterpieces to their parents and guests.
AFK also presented a Ross Penhall print release on Tuesday which was a tremendous success.
Band & Strings: This year’s Band & Strings Festival took place at Mountainside Secondary and involved performances from all of our elementary schools. School groups received constructive feedback by retired teacher Peter van Ooyen who adjudicated for both the band and strings performances. The festival ended with an evening performance featuring the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Huge thanks to teacher Bill Piggott and Paul Mason, President of the Band & Strings PAC, as well as Yolande Martinello, Director of Fine Arts.
Trustee Reception: I’d like to thank our Trustees for hosting their annual reception for our education and community partners. There are countless individuals and organizations that enrich the success of our school district and we are fortunate for their involvement and support.
I would especially like to thank Ray Bodnaruk and Chanin Smyth, Trustee Cyndi Gerlach and Trustee Christie Sacré and the planning committee for organizing the Class Acts celebration week and for all your hard work behind the scenes. Without your leadership these events could not take place – congratulations on another successful Class Acts celebration!