A record 40 grade six students celebrated their leave from Dr. S.E. McDowell Public School on Friday, including 11 French Immersion students.
“There are an overwhelming number of kids graduating this year,” beamed outgoing Principal, Anne Valcov. “This is mostly due to the success of the French program started here a few years back.”
Dressed in their finest clothes, hair coiffed and on their best behaviour, three classes of graduates took part in the two hour ceremony in the school gymnasium.
In a touching send off, kindergarten children lined up to give each graduate a gift of new padlock for their locker at high school. Graduates where also given a painted rock created by the grade five students, a long-standing tradition at McDowell.
New Principal Grady Robson was is the audience along with Board Commissioner, Heather Egan; PHS Principal, Debra Stephens and members of the McDowell family.
Plaques and awards were handed out to outstanding students and volunteers (see list below) before each graduate was called to the stage to receive their diploma from their respective teachers. Once the diplomas were handed out the group then assembled to sing “Run for the Roses” to a misty-eyed audience.
The event ended on a fun note as the grads moved up to the gymnasium balcony and sang and danced to “Schools Out” by Alice Cooper while throwing paper airplanes down the onlookers.
Coffee, juice, cake and cookies were served as friends and family gathered to visit and take pics of the grads before they swaped their formal clothing to go to a pool party hosted by the Judds at The Little Red Wagon Winery.
Overall highest Academic Achievement Cade Kuehl
Math James Twolan
French James Twolan
English Destinee Barber
Arts McKenna Soulier
Athletics Paige Dubeau
Boy athlete Cole Douglas
Outstanding Achievement in French Immersion Cade Kuehl
School Spirit Jana Cote
Volunteerism Jody Poirier
Special Volunteer Ronda Lemay