Jun 29

Dear Sir Wilfrid Laurier Staff, Parents and Students,

It is with mixed emotion that I announce I will be leaving Sir Wilfrid Laurier School at the end of this school year.  I can hardly believe that five years have passed since I was afforded the opportunity and honor to serve as your school principal.  I will be moving to McKenzie Highlands School commencing August 26.

I wish to thank SWL parents for the support, care and love you give to your children, always instilling the importance of education and encouraging them to do their best work each and every day.  This is nothing short of remarkable and your children are in very capable hands as SWL teachers and staff continue to build and strengthen the goals we have established at Sir Wilfrid Laurier.  SWL teachers and Assistant Principal Ms. Jernigan, thank you for your tireless dedication to students and for your care and continuous pursuit of mastery teaching.  Working alongside of you has been transformative and deeply rewarding.

I have been able to watch SWL students grow into remarkable young adults, starting as grade six students who are yearning to grow, and by grade nine, they are poised and ready to take on new challenges with heart, soul, determination, knowledge and skill.  The students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier have been so kind and fun loving. These are some of the best qualities in a student a principal could ever ask for. 

You are  a truly a wonderful school community!  Thank you School Council Members and parent volunteers.  You have supported SWL through some difficult years, meeting virtually and demonstrating flexibility, giving much of your time, energy and skill to enrich our programs.   Thank you for listening to me talk so much and  for being so patient!  Students, thank you for tolerating my cheesy humor and efforts to make you laugh and smile.  Go after your dreams, chase them and catch them and make them real!

I wish all of you a wonderful, fun-filled summer holiday.  It has been an absolute pleasure!

Mr. Martin
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School
Calgary Board of Education


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