As our school year winds down, with our final Diploma Exams taking place today (June 27) and tomorrow, there is a sense of great pride throughout our school community. And fatigue too. Staff, students - and I trust our entire community of parents, guardians, families, and other stakeholders - are exhausted. However, we are exhausted for all the right reasons. We have endured, and more importantly we have thrived, through yet another school year of uncertainty.
Our Class of 2022 was able to celebrate with a formal Graduation Ceremony and Banquet this spring. Our performing artists were able to return to the stage, while our student athletes were once again able to compete as Coyotes. Classes were as stable and 'normal' as they have been since the 2018/19 school year, and at Centennial High School students were able to engage in a wide array of learning both inside and beyond the classroom.
On June 21, we celebrated our Grade 12 Indigenous students with a circle activity, potluck luncheon, and art walk - culminating in the unveiling of an awe-inspiring mural (created by Grade 10 student Aliya B.) that represents our school's continued dedication to Truth and Reconciliation. You will be able to see this beautiful mural in the fall, as we once again welcome community members into our school for Meet the Teacher Night, athletics, performances, and other events.
Two days from now (on June 29) we will honour numerous students at our Academic Awards Assemblies, celebrating the outstanding scholastic and citizenship accomplishments of numerous Centennial High School students. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
We are excited to meet our incoming Grade 10 students - The Class of 2025(!) - in September, and to welcome back the rest of our student body. Grade 10 students will attend all day on September 1, beginning with our Link Crew Orientation in the morning. Grades 11 and 12 students will attend during the afternoon only on September 1.
With that, I would like to wish my very best to our Class of 2022 as you head off into the next phase of your journeys. I would also like to wish everyone in our Centennial High School community a wonderful summer of rest and fun.
Joe Sturgeon, Principal