Grand Erie District School Board is welcoming students back to school with a focus on student success and recognition.
The Grand Erie Student Recognition Program acknowledges students who have accomplished excellence in the areas of academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as excellence in the community.
“We are really proud of our students and what they can accomplish,” said David Dean, Chair of the Board. “It’s an honour to recognize their success through our student recognition program.”
Launched in February 2016, 17 individual students and groups from all areas of the district have been recognized formally by the Board of Trustees for their varying successes and achievements.
Among the recipients recognized include a brother and sister who won titles at the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championships, three students who danced on stage with Cirque De Soleil at the Pan Am Games, and a group of students who earned their Diplôme D`études en Langue Française.
Students are celebrated at the monthly Regular Board Meetings. Nominations are submitted by school staff and accepted all year.Student recognition is aligned with the launch of Grand Erie’s new 2016-2020 Multi-Year Plan. The Board of Trustees approved a new strategic direction to guide the work of the Board with the goal of Success for Every Student. The goal will be achieved through a focus on students and staff in a culture of high expectations.
“Success looks different for everyone and is demonstrated in our schools each day,” said Brenda Blancher, Director of Education. “As students strive to reach his or her desired purpose, we look forward to creating the conditions for them to succeed and celebrate their stories of success.”
Every year students at Waterford Public participate in the Annual Legion Poster and Literary Contest to promote Remembrance. This year was no different with upwards of one hundred posters being submitted and several moving on to the next level of competition.
From the Legion:
"One of our primary goals, fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Thanks to the longstanding tradition of the Annual Literary and Poster Contests, we have been able to involve Canadian school children in helping us to promote not only the National Remembrance Day Service, but also the act of honouring our military heritage."
Every October the small community of Waterford hosts its annual Pumpkinfest and Waterford Public School students, along with the entire community, are very actively involved in this annual festival.
This year, three hundred and forty pumpkins were donated to the school for creative carving. Every student from Kindergarten through to Grade 8 carved individual pumpkins.
“Our senior students assisted our primary students with this activity,” said a Waterford Public School staff member.
On the morning of Thursday, October 13, students along with parents and staff walked to the County ball diamond to assist in placing their pumpkins on the huge lighted pumpkin pyramid. A large community parade took place on Saturday, October 15 and the school was represented in the parade by many marching staff and students.
Every year this event provides an opportunity for Waterford Public School and students to get involved in many activities and events in the community. It is also a time for students to express themselves using their artistic talents and their creative writing skills.