At the beginning of the 07-08 school year, I was already looking forward to working with our Grade 12 graduating class. These wonderful people already had a reputation for being extremely engaging and affable. I’ve been fortunate to have these young people in my Grade 12 English class, and can attest to the fact that these people are very enjoyable to work with: I have been fortunate to know these people as both an administrator and a teacher which allows me to know them on a much more personal level. I’ve been able to work with every student on a one to one basis over the course of the year, and I am impressed with their positive attitude and their determination to excel.
At the same time, they have a great sense of humour and companionship and it is obvious that they have built powerful bonds that will last a lifetime. The embracing culture, which is central to this class, has also impacted the entire school. Their friendly nature, humour and positive spirit has impacted their peers in a significant way. Younger students naturally look to the Grade 12’s for leadership and unconsciously follow in their footsteps, knowing that they will soon be walking across the stage to pick up their high school diploma and embark on new adventures in the very near future.
The outlook for our future is indeed bright if this graduating class is the measure of success, for they have been role models, and this will make the communities in which they live and the places in which they work thrive and excel. A great percentage of our students will be heading off on the next leg of their journey to post secondary school, entering such programs as nursing, mechanics, counseling and architectural technology. The commitment and aspirations that these young people have bodes well for their own personal success and for the success of the communities in which they will reside.
On behalf of the entire Bentley School staff, I wish these students a prosperous and fulfilling future, one filled with the promises of life.
Mr. L. Kemski