This month, schools around the Valley invited students to count down the fast-approaching end of the school year with various activities and school trips. Heritage Elementary held theme days on every Friday during the month of June, while Hemingford Elementary had a scavenger hunt and a Fun Day. In recent weeks, graduation ceremonies celebrating the end of the 2021-2022 school year were taking place.
OES holds grad at fairgrounds
On June 15, Ormstown Elementary (OES) graduating students, along with friends and families, gathered within the Ormstown fairgrounds for the ceremony that would signify the end of their elementary school education. The sun was shining, the humidity had cleared, and after a small parade through the village students assembled in a circle in front of the Industrial Building. The chairs had been decorated with each graduate’s name, photo, and chosen quote.
This ceremony was especially poignant as it was the last OES graduation ceremony for the principal, Joanne Henrico, who will be taking a leave of absence. To honour her eight years of service to the school, the governing board created a new award in her name. The Joanne Henrico Award for Care and Community Building was awarded to students who demonstrated caring, kindness, and community spirit. The first recipients were Brody Barkley and Jalyn Furey.
There were many academic awards, but one presentation stood out. Former principal David Brisebois was called upon to present the Spirit Award to a student who is most involved in student life. In his short speech, he noted that the Caring and Community Building Award should be presented to Henrico herself, for her efforts in the promotion of caring and community service while she was the OES principal. Brisebois then cheerfully awarded the Spirit Award to Jacob Tannahill who received it proudly.
Speeches were given by teachers Anne Marie McCaffrey, Danielle Schinck, Travis Irwin, and Principal Henrico. Graduation certificates were given to the 22 assembled Grade 6 students. Music teacher Irwin then led the graduates in the Bruno Mars song, Count on Me. An intimate reception with graduation cake and conversation followed. Family photos were taken, and as the sun began to sink below the horizon students and their families piled into cars for the journey home.