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Planting roots and leaving Grade 7 in style

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After seven years at elementary school, it is time to move on from where you have planted roots and make the transition into high school. Elementary schools across the District mark this milestone with gifts, goodies and special ceremonies, and this year is no exception

At Southlands Elementary, the District grounds crew planted a dogwood tree as a legacy gift for the class of 2021. A dogwood tree is known for its yellow and white flowers that offer magnificent blooms in spring. Dogwood trees need plenty of sunshine, and with this heatwave it is bound to grow strong. The tree sits on the front yard of the school to remind students where they planted roots.

“It’s been an exceptional year for us throughout the pandemic,” says Margaret Paxton, principal of Southlands Elementary. Students, staff and families, however, have worked hard to make leaving the school a special memory. Paxton says parents also created gift bags filled with treats and other goodies for the grads and the school hosts a virtual leaving ceremony for families this week.

At Livingstone Elementary, students celebrated in style with a Hollywood themed celebration. The ceremony began with students walking down a red carpet to enter the school gym. Students made their way to Livingstone’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stars, personally decorated by each Grade 7 student, filled the gym and hallways.

“This year we tried to create a celebration for our Grade 7 students that would capture their interest and excitement,” says Carrie Froese, Livingstone Elementary principal. Sure enough, excitement filled the school – especially during the finale of the ceremony. Students watched a movie premiere to showcase a film by all the Grade 7 students and their favourite memories at the school.

Congratulations to all Vancouver School District Grade 7 students on your transition into high school!

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