The month of June is graduation time for students all across the province. It is the time for students, parents and teachers to celebrate the accomplishments as another school year draws to a close. It is also the time for the academic and athletic achievements of students in all grades to be acknowledged and celebrated.

For the students in Tatamagouche Elementary and North Colchester High, it marks another significant milestone. In September 2018, Tatamagouche Regional Academy will open for students grade primary – 12. This community has waited many years for this building to become a reality. Students and teachers alike will be filled with both apprehension and excitement when they come together under the administrative leadership of Brian Holmes.

 

Modern learning spaces with new technology will provide an excellent environment for our students to learn and grow. The inclusion of a Skill Trades Centre provides additional opportunities for those wishing to pursue a path in the trades. This building will be one of which the community can be very proud.

The entire community comes together each year to support grade 12 graduates and to thank teachers for their commitment to students during the year. An extensive list of individuals, organizations and businesses, who provide bursaries and scholarships is outstanding and is a way to say thanks to each graduate who has contributed to the spirit of both the school and the community.

Hundreds of students from along the north shore have fond memories of their school experiences and regardless of the bricks and mortar (be it the new school or the former school), it has served them well. Tatamagouche Regional Academy, its students and teachers will begin a new era of public education, but all will remain true to what makes a real difference and that is the relationship between a classroom teacher and their students. That is the firm foundation on which all learning takes place.

Congratulations to the 2018 graduating class and welcome to all students who will enter Tatamagouche Regional Academy in September.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North