Graduation 2017

posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friday marked convocation day, and the last couple of weeks leading up to it have been filled with joy-filled events that will send the students off into the world with a sense of kinship, accomplishment, camaraderie and excitement for the chapters that lay ahead.

The events kicked off on Wednesday, June 6, when the SJR Alumni Association hosted the Grad Luncheon to welcome the Grade 12 students to the SJRAA. On Friday, June 8, a group of 22 Grade 12 students celebrated at the first Lifers’ assembly to include those who’d been at SJR from Kindergarten all the way to their graduating day. Current and former teachers and coaches all took the time to share photos, videos, and their memories of the students. Staff, and an assembly hall of Junior School students, were treated to trips down memory lane, including video clips of the Lifers in their younger years in a hilarious environmental awareness movie, singing at Holly Ball, and taking part in talent shows. Slideshows of then-and-now photos were shared, along with their beloved Junior School mascots, which some students got to take home.

“It’s important to remember that even the quiet ones can do great things,” said Ms. Brown, reading on behalf of Ms. Chomiak, who was sadly unable to attend. “This was one of my favourite classes of all time,” said Mrs. Shust, congratulating the students on their exceptional spirit. Ms. Kozier pointed out how she remembered just how respectful of each other the students were, and how proud she was to know them. “Never underestimate the power of your influence on your teachers and your coaches,” said Ms. Calsbeck, “We become better people because of you.”

Senior School’s last day of classes was June 9, and students took part in the time-honoured tradition of parading through the hallways spreading cheer (and as much noise as they possibly could!). Junior and Middle School students watched with glee as their elders marched throughout the school, cheering and playing various musical instruments!

The Grade 12s enjoyed the opportunity to dress up and enjoy their convocation dinner in Hamber Hall. The space in which they had spent countless lunch hours was transformed into an elegant dining hall, bedecked with white linens and fresh flowers.  

On Thursday, June 22, the graduating students enjoyed their Graduation Tea, complemented by a beautiful DIY backdrop. Grade 12s who had elected to purchase a ring were presented with them individually by Grade 11 students, sharing a special moment (and some photo opportunities!). It was a meaningful time to share memories and time together with each other and their teachers.

And of course, the events wrapped up with the official convocation ceremony, held Friday, June 23 at Immanuel Pentecostal Church here in Winnipeg. The ceremony was streamed live on our website (and can be re-watched by clicking here) and throughout the School as it happened. Video clips of the graduates were played at the ceremony revealing where they would be continuing their studies, and

Alumni Prefect Krisi Lambos '17 left us some parting words:

“Being a Lifer at SJR means that you have a family at home and a family at school. You see your classmates almost every day, and create memories and friendships you will have for life. As a Lifer, I look back on all these memories from my childhood and the rest of my adolescence and think about how lucky I am to have met so many great people.

I think it's amazing that almost all of the friendships I made in Kindergarten have lasted these thirteen years. It gives me a lot of hope as alumni prefect thinking toward the future. All of the connections we have made and kept thus far will stretch into years past SJR.

At the end of the day, you say, "wow, those thirteen years have gone by in the blink of an eye." We were just kids going into this school, and we are coming out as proud leaders of the SJR community. I owe my entire education to SJR, and I can only hope that one day I can give back to this community as much as it deserves.”

It is the end of an era for our Grade 12 students, who should feel proud of everything they achieved together. Recent celebrations provided a fun, elegant, and appropriate way to celebrate their accomplishments. Though we share their sadness in saying goodbye, we congratulate the Class of 2017 and their families as we also share their enormous sense of excitement for the future – we’re certain we’ll be hearing great things from these graduates in the years to come.