As busy as the past few weeks have been, however, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank and congratulate all of the people who have made them enjoyable, despite the frenetic pace. There have been several spectacular events recently, among them:
The canned food drive organized by our Student Council.
Conference Day and Seniors Brunch), and the Student Council once again championed a canned food drive. Every C block class for four weeks, students were asked to bring in donations that would be packaged up and sent to the Richmond Food Bank to aid people less fortunate. Once again, Burnett students gave in record numbers, this time collecting over 16,000 items which were taken to the food bank. Way to go Breakers!
The Winter Music Concert featuring the talents of the Burnett Music Department.
Green Thumb Theatre company and performed at the Roundhouse Community Center. This high-quality, professionally-produced show, featured material written and performed entirely by students. There were four schools from around the Lower Mainland (Burnett, Alpha, Seycove and Tupper), each performing five different scenes about teenage life. It was an important, thought-provoking show, and speaking with the students after the show, one could see how justifiably proud of themselves they were.
I also had the pleasure of observing some amazing classes, as students performed in a mock-trial in Law 12, played some wildly engaging games of Jeopardy in a couple of Socials Studies 9 and 10 classes, and all Junior PE students performed their own creative dance projects for huge audiences in the gym on the last day of school. In each of the classes I observed, I saw students completely engaged, being creative, courageous and respectful of one another. Everything I saw reflects very positively on our staff and students, and our entire community should be proud of what is going on in our school.
Another fantastic month, where I got to see amazingly talented people working hard to produce stunning events. I continue to be impressed by the courage and attitudes of the young people we have the pleasure of working with. When I look back on my teenage years, I know that I was not as socially-aware as students today, nor did I have the confidence to perform on stage in front of my peers. Kudos to all those involved, and I wish you all a happy holiday season and best of luck for the new year. See you in 2012!