The Labour Day long weekend is upon us once again and students, teachers and parents prepare to begin another year of school. This is an extraordinarily exciting time for students, something of a relief for parents and an anxious and invigorating time for teachers. This year will be like most others, as students reconnect with friends, talk about their summer adventures, and excitedly look at their timetables to see who is in their classes and who their teachers are.
I am very much looking forward to the upcoming school year, and am hopeful that much of the labour unrest that impacted last year is behind us. I watched a great deal of Olympics coverage this past summer and was inspired by the efforts of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Oscar Pistorius and of course, Christine Sinclair and the Canadian National Women's Soccer team. At Burnett, our mission this year will be to help you "Find your Greatness".
I also love a good Sesame Street "Back to School" video to get me ready and The Count was always my favourite character. I look forward to seeing each of you at school and hope we can bring out the same enthusiasm the Count has in this video (though I know the classes will be much larger than 10). The excitement of a new year and the opportunity to meet and connect with so many people truly is the best part of school. Enjoy it and take full advantage by getting involved in everything the school has to offer.
So, from all the staff at Burnett Secondary School, we want to wish a bright "Welcome" to our new students, and a hearty "Welcome back" to all those returning for another year at our great school.