(From the left -Ms. Gray, Ms. Skelton, Divya Sharma, Ms. Alexzander, Ms. Bader, Ms. Webber, Ms. Takvam)
As we move towards the end of 2020, we reflect on the year and often feel tremendous pride in the countless ways our staff supported learning during a global pandemic. Throughout the past few months, the small gestures of appreciation, flowers, coffee and notes, from our community have fueled us. We were recently approached by Divya Sharma, a Grade 11 student at Fort Richmond Collegiate, who wanted to express her thanks to a particular group of school staff, below is a message written in her own words.
“As the COVID-19 cases climbed across Manitoba, so did the phone calls to schools and time that would be spent cleaning classrooms, hallways and bathrooms. Yet, our Fort Richmond Collegiate (FRC), secretaries and custodians remained committed.
When I come to school, I often talk to staff about projects. I am greeted with a big smile behind a mask from one of our remarkable secretaries. They are always happy to see and assist students at any time during the day. We talk to them about school and ask them questions about experiences, which truly helps me in my day-to-day life. During my time in elementary and middle school, there have always been amazing secretaries including Ms. Robert. Ms. Alexander, Ms. Webber. Ms. Bader. Mrs. Takvam, Ms. Glenwright, Ms.Suboor and Ms. McAllister.
While I sit in my Slot 5, Canadian History class, from the corner of my eye, I often see another group of unsung heroes. Our custodians have been extremely busy this fall to ensure student and staff safety. Whether I have after-school classes or I need to confirm projects with a respective teacher, I am sure to walk by as they diligently clean around the school. Artur in specific goes above and beyond to take care of FRC while promoting school spirit with “Hints from Artur.” They give a new meaning to working day and night!
As a student, I have been fortunate to study at a school with fascinating clubs, impressive guest speakers, insightful teachers, compassionate councilors and much more. I feel extremely lucky to also be supported by an amazing group of office staff and custodians that have been dedicated to their roles during a very challenging year.
I would like to encourage our community to pay attention and share gratitude for all the roles that help make Pembina Trails a wonderful school division. Whether it is giving a card to your bus driver, celebrating a secretary’s pregnancy, like what was recently done at École St. Avila or having their name represented on the school website, they all deserve appreciation.”
Divya Sharma, is a Grade 11 student at Fort Richmond Collegiate.