Early birthday bash at GDHS
BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff Glengarry District High School students started Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration early by holding a ceremony and creating a dazzling red and white colour formation to represent Canada’s flag last Wednesday.
All Upper Canada District School Board schools will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary that officially takes place July 1, 2017.
“It’s a neat idea to let the kids be aware. It’s an important date and a good thing to celebrate,” said North Glengarry Coun. Brian Caddell who participated in the GDHS ceremony. Principal Trish Brown said the school wanted to celebrate Canadiana and “talk about why we are very lucky to live in the country we do.”
Glengarry Pipe Band members marched into the GDHS auditorium to start the ceremony as many students donned their red and white attire for the day. Students also received commemorative Tshirts.
Student Sarah Caddell sang the national anthem and students viewed an array of inspiring images of Canada’s landscape from coast to coast, while listening to The Tragically Hip’s song “Wheat Kings.”
Teacher Katherine Adams noted youth should be proud of their Canadian heritage, as Canada is recognized as the second best place to live in the world, based on a recent report.
For the school’s anniversary photo, students assembled with each holding a red or white square piece of paper over their head to form a massive image of the Canadian flag on the school’s soccer field. The photograph will be incorporated into GDHS’s own Canada 150 anniversary poster display.
UCDSB trustee Wendy MacPherson joined North Glengarry councillors Brian Caddell and Jeff Manley, both retired teachers, in signing a com- memorative poster that will also be signed by students.
Students had earlier planted commemorative red and white tulips in front of the school.
They continued the celebration by participating in a five-kilometre walk and run on the school’s track.
GDHS 150: (Above) Brianna Van Loon, Shayla MacNaughton, and Sarah MacGillivray were among the students who formed a flag. (Below, right) Marshall Wilson and Morgan MacPherson were masters of ceremony at the gathering. (Bottom) Denali Dorn, Robyn Howes...