Graduation for the Grade 8 students at St. Boniface School took place on Tuesday, June 26th, beginning with Mass at 6 p.m. Serving the Mass for Father Ron Voisin were three family members of the graduates students Isaac & Reece Pooran and Evan Sauve.
The graduates sat as a class in the front pews of the church while families and friends sat in the remaining seats. The staff sat as a group as well, behind the graduates.
Grace Baillargeon welcomed the many families and friends to their special graduation Mass.
Mitchell Hartman and Justin Feher gave the readings, with Jocelynn O’Keefe giving the Responsorial Psalm.
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Makayla Schaefer, Cameron Rebelo, Alejandro Lazo-Arevalo and Aliyah Pooran gave the petitions.
Gift Bearers were Dani Egredzija, Mathew Untario, and Justin Feher.
The closing remarks were given by Avery Sauve.
While each person in the church was shaking hands with their neighbours during the “peace”, the students presented their mothers with a single red long-stemmed rose.
Upon entering the school there were stars hanging in the doorway to gym.
Each table had a white table cloth with black napkins with a holder with the student’s picture from their first year at St. Boniface and their graduation picture on the reverse side. Congratulations confetti was also on the tables to make it look very festive. Thank you to Matthew Untario’s mother who donated the special dessert.
Each student was allowed 10 guests and at their table was a special laminated placemat with a collage of pictures of this particular student throughout their school days. On the walls hung laminated silhouettes with positive remarks from their fellow classmates to them. The student’s art work was along all the walls – pop-can art, perspective, reflection, name art and several various types of art work that each student had made during the year. On all the walls were collages of all 11 students of their years at St. Boniface.
Principal Marylin Dawson welcomed the many parents and family to this very special occasion.
Grace Baillargeon and Dani Egredzija gave the valedictorian address. They reminisced about their years spent at St. Boniface from Junior Kindergarten to the present.
The male athlete award was presented to Cameron Rebelo while Grace Baillargeon received the female athlete award.
The spirit award was presented to Averey Sauve. Grace Baillargeon was awarded the personal effort awards, and the personal achievement award was given to Aliyan Pooran. The personal effort and achievement award was presented to Jocelyn O’Keefe.
The overall academic proficiency award was presented to Averey Sauve.
The Christian Living award (in memory of Mary Schulde) was presented to Aliyan Pooran. Averey Sauve received the citizenship award (in memory of Robin Williams), and Dani Egredzija received the Leadership Award.
The French Award was given to Jocelynn O’Keefe.. Four years ago the Waterloo Region Catholic School Foundation introduced an Award of Distinction and this was awarded to Justin Feher.
The South Woolwich Optimist Club Youth Appreciation award was presented again to Aliyan Pooran and Mitchell Hartman who had received it previously at the June Optimist meeting in Bloomingdale at the Bloomingdale Recreation Centre.
Principal Marylin Dawson and Grade 7 / 8 teacher Henry Bink presented the Grade 8 graduation certificates along with a composite picture of the class all in a beautiful leather folder. School council paid for those gifts and also a CD of the slide show to each of the students. Following the presentations to the graduates, Henry was presented with an “Oh Henry” chocolate bar and a special thank you card from each student.
A beautiful slide show took place, with pictures of the students from birth up to and including Grade 8. Special thank you to Patti Schopp, a former student’s mother who for many years has helped teacher Henry Bink with the CD’s.
The 2018 graduates were Grace Baillargon, Dani Egredzija, Justin Feher, Mitchell Hartman, Alejandro Lazo-Arevalo, Jocelynn O’Keefe, Aliyah Pooran, Cameron Rebelo, Avery Sauve, Makayla Schaefer, and Matthew Untario.