Despite the teachers' strike, I continue to see compelling examples of how committed our teachers are.
Earlier this month, history was made in B.C. when two Aberdeen elementary school classes performed at the Black Box Theatre (TRU) for an examiner from Trinity Guildhall in London, England. Trinity Guildhall offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students and teachers of drama and speech subjects.
It was a confidence-building, life-changing experience for the 40 children who took the stage. And, it was the first time in B.C. that a school performed a class play for Trinity Guildhall.
This performance supported the school division arts curriculum; however the breadth of the undertaking by teachers Shawn Carroll and Teri Allen-Innis speaks to the professionalism and commitment of our teachers.
As we wrap up the 2011-12 school year, I encourage us all to take moment to reflect on how our teachers went above and beyond for our children in an exceptional year.
A special thank you to performing artist and former Kamloops drama teacher Sheda Petersen, who contributed her expertise, enthusiasm and mentorship. The teachers of Kamloops continue to give even after retirement.