It was a historic day Wednesday at Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School.
Fairbairn staff and students celebrated the school’s inaugural closing assembly and awards ceremony, as seven students took home the Senator Joyce Fairbairn Medal of Honour.
This awards aims to honour Senator Fairbairn’s dedication to and tireless work in making the world a better place.
“She is a special human being whose actions and decisions are rooted in, and inseparable from, who she is at heart: hard working, determined, strategic and strong,” said Fairbairn principal Bill Bartlett. “Not only was she a trailblazer for women in the fields of communications and politics, she was also a fierce advocate for the underprivileged, a leader in the truest sense of the word and an invested promoter of literacy.”
Each year, the award will be presented to students who exemplify the many meaningful and inspiring facets of our school’s namesake.
The following is the list students honoured for their contributions to the school for the 2018/2019 school year, and a brief description of those students, as read by the award presenters.
Dylan is described as kind and resilient. He is devoted to working hard in order to make himself better each and every day. His determination and positive disposition are contagious.
Alex is described as enthusiastic and giving. She shows determination and perseverance in her studies. She is committed to her school and inclusive by nature. Her willingness to take on new challenges shows her strength of character.
deKock was described by the staff who nominated him as having an astonishing work ethic. His diligence and dedication to school work along with his leadership qualities are noteworthy. His humility is understated. He truly embodies what it means to be a Falcon.
She is a trailblazer. She owns who she is and shares her passion and character with the world. She radiates joy and passion. Blessing is described by staff as an extraordinary young woman.
She is always engaged in her academics and cares deeply about being successful in everything she does. Her compassion and intelligence are equally displayed in her academic and athletic pursuits. She is inclusive and quickly supports her peers.
Rita Many Shots
Rita is described as a kind and caring person. She thinks deeply and has incredible artistic talent. She is an empathetic young lady who displays a quiet courage that is admirable.
She is described as the epitome of excellence. She is a young lady with a tireless work ethic who is committed to achieving greatness in everything that she encounters. She is determined to be the best version of herself as both student and person each and every day.
During the ceremony, staff also listed off some interesting facts about the school’s first year, and showed off some of the items that will be going into a time capsule, for future Fairbairn students to open.