The Best Day of My Life

 

This song..I can’t get it out of my head! I can’t help but have the “best day of my life” whenever I hear it. It must have been playing before I headed to work on the last day of school with students this year. I really did have one of the “best days of my life”. My #1 highlight from the day:

 

The Greystone School Championship Challenge

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One of our most amazing students in grade 9 has been supported by both staff and an incredibly accepting and unique group of students since he began his time with us at Greystone five years ago. When he began grade 5, his mom was deeply concerned about his ability to be successful with so many students in such a large setting as her son faced many challenges and became overwhelmed very easily. Five years later, we celebrated his last day of school at Greystone by supporting this student to plan and carry out his dream of participating, with his classmates, in a race he designed himself – The Greystone School Championship Challenge.

This grade 9 student drew up the design for the challenge course and with the non-stop support of our amazing Educational Assistant who has worked alongside this student for the past two years, the event was set to take place. Posters for each station were made, prizes for the finishers were purchased, helium balloons for the starting line were dropped off by our Educational Assistant’s mom and the special trophy, which had been engraved with the name and date of the event, were all ready. The student’s teachers and classmates all took part, either supporting the big race from the sidelines or participating in the event themselves.

The biggest highlight…watching this student have “the best day of his life” as he crossed the finish line and received a trophy for the event. Those of us who had the privilege of watching the presentation of the trophy shared in the magic of something that brought sheer joy to this student and were able to be a part of the “best day of his life”.

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What is most impressive is how this student has not only been accepted, but he has been celebrated in our school community for the very special individual he is. His strong finish at Greystone, both in his big race and also in his learning during his time with us, is a tribute to not only this student, but to all of the members of our school community for their commitment to his success. Awesome!!!!

Other highlights from the day included water wars and time spent enjoying each other’s company outside of the school walls. My favourite comments from students and staff included how much they appreciated ending the year together in such a fun way and how this kind of finish to the school year made everyone feel such mixed emotions about leaving for the summer…happy for a holiday, but sad to see the end of this awesome school year together.

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Looking forward to experiencing many more “best days of my life” with our Greystone School Community when we are back together in September.

Happy Summer!

 

 

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