April 29, 2024

Hey Parents, Are You Ready?

The Highland Graduation Ceremony is Saturday June 1st and if you are one of those parents whose child comes home with all the information and is happy to share it with you (without any prompting) then congratulations! If that is your situation, you probably already know everything you need to know, and this newsletter is irrelevant.

However, if your child is a great keeper of secrets, particularly ones related to school, please read on.

Informational Items

Grad Spring Extravaganza

  • This will be a BBQ/games event happening at Highland May 16th from 4:30 – 7:30
  • There will be burgers, hotdogs, drinks, and freezies for a small charge ($1 or 2$ each). You will first go to the payment tent at the event to get these food/drink tickets and then line up for the food!
  • There will be games for the grads to take part in and fun to be had by all. Teaser….inflatable obstacle course, jousting, and more.
  • Parents and students are invited
  • In the event of rain, we will move events from the back field into the school.

Grad Tickets

  • Grad fees are due by Friday May 3, 2024. Please note that grad tickets will not be released unless fees are paid. The fees cover the cost of the cap and gown, the grad ceremony, and various other grad activities.
  • Fees can be paid online through the MyEd BC parent portal. The instructions are here.  We also accept cash, cheque, visa, mastercard and debit card in the office.  If you wish to e-transfer, please send payment to highland@sd71.bc.ca and in the memo field please note the graduates name and that the money is for grad fees.
  • Tickets are available for pick up as of Monday May 27th, once the $100 grad fee has been paid. Grads receive 6 tickets each.
  • Those that have requested extra tickets may have to come back later in the week to get the extra tickets.

Grad rehearsal

  • Students are all expected to come to the grad rehearsal at 2:00 Friday May 31st in the Multi-purpose room.
  • This is where you will get your gowns for the ceremony and get a run-through of what to expect on grad day.

Graduation Day Schedule:   Saturday, June 1st, 2024

1:30 p.m.         All grads required on site at the Filberg Park in Comox.

2:00 p.m.         Commencement ceremony begins

4:00-4:15 p.m. Ceremony ends; Students and Parent mingle

4:15-4:30 p.m. Minuet and parent dances on the lower lawns

Note:  Parking can be chaotic so I would encourage you to factor in time as you may have to walk a bit to the event.

Frequently Asked Questions About Graduation

How many tickets are issued to each Grad?  How do I obtain them?

Each grad will be issued 6 tickets on May 27th, which will gain entrance to either the Filberg Lodge site or the school gym. You may request more tickets by contacting the office, although there is no guarantee that you will receive them.  You will not be given tickets if your grad fees are not paid.  Any extra tickets will be distributed evenly among those who have put their names on the list for more.  Please contact an administrator if the fee is an issue for your family.

**Please do not ask for the maximum number of tickets if you do not need them**

I have heard that the ceremonies are going to be held outside – is this true?

Yes, weather permitting – the ceremonies will be held at the Filberg Lodge grounds.  Please prepare for the weather in the event of cooler temperatures or a rain shower. It can also be quite hot in the sun so a fan or a hat would be a good idea in the case of a hot day!

Is there a backup plan if the weather prohibits outdoor activities?

The alternative venue will be Highland’s gymnasium.  Mrs. Baker will decide by 3:00 p.m. on May 30th as to the appropriateness of the weather.  The decision will be posted on the school website at that time if the venue needs to change to the gym.  Remember, seating is limited in the gym due to fire regulations, and guests will not be admitted without the appropriate tickets.

What is the minuet?

We are lucky to have Maria Buckley return to volunteer her time to teach this traditional dance to the grads.  Hailed as the event that unites the grad class, lessons began in late March. The minuet is not a “couples” dance and all participants must be Highland Grads. Students have been encouraged to find partners who are committed to the practices and event.

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Attention Grads:

Student Scholarships.org has a list of 14 Scholarship programs available to BC students.  More than 350 individual scholarships will be distributed through these 14 programs. Student from BC school districts are eligible for all the awards below.

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