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With the 2016-2017 school year well underway, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all students, their families and staff to what promises to be an exciting and rewarding school year at Vimy Ridge Academy. It’s hard to believe that two months have passed us by, but we are off to a great start and with term one under our belt, the students and staff are nicely settling in for what promises to be another successful year at Vimy Ridge.
It’s an honor to serve as principal at Vimy Ridge and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you. By working together, we can ensure that your children are striving to reach their potential and that they have a successful school year. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to drop by the school and meet with me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your son’s or daughter’s progress throughout the year.
In addition to our sports specific programming and training, as well as our dance program, our focus at Vimy Ridge Academy continues to be on academics. Character Education is very much a contributing factor for the development of well-rounded students, so the C.O.R.E. values that we have adopted, emphasizing Citizenship, Opportunity, Respect, and Enthusiasm are essential to the culture at Vimy Ridge Academy. I have been so impressed with the respectful young adults that attend our school each day.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome and introduce some new additions to our staff and programming. Joining the Vimy Ridge Academy teaching staff this year are: Ms. Marlene Svendgaard (Math Department Head), Ms. Christy Hansen (Sportfit), Ms. Jill Chimera (FSL/Softball), Mr. Philip Smyth (Social and Lacrosse) and Mr. Gord Gerlach (Baseball). In our Student Services department, Ms. Shauna Singleton has joined us as a Success Coach. This year we are very excited to announce that we have added Baseball/Softball (Mark Randall – Director) to our Sports programming. In addition, we are working with the Okanagan Hockey Group, providing the educational component for their Midget team (Randall Weber – Head coach) and Bantam team (Sean Beissel – Head coach). Welcome to Vimy!
We are now in the final phase of the modernization of Vimy Ridge Academy. The building is beginning to take on a “new look” in a lot of areas and the feedback so far has been very positive. Completion of the modernization is slated for the spring of 2017. So with only a few short months to go, I would like to thank the students and staff for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we head to the finish line of this project.
The staff and I are looking forward to a great year and I am confident that through our commitment to work together, we will celebrate a year filled with excellence in achievement and positive relationships, and that our students will continue to be contributing citizens to the learning community at Vimy Ridge Academy.
Best wishes for a very successful year.
Bryan Radmanovich, Principal
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