Langley’s Got Talent!

The season of school musicals is underway and I strongly encourage families to take in one of the many productions at Langley secondary schools. I had the pleasure of being in the audience last week for the productions of Willy Wonka and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Both of these productions were outstanding and showcased the incredible talent of our students. It is great to see such a wide range of ages involved in these productions, the quality of the singing and music, and the very creative set designs. Productions continue after Spring Break – please check out our website for opportunities to attend.

Once again our athletes were very successful at the Provincial Basketball championships hosted by the Langley Events Centre. Every year this remains a highlight in terms of an incredibly well run event and memorable experiences for all the athletes that get the chance to compete – it also makes for some great entertainment for fans. Our Walnut Grove senior girls finished second overall after a gutsy effort in the final, the Walnut Grove junior boys finished first, and the Brookswood junior and senior girls finishied in the top ten along with the Walnut Grove senior boys.  Impressive results!

I am also thrilled to announce the results from the Provincial Championships in Port Alberni where
Pritpaul Johal, from DW Poppy secondary finished with a gold medal and was also selected as MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER OF THE TOURNAMENT!  In addition, further acknowledgment goes to
Parmjot Sidhu, DW Poppy (silver medal), Jassa Randhawa, Brookswood Secondary (silver medal) and
Matthew Kaita, Brookswood secondary (6th place).

Once again I have also been very impressed with the quality of the grad transitions portfolio presentations at our secondary schools.  Recently I was at R E Mountain secondary to hear from a number of students as they presented their interests and plans for life beyond graduation.  Students are becoming much more organized in archiving their strengths and also presenting the information in a visually interesting format.  All of the stories I heard were inspirational in terms of students sharing their commitment to social purpose activities such as volunteering while at times overcoming personal adversity in their quest to find rewarding careers.  The commitment to social purpose was also evening at the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative event held at Brookswood Secondary School.  All of the students must be commended for their research and presentations on why their non-profit organization should be supported with the $5000 in available funding.


Gord Stewart