Gillian Wiley is a Grade 10 L.V. Rogers student. Her column returns in September.

Gillian Wiley is a Grade 10 L.V. Rogers student. Her column returns in September.

COLUMN: Another school year (almost) in the books

We did it! As June reaches its close, it is time for us all to reflect on the past year.

We did it! As June reaches its close, it is time for us all to reflect on the past year, take some time to think while our brains are exploding with exam pressure.

Even those who have just graduated take off their caps and gowns and return to school for two more weeks after being told they were free. So it goes. In any case, even if we can’t turn our minds backwards to remember math questions from the beginnings of our classes, you can bet our minds are turning forwards.

For those of us graduating, the days after June 27 fade into the unknown, an exciting and frightening new chapter. And those of us returning in the fall have new classes, teachers, and experiences to look forward to during and after our two months of summer.

Now for the news of the past month or so. The LVR dance department, in collaboration with Allegro Dance, presented Movement at the Capitol Theatre on May 28. The show was beautiful, and especially memorable were the colourful bodysuits that the dancers wore for some of the performance. The dance department doesn’t put on many shows, and this one was not to be missed.

It has been a great month for the arts, with Corazón performing on the 28th and 30th, as well as the Grad Talent Show allowing LVR kids to show off a myriad of amazing talents, from songs that they composed to comedic scenes.

Corazón’s performances bring tears to many eyes, and we in this town are incredibly lucky to have this choir, run by Allison Girvan, who makes a group of talented teenagers and young adults sound like professionals. It is this music, dance and drama that makes Nelson an arts town, and the kids who live here are certainly lucky to get to take part in it.

The Global Perspectives class hosted a dinner dance fundraiser for sustainability in a small village in Kenya. The event had a five-course meal and swing dancing, and was played by the bands Swing Theory and All Canadian Back Bacon, as well as cello player Tibo Kölmel. The event was a blast, and for a very good cause.

A few LVR students attended this year’s Southern Interior Youth Parliament in Kelowna. Eija Loponen-Stevenson, our school’s debate captain, led four other LVR students (and one from Stanley Humphries) to be members of the opposition in an event that is almost entirely organised by youth, dedicated to educating teens about parliamentary procedure.

It may sound a bit boring when phrased that way, but the kids spend the weekend debating mock legislation which can be hilarious (for instance, a bill suggesting that the premier beatbox during the singing of O Canada) and leave with a greater understanding of our government.

The few days of grad included a cap and gown ceremony on Friday, the usual grand march around the skating rink on Saturday, and the ever-amusing cavalcade, in which grads get to drive down the street in shiny cars and practice their princess wave. Hey, high school graduation happens once in everyone’s life, and they might as well make the most of it.

The end of the school year is a time of exams and deadlines, but also of days that feel like summer, and, especially for those graduating, experiences that are not to be forgotten.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Finn Lydon. Photo: Submitted
UPDATE: Winlaw boy reported missing has been found

Finn Lydon was was located last evening

Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
‘People need to start listening’: IH top doc combats COVID-19 misconceptions

Dr. Albert de Villiers says light at the end of the tunnel will grow in step with people’s adherence to PHO guidance

(File)
One death and 82 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

1,981 total cases, 609 are active and those individuals are on isolation

Interior Health has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Castlegar doctors and mayor urge residents to take COVID-19 seriously as cases are confirmed in the city

“Your doctors would like you to understand we do now have Covid cases here”

Youth Climate Corps members April Gariepy, Summer Monkman and Linn Murray at work in West Arm Provincial Park, fall 2020. Photo: Submitted
Youth Climate Corps members April Gariepy, Summer Monkman and Linn Murray at work in West Arm Provincial Park. fall 2020. Photo submitted
VIDEO: Kootenay youth climate group works to protect Nelson’s water supply

Youth Climate Corps members spent five weeks thinning forest in West Arm Park

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Melissa David, of Parachutes for Pets and her dogs Hudson and Charlie are trying to raise money for a homeless shelter that will allow pets and are seen in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘My only wish:’ Children asking pet charity to help their furry friends at Christmas

Parachutes for Pets says it has received 14 letters from children in the last week t

Melissa Velden and her chef-husband Chris Velden, stand in their dining room at the Flying Apron Inn and Cookery in Summerville, N.S. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The couple is hosting holiday parties with appropriate distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols in place at their restaurant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Celebrities, Santa and Zoom part of office holiday parties being held amid COVID-19

Many will send tokens of appreciation to workers or offer time off or cash

Richard Reeves examines a painted film strip in his home studio. Photo: Aaron Hemens
PHOTOS: Pandemic inspires creativity for Creston animator Richard Reeves

For more than 30 years, Richard Reeves has been creating abstract animated short-films by drawing and painting images onto strips of film.

Good Samaritan Mountainview Village located at 1540 KLO Road in Kelowna. (Good Samaritan Society)
First long-term care resident dies from COVID-19 in Interior Health

Man in his 80s dies following virus outbreak at Mountainview Village

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

Most Read