Move grad to end of June, school board hears

  • Nov. 30, 2007 5:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte trustee Christine Martynuik has suggested that the local high schools move the dates of their graduation ceremonies to the end of June, saying it could improve students’ performance on provincial exams. Traditionally, Queen Charlotte Secondary and G.M. Dawson Secondary hold their grads on separate Saturdays around the beginning of June. At last week’s school board meeting, Ms Martynuik said she attended a rural schools conference where she heard that another small district in BC had dramatically boosted its graduation rate after deciding to hold the grad ceremony after students write their provincial exams, instead of before. The idea is that this allows to students to concentrate fully on studying and writing their provincial exams, instead of being distracted by preparing for the grad ceremony and party. Superintendent Mike Woods said the date of each school’s ceremony is chosen by a grad committee made up of students, teachers and parents. “I have brought this matter to the principals already and they seemed sort of interested,” he said. Ms Martynuik said she had discussed the idea with the Queen Charlotte Secondary parents advisory committee, which was also interested. Trustees asked Mr. Woods to ask the principals to pass the idea on to their grad committees, and see what they think. Provincial exams are scheduled to be written between June 18 and 26 next year.