Letter from Superintendent Patrick Bocking – June 2017

Dear Graduates,

Am I really ready to graduate?

Many new high school graduates ask themselves this. To be sure, it is completely natural to wonder what’s next. Where am I going to be? What am I going to do? Who will be with me? How is all of this going to happen?

Look back to kindergarten thirteen years ago. Since then you have learned so much, much more than any of us can really grasp all at once and most of it we tend to take for granted. Through your own effort, and with a lot of support from your family and your teachers, you’ve grown enormously. When you think back to the many teachers you’ve worked with, the people you’ve known, the subjects you’ve taken, the experiences that you’ve enjoyed; it’s really amazing!

You are a graduate from one of the best school systems in the world. British Columbia students, like you, rank very highly on international tests; you are among the best anywhere! And while British Columbia graduates are known to have high academic success, they are also known to have compassion, generosity and acceptance of others.

Are you ready to graduate and move on to the next stage in your lives? I have an easy answer for you. You have the knowledge, skills, and the attitudes that will ensure your success throughout your life. It will take work as all good things do, but you are most definitely very ready.

We could not be prouder of you.

Very sincerely,



Patrick Bocking
Superintendent of Schools


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