Changes at BR Through The Eyes of a Graduating Student
By Ishleen Sudan
Much like a sailor charting unexplored territory, entering into a new grade, and for our grade 9s, a new school is already difficult enough. Combined with the torrential changes of construction, overcrowding, and reports of approaching strikes, the promise of adaptation may appear futile.
The changes at Bishop Reding Secondary School this year are numerous and drastically affect the daily lives of our student body. As I am sure everybody has noticed, Exit 20, the entryway to the school from the portables, is jammed by a faceless mass of red uniforms hustling to get to class. Much to the chagrin of the general student body, the construction work at the front of the school, jamming three of the front exits, has necessitated that everyone enters and exits the school through Exit 20 (the back exit remains unfortunately underused). We have also lost seasoned members of our school community, the lecture hall and the greenhouse, to further school expansion.
What many would call radical change for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year is not just limited to our secondary school ー schools all over the province are also undergoing significant revision. Due to Premier Doug Ford’s new legislation that has mandated cuts to our education system, the Canadian Union of Public Education (CUPE) plans to strike this coming Monday unless some sort of negotiation is reached. This includes our school custodians, secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library technicians, and members of our IT department. Teachers and other members of our school boards may soon follow. At this point, the extent to which protests will affect our education is unclear, but it is safe to say that funding for educational resources (chromebooks, textbooks, etc.), time devoted to extracurriculars, and report card formats, are all things that may witness some alteration.
These changes are minor inconveniences at best, and transformative events that will severely affect our lives (for instance, university applications for Grade 12s) at worst, but it is important to realize that they exist for the future benefit of our secondary school and education. Maintain a positive mindset, brave the currents of the sea, and remember that improvement and a shining sun are on the horizon.