Graduation day at Kay Ste. Germaine Special Needs School last Friday 16th June 2017.
Eleven exceptional young people assembled to mark the end of their time at our school. Staff, students and family members gathered to support them.
In a country like Haiti, where individuals with disabilities are often ignored, dismissed and kept at the margins of society, it was a privilege to celebrate our graduates and see them participate fully in every aspect of Friday’s ceremony.
Our graduates were beautifully dressed for the occasion, they sang and read at Mass and their strengths and achievements were highlighted for all to hear. Their proud parents spoke movingly about the positive impact that our inclusive school environment has had on their children and families.
There were some tears on the day. That’s what happens when you leave a safe and supportive environment; it’s a very human reaction to change. But overall, it was a day of huge pride and even greater joy.
There is no greater motivator for us than to know that our work contributes to the confidence, happiness and well-being of the children who leave our school every year. We couldn’t ask for better ambassadors; our graduates advocate persuasively for themselves and others like them.
We will miss our graduates and wish them well in everything that the future holds for them. Our campus is quiet for the Summer now. We can’t wait to welcome our new students in September.
In the meantime, have a happy holiday and enjoy these colourful photos!