#100DaysofVimy – February 28, 2017

Each Tuesday, we will feature a place in Canada (or international!) with a Vimy Ridge connection. Today we highlight:

Vimy Ridge Public School, Ajax ON.

In 2009, the Durham District School Board named its new public gradeschool in Ajax, Ontario, Vimy Ridge Public School, in honour of Canadian veterans and the values represented in the legacy of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The school’s motto strongly reflects that dedication: “Respect, Integrity, Courage, Honour”.

The Durham District School Board accepted submissions regarding the naming of the school, deciding to recognize the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the forging of the Canadian identity.

At Vimy Ridge P.S., the Vimy Squadron pursues a shared vision of excellence in citizenship and achievement.  This is accomplished by fostering leadership in all members of the school community; teachers, parents, and students. With a curriculum and culture that embeds the RICH qualities of respect, integrity, courage and honour, the school embodies the belief that all members of the community have the potential of being Everyday Heroes, acting as powerful agents of change and making a significantly positive impact on our community and the world.

Since the school opened, the focus on being everyday heroes has empowered students and made Vimy Ridge a safer, more caring school.  Each year, the Vimy Squadron continues to develop Everyday Heroes and, in turn, a growing sense of community by making history every day.

Every year on, or close to April 9th, the school commemorates the Battle of Vimy Ridge with a candlelight ceremony.  This year, the school will have two ceremonies:  one on April 9th for the school community, and one for students on April 13th.  Staff, students, community and honoured guests, including members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canadian Corps Association, will remember, honour, and connect to the events 100 years ago.  Just as the four divisions of the Canadian Corps planned and worked together to achieve what was thought to be impossible, staff and students at Vimy Ridge Public School work together to create a shared vision of what they wish the world to be.

A metal mural replica of the Vimy Memorial and a remembrance display case at the entrance to Vimy Ridge Public School, by artist Geordie Lishman.
Credit: Vimy Ridge Public School, 2017.
A second mural of the Vimy Memorial. During the school’s inaugural year, first year students each created a self-portrait on river rock, to be included in the work by artist Geordie Lishman.
Credit: Vimy Ridge Public School, 2017.