NWSS Farewell Video
A new New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS), adjacent to the old school, opened to students in January 2021 on the traditional and unceded territory of the Qayqayt First Nations People. An official opening ceremony for the school will take place later this year if possible. A memorialization is also planned on the site and details will come.
The old school, formerly known as Vincent Massey Junior and Lester Pearson High School, will be gradually deconstructed in 2022. While new beginnings and fresh starts mean progress and change and moving forward, saying good-bye and having closure is also needed. So, to honour our old friend and historic community building that faithfully served all the high school students in New Westminster for more than 70 years, we want to say a proper “farewell”.
A volunteer group of passionate Hyacks and affiliates known as the NWSS Farewell Planning Committee began in February 2020 to create a wonderful closing event to celebrate the important history of this school and the many students, staff and teachers who have walked its halls. However, that was in 2020… and an in-person tribute was just not possible.
Instead the committee worked with several partners including NewWest.TV, current and former students, teachers and staff to create a farewell tribute video to honour the site’s past & present and provide an opportunity for all to say “farewell” to an important chapter in New Westminster history.
The committee is seeking donations to assist with the production of this video project. Once our goal is met, the video can be released for all to enjoy, reminisce and remember.
Please reach out to others you know that may also have a connection with NWSS so they too can share in this monumental experience.
– The NWSS Farewell Committee (NWSSFarewell@sd40.bc.ca)