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The Beginning of a New Chapter: The Start of School

The first day of school in Manitoba is when many people get to meet again to begin a new year of excellence and friendship and find a new journey. School is considered half of a student’s life and plays a massive part in their personal and academic development. The beginning of school is a big event for all adolescents across Manitoba.

This year is even more unique since it is the first almost-normal school year after the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers and students are pretty excited to embrace this joyful year, hopefully. “I’m so excited for them. I can’t wait for them to experience sitting at a table with three other people and just sharing their lives. Their learning together, with two years of not having that — the system of doing school and knowing how to come in — even something as simple as lining up [will be new],” said Amber Lewicki, an elementary teacher at Lord Nelson elementary school.

Many students will be able to make many new friendships and relationships this school year since many restrictions have been lifted, and students are allowed to interact with each other more. “I’m nervous, excited, and quite happy; I’m happy because I’m going to see my friends every day, excited to meet so many new people—the school’s population has grown so much, I feel like—and finally, I’m nervous because the school year is always filled with tests and assignments, but I’m very pleased and thankful that I will be able to get a close to normal graduating year!!” said a student in Fort Richmond Collegiate.

School is significant to all children across Manitoba, and today was a new beginning for the Gen Z generation. “As Manitoba students and their teachers head back to school, our government continues to make significant investments to support their mental health and academic needs. This year, schools will offer the full kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum and all the extracurricular activities that bring the school experience to life. Sports, recreation, tournaments, band and choir are just a few examples of what can be expected for the coming year.” said Wayne Ewask, The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning to encourage students and all teachers to enjoy and embrace a fantastic school year. Many students will be graduating, many will be at the beginning of their school journey, and many are still progressing.


– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.


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