Kwalikum tour a real eye opener

This school makes me proud to live in Qualicum Beach

pportunity to attend the Kwalikum Secondary School open house and what a terrific facility it is. 

Given a guided tour by two charming, courteous and very knowledgeable Grade 10 students, we not only explored the entire physical facility, but also learned, in considerable detail, the many fine and diversified educational programs offered; from Honours math to physics, biology, chemistry and earth sciences, to woodwork, metalwork and automotive repair. 

In addition, we learned of programs in dressmaking, drama, foods, music and band, and visited a brand new organic gardening area, not to mention the language and computer labs. 

Many of these programs, we discovered, had specially designed rooms built specifically for them. 

To close this magnificent facility would, in my personal opinion, constitute a criminal act. As citizens, we must do everything in our power to preserve and maintain this community gem.

 It is now 62 years since I graduated from high school in the UK, and on walking home afterwards and reflecting on what I had just seen, it made me want to start attending high school all over again.   

 Keith E. Barnes

Qualicum Beach