Situated in Rideau Heights, John Graves Simcoe Public School has been a place where area children have gathered for education, activity, and community engagement for nearly 50 years.
More commonly referred to as JG Simcoe Public, the school opened in 1969, and is currently a kindergarten to grade eight school.
“Our school is the heart of the community, and we are very fortunate to have formed strong relationships with families and community partners,” said Principal Jennifer Ramsay.
Ramsay herself has been at JG Simcoe for six years, first as Vice-Principal from 2013 to 2015, and as Principal since then. She knows first-hand the importance of the building, not only for the students that attend school there five days a week, but for those in the community who attend events and extra-curricular activities there throughout the year.
To honour the school’s 50 years of serving the community, JG Simcoe Public will be hosting a special 50th anniversary event.
“The event will include a Time Capsule reveal, performances from past and present students, guest speakers, time to tour the school and learn about the history of JG Simcoe Public School, and much more,” Ramsay said, noting that event organizers are still looking for artifacts to exhibit at the event. Anyone who might have some historic items from the school should contact JG Simcoe Public School directly.
Ramsay gives a special thanks to Fred Jones and Dave Pruner, two of the first administrators at the school who have enthusiastically aided in planning the 50th anniversary event.
“We are the home of the Simcoe Stars and our students shine bright,” she said.
The JG Simcoe Public School 50th anniversary event will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m.