Week 1 - Student of the Week

Week 1

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of October 4th, 2021

Helen T.



Downsview, it is a great pleasure to announce your first Student of the Week for the 2021-2022 school year. Helen Thai is in the twelfth grade at Downsview; this is her graduating year.

Choosing the first Student of the Week always requires a little extra care. This individual is, after all, launching the year and setting the tone. That said, Helen was an easy choice. Let’s get right to the praise for Helen from DSS Staff members.

From Ms Lee: “To make it short and sweet, Helen is outstanding in so many ways.

She is keen and demonstrates exceptional leadership. I've witnessed Helen's commitment to important matters this summer and since the start of school. For those of you who don't know Helen you heard her present for National Truth and Reconciliation Day. She is also funny, kind and caring and I am honoured to watch her grow as a leader. Congratulations Helen, well done!” 

From Ms de Jersey: “I am just getting to know the power of this remarkable young woman, and I feel blessed. Helen’s easy manner belies a core of strength and forward-looking vision. She leads with grace and confidence. I am a fan.”

And, from Child and Youth Worker, Jodi: “When I met Helen, I thought she was this quiet, shy person so was I surprised when I got to know her a bit! When she speaks, people listen. She's got just the right amount of sass to add to her calmness. Her strength and her heart are what makes her an unbelievable student and an even more amazing human. Helen will move mountains. Be proud of your accomplishments, Helen, you have worked so hard.”

Ms Randhawa says: “Helen has had such a tremendous impact during her time here at Downsview! Helen, your kind personality and willingness to help your teachers and peers will never be forgotten, I wish you all the best for Grade 12.”

Hear this, from Mr Wallace: “Helen knows what it takes to get things done. In the chaos of life, Helen charts a path and finds her way through. You would be mistaken to think that she is serene. She often appears calm, but she has developed a powerful determination and she is not easily deterred. Along with a quick intelligence, Helen is kind. She is the kind of leader who takes on responsibility and delivers, but she also enables others to understand their own potential for leadership. This is a powerful combination. Helen does not seek recognition - she'll take it if it comes - but nor will she stop being herself, someone who understands her gifts and knows how they can be useful to those around her. She's a difference maker and we are lucky to have her.”

Ms Piro says: “Helen has a strong personality. She is a very confident and independent young girl. I had her for three years in my math classes and had a great pleasure to teach such a strong academic student. She quietly applied her knowledge and skills and was always happy in all math classes. I am very confident she will do great wherever she goes after high school and I wish her the best of luck. Helen, thank you for all your efforts, the great attitude and the positive energy you bring in class.”

From Ms Alli: “Helen = intelligent, funny, committed to excellence in her studies and friendly! Congrats on this well-deserved honour.” 

Mr Enriques adds: “Through Helen's hard work, diligence, kindness and strong work ethic she encompasses the very best attributes of Downsview Secondary School. Helen's future is very bright, the best is yet to come.”

And last, but not least, from Mr Syal: “I have had the pleasure of teaching Helen for the past three years. She is an exceptional student with a sense of humour. I wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Wow, Helen. If you were not aware before, there is no secret now: your efforts in the classroom and outside the classroom have landed you praise and admiration. You are valued. Helen, congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.