Week 27

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of June 22, 2020

Maaz R.


Downsview, the year is truly winding down and the time has come to honour one final student as your Student of the Week. Maaz R. is the recipient of this special award; he is in the tenth grade.

Ms Faria taught Maaz last year, and she has this to say: “Maaz was in my drama production class and was always hard working and put all his effort into his work. Maaz is a great team player and gave 100% when he performed. He always encouraged students in class to take chances and helped those around him. Maaz did not let any barriers get in his way and used drama as a tool to show his personality and artistic ability. During ARTSFEST, Maaz performed a spoken word piece with two of his peers, taking the time during rehearsal to perfect his performance. Maaz deserves Student of the Week and I could not be more proud of him. Congratulations!”

Let’s hear from Ms Walker, who knows Maaz well: “Maaz has been in Canada for 2 years.  He has emerged this year as leader in the class, becoming more independent and confident in his studies: always giving full attention to the teacher, assisting peers and working to the best of his ability.

Since Covid19 has made us all housebound, and online learning was thrust upon us, Maaz had taken the opportunity to focus. In short, he has immersed himself. He has never missed our daily Google Meet, and has rarely missed an assignment.  He comes to virtual class prepared with questions and comments; he makes us think, and he makes us laugh.

The class has had to “up their game” with respect to technology, learning many new websites and applications independently. Maaz has persevered, continuing his role as leader and peer-mentor, growing more confident every day. I am so proud of Maaz’s accomplishments and strides forward; a student shining so brightly through such adversity has a trickle-down effect. He has been a role model for our class, demonstrating care and responsibility.  He is strong enough to say that he misses the classroom, and the community of school. He is also a role model for any newcomer to follow, and a big reason I get out of bed in the morning. I, and the class, would be lost without his participation and thoughtfulness. We know we can depend on his steadfast consistency.”

Maaz, it doesn’t appear to matter whether we are experiencing easier, normal days or the challenges of the present days - you bring your best to all circumstances. This is a sign of strength in character. Maaz, you should be very proud of your accomplishments. It is a great pleasure to award you our final Student of the Week Award for the 2019-2020 school year.