Week 9 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
November 20, 2023

Faea R.


Downsview, for the week of November 20th, we honour Faea R. as our Student of the Week. Faea is in the eleventh grade at Downsview.

The only surprising thing about Faea earning this title is that it’s the first time she has earned this title. Faea is fantastic, and she is not newly fantastic; she has been an involved leader at Downsview for her whole time here.

Let’s hear from her nominators, starting with Mr Hum: “I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Faea in my grade 11 Bio class this semester. She is a well-rounded individual with a great sense of humour.  Faea is getting top marks in the class but she doesn’t stop there. She constantly challenges her friends to do better as well. The group feeds off each other, making them better students and people as a whole. Faea even walks some of the grade 12 students to my Kin class to make sure they aren’t late. Her friends know she will always have their back. Faea, keep spreading your infectious positive attitude! Congrats!”

Ms de Jersey notes: “Seeing Faea interact with her peers does the heart good. She listens first, then acts. She is kind, inclusive and smart. Faea took the stage recently, hosting the Alumni Panel with warmth and dignity. Faea, thank you for all you give DSS.”

And from Ms Reid: “Faea has many outstanding qualities. Her quiet leadership, resourcefulness, helpful nature, and genuine care for others have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do to make our school community the warm and welcoming space that it is. Keep up the fantastic work!”

Mr Syal adds this: “I have had the pleasure of teaching Faea for the past 3 years. She is a very organized and motivated student.  I was very impressed with her during the grade 8 Tools of Possibility visits. She spoke clearly and with confidence.  She is a true leader at Downsview.”

And finally, from Ms Lee: “Faea has flourished into an incredible leader in the past three years. This creative human has been busy with many school wide initiatives - Truth and Reconciliation, Tools of Possibility, Tutoring, Filipino Club, and many fundraisers. It's been nice to see her take a more visible role this year hosting some of our events.

Faea is quiet with an undercurrent of strength, compassion for others, academic excellence with a propensity to be involved in things that matter. I love seeing her with her friends; she genuinely cares for them and wants them to succeed. They can count on her. I know I can count on Faea too. She gets things done and gets them done well. She sets her own bar - high and with class. Faea, keep being you and keep up the great work.”

Faea, you heard it here. We see the sheer volume of your contributions at DSS, academic and otherwise, and we are impressed. You are valued and admired at Downsview. And while your involvement is never recognition-motivated, we hope you feel duly proud of earning the title: Student of the Week.