Message for grade 5 parents

If you can believe it, we are already starting to plan for next year.

As you may know, for the 2020-2021 school year, Trafalgar Middle School will be grades six-eight.  In the 2021-2022 school year, it will go from grades 6-9 (with many 6s staying at their elementary schools if there is room) and LVR will be a grade 10-12 school.

Redfish will, starting this September, go to grade 7.

This is all to say that you will have choices moving forward. You can:

  • Have your son or daughter continue to attend Redfish for grade 6
  • Apply to the Trafalgar Late French Immersion Programme (forms and due dates sent to you in an email and can be found on the TMS website)
  • Have your child attend the regular programme at TMS
  • Or apply to attend one of the other programmes in Nelson

Of course we hope all grade 5s will continue here (but appreciate that there are wonderful, rich choices elsewhere too).

If you are thinking of continuing at Redfish, I wanted to let you know of a few ways we have been supporting growth and leadership with our current grade 6s.  We will continue to expand and morph our intermediate programming based on our students’ passions and enhancing the redesigned curriculum for grades 6 and 7.


  • Creating a short movie, including developing and editing
  • Cooking sophisticated dishes along broad themes of acid, fat, salt and heat
  • Pottery (both wheel and hand building) and moving to rowing and other areas of interest in the spring. 
  • Leadership opportunities in Whole School Activities
  • Learning a second language through a web-based programme
  • Moving into the designing of our new garden spaces and leading the school’s participation in this exciting new direction

We will be having a conversation for parents of grade 4-6 students to hear more about our developing intermediate programme in late February.

In the meantime, if you know what your plans are for your child for grade 6, please email to let me know.  It really helps us to know our numbers, and also who will most likely stay, as their voices are highly valued as we plan our explorations and other structures for next year. 

For now, I am so excited about the play that the grade 4-6 class will be performing just before spring break!