May 19, 2015

Chris Hadfield touches down at namesake school to celebrate official school opening

Former Canadian astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield, will join staff and students at Chris Hadfield Public School to celebrate their official school opening on May 21. The event will feature a time capsule presentation, as well as a special joint performance with Hadfield and the school’s choir. 

“Chris Hadfield’s dedication and hard work have allowed him to achieve his dreams, and have inspired our students to set and accomplish goals of their own,” says Stephen Webb, principal of Chris Hadfield Public School. “It’s truly an honour to have him join us for this important celebration.” 

​Hadfield will tour the school and speak to students and staff at an assembly in the gymnasium at 11 a.m. The ceremony will conclude with Hadfield and students performing Is Somebody Singing, a song co-written by Hadfield. He will also add the finishing touches to a school mural designed by students. 

“Education and opportunity for young Canadians are very important to me personally, and top-notch schools are at the very centre of that,” says Hadfield. “I look forward to the school’s opening, and to the generations of Canadians that will learn, grow and prepare for life inside its walls.” 

Hadfield, now retired, flew as the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, the first Canadian mission specialist, the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, and the only Canadian to ever leave a spacecraft and float freely in space. During his final mission, which ended in spring 2013, he gained popularity around the globe by chronicling his time aboard the space station. His tweets, photos and conversations from space inspired students around the world to learn more about space and Earth. 

Chris Hadfield Public School opened its doors to students in September 2014. The school is located at 465 Fairview Rd. W. in Mississauga.

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Media Contact: Stephen Webb, Principal, Chris Hadfield Public School, 905-755-8843, [email protected] 

Reference: Matthew Anderson, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 3567, [email protected] 

Note to Media: At 10:40 a.m., media will have the opportunity to interview Hadfield during a brief scrum period. We ask that all questions to Hadfield be related to the school and the official school opening celebration. As well, Hadfield has asked that no more than two minutes of his speech during the ceremony be broadcasted. 

​Please send RSVPs to Kayla Tishcoff, School Communications Specialist, at [email protected] or 905-890-1010 ex. 2239.
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