Indian parents who have given their children to the prestigious Laurel School in Colgate, Ont., may have been unaware they were getting a name that would make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The school is one of a handful of schools that are certified as “world class” by Guinness, and they were awarded the accolade in 2015 after a three-year search for the school’s most prestigious name.
“We are proud to have been chosen for this prestigious award and would like to thank everyone who supported our work in the past three years,” Laurels Principal Diane Lacey said in a statement.
“We have now made it through three years and have reached the very top of the Guinness World Records book.”
The name, which means “the little flower,” has been around for as long as anyone can remember, but its significance was first recognized in the late 18th century, when it was first used by a local herbalist.
“The word ‘lau’ means ‘little flower,’ and it comes from the Latin word laurum meaning little flower or ‘little weed,'” Lacey explained in the statement.
The word lau comes from Latin, which comes from laupere, which meant ‘little herb,’ or ‘weed.’
“So when we heard that the school had been awarded the name, it was very exciting,” she said.
“It’s a little bit of a miracle to be named ‘World Class’ and to be the one who got the recognition, so to speak.”
The school, located in Colchester, Ont.
is the only one of its kind in Canada.
According to Guinness, it has received more than 6 million entries since it was founded in 2002.
Laurel has been certified by Guinness since 2005 and is recognized for its holistic approach to health care, wellness and education.
It is also the only Canadian school that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCCE).
The school also is the oldest continuously operating school in Canada and one of only five remaining in the country.
In 2014, Guinness published the results of a six-year, $4.5 million search for its “World Class” school.
This year, the search went much further, including identifying more than 30,000 new names.
The names include “Laurelus,” “Lauren,” “Papa Laurella,” “Riccardo,” “Carol,” “Marge,” “Vicky,” “Eliza,” “Karen” and “Sue.”
In a press release issued last month, Guinness said the new “World Records” record was created by the Laurelis’ students and staff.
The name is one that “is not a cliché in the world of school names,” said Stephanie MacNaughton, a senior consultant at the Accenture Accreditation Services and a former principal at the Lausanne School.
“In fact, it is one with an element of irony that it is chosen to be ‘World Certified.'”