How is it possible that the first month of school has come and gone so quickly! From celebrating a new era in Catholic education in Smithville, to the many elementary and secondary arts, athletic and other co-curriulars getting under way, September was a very busy month. And October? Well, that’s the month we focus on our blessings and give back to the communities we serve both at home and overseas. Here’s a list of some of the key events taking place throughout Niagara Catholic in September. Check your child’s school calendar or newsletter for events that are specific to their school.
October is a month dedicated to many causes, among them are Child Abuse Prevention and Autism Awareness. This month we also celebrate International Manufacturing Week and Mental Illness Awareness Week. We also had students and staff kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in local Run for the Cure events in their communities on October 1. As well, elementary students across the system will participate in Holy Childhood Walks in their neighbourhoods this month, raising money for the Holy Childhood Association to support projects in the developing world.
On October 5, Niagara Catholic will proudly showcase our innovative Niagara Launch Centre: Powered by Niagara Catholic. We’ll begin the day at the Catholic Education Centre at 9 a.m. for a flag raising and speeches, and will then make our way over to the former Target store at the Seaway Mall to see the incredible skills being learned by students in some of our technology programs. The Niagara Launch Centre is helping prepare our students for relevant, lucrative and fulfilling 21st century careers, and we are proud to showcase this cutting-edge program. Check the Good News section of our website after the event for pictures and videos.
October 5 is also World Teachers’ Day, as declared by the United Nations. If you have a chance, thank a teacher who left their mark on your life.
An extra-long weekend begins for our students on October 6, which is an elementary and secondary PA Day. On October 9, students and staff will have the day off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
On October 13, the Saint Paul Catholic High School community and the Niagara Falls Soccer Club will be on hand to officially open the new turf field at Saint Paul Catholic High School. This field is an excellent example of public and community partnerships! The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. and more details will be announced as they become available.
On October 19, we will honour the 2017 recipients of the Director’s Inspiration Awards. We will announce the recipients shortly, and celebrate them at a Mass and Awards Reception at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on St. Paul Street West in St. Catharines.
We end October as we always do with our Annual Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage Sunday is the final Sunday in October, and this year, that’s October 29. We hope this nice weather will extend into the latter part of the month so students don’t have to dodge snowflakes as they walk through the streets in their communities. This year’s Pilgrimage will be especially significant to places such as Haiti, Dominica and the Dominican Republic, which were devastated by hurricanes in September. If you feel compelled to donate to a cause supported by our Pilgrimage, contact your school of choice to make a contribution.
We wish everyone a wonderful second month of school!
The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)
The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.
October 24, 2017
Trustees approved three policies during the October 24 Board meeting.
The approved, revised Complaint Resolution Policy (800.3), Education-Based Research Policy (800.5) and Student Fees Policy (300.11) are available in the Policies section of this website.
New Member Appointed to SEAC Committee
Brittani Ali, of the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara, is the newest member of Niagara Catholic’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
Ms. Ali’s recommendation by the organization was endorsed by trustees at the October 24 Board meeting.
Shining the Spotlight on St. Peter Catholic Elementary School
At each Board meeting, one Catholic elementary or secondary school or site is invited to attend the meeting to share what makes it such an important part of the community it serves.
During the October 24 Board meeting, St. Peter Catholic Elementary School was showcased in the School Excellence Program. Principal Victoria Wegelin was joined by Kindergarten students Mason Nichols and Evan Pigeau, Grade 3 student Alexa Mlot-Styger and Grade 8 student Emily Slota, as well as Catholic School Council Co-Chair Lydia Morgan, who spoke about what St. Peter Catholic Elementary School means to them.
St. Peter Catholic Elementary School opened in a quiet neighbourhood in the south end of St. Catharines, right below the escarpment. There are currently 263 students from 161 families enrolled at the school.
The presentation began with Mrs. Wegelin, who brought along Mason and Nichols to show how well students work together. Asked what they learned from working with a classmate, the smiled and said that they have learned how to collaborate! A huge word – and concept – for our youngest students to successfully grasp!
Mrs. Wegelin spoke about the close connection students and staff at St. Peter have with their parish, St. Julia, and also with Monsignor Clutterbuck, their spiritual leader who is a regular and familiar presence in the school, not only for mass and sacraments, but for other celebrations. They strive to find the face of Jesus in everyone they meet, noting that all students are gifts from God to be cherished.
The school adopts many social justice causes during the year, including the Holy Childhood Walk for the Holy Childhood Association, the Terry Fox Run, WE Day charities, Packs of Hope, and also collects non-perishable items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s various drives throughout the year.
St. Peter is a member of the Denis Morris Catholic High School family of schools, and has a close connection with Denis Morris. Every grade spends a bit of time at the high school, whether it is for the annual Primary Christmas Party, art classes or the Grade 8 transition activities.
St. Peter has a strong foundation of faith, academics, athletics, arts and community. Staff strive every day to ensure every student achieves their personal best, and staff are immensely proud when they see former Jaguars visit from Denis Morris and they see their success.
Students are provided with descriptive feedback from their teachers to assist in their progress, and help guide them to a higher level. Staff also look at the whole child and put a special emphasis on mental health and well-being. The Zones of Regulation concept and restorative circles, which empower students to make express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment.
Alexa spoke about her appreciation for all of the hard work teachers and staff put into masses, celebrations and other events such as masses, and liturgies, as well as into making sure lessons are fun as well as educational. She said the presentations provided to students – such as ones focused on bullying awareness and prevention – help create a kinder school climate for everyone.
She also spoke about the many parents who are actively involved in the school in many ways, from organizing events to putting together nutritious snacks through the SNAC program.
Emily spoke about her pride at being a senior student at the school, and the responsibilities entrusted to the St. Peter Class of 2018. Students are given many opportunities to develop their leadership skills, from being the eyes and ears of the school, to being aware that there are many sets of eyes and ears on them during the day.
As co-President of the St. Peter Student Council, Emily also spoke about the many events and activities the Council plans for students, such as dances and fundraising programs, and about the exciting opportunities she and her classmates have to grow and develop their faith.
Finally, Mrs. Morgan spoke on behalf of Catholic School Council about the many excellent relationship between CSC and St. Peter staff, putting together programs, fundraising activities and other events, all to benefit the students at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School in a variety of different ways.
We’ve had an incredible first six weeks of the school year! If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check our Good News section of this website to see great stories on the programs and events taking place in our schools, including a visit from Premier Kathleen Wynne to the Niagara Launch Centre, our 2017 Director’s Inspiration Award and some great students from St. Gabriel Lalemant who were the driving force to turn Niagara Falls blue and green on October 22 for Waste Reduction Week. Then check out the In the News section for media coverage of our schools and students, including this great one on a student at Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School who raised more than $900US for hurricane relief in Florida, which is accessed through the main page.
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