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May 07, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario has produced a 35-minute documentary, which celebrates the legacy of the many contributions of religious congregations to Catholic education in Ontario from the mid-19th century to today.  It is now posted to our Board website at:


The film features interviews with teachers, students, historians and members of Religious Congregations across Ontario, who help to tell the story of the over 70 communities and their formative influence on education in Ontario. This documentary explores the heroic history of these Religious Congregations, both English and French, as they built the infrastructure that was to become the Catholic School System of Ontario.

We witness students from Stratford who journey to Toronto to participate in the World Climate March. Students from Southern Ontario visit remote First Nations villages north of Superior to learn more about Indigenous culture as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for action.  These young people from the south experience the beauty of Native spirituality through smudging ceremonies and hoop dances. It is the story of heroic individuals, who were inspired to cross oceans and to live in hostile environments in service of their faith. And it is a story without an ending, as it will be the new generation of teachers, entering the vocation of education in the Catholic system who will write its next chapters. 

The producers of the film have provided the questions and information below to help guide your thoughts and reflections as you view the film.

Questions Before the Film

  1. What would be the defining characteristics of a school that you would want to be part of?
  2. In what ways can Catholic schools contribute to public betterment or social change?
  3. What do you know about the beginnings of Separate Schools in Ontario?  When were they officially recognized and who were the leading characters

Questions After the Film

  1. Name three images and three sounds that were memorable for you.  Would you share them with others who viewed the film?  Why are they particularly memorable to you?
  2. What does Prof. McGowan mean when he says “robbing Peter to pay Paul?”
  3. Is there anything that surprised you about the history of Catholic education in the province of Ontario?
  4. What are some of the new roles that Religious Congregations who staffed an administered Catholic schools are currently engaged in?  Are there examples in the film?
  5. What steps would you like to see taken by schools and boards to further the cause of reconciliation with Native people?
  6. What shoulders have you stood upon in your journey through Catholic education?

As we celebrate Catholic Education Week in Ontario, I encourage you to watch this important film with your family. It is a film for those who want to know more about the legacy of Catholic education in the province of Ontario; that we might know and appreciate on whose shoulders we stand. 


Deb Crawford

Director of Education

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619-CP1835 Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
New Exterior Wall Assembly, Universal Washroom and In-Coming Water Service

Notice of Tender
Tender Documents
Date of Issue: May 18, 2018
Date of Return: June 11, 2018
2:00 PM local time
653-CP1901 Construction of New North Chatham Catholic Elementary School
801 McNaughton Ave. Chatham ON 
Notice of Tender
Tender Specifications
Tender Drawings
Date of Issue: May 9, 2018
Date of Return: June 7, 2018
2:00 PM local time

Holy Family Catholic School
Wallaceburg ON
FDK Classroom and Washroom Renovations
Notice of Project
Tender Document
Addendum #001
Addendum #002

Date of Issue: Apr 17, 2018
Date of Return: May 10, 2018
May 15, 2018
2:00 PM local time


Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
General Renovations and Additions for Mechanical Equipment
Notice of Project
REVISED Notice of Project
Tender Document
Addendum #001
Addendum #002
Addendum #003
Addendum #004
Addendum #005

Notice of Tender Cancellation

Date of Issue: Apr. 5, 2018
Date of Return: May 1, 2018
May 3, 2018
May 10, 2018
2:00 pm local time


St. Matthew Catholic School
Parking Lot Expansion
Notice of Project
Tender Document 
Addendum #1
Addendum #2

Date of Issue: Mar 27, 2018
Date of Return: Apr 17, 2018
Apr 19 2018
1:00 PM local time

Wellington Brothers Inc.
651-CP1828 Holy Trinity Catholic School
Classroom and Learning Commons Renovations
Addendum #1
Addendum #2
Date of Issue: Mar 21, 2018
Date of Return: Apr 10, 2018
2:00 PM local time
Bill Hoekstra General Contracting
RFPQ # 2018-01 Pre Qualification of General Contractors
New Chatham Catholic Elementary School
Addendum #1
Date of Issue: Feb. 22, 2018
Date of Return: Mar. 15, 2018
2:00 PM local time
List of Pre-qualified General Contractors
725-CP1829 & 725-CP1831 Ursuline College Chatham Emergency & Partial Roof Replacement

Notice of Project
Tender Document
Addendum #1
Addendum #2

Date of Issue: Jan. 31, 2018
Date of Return: Feb. 13, 2018
2:00 PM local time
725-CP1829 - Accent Roofing & Siding

725-CP1831 - Gillett Roofing Inc.


Surplus Sale:

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that our Surplus Material is now available on line!

Material that has been deemed surplus by the Board will be posted online for sale to the public.

Current St. Clair Catholic District School Board items posted for auction:

Visit the Government Surplus Online Auction.

Bidders will have to register with GovDeals - GovDeals Customer Service at 1-800-613-0456.

Thank you for your interest in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. The following career opportunities are open for both employee and public application.

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