Dec 06, 2016 Initial Board Meeting at 7 p.m. in the CEC Boardroom Suite
Dec 13, 2016 Committee of the Whole – Private Session 6 p.m.
Dec 19, 2016 SEAC Meeting at 7 p.m. in the CEC Boardroom Suite
Dec 23, 2016 Last day of classes before Christmas Break
Jan 09, 2017 Classes resume


Media Releases
Media Release
07-Dec-16 Class Project at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown receives World-Wide Recognition
06-Dec-16 John Van Heck Acclaimed Chair of the Board; Michelle Parks Acclaimed Vice Chair
14-Nov-16 St. Clair Catholic Students to Perform for CBC Radio's Canadian Music Class Challenge
11-Nov-16 St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna to Celebrate Derek Drouin Day.....Again!
01-Nov-16 St. Elizabeth One of 17 Schools Across Canada to Receive Teach Grant From Best Buy Canada
25-Oct-16 Helping Parents Make Math a Fun Part of the Family's Daily Routine is the Focus of Bedtime Math
20-Oct-16 Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and St. Clair Catholic District School Board to Sign Historic Tuition Service Agreement
18-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards to Share $30,000 from Noelle's Gift
18-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and St. Clair College Partnership Creates Shared Learning Space at St. Ursula Catholic School
14-Oct-16 CLASS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day
12-Oct-16 St. Clair Catholic Elementary and Secondary Students Participate in Wellness Conferences
27-Sept-16 Board of Trustees Votes to Begin Pupil Accommodation Review of Chatham Elementary Schools
27-Sept-16 Holy Trinity Celebrates OPHEA Gold Certification with Visit by Canadian Olympian and Terry Fox Run
21-Sept-16 St. Clair Releases Results for Grade 3 and 6 EQAO; Grade 9 Math; and Grade 10 OSSLT Assessments
13-Sept-16 St. Clair Catholic District School Board and Bluewater Health Close Deal on Former St. Patrick Catholic High School Property
29-Aug-16 UCC Student Leaders Prepare to Welcome Grade 9s Through Successful Lance Link Program
19-Aug-16 CLASS First Time Rider Orientation Day
Dec 07, 2016

At last night’s Initial Meeting of the Board of Trustees, John Van Heck was acclaimed to the position of Chair of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board for a second straight term.  Trustee Michelle Parks was acclaimed Vice Chair, a position she has previously held for the past two years.

Mr. Van Heck has been a Catholic trustee since 2006.  In accepting the position of Chair, he thanked his fellow trustees for their support and for always working together as a team.

“Together, we have a common interest in that we always put our students’ and parents’ wellbeing first and that we also hold in high regard the wellbeing of our employees,” says Mr. Van Heck.

In looking to the future, he says completing the work of the Pupil Accommodation Review in Chatham is an important milestone that lies ahead.

“Completing a new and comprehensive plan for our Chatham elementary schools will put Catholic education on solid ground for a bright future in the second largest city of our district,” he says.

Michelle Parks is now in her eleventh year as a Catholic trustee.  In her remarks to the Board last night, she expressed support for her colleagues and for members of the senior administration, as they strive to meet the Board’s three strategic priorities of living our faith; promoting educational achievement and innovation; and fostering stewardship, leadership and social justice. 

“To Dan Parr and our entire senior team, your dedication, commitment and love of St. Clair Catholic is evident in both your words and your actions,” says Mrs. Parks.

Elections for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair are held annually at the Board’s December meeting.  The term of office for both positions expires at the end of November 2017.

The evening began with Mass, which was celebrated in the chapel of the Ursuline Boardroom.  Father Chris Gillespie was celebrant, assisted by Steve Eckert, a Seminarian currently serving the Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster.

In the photo above are (L-R) John Van Heck, Chair of the Board; and Michelle Parks, Vice Chair.  They were elected to their respective positions for 2017 at the Initial Meeting of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Dec 07, 2016

A student learning experience developed by a teacher at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown has been recognized by the global partnership New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), a world-wide collaborative initiative led by Dr. Michael Fullan, the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

In 2015-2016, six schools of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board entered into the collaborative inquiry.  Grade 7/8 teacher Andrea DeBruyn at St. Michael supported her students to delve deeply into a learning task entitled What Can We Do to Help Refugees?  It enabled students to research, write, produce and perform a play intended to educate other students, families and the community about the refugee crisis.  The project also included fundraising, through ticket sales, which helped support a refugee family locating in Ridgetown.

“Through drama, the students communicated the complexity of the refugee crisis, as they examined it through the perspective of a family and explored the challenges faced by refugees as they seek to improve their lives,” says Julie Knight, Principal of St. Michael Catholic School.

Recently, Ms. DeBruyn was informed in a letter from Dr. Fullan and his team that her exemplar had been selected as providing a rich description of deep learning and that it had “…contributed to our collective learning and understanding of deep learning and how it can support students world-wide.”  It will be shared on the international Deep Learning Hub, where teachers world-wide can collaborate and share strategies. 

“We are very proud of the work of Ms. DeBruyn and the tremendous journey of learning and discovery that led her students and their families to a new understanding of this important issue,” says Dan Parr, Director of Education.  “This is precisely the kind of innovative learning that we strive for as part of our strategic goals for students.”

Although this project has received tremendous recognition, it is representative of the kind of learning that takes place in St. Clair Catholic schools every day.  Every school has a team of educators and principals involved in professional learning to explore the role of teachers as “activators of learning,” who design learning experiences which build on learner strengths, needs and interests, using real-life, authentic connections.

“If we understand and implement the foundations and conditions for innovative learning, then all students will develop 21st century competencies, which will improve their achievement in literacy and numeracy,” says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education.

In the photos above (top left) students perform the play "Run, Hide, Survive" about the plight of refugees; and (above right) students donate funds from ticket sales to members of the local refugee committee.

Nov 30, 2016

Mary Lynne McNeil loved the story of Jesus' birth and for 50 years, she collected nativity sets depicting the holy scene of long ago, in a Bethlehem stable.

"They came from all over the world," says her husband, Jerry.  "Big and small, some with lots of pieces, and some with just a few, she was constantly adding to her collection.  Many of them were gifts from friends and family and they were all precious to her," he says.

When Mary Lynne died last January, just a few months short of their 50th wedding anniversary, Jerry decided he wanted to share her many gifts with young people; and so he contacted the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  Elementary Chaplaincy Leader Margaret Palmer recently visited Jerry and gathered up the more than 40 nativity sets and will deliver them to schools throughout Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent, over the next couple of weeks.

"For many years to come during Advent, these nativity sets will appear on the prayer tables of every school in our district," says Ms. Palmer.  "It is an amazing gift to the students and staff of our Board."

Jerry says he is pleased to know that the beautiful scenes that brought Mary Lynne so much joy, will now be appreciated by many, many people.

In the photos (top left) Margaret Palmer and Jerry McNeil pose with just a few of the nativity sets he recently donated to the schools of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board; and (above right) one of the more than 40 scenes in Mary Lynne's collection.

Nov 18, 2016

Over two days this week, more than 600 elementary and secondary school students from St. Clair Catholic's Chatham-Kent schools attended the "Experience the Trades" event at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham.

"This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to see first-hand the career options that await them in the motive power, construction, industrial and service sectors," says Warren Seton, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for St. Clair Catholic.  "They were also able to speak directly with trades professionals."

More than 30 trades were showcased and each provided a hands-on activity, such as virtual welding, virtual back hoe operations, pipe bending, plumbing, floor panel construction, AutoCAD and 3D modeling, hairstyling, plant potting, hydro pole maintenance and auto mechanics.  Sixteen challenge games were also included in the auditorium displays.

The "Experience the Trades" event aligns with the new directives for Career and Life Planning, which assists students as they explore all four post-secondary pathways, including college and apprenticeships.  Students were also given a takeaway reflective assignment, which is to be completed as part of their personal MyBluePrint portfolio.

The event was co-hosted with four other area school boards from southwestern Ontario.

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Awarded To: 


Roof Replacement
Christ The King Catholic School - Wallaceburg, ON
Sacred Heart Catholic School - Port Lambton, ON
Tender Document 

Date of Issue: Dec. 5, 2016
Date of Return: Jan. 27, 2017
2:00 PM local time


Roof Replacement
St. Anne Catholic School -  Sarnia, ON
St. Patrick's High School - Sarnia, ON
Tender Document

Date of Issue: Dec. 5, 2016
Date of Return: Jan. 27, 2017
2:00 PM local time

643 –CP1704 

Roof Replacement
St. Peter Canisius Catholic School – Watford, ON
Tender Document

Date of Issue: Dec. 5, 2016
Date of Return: Jan. 27, 2017
2:00 PM local time

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.

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Individuals wishing to apply to the St. Clair Catholic District School Board for a Teaching position are asked to follow the Application Process for External Teachers and New Faculty Graduates.  Applications are only accepted through “Apply to Education”, our external service provider.

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Educational Assistant, Itinerant Sarnia Lambton & Chatham Kent Schools Temporary, Full-Time December 12, 2016



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