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Emmanuel Jal Brings His Message of Peace to St. Clair Catholic Students 

An ex-child solider from South Sudan is bringing his powerful message of peace to students across the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

“We are pleased that Emmanuel Jal is returning to St. Clair Catholic,” says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education.  “Since his visit last year to Ursuline College in Chatham, St. Clair Catholic students have been captivated by his personal story of survival and drawn to his message of peace.”

Jal was born in South Sudan, became a child soldier and, eventually, with the help and support of a British aid worker, became a recording artist and activist, with a message of peace and hope, not only for his own country, but for the world.

His story inspired Mrs. Courtney Mellow’s Grade 7 and 8 students at Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg to raise $1,300 last year for his charity, GUA Africa, which promotes and supports education in South Sudan. He now returns to Canada and will speak to both secondary and Grade 4 to 8 students from schools across the district.

“Jal’s inspiring story of overcoming adversity and turning hatred and bitterness into a life of peace has a tremendous impact,” says Mrs. Callaghan.  “It is a message that resonates with students and helps to spur interest in social justice projects.”

Emmanuel Jal’s visit included the following schools:  St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia; Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg (including students from two other Wallaceburg Catholic schools), St. Vincent Catholic School, Chatham (including students from five other Chatham Catholic schools) and Ursuline College, Chatham.

In the photo above, students from Christ The King Catholic School in Wallaceburg pose with Emmanuel Jal following his presentation.

Nov 24, 2015

String Choir from Wallaceburg Catholic Schools Competes in National Competition 

The Strings Are the Thing! are entered in a national competition with CBC Music, in association with MusiCounts, to search for Canada’s greatest music class.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their abilities in a national video competition,” says music teacher Jennifer Trinca.  “We’re all very excited!”

The string choir performs Life of the Party, in a video that has been entered in the competition.

Between October 26 and November 30, teachers and music program instructors across Canada were encouraged to upload a video of their classes performing selections chosen by CBC Music.  Submitting classes were asked to feature students up to 17 years old in an original performance.   The competition was designed to engage students in traditional music classes, music clubs and after-school programs across the country.

Watch the video below!

Nov 24, 2015

St. Clair Catholic Students and Staff Pause to Remember 

Students and staff of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board observed Remembrance Day in moving and meaningful services across the district. 

At the Catholic Education Centre, in schools and at cenotaphs throughout Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton, tributes were paid to our veterans and Canadian Forces personnel, past and present, who have fought and served our country so that we might live in freedom.

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the poem In Flanders Fields, which was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, who was serving overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  He died in France in 1918.  His famous poem is printed below.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McRae, May 1915

In the photo above, students from St. Peter Canisius Catholic School participate in a Remembrance Day Service at the cenotaph in Watford.

Nov 12, 2015
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