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St. Clair Catholic and LKDSB Host "Experience the Trades" Event at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham 

St. Clair Catholic, along with the Lambton Kent District School Board, co-hosted an Experience the Trades event at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham.  The trade fair, in partnership with other area school boards and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and made possible through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, was an opportunity for local business and industry to showcase careers in appreticeable trades.

Students in Grades 7 to 12 from participating schools were able to learn about careers in such areas as construction, industrial, electrical and service-type skilled-trades.  Parents and guardians were also invited to attend a special evening session. 

"This is an important event for students as, along with their parents, they begin to plan their future pathways to education and employment," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.  "We are pleased to work together with our community partners in industry and the trades to bring together a variety of career options for our students to discover."

The Experience the Trades event allowed students to connect directly with skilled tradespeople and to discuss the diversity of career pathways available.  It is a unique event, which offers students and their parents/guardians the opportunity to explore a variety of professions in a hands-on environment and to learn more about educational opportunities, employment and support programs related to future careers in the trades.

No registration was required. 

In the photos (top left) a St. Elizabeth Catholic School student participates in a hands-on activity with the St. Clair College Power Line Program; while (above right) another student works on an activity related to the construction trades.

 

 

 

Nov 15, 2018

Grade 9 Students at Ursuline College and St. Patrick's Participate in 'Take Our Kids to Work Day' as Elementary Students Tour High Schools 

"It's been great spending the day at work with Mom and seeing what she does every day," says Zander Veccia, a Grade 9 Ursuline College student, who is participating in the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, with his mom Deb Veccia, a supervisor with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Parks and Horticulture Department.

"All of the students participating in Take Our Kids to Work Day with the Municipality had a chance to visit a number of CK departments during the morning," says Deb Veccia.  "They took part in planned activities at the Chatham-Kent Museum, Public Utilities and Ontario Works departments and at the Cultural Centre.  This afternoon, Zander will be touring parks with me to inspect playground equipment and make sure it's safe and in good repair."

During today's Take Our Kids to Work Day event, more than 300 students at UCC in Chatham and about 250 from St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia spent the day at work with parents, grandparents, trusted friends or neighbours.

"Not every student who goes to work with a parent is necessarily choosing a career pathway they want to follow," says Sandra Dowdall, Business and Cooperative Education Department Head at Ursuline College.  "But when they come back to school we ask them to give a report to the class and sometimes what they have to say piques the interest of another student and that begins a conversation about their future."

It is hoped that Take Our Kids to Work Day is a springboard that can lead students to an experiential learning journey through a variety of cooperative placements that are available through their high school.

While the Grade 9 students are away from school for the day, both Ursuline College and St. Patrick's invite elementary students in, to spend the day rotating through classes and experiencing some of what their Catholic high schools have to offer.  Tours are organized and led by high school student leaders.

"It's a great day for students in our elementary partner schools get an overview of the many courses and extra curricular activities available to them; and to get a taste of student life at UCC," says Ray Power, Principal of Ursuline College.  "Our student leaders do an amazing job of making them feel welcome and answering their questions."

In the photos (top left) Zander Veccia and his mom, Deb, inspect playground equipment at a Chatham park; (above right) a student from Holy Family Catholic School chats about the media technology program at Ursuline College with a UCC student leader; and (bottom left) students from St. Patrick's Catholic High School participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day at Home Depot in Sarnia.

Nov 14, 2018

Students and Staff at St. Elizabeth and Holy Family Catholic Schools Observe Remembrance Day with Royal Canadian Legion and Indigenous Veterans 

Veterans from local First Nations communities joined students and staff for Remembrance Day services at Holy Family and St. Elizabeth Catholic schools in Wallaceburg recently.  Members of the Wallaceburg Royal Canadian Legion also participated in the ceremony at Holy Family Catholic School.

"This was an important occasion as we continue to build awareness in our school of our local Indigenous communities," says Liz Gibson, Principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School.  "We also wanted to recognize the service of those from our local Indigenous communities - both veterans of past conflicts and those who continue to serve today."

Participants included flag bearer Eddie Taylor of the Walpole Island First Nation; and eagle staff carriers Floyd Case of the Munsee Delaware First Nation, Cliff Henry of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and Head Veteran Judy Taylor of the Walpole Island First Nation.

In addition, students in the Grade 6-7 class from St. Elizabeth and the Grade 7-8 class from Holy Family attended Remembrance Day Services at the Walpole Island cenotaph.

In the photo above, eagle staff carriers participate in Remembrance Day services at St. Elizabeth Catholic School, Wallaceburg.

 

 

Nov 14, 2018
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Suspect in Custody Following Series of Profane Phone Calls to Several Local Schools 

 

JOINT NEWS RELEASE - Friday, November 16, 2018

Earlier this week, several St. Clair Catholic and LKDSB schools in Sarnia, in addition to a number of schools in the Windsor area, received a series of profane phone calls. In each case, the caller appeared to be the same individual.

The offensive phone calls were reported to police and an investigation was launched in cooperation with Cogeco, which is the telephone service provider for all the affected school boards.

Although the calls were highly offensive and profane, they were not believed to be a threat to the safety of the students or the staff in the schools.  Staff receiving such calls were given direction to note the exact time and report the incident immediately to police.

Late Thursday, police informed the school boards that an arrest had been made in Toronto in connection with the telephone calls and that the suspect was being brought to Sarnia to answer the charges.

Both LKDSB and St. Clair Catholic wish to thank the Sarnia Police Service for their quick response in solving this matter.  We also extend our thanks to our staff, who reacted promptly and appropriately to assist police.

Deb Crawford, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic DSB - 519-627-6762, ext. 10241

Jim Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent DSB - 519-336-1500, ext. 31297

Todd Lozon, Supervisor - Communications and Community Relations, St. Clair Catholic - 519-627-6762, ext. 10243

Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, Lambton Kent DSB - 519-336-1500, ext. 31262

Nov 16, 2018
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