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Local Farmers Bring Agriculture to the Classroom 

Local farmers are bringing the farm to the school to celebrate Canada's Agriculture Day, which this year was held on February 16th.

At Monsignor Uyen Catholic School in Chatham Theresa Buis, from the Buis Beef Ranch, talked to JK, SK and Grade 1 students about her farm.

"I really enjoy talking to students about life on the farm," says Ms. Buis.  "It's really important that young people know where their food comes from!"

A recent census shows that fewer than two per cent of the population now lives on Canada's farms.  Local federations of agriculture are working to close the gap between consumers and producers.  They say the classroom is an excellent place to start.

"This was a really fun morning for our students," says Barbara Brecka, a teacher at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School, who arranged for Ms. Buis' visit.  "Our students were really interested to hear all about her farming operation and the cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and horses that she raises.

To celebrate agriculture day, 19 local farmers volunteered to visit 55 classrooms in Lambton County and Chatham-Kent, including Our Lady of Fatima, St. Michael (Ridgetown), Holy Trinity, Sacred Heart (Sarnia) St. Anne (Sarnia) and St. Joseph (Corunna) in the St. Clair district.  The visits were organized as a joint effort between the Lambton Federation of Agriculture, Lambton Kent Agriculture in the Classroom Committee and the Science Education Partnership, a joint venture between the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District school boards.

In the photo above, students at Monsignor Uyen pose with Theresa Buis of the Buis Beef Ranch (left) and teacher Barbara Brecka.

Feb 22, 2017

St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim Hosts NET Youth Rally 

Grade 7 and 8 students from St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim were joined by students from Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham and St. Michael Catholic School, Ridgetown for a day of prayer, dramatic role play, video and song led by a NET Ministry team from Ottawa.

"This was a fantastic day for our students," says Stacy Shepley, Principal of St. Anne Catholic School.  "It was an opportunity for them to grow in their faith, meet new friends and have fun!"

NET (National Evangelization Teams) Ministries is a Roman Catholic organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel to youth. Through discussion groups and role play, the students explored themes of self-worth, personal confidence and acceptance.  A Who Are You? theme helps young people come to a greater awareness of their goodness and uniqueness as God's children, and explores ways in which they can have a closer relationship with Him.

NET Ministries is the largest Catholic travelling youth ministry in the world, with an active presence in Australia, Canada, Uganda, Ireland, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

"It was an exciting day for our students and we will continue to build on the themes explored at our youth rally throughout the school year," says Ms. Shepley.

In the photos (top) students from St. Anne and St. Michael enjoy the rally; and (centre and below) the NET Ministries team leads students through a number of contemporary worship songs.

 

Feb 16, 2017

Leadership in Our Schools - A Message on Joy and Love from Father John Comiskey 

Father John Comiskey was the featured speaker at St. Clair Catholic's annual gathering, The Great Family of Our Church - Our Annual Day of Faith and Learning Together. Father Comiskey is Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of London.

"We are extremely grateful and honoured that Father John made time available in his busy schedule to attend our two-day conference in the St. Clair district," says Dan Parr, Director of Education.  "Father's theme for the events was Joy in Life - Leadership in Catholic Education and he had a tremendous message for each of us who attended."

Father Comiskey quoted from a recent Papal encyclical, in which the Holy Father addressed this topic.  Pope Francis said, "... the Church must accompany with attention and care the weakest of her children, who show signs of a wounded and troubled love, by restoring in them hope and confidence, like the beacon of a lighthouse in a port, or a torch carried among the people to enlighten those who have lost their way or who are in the midst of a storm."

"This is an important lesson for each of us who serves the mission of Catholic education," says Mr. Parr.

The Great Family of Our Church is an annual celebration, which brings together representatives of the Catholic community, all of whom have an interest in Catholic education and its future.  Representatives include St. Clair Catholic trustees, senior administration, principals, staff, parents, students, union and association presidents, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women's League, priests and parish partners.

In the photos (Above) Fr. John Comiskey.

(Below) (Back Row L-R) Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education; Ray Power, Principal, Ursuline College; Megan Gooch, Student, UCC; Madison Herreweyers, Student, UCC; Lesli Jeffrey, CWL, Blessed Sacrament; Maxx McGlynn, Student, UCC; Cindy Boyd, Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School, Tilbury; (Front Row L-R) Fr. Jim Higgins, Episcopal Vicar, Kent Deanery; Fr. John Comiskey; Dan Parr, Director of Education; John Van Heck, Chair of the Board; Christine Canniff, Parent, Georges P. Vanier Catholic School; Stan Powell, Knights of Columbus, Corpus Christi Council.

(Bottom Photo) (Back Row L-R) Father Vince Guilikers, Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Sarnia; Linda Ward, Trustee; Chad Coene, President, OECTA Secondary; Mike Hendrycks, Knights of Columbus, District 40; Deacon Lyle Lalonge; Len Fera, Principal, St. Michael Catholic School, Bright's Grove.  (Front Row L-R) Michelle Parks, Trustee; Amy Janssens, Executive Superintendent - Corporate Services; Fr. John Comiskey; Dan Parr, Director of Education; Deacon John Lamers and Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education.

 

 

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Media Releases
Date
Media Release
07-Feb-17 The Great Family of Our Church:  Our Annual Day of Faith and Learning Together
24-Jan-17 St. Clair Catholic District School Board presents Capital Plan Update - 2017
24-Jan-17 Director's Annual Report - 2016 is presented to St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees
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

Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding the Chatham Elementary Schools Pupil Accommodation Review Final Report 

February 9, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing today to inform you that the final report regarding the Chatham elementary schools pupil accommodation review is now completed and has been posted to the Board’s public website.  You can view the report at http://tiny.cc/chathamparc.

As I indicated in my most recent letter to you on January 26, 2017, the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) has come to the consensus that it supports Option A, as outlined in the Initial Staff Report, which was presented to Trustees last September.  Option A would see the French Immersion program re-located to a fully refurbished Our Lady of Fatima; the six remaining Catholic elementary schools in Chatham would be closed; and two brand new schools would be built, one in north Chatham and one in south Chatham.  Also included in the report is a list of considerations, which PARC members will ask Trustees to weigh, as they make their decision.  Each of the considerations is listed in detail in the final report.

The report will be presented to the Board of Trustees for information on Tuesday, February 14, 2017; however, the Board will not vote on the matter until its Regular Meeting of Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  It is also important to note that a final decision regarding funding for any future capital projects rests with the Ministry of Education.

Should parents/guardians wish to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees regarding the final report, there is an opportunity to do so at the Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Regular Meeting.  Under the Board’s Procedural By-Laws, delegations are required to submit a written application to appear before the Board by 1:00 p.m. one week prior to the Board meeting, in order to be included on the agenda. Therefore, the application, including the entire written presentation, the names of those represented in the presentation and the name of the spokesperson, must be received by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  The complete relevant section, which is Sec. 8.5 – Delegations and Submissions from the Procedural By-Laws, can be found on the Board website.  Go to the “Board” tab on the main page at www.st-clair.net and click on “Policies” and then “Procedural By-Laws” under Section A – Governance. 

Anyone wishing to appear as a delegation is asked to register according to the rules outlined above by the February 21, 2017 deadline.  Please contact Nancy Bechard, Executive Assistant to the Director of Education by email at nancy.bechard@st-clair.net or by telephone at 519-627-6762 ext. 10241.

Again, I wish to thank Superintendent Deb Crawford and the members of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee for their tremendous work throughout this important process.

Sincerely,

Dan Parr

Director of Education

Feb 09, 2017

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