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St. Clair Catholic Welcomes 66 New Employees at System Mass 

Each year, the St. Clair Catholic family gathers for a district-wide Mass, to celebrate the beginning of another school year.  It's also an opportunity to give thanks to God for the gift of Catholic education and to ask for His blessings on our students, families and staff.

It is also tradition at St. Clair Catholic that our newest employees are recognized and commissioned, as they begin their service to our students and the mission of Catholic education.  This year, 66 new employees were welcomed and presented with new bibles to mark the occasion.

Father Chris Gillespie of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster was the principal celebrant.  The St. Vincent Catholic School choir provided the ministry of music.

This year, our unions and associations provided lunch following Mass, as our new employees, principals and Catholic Education Centre staff gathered together for a meal in celebration of this great annual event.

In the photo above are (L-R) Director of Education Deb Crawford; new employees Damon Srokosz, Custodial Staff Shift Supervisor and Briana Landschoot, Teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School; and Chair of the Board John Van Heck.

Sep 18, 2018

Lambton County Employees and Marshall Gowland Manor Residents Donate Backpacks and School Supplies 

Each year, employees of the County of Lambton donate backpacks and school supplies to get the school year off to a successful start for students and families who need a bit of help.

"Our employees are pleased to contribute to this worthwhile endeavour every year," says David Cummings, Health and Safety Coordinator with Lambton County.  "And for the past several years, residents at Marshall Gowland Manor have provided tremendous support by filling the backpacks with school supplies and getting them ready for distribution to the schools."

More than 50 backpacks, filled with school supplies, were donated this year.

"We are very blessed by the generosity of Lambton County staff and the great support of the residents of Marshall Gowland Manor for this amazing gift," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.  "On behalf of our students and our Board, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you!"

Above, members of the Residents' Council at Marshall Gowland Manor pose for a photo after packing the many donated backpacks.


Aug 30, 2018

St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp Now in its Fifth Year and Growing in Both Enrolment and Success 

The St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp is contributing to student success by reducing summer learning loss, helping students build friendships and connections with students from other schools in the community and creating a range of tremendous experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.

"This three week camp makes a difference in our students' lives," says Brenda Corchis, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for St. Clair Catholic.  "We are not only supporting student learning; but we’re also supporting wellness, by connecting students and parents to a wide range of activities and community partners."

The camps began in 2014 with three classrooms and 60 students at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham.  This year there are 10 classrooms at four locations in Chatham, Blenheim, Wallaceburg and Sarnia, with an enrolment of about 270 students.

New this year is the addition of junior division camp called Young Minds Making Change, which focuses on local needs such physical health and wellbeing and emotional wellness – what they are and what students need to do to keep healthy.  The students will be encouraged to join the wellness teams at their schools in September.

"The goal is to have these students take what they have learned back to their schools," says Mrs. Corchis.  "This summer camp is helping them develop leadership skills and contribute to the overall wellness plan for their school as they enter Grade 7." 

The primary division students focus on literacy and numeracy activities as part of each school day; and then participate in a range of other experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, including swimming, bowling, golf, visits to museums and public libraries, activities led by Indigenous partners and visual arts.  There is also a STEAM Team (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), which is led by secondary and post-secondary students from UCC and St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.

Math and literacy diagnostics are completed at the beginning and at the end of camp for each student.  In 2017, the data showed that 85 percent of students showed some improvement in assessments over the three week camp

"We are seeing real and measureable progress," says Mrs. Corchis.  "We are grateful for the partnership we have built with parents and community members over the past five years.  The range of resources and experiences they provide for our students is invaluable."

St. Clair Catholic Summer Learning Camp runs for three weeks from July 9 to 27 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic School, Blenheim; Georges P. Vanier Catholic School, Chatham; St. Elizabeth Catholic School, Wallaceburg; and Holy Trinity Catholic School Sarnia.  Healthy snacks are provided to the students through funding from the Ontario Student Nutrition Programs of Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton. 

The camp is funded through a grant from the Ministry of Education with support from the Ontario Council of Directors of Education.

In the photos are students at Summer Learning Camp (top left) working with computers at St. Anne, Blenheim; (above right) strengthening reading skills at Georges P. Vanier, Chatham; (below left) eating healthy snacks prepared by the students at St. Elizabeth, Wallaceburg; and (below right) a 'Bricks for Kids' lego activity at Holy Trinity, Sarnia.


Jul 12, 2018
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Fair Notice Communication Regarding Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol 

To Parents, Guardians and Caregivers of Students of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, school visitors and community members. When a student behaves inappropriately, principals will most often employ progressive discipline strategies to help a student take responsibility for their actions, learn from their mistakes and make better choices in the future.

In more extreme cases however, when a student’s behaviour poses a potential threat to their own or others’ well-being, the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA) supports principals in taking further steps to safeguard everyone.

The VTRA protocol outlines how a school responds immediately to threatening incidents including but not limited to:  possession of a weapon or replica weapon, bomb threat or plan, verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, other threats of violence, and fire setting.

The initial response team is likely to include the Principal / Vice Principal, police and board staff.  Should conditions warrant, a Community Threat Assessment Team will be convened. This community team includes representatives of community agencies who work with schools and boards to keep our students and staff safe, such as local police and children’s mental health organizations.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed through the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol.  If parents/guardians cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent, but a concern for safety still exists due to threatening behaviour, the threat assessment may still proceed.  Personal information shared throughout this process will respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all.

As always, student safety is our first priority. This notification is being provided via avenues such as school newsletters and school and board web sites as fair notice to parents and guardians of the existence of the VTRA Protocol and its application if situations warrant. If you have any questions regarding the St. Clair Catholic District School Board Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol, please contact your school principal as the first step.

Sep 10, 2018
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