Secondary School Open Houses Scheduled for Ursuline College Chatham and St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia

The secondary school communities of Ursuline College in Chatham and St. Patrick's in Sarnia invite all parents and Grade 8 students to attend their annual Open Houses. 

Tour the schools, find out about the wide variety of courses offered and see the excellent facilities available at your Catholic high school!

For more information, click on the links below.

St. Patrick's Catholic High School Open House - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ursuline College Chatham Open House - Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Kindergarten Registration for Classes Beginning in September 2019

kinderSTARt is a special one day registration event in each elementary school, for parents of children who are beginning Year 1 Kindergarten in September 2019.  It is an opportunity for parents and children to visit the school for about an hour, meet the staff and engage in activities in preparation for Kindergarten. 

kinderSTARt is also a fun and informative way to get tips on healthy living and immunization for your children.

French Immersion programs are available in Blenheim, Chatham, Wallaceburg and Sarnia.  For more information about French Immersion at St. Clair Catholic, go to


For a schedule of kinderSTARt dates click on the links below:

Chatham-Kent Catholic Schools

Sarnia-Lambton Catholic Schools

For more information about Kindergarten at St. Clair Catholic, or to register online, go to


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Blood Donor Clinic in Honour of Jocelyn McGlynn Exceeds Target for Donations

Tremendous!  That's how Canadian Blood Services officials described support from Ursuline College students, St. Clair Catholic District School Board staff and the community at a blood donor clinic yesterday in honour of Jocelyn McGlynn.  Jocelyn is a UCC graduate and former Student Trustee, who has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Currently a medical science student at the University of Western Ontario, Jocelyn was diagnosed with AML in November.  Since then friends, family, the St. Clair Catholic family and the entire Chatham-Kent community have rallied to support her with blood donor clinics and swab clinics for stem cell donations.

Neither of Jocelyn's two brothers are eligible to donate their stem cells for her treatment, as they are not a perfect match.  At a blood donor clinic held in Chatham yesterday in honour of Jocelyn, 108 potential stem cell donors were registered and there were nearly 200 blood donations, which exceeded the target set by Canadian Blood Services.

"The need for blood is constant," says Marisa Gatfield of Canadian Blood Services.  "Your support ensures we continue to help every patient, match every need and serve every Canadian.  Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood."

The Board has also donated the use of ten Chrome Books for use at blood donor clinics, so that people can register online to be a stem cell donor.  It's easy to register.  Anyone aged 17 to 35 can simply go to http:///  Once registered, a swab kit is mailed to you along with a self-addressed, postage paid envelope so that you can return the swab.

The McGlynn family is grateful for the support.  Even if people are not a match for Jocelyn, there are many, many people battling this disease who desperately need donors.

"This support has kept me strong through my chemotherapy," says Jocelyn.  "Thank you so much for considering becoming a stem cell donor.  It means more than you will ever know!"

In the photos (top) the McGlynn family poses with students from Ursuline College who turned out to support the blood donor and swab clinic yesterday in Chatham; (right) Director of Education Deb Crawford, one of many St. Clair Catholic staff members who donated blood in support of Jocelyn.

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Recipients of Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley's 2018 Honour List Includes St. Patrick's Students and Teachers

Congratulations to the 20 groups and individuals who were named to the Mayor's Honour List for 2018. 

The list of many deserving individuals includes St. Patrick's Catholic High School Construction and Manufacturing Design class and their teachers, for their work to recreate the Sarnia cenotaph monument for last November's Remembrance Day service at Sarnia Arena; and St. Patrick's teacher Blake Morrison, for his work to organize Canadian Citizenship Courts for the past several years.

A full list of recipients can be found at the link below.

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Sacred Heart Port Lambton - A School Community that Gives Back

Students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Port Lambton recently held a very successful food drive.

"We're just amazed at the generosity of our families," says Jen Morrow, Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School.  "We're just a small school - only 118 students - but our families donated more than 4,000 non-perishable food items to support people in our community."

In just three weeks, the mountain of food began piling up at the school.  The food drive was organized by Grade 5-6 teacher Jerri-Lynn Murphy and Grade 2-3 teacher Jillian Fantuz, along with the school's Me to We team.

As an incentive, students had a chance to win a popcorn and movie party.

"This really is a community that gives back," says Ms. Morrow. 

All of the food collected was donated to the Sacred Heart parish food bank, which was able to prepare 177 boxes of food to support 55 local families in Port Lambton.

In the photo above, students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Port Lambton pose with the more than 4,000 food items collected in a recent Christmas food drive. (Photo Courtesy Courier Press)

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Rogers Hometown Hockey Kick-Off Event at St. Vincent Catholic School

Canada's national sport was celebrated with hockey stars, books, team jerseys and lots of enthusiasm, as students at St. Vincent Catholic School kicked-off the Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrations for Chatham-Kent.

"We were excited to have been chosen as the school kick-off event for this amazing opportunity to profile our community to the rest of Canada, as part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey visit to Chatham-Kent," says Nicole Stevens, Principal of St. Vincent Catholic School.

The Friday afternoon assembly included local former NHL hockey great Jeff Jackson, Team Canada Olympic Sledge Hockey team member Ashley Goure and local sports radio personality Gary Patterson.  In addition, writer Lisa Bowes, author of the Lucy Tries Sports children’s book series, will was on hand to read her latest book Lucy Tries Hockey to students. 

T.J. Brodie, a Calgary Flames defenseman and a former student of St. Vincent Catholic School, spoke to students via a special video message.

There were also lots of surprises planned for the students, including an appearance by the Hometown Hank mascot and acrobats, who are part of the Hockey Circus Show.

"We encouraged our students and staff to wear their favourite hockey jerseys," says Mrs. Stevens.  "It was a colourful and thrilling event – something we know our students will remember for a very long time!"

Students from Our Lady of Fatima and Ursuline College also attended.

The Chatham-Kent Rogers Hometown Hockey community event, which will be televised nationally, will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Chatham on Wellington Street between Third and Fourth Streets. 

For more information, go to

In the photos are (top left) Author Lisa Bowes reads her "Lucy Tries Hockey" children's book to students at St. Vincent Catholic School; (above right) Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie, a graduate of St. Vincent Catholic School speaks to students via video; and (bottom left) Hometown Hank, the Rogers Hometown Hockey mascot poses with (L-R) Superintendent of Education Laura Callaghan and Director of Education Deb Crawford.


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Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic in Honour of Jocelyn McGlynn

Jocelyn McGlynn, a former St. Clair Catholic Student Trustee and graduate of Ursuline College has been diagnosed with Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia.

Canadian Blood Services has organized a blood donor clinic in honour of Jocelyn.  It's being held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the St. Clair College Healthplex, 1001 Grand Avenue, W., Chatham.

The McGlynn family is also asking people to consider registering to be a stem cell donor.  Even if you are not a match for Jocelyn there are many, many people battling this disease who desperately need your help.

It is easy to register.  If you are ages 17-35 simply go to  Once you have registered a swab kit is mailed to you.  A self-addressed, postage paid envelope is included so that you can return the swab.

If you are not eligible to be a stem cell donor and are 17 years of age or older, you can still help Jocelyn and many others like her by donating blood.  Blood transfusions are an important part of treatment for people with leukemia.

For more information about the December 22nd blood donor clinic, click here.

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St. Patrick's Catholic High School Manufacturing Technology Students Partner with Seaway Kiwanis to Produce Festive Christmas Arch

About 40 students in the St. Patrick's Catholic High School Manufacturing Technology Specialist High Skills Major course are helping to light up the Seaway Kiwanis' Christmas on the Farm celebration at Canatara Park.  The students produced 15 metal arches that were used to light up the pathway to the animal farm at Canatara Park.

"The students' work involved bending and welding steel tubing into arches that are ten feet wide and nine-and-a-half feet tall," says teacher and project organizer Matt Abbott.  "This was a tremendous partnership because it gives our students real-world learning experiences and at the same time it supports our community.  They did a tremendous job!"

Last week, 25 students travelled to the animal farm to help set up the arches and attach the strands of light that give the structure a festive glow.

The project was also sponsored by Sarnia Communities in Bloom.

In the photos, (top left) students in the St. Patrick's SHSM Manufacturing Technology class work to attach the decorative arches to the animal farm pathway at Canatara Park; and (right) participating students pose for a photo with their finished work.

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