A system-wide Mass was celebrated on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg. The Mass is an annual back-to-school tradition at St. Clair Catholic, as the school communities gather in thanksgiving to God for the gift of Catholic education. It was also an opportunity to officially welcome 22 new employees, who have been hired throughout the past year.
"Every year, we gather as a community to celebrate Catholic education and commission our new employees, as they dedicate their important work to the service of our students, families and the mission of Catholic education," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.
Father Chris Gillespie, Pastor of the Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster in Wallaceburg, was the celebrant. The music was provided by students from the St. Elizabeth choir accompanied by string instrument students from St. Elizabeth, Christ The King and Holy Family Catholic schools, under the direction of Ms. Jennifer Trinca and Ms. Clare Quinlan.
In the photo above are (L-R) Rosanna Mitchell, teacher at Ursuline College, Chatham; Deb Crawford, Director of Education; John Van Heck, Chair of the Board; and Jesse Martin, French Immersion teacher at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School, Sarnia.
The Labourers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 1089 opened its brand new state-of-the-art training facility in Sarnia yesterday. Dignitaries from across the province joined union members for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the 15,000 square foot facility on Confederation Street.
Officials of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, which has partnered with LiUNA Local 1089, were invited guests at the celebration.
"LiUNA has been an important partner, as we work with our elementary and secondary teachers and students to better understand apprenticeship pathways available to students following high school," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.
LiUNA will be visiting Grade 7 and 8 classrooms with their new mobile training centre, to allow students to experience hands-on learning opportunities while finding out more about a career in the trades. Parents will also be invited to these sessions, to learn about career pathways for their children in the world of trades and technology.
The new training centre on Confederation Street features two classrooms - one for construction, named in honour of Sarnia construction icon Ray Curran; and the other for safety and first aid training.
In the photos (above left) are (L-R) Brian Breault and Warren Seton, St. Clair Catholic; Chad Hogan, Training and Apprenticeship Coordinator, LiUNA Local 1089; Deb Crawford, Director of Education, Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education, Chris St. Amand, Paul Cogghe and Paul Teetzel, St. Clair Catholic; and (above right) dignitaries join Mike Maitland, LiUNA Local 1089 Business Manager for a ribbon cutting to official open the new training centre.
Grade 9 students at Ursuline College, Chatham and St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia were welcomed to their new high schools by the Link teams today.
The Link programs are coordinated by trained staff at the schools, working with secondary school student leaders. The goal of the programs is to provide incoming Grade 9 students with a smooth transition to high school.
The orientation program is designed to match Grade 11 and 12 students with groups of Grade 9 students. Link Leaders make regular contact with their Grade 9 students, encouraging them to become connected to the life of the school. The student leaders also respond to questions and concerns and help to familiarize the Grade 9 students with their new school setting.
Link Leaders are role models and mentors, who act as the "cheerleaders" for new students on their orientation day, which was held at both schools today. Link Leaders stay connected with their Grade 9 students throughout the semester, to ensure students adapt to high school life.
In the photo above, UCC student leaders and Grade 9 students take a break from the fun of today's events.
Students in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board have once again been blessed by a generous donation of backpacks and school supplies from employees of the County of Lambton and residents of Marshall Gowland Manor.
The residents give freely of their time to help load the backpacks with supplies, which are donated by county employees.
The return to school can be very costly for families, as budgets are stretched to purchase shoes, clothing and other essentials. Sometimes it's not possible to purchase backpacks and supplies.
"Please know that it will be a tremendous blessing for these students to receive the gift of a brand new backpack, filled with all that they need to begin school alongside their classmates," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.
"Your kindness will make a difference in the lives of many young people," says Mrs. Crawford.
The backpacks were shared among a number of principals, who will distribute them to students who need them.
In the photo above, residents of Marshall Gowland Manor pose with some of the backpacks they donated to St. Clair Catholic.
The 2019 Head Start program is being held this week at St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia and Ursuline College in Chatham.
Head Start is a free summer program offered to all students entering Grade 9 Applied Math. It is being held on three consecutive mornings from August 26 through August 28.
Ninety-nine percent of the students who participated in the 2018 Head Start program achieved all four Term 1 credits, with an overall average of 74.5%.
Congratulations to the 49 students who are participating in the program at our two high schools this year!
Children can sometimes feel anxious or excited when they are about to start something new or different. Getting ready to go either back to school, or starting school for the very first time, can be stressful.
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Annual safety program for students from the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards to be held at two locations on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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