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Meeting of the Board, Tuesday February 23, 2016...

Presentations

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board recognized the St. John’s College Junior and Senior Worship Bands and Paul Mitchell, co-founder of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Boys’ Minor Basketball program and community volunteer.

Paul Mitchell   SJC

Highlights

Additional PA Day – Friday, February 26, 2016

Last fall, as part of its collective agreement with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, the Ontario government agreed to add one additional PA day to the 2015-16 school years calendar. That additional PA day has been scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2016.

School Year Calendar 2016-17

Trustees were presented with the proposed modified 2016-2017 elementary and secondary school year calendars. It is important to note that these calendars have not been approved by the Ministry of Education at are, at this time, tentative. Once approved, calendars will be posted on the Board’s website and will be accessible by visiting: http://www.bhncdsb.ca/news/news-calendar

2015-2018 Strategic Plan: Catholicity Update

Director Roehrig presented Trustees with an update of the Catholicity pillar of the Board’s new Strategic Plan. Although we are only in the beginning stages of the 2015-2018 Plan, there has been a significant amount of activity in the area of Catholicity and faith formation. The new Christian Meditation take-home kits that have been distributed to all schools as a Lenten pilot project, were introduced to Trustees. For more information and to view the Board’s new Strategic Plan visit: http://www.bhncdsb.ca/page/2015-2018-strategic-plan

Board Leadership Development Strategy (BLDS)

Trustees received an update on the Board’s Leadership Plan, which supports all four areas of focus of the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. The goals of the Board Leadership Development Strategy (BLDS) is to attract and develop effective leaders and to promote leadership practices that will impact student achievement and well-being. BLDS highlights include the upcoming Leadership in Human Resources Certificate training developed and offered by our Board to our administrators as well as to administrators across the province, the CPCO Principal’s Qualification Program Part 1 course being facilitated by two of our principals, and the ongoing new administrator mentor/mentee program.

Excursion - Ireland

Approximately 40 St. John’s College Grades 11-12 students, members of the Eagles’ Boys Rugby team, will be participating in an international rugby completion in and around Dublin, Ireland. Students will also visit various attractions providing them with the opportunity to experience a different culture and to learn the history and traditions of Ireland.

Student Trustee Report

Developments:

The Senate finalized the details for the February 18, 2016 Student Council Retreat. Father Alan Dufrainmont shared some of the things his parish has been doing to help support the Syrian and the school chaplains facilitated a session with respect to fair trade. The St. Pius X Catholic Women’s League provided lunch for the day and Superintendent Daly provided details about the upcoming Student Trustee elections and some insight on how the process works.

School News:

Holy Trinity was filled with the giving spirit this month and had many fun activities planned for students. For Valentine’s Day, they posted uplifting and inspirational messages on students’ lockers and handed out candy to homerooms. For their Lenten campaign, each week, every homeroom is given a themed item to collect for less fortunate families. Students also participated in an Ash Wednesday liturgy for each grade.

St. John’s Leadership class spent Valentine’s Day at St Joseph’s Lifecare Centre and hosted a dance and fun activities for the residents to enjoy. For the duration of Lent, they are fundraising to help St. Pius Parish sponsor Syrian families in the community. The Grade 9 students also took part in a religion retreat. They were busy with school registration for next year and held Advanced Placement information assemblies to get students interested in the program.

Assumption students were excited to welcome their new chaplain, Ms. Sheldrake, who helped coordinate the Ash Wednesday liturgy. Similar to St John’s, the Health Care class planned a Valentine’s Day themed social for the seniors at John Noble Home. For their Lenten project, homerooms are challenged to bring in different items each week to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul. The school also staged their annual Mock United Nations where students had the opportunity to represent a country and debate world issues, with themes focusing on terrorism and the Syrian refugee crisis.