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From the Boardroom

At the Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 meeting of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board the Trustees:

Approved...

A motion for an Accommodation Review of the following Norfolk County schools:

  • Our Lady of La Salette School, La Salette
  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux School, Waterford
  • St. Frances Cabrini School, Delhi

Accommodation review decisions might lead to consolidation of schools, closures or major relocations and always take into account the needs of all students at each school. The Ministry of Education provides direction to school boards about accommodation reviews and we would like to encourage parents, staff and community members to participate, either as a member of the Accommodation Review Committee or by attending the scheduled meetings, to engage in the review and in discussion

Further information regarding the Accommodation Review and the Accommodation Review Committee will be provided through school newsletters and community invitations. All information will be posted on the Board’s website http://www.bhncdsb.ca/page/arc-norfolk.

An excursion to Spain (Friday, March 10 (evening) to Saturday, March 18, 2017) from Holy Trinity and St. John’s College for approximately 35 Grades 10-12 students. This tour provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding into the origins of the art and religious traditions of Madrid and Andalusia. Sites on this tour include a combination of important art, architecture and religious sites. Students will experience first-hand sites like the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Alhambra in Granada, and the Seville Cathedral. Local expert guides at each archeological and religious site will engage students in learning about the rich history of the country.

An excursion – Mission Trip to Columbus, NC (Friday, November 4 to Saturday November 12, 2016) from Assumption College School, Holy Trinity and St. John’s College for up to 20 Grades 11-12 students to participate in the Board’s 23rd Mission Trip. This year’s destination is Columbia, South Carolina where students will be involved with the St. Bernard Project, a construction and clean-up project resulting from flash floods.

Received the following reports...

Start-Up Enrolment and School Organizations

Student enrolment is higher than was projected last year, which has resulted in additional staffing at both the elementary and secondary levels. The Board is currently working on making further revisions so it remains compliant with respect to class sizes.

2016 CEFO Catholic Student Award Recipients - Father Patrick Fogarty Awards Dinner

Each year, the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario (CEFO) honours the recipient of the Catholic Student Award from every secondary school in Ontario. Recipients of this special award are selected by the Principal and staff of the school to recognize good scholarship, active involvement in school and/or local community activities, and conduct which typifies the objectives of a Catholic school.

We are pleased to share that the following students will be honoured at the 33rd Annual Father Patrick Fogarty Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel:

  • Michelle Demeter Assumption College School
  • Rachel Young Holy Trinity Catholic High School
  • Damian Ksenych St. John’s College

Student Trustee Report

Senate members provided feedback on the Student Council leadership retreat which was held on September 8-9 at Camp Brebeuf in Rockwood. The main focus of this retreat was to form teamwork and leadership skills within each of the Student Council groups, and to encourage all three of the councils to bond and share ideas. Students enjoyed activities such as archery and a campfire, and engaged in a liturgy and Christian meditation. The retreat liturgy was focused on this year’s Board theme, “Love Tenderly”, and called on students to act as leaders in caring for all within their school communities. It was agreed that the overnight Student Council retreat is an important part of uniting Council members in preparation for the school year ahead, and the students were grateful for the opportunity to take part in this event.

St. John’s College was busy welcoming all new students, including those of Hill Academy whom they are hosting. They held an event for grade nine students to learn about topics such as empowerment and social media as well as a ‘Colour Night’. St. John’s Student Council is preparing for a “Friday Night Lights” event and a dance in October.

Assumption College held their first frosh week during the first week of school, consisting of a school wide assembly and barbeque as well as games. They held their Club Day to generate interest in extracurricular activities, and held a Colour Night event to welcome grade nines. Assumption also held their Homecoming Dance on October 1st.

Holy Trinity spent September welcoming their grade nine students. Grade 12 students led a summer welcome week. Additionally, they held their annual Colour Night event and a religion retreat for grade nine students. Holy Trinity Student Council were busy preparing for the annual Fair event. They were also excited to welcome the “God Squad”, their new chaplaincy group.