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From the Boardroom - April 28, 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

At the April 28, 2015 meeting of the Board, the trustees:

Approved:

  • A Junior and Senior Kindergarten French Immersion Program at St. Leo’s School starting in September 2015. The program is intended to serve families in the St. John’s College catchment area (feeder schools) and will expand to the older grades as the kindergarten students progress. Information for the community is on the way!
  • The revised Hiring – Academic Staff 300.10 and Hiring – Support Staff 300.11 policies.
  • The addition of the following sections to the Board By-Laws:

6.2.3 - Board meetings between a municipal election resulting in the acclamation/election of new Trustees constituting one-third or more of the total number of Trustees, and the Inaugural Meeting of the Board.

6.2.3.1 In the instance that one-third or more of the total number of trustees is new to the Board as a result of the acclamation/election from a municipal election, the Board shall cancel all regular meetings of the Board of Trustees between the election and the Inaugural Meeting of the Board. This does not preclude the Board from calling a Special Meeting of the Board as per Section 6.3.

  • The spiritual theme, “Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly with God” as the 2015-2018 Board-wide three-year theme.
  • The adoption of the Contribution to Catholic Education Award and the Distinguished Catholic Graduate Award, to begin in the 2015-16 school year.
  • The motion to replace the Service Recognition Dinner with two events: a Milestone Recognition Mixer and a Retirement Dinner, to begin in the 2015-16 school year.

Acknowledged:

  • The effort of the Grade 8 class from St. Mary’s, Hagersville for assisting the clean-up of the Hagersville Chamber of Commerce after major renovations.
  • Recent ‘good news’ articles, about our Catholic system and our students, published by our local media.
  • And congratulated Superintendent Jamie McKinnon on his appointment as Director of Education, Bruce-Grey CDSB.

Received the Student Trustee Report:

Student Trustee, Kim Gubbels’ report highlighted school news including:

  • The Student Senate’s Leadership symposium for all Student Councils is approaching and planning for this day is well underway. Leaders from each school will gather at Blessed Sacrament parish hall on Thursday, May 21, 2015 to hear from our keynote speaker, Fr. Ron Cote and to participate in various activities that are based on the theme, “Preach it Like Jesus.”

  • On May 7, during Catholic Education Week, a province-wide Mass for students will once again be again celebrated. In our Board, this mass will take place at St. Pius X with student representatives from the three high schools as well as Grades 6-8 students from the St. Pius X feeder schools. To promote this day, the OSTA has put together a promotional video and have designated hash tags to be shared via Twitter and Instagram.

  • The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board are hosting the Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference in London. Some students from our school board are facilitators for this event and will be attending a pre-event training session.

  • Assumption College held their annual Coffee House on April 23, 2015. During the Easter season, they organized a Lenten project to raise money and to collect items such as hygiene and baby products to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society were invited to attend their Easter mass on April 9, 2015. Haley Down and Tracy On recently acclaimed the position for Student Council Co-Prime Ministers at Assumption College for the 2015-16 school year.

  • St. John’s College held their Presidential elections and a pep rally on April 22, 2015. Alex Misik was elected as President for the upcoming school year. On this day, they also planted trees for ecological justice and held a Glow Dance for students. During Lent, they conducted a Lenten collection for people in Haiti. St. John’s College celebrated the arts with a Spring Concert and a production of The West Side Story.

  • Holy Trinity held a lunch barbeque to raise money for the United Way. The Amazing Race event will take place in May. This event is based on the television show, where students will participate in various legs throughout the day educating students on the importance of justice and community involvement. Holy Trinity had their FLOW fundraiser and raised $5,000 for the Canadian Tire Jump Start program; this was matched by Canadian Tire to create a total of $10,000. Last week, the Grade 12 drama class put on a production called “Much to do About Will.” Presidential Elections were held on Thursday, April 23 - Berlyn Rymer and Imogene Stortini will share the presidential duties next year.

  • The Tri High Music Festival was recently held at Holy Trinity. The concert bands from each high school gathered together to share their respective talents and to perform as a united board. This was an excellent opportunity to foster collaboration and hard work showcasing musical talent.

To review details of the information above, including the full reports, please visit the Board’s website to access the April 28, 2015 Board meeting’s agenda.