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From the Boardroom - February 24, 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

At the February 24, 2015 meeting of the Board, the trustees:

Approved:

  • The request from St. John’s College for approximately 45 senior football students to travel to Gahanna, Ohio from Thursday, September 10 to Saturday, September 12, 2015 to play an exhibition game, attend a football retreat, visit the Football Hall of Fame, and to experience a College football game. The experience provides a unique opportunity for personal growth and team building.
  • The motion to amend the trustee membership on the newly formed Communications and Information Technology Committee to include up to six trustees.

Received reports/information on:

  • The leadership pillar of the Strategic Plan that is in its final consolidation phase. Components of the Board’s Strategic Leadership Plan have been included in the Strong Districts and Their Leadership Project sponsored by the Institute of Educational Leadership, the Council of Ontario Directors of Ontario, and the Ministry of Education.
  • Programming, initiatives and opportunities that are offered across the Board, from JK to Grade 12, to assist students in discovering their personal interests and to learn about the wide array of career choices that are available or might be available in the future. This information is guided by the pathways framework outlined in the Creating Pathways to Success 2013 curriculum document.
  • The Technology Learning Fund that the Ministry of Education is advancing to all school boards to:
    •   Acquire additional technology enhanced supports and resources and provide related professional learning; and
    •   Continue to further expand the 21st Century Innovation Research Initiative.

          Infrastructure (bandwidth and wireless access), mobile computing technology, new technology supports and other initiatives are being investigated as possible use of the fund.

  • The revised Health and Physical Activity curriculum. The information highlighted supports that are being created (by the Institute of Catholic Education), factsheets created by the Ministry of Education and communication that will be sent home to all parents/guardians.

Received the Student Trustee Report:

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

  • Students from St. John’s College, Assumption College School and Holy Trinity Catholic High School provided the Student Senate with feedback following the Student Council Winter Retreat, which was held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Pius X. Overall, the day was a success, strengthening our connection with God and discovering new leadership strategies. The students would like to extend their thanks to the staff advisors and the chaplains for their hard work in planning for the day.
  • Staff Advisors from the three secondary schools were invited to this meeting to discuss the Student Leadership Symposium being hosted at Blessed Sacrament parish hall on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Student Senate members will be seeking feedback from councils to determine a theme for the day. Father Ron Cote, parish priest from St. Thomas Church in Waterdown, has been confirmed as the guest speaker. He will be speaking to us about various topics including student leadership and our faith.
  • Assumption College School hosted their first annual mock United Nations Assembly on Friday, February 20, 2015 and it was a great success. They have a number of ideas on how to improve this event for the future. Their junior semi- formal was held on Saturday, February 21. The girls’ curling and senior boys’ basketball teams are BCSSAA Champions.
  • On Valentine’s Day, Grade 12 students at St. John’s College organized a dance at St. Joseph’s Life Care Centre, a local seniors’ facility and also placed inspirational notes of affirmation on all student lockers for that day. Students competed at the DECA competition on February 7-8 in Toronto and the junior boys’ basketball team and the midget girls’ volleyball team are BCSSAA champions.
  • Holy Trinity Catholic High School is beginning to plan for its upcoming Coffee House. They wrapped up the Souper Bowl food drive where cans of soup were collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. There is a Girls’ Night on March 6 and March 7 for the purpose of promoting healthy living and building self-esteem. Holy Trinity’s senior girls’ volleyball team and junior boys’ basketball team are NSSAA champions.
  • All secondary schools sent students to the Culture of Life Conference, a conference raising awareness and educating students in our diocese about abortion from the Catholic perspective. Each high school began preparing for Lent and celebrated Ash Wednesday on February 18, 2015.

To review details of the information above, including the full reports, please visit the Board’s website to access the February 24, 2015 Board meeting’s agenda.