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kinderSTARt - Kindergarten Registration Set to Go at Catholic Elementary Schools in February 

kinderSTARt, a special one day registration event for families, will be held in each Catholic elementary school in February.  Parents and children who are beginning Junior Kindergarten in September 2016 are invited to visit the school, to meet the staff and engage in activities in preparation for Full Day Kindergarten next fall.  It's also a chance to bring younger siblings (18 months to three years) to participate in the Ages and Stages developmental screening.

Children born in 2012 may register for Junior Kindergarten; Children born in 2011 may register for Kindergarten (if not already registered).  Proof of child's age and verification of Catholicity for one parent must be presented at registration.  All Junior and Senior Kindergarten students must be registered within designated school boundaries.  For boundary information, go to Visit Our Schools and find the School Locator.  For more information regarding Kindergarten Registration, contact your local Catholic school or call Karen Dolson, Manager - Planning Services at 519-627-6762, ext. 10247; or by email at karen.dolson@st-clair.net

Learn more about kinderSTARt by clicking on the links below:

Chatham-Kent kinderSTARt

Sarnia-Lambton kinderSTARt

Nov 30, 2015

Emmanuel Jal Brings His Message of Peace to St. Clair Catholic Students 

An ex-child solider from South Sudan is bringing his powerful message of peace to students across the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

“We are pleased that Emmanuel Jal is returning to St. Clair Catholic,” says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education.  “Since his visit last year to Ursuline College in Chatham, St. Clair Catholic students have been captivated by his personal story of survival and drawn to his message of peace.”

Jal was born in South Sudan, became a child soldier and, eventually, with the help and support of a British aid worker, became a recording artist and activist, with a message of peace and hope, not only for his own country, but for the world.

His story inspired Mrs. Courtney Mellow’s Grade 7 and 8 students at Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg to raise $1,300 last year for his charity, GUA Africa, which promotes and supports education in South Sudan. He now returns to Canada and will speak to both secondary and Grade 4 to 8 students from schools across the district.

“Jal’s inspiring story of overcoming adversity and turning hatred and bitterness into a life of peace has a tremendous impact,” says Mrs. Callaghan.  “It is a message that resonates with students and helps to spur interest in social justice projects.”

Emmanuel Jal’s visit included the following schools:  St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia; Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg (including students from two other Wallaceburg Catholic schools), St. Vincent Catholic School, Chatham (including students from five other Chatham Catholic schools) and Ursuline College, Chatham.

In the photo above, students from Christ The King Catholic School in Wallaceburg pose with Emmanuel Jal following his presentation.

Nov 24, 2015

String Choir from Wallaceburg Catholic Schools Competes in National Competition 

The Strings Are the Thing! are entered in a national competition with CBC Music, in association with MusiCounts, to search for Canada’s greatest music class.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their abilities in a national video competition,” says music teacher Jennifer Trinca.  “We’re all very excited!”

The string choir performs Life of the Party, in a video that has been entered in the competition.

Between October 26 and November 30, teachers and music program instructors across Canada were encouraged to upload a video of their classes performing selections chosen by CBC Music.  Submitting classes were asked to feature students up to 17 years old in an original performance.   The competition was designed to engage students in traditional music classes, music clubs and after-school programs across the country.

Watch the video below!

Nov 24, 2015
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