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Chatham Man Shares His Late Wife's Passion for the Nativity with St. Clair Catholic Students 

Mary Lynne McNeil loved the story of Jesus' birth and for 50 years, she collected nativity sets depicting the holy scene of long ago, in a Bethlehem stable.

"They came from all over the world," says her husband, Jerry.  "Big and small, some with lots of pieces, and some with just a few, she was constantly adding to her collection.  Many of them were gifts from friends and family and they were all precious to her," he says.

When Mary Lynne died last January, just a few months short of their 50th wedding anniversary, Jerry decided he wanted to share her many gifts with young people; and so he contacted the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  Elementary Chaplaincy Leader Margaret Palmer recently visited Jerry and gathered up the more than 40 nativity sets and will deliver them to schools throughout Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent, over the next couple of weeks.

"For many years to come during Advent, these nativity sets will appear on the prayer tables of every school in our district," says Ms. Palmer.  "It is an amazing gift to the students and staff of our Board."

Jerry says he is pleased to know that the beautiful scenes that brought Mary Lynne so much joy, will now be appreciated by many, many people.

In the photos (top left) Margaret Palmer and Jerry McNeil pose with just a few of the nativity sets he recently donated to the schools of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board; and (above right) one of the more than 40 scenes in Mary Lynne's collection.

Nov 30, 2016

St. Clair Catholic Elementary and Secondary Students Get an Opportunity to "Experience the Trades" 

Over two days this week, more than 600 elementary and secondary school students from St. Clair Catholic's Chatham-Kent schools attended the "Experience the Trades" event at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham.

"This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to see first-hand the career options that await them in the motive power, construction, industrial and service sectors," says Warren Seton, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for St. Clair Catholic.  "They were also able to speak directly with trades professionals."

More than 30 trades were showcased and each provided a hands-on activity, such as virtual welding, virtual back hoe operations, pipe bending, plumbing, floor panel construction, AutoCAD and 3D modeling, hairstyling, plant potting, hydro pole maintenance and auto mechanics.  Sixteen challenge games were also included in the auditorium displays.

The "Experience the Trades" event aligns with the new directives for Career and Life Planning, which assists students as they explore all four post-secondary pathways, including college and apprenticeships.  Students were also given a takeaway reflective assignment, which is to be completed as part of their personal MyBluePrint portfolio.

The event was co-hosted with four other area school boards from southwestern Ontario.

Nov 18, 2016

St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna Celebrates Derek Drouin Day ... Again! 

Students and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna were excited to celebrate another Olympic medal victory with the town’s favorite son and St. Joseph graduate Derek Drouin.

Derek was a gold medal winner at the Rio Olympics last summer.  In 2012, he visited the school after a bronze medal win at the London Olympics.

“We were so thrilled when Derek accepted another invitation to return to his former school to speak with students and staff,” says Colleen Cogghe, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School.  “What an exciting day it was for all of us!”

The school planned a slide show, which detailed the history of Derek’s career in sports; and there was an opportunity for students to ask questions and get autographs.

In the photo, Derek Drouin poses with students and St. Joseph Catholic School Principal Colleen Cogghe.

Nov 17, 2016
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