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Wellbeing in St. Clair Catholic Schools - September 2016 

The September 2016 issue of Wellbeing in St. Clair Catholic Schools introduces parents and families to the important topic of mental health and wellbeing.  It outlines for them the many programs and services available to students in our Catholic schools and gives them resources for helping children and youth develop resilience and overcome anxiety - two important strategies in maintaining mental well being.  To learn more, click here.

Sep 30, 2016

Holy Trinity Celebrates OPHEA Gold Certification with a Visit by a Canadian Olympian and the Terry Fox Run 

Holy Trinity Catholic School students and staff held a golden celebration, with a visit by a Silver Medal Olympian and a run to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation!

Last June, the school learned that it had been awarded gold certification in OPHEA's Certified Healthy Schools program.  Holy Trinity is among just 100 schools in Ontario to receive bronze, silver or gold designation.  The Certified Healthy Schools program, funded in part by the Ontario government, recognizes school communities which plan to take action to address health topics, such as physical activity, mental health and healthy eating.

"I am proud of the great work of our students and staff in achieving this designation, which is recognition of their tremendous efforts in promoting wellbeing in our school community," says Steve DeGurse, Principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School.  "And I can think of no better way to celebrate, than to have a silver medal Olympian speak to our students!"

Canadian figure skater Dylan Moscovitch helped kick off the celebration, by speaking to students at three assemblies.  He then led them in some warm-up exercises and stretches before they headed out onto the field for their annual Terry Fox Run.

In the photo above, Silver Medal figure skating champion Dylan Moscovitch speaks to students at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Sarnia.

Sep 28, 2016

District-Wide Mass Celebrates the Gift of Catholic Education and the Jubilee Year of Mercy 

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board family gathered for a district-wide Mass in September, to celebrate the beginning of another school year and to give thanks to God for the gift of Catholic education.

Each year at this special Mass, the Board's newest employees are blessed and commissioned, as they begin their service to our students and to the mission of Catholic education.  In commemoration of this great event, they were presented with bibles by Director of Education Dan Parr and Chair of the Board John Van Heck.

In recognition of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, which was declared last December by Pope Francis, the Mass was held this year at Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine, near Merlin, Ontario.  The church has been designated by Bishop Fabbro as the site of the Holy Doors of Mercy for the London Diocese.  It was a privilege to mark our annual district-wide Mass in the context of a pilgrimage to this designated pilgrimage site.

Each school community was also presented with copies of Pope Francis' prayer for the Year of Mercy.

In the photo above are (L-R) Dan Parr, Director of Education; new employees Kristy Hodgson, Music and Science teacher at Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School and John Hogervorst, Grade 5 teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School; and John Van Heck, Chair of the Board.

Sep 28, 2016
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