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St. Clair Catholic Elementary and Secondary Students Participate in Wellness Conferences 

Giving students a voice in promoting mental health and wellbeing in their schools is the theme of two Student Wellness Conferences, scheduled for this month.

“Our students have an important role to play in helping to make our schools places of wellness,” says Deb Crawford, Superintendent of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  “We want to hear from them as we develop ways in which to promote wellness and healthy living in our schools.”

Two Wellness Conferences – one for secondary students and another for elementary students – are being held this month.  Both events will feature former St. Christopher Catholic Secondary School graduate Dan Edwards, who suffered a spinal cord injury, which left him paralyzed.  Edwards is a motivational speaker, whose profound message for students is that the world is filled with opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of other people.

In addition, Charles Mair, a representative from UNITY Charity will participate in the days’ events.  UNITY Charity engages and empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities.  The organization works with young people to implement school and community programs, which help them to positively express their feelings and develop skills for success, leading to safer schools and healthier communities.

“Throughout the day, our students will provide thoughts on wellbeing and then create an action plan for their schools,” says Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead for St. Clair Catholic and organizer of the days' events.  “We are excited to hear what they have to say!”

In the photo above, Dan Edwards (front row centre) and Charles Mair (back row centre) pose with students from Ursuline College and St. Patrick's Catholic High School at the Wellness Conference for secondary students at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Port Lambton on Thursday, October 13th.  The event for elementary students will be held in Port Lambton on Thursday, October 27th.

Oct 13, 2016

Board Announces Dates for Public Meetings Related to Pupil Accommodation Review of Chatham Elementary Schools 

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board has announced the dates and locations for two public meetings related to the Pupil Accommodation Review of the Chatham elementary schools.

Public consultation is key to the success of this pupil accommodation review.  Under provincial rules, the Board is required to put forward options, including a preferred option, to solve the two important issues identified as the reasons for the pupil accommodation review - under enrolment and facility condition.  However, it is important that parents and community partners provide feedback, which helps the Board to achieve its goals.  The public meetings are an opportunity to provide that feedback.

Two public meetings are scheduled - Wednesday, November 9th at St. Joseph Catholic School; and Wednesday, January 25th at St. Ursula Catholic School.  Please note that pre-registration to attend these meetings is required.  You can pre-register on-line by visiting the Board website at http://www.st-clair.net/pupil-accommodation-review.aspx  Child care is available.

In the meantime, the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) will also meet to provide input and feedback on the options, which are outlined in the Initial Staff ReportThe membership of the PARC includes representatives from the Catholic School Community Councils for each of the seven Chatham elementary schools, as well as community representatives.  The committee is chaired by Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford, with Facilitator Brian Benn leading the discussion among committee members. It's first meeting was held last evening at St. Agnes Catholic School.  Notes from the meeting will be posted to the Board website at http://www.st-clair.net/pupil-accommodation-review.aspx within 10 days.

The final decision regarding Pupil Accommodation Review will be made by the Board of Trustees.

The pupil accommodation review is a tremendous opportunity for parents and the Board to be partners in the development of a plan that could improve learning environments for Catholic students for generations to come.  Parents are encouraged to have their voice heard by registering for one or both of the public meetings.

In the photo above (L-R) Superintendent Deb Crawford and facilitator Brian Benn lead the discussion at the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee Meeting at St. Agnes Catholic School on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Oct 05, 2016

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
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