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St. Clair Catholic Students Perform for CBC Radio's Canadian Music Class Challenge 

About 550 students from three Chatham Catholic elementary schools gathered today as musicians and vocalists to record a video entry for CBC Radio's Canadian Music Class Challenge.

"Our students are thrilled to perform in this national music competition," says Jacquelyn McGlynn, an Itinerant Music Teacher for St. Clair Catholic.  "It is a wonderful celebration of Canadian music by Canadian students, especially with the country's 150th birthday quickly approaching."

CBC Music, in association with MusiCounts, is challenging music classes from across the country to perform their best cover of a Canadian song.  From elementary to high school, the Canadian Music Class Challenge invites everything from jazz bands, kazoo classes and guitar clubs, to hip-hop programs, symphonies and choirs.

The St. Clair entry is Canadian music icon Stompin' Tom Connor's Hockey Song, and involves students from Georges P. Vanier, St. Vincent and St. Joseph Catholic schools.  In addition to vocalists, the band includes several pianos, harp, guitar, ukulele, violin and percussion.

"This is an amazing experience, as we join with other schools across the country to make Canadian choir history!" says Mrs. McGlynn.

In the photo above, Mrs. McGlynn directs students as they record Stompin' Tom Connor's Hockey Song; and below, the 550 student ensemble poses in the gym at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School after the recording session.

Nov 16, 2016

Plaque Honouring Sarnia's Catholic War Dead is Dedicated in Ceremony of Remembrance at St. Patrick's 

A Plaque of Remembrance, which honours Sarnia's Catholic soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their country, was dedicated in the school's main foyer this morning.  In addition to staff and students, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu and Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, were among the invited guests.

The plaque is thanks to the work of three retired St. Patrick's teachers - Tom Slater, who committed many hours of research to the project; and Lou Giancarlo and Tom St. Amand, who created the design and layout.  They were supported in their work by St. Patrick's Principal Rob Cicchelli.

Today's ceremony included a reflection by school Chaplaincy Leader Joseph Palko and was attended by family members of some of the soldiers named on the plaque.

In the photo above, along with students representing the Air Cadets and Army Cadets are (L-R) Bob Bailey, Sarnia-Lambton MPP; Marilyn Gladu, Sarnia-Lambton MP and Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia.

Nov 10, 2016

St. Clair Catholic Students Invited to Participate in Visit by Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell 

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell was treated to a concert by "The Vinnies," a student choir from St. Vincent Catholic School, during her visit to Chatham this week.

The students, under the direction of music teacher Jacquelyn McGlynn, performed two selections and opened the evening program with 'O Canada.'

"It was a tremendous honour for our students to be invited to participate in this wonderful evening," says Nicole Stevens, Principal of St. Vincent Catholic School.  "We were all very thrilled to meet the Lieutenant Governor."

In addition, Ursuline College student Rosie Reaume had the honour of raising a toast to Her Majesty the Queen, during a dinner, at which the Lieutenant Governor was the guest of honour.

The Lieutenant Governor was in Chatham as part of a provincial tour of communities, to speak with Ontarians.  During her roundtable discussions in Chatham, she met with a number of invited citizens, including two students from Ursuline College, Maxx McGlynn, Student Trustee; and Own Foster, UCC Student Council President.

In the photos (above left) are (L-R) Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope; the Lieutenant Governor; Ursuline College Student Rosie Reaume; and Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford; (above right) the Lieutenant Governor with UCC Student Council President Owen Foster (left) and St. Clair Catholic Student Trustee Maxx McGlynn (right); and (below) "The Vinnies" with Music Teacher Jacqueline McGlynn (left) and the Lieutenant Governor (centre).


Nov 04, 2016
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