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St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna and Sacred Heart in Port Lambton Help to Make Lambton County a Little Bit Greener 

Students and staff at two St. Clair Catholic schools have partnered with local organizations to help make a greener tomorrow.  Tree plantings were recently held at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna and Sacred Heart Catholic School, Port Lambton.

Through a grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Lambton Public Health and the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority are making trees available to local schools to plant in their school yards.

"This was a tremendous event for our school," says Colleen Cogghe, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna.  "Not only are the trees are a beautiful addition to our school yard, but this event aligns perfectly with our Catholic mission of being good stewards of the environment God created."

Representatives from Lambton Public Health and the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority also spoke to students about the tremendous benefits of trees.

"Trees provide schools with a more natural environment and shade coverage for their outdoor areas," says Martina Jackson, Health Promoter for Lambton Public Health.  "They also play an integral role in outdoor classrooms, by offering opportunities to educate and engage students about the environment."

In the photo with students at St. Joseph Catholic School are (L-R) Nicole Drumm and Tim Payne from the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority; and Martina Jackson, Lambton Public Health.

May 17, 2017

Canadian Senator Michael MacDonald Speaks to Students at St. Patrick's Catholic High School 

Hon. Michael MacDonald, a member of the Canadian Senate from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia recently addressed a group of about 250 students at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  The visit was arranged by teacher Blake Morrison, who took part in a week-long Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa last November.

"We were very excited when Senator MacDonald accepted our invitation to speak to students here at St. Patrick's," says Mr. Morrison.  "It's not every day students get to meet a member of the Canadian Senate and ask questions."

The students, from Grades 10 through 12, were selected because of their interest in politics.  They asked a number of questions, ranging from free trade to Canada's relations with the United States to the national debt.

Senator MacDonald told students it was his first visit to Sarnia and that he was very pleased to accept their invitation to visit the school. 

He was appointed to the Senate by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  The Senator is a businessman in Nova Scotia and had formerly served as vice president of the Conservative Party of Canada.

"It is a privilege to serve in the Canadian Senate," he told the students.  "It never dawned on me that I would ever be a senator; but, all of a sudden I found myself there."

In the photos (top left) Senator MacDonald speaks to students at St. Patrick's Catholic High School; and (above right) the Senator poses with Mr. Morrison and students.

May 16, 2017

Ursuline College Participates in OFSSAA Badminton Championships Held in Chatham-Kent 

Chatham-Kent played host to the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations' (OFSSAA) Badminton Championship last week.  Matches were held at Ursuline College in addition to Ecole Secondaire Catholique de Pain Court and the St. Clair College Thames Campus Healthplex.

Three hundred and twenty players from across Ontario were in the district to compete, including the top ranked singles players in Canada.

Ursuline College experienced its most successful badminton season ever, with nine players competing at the OFSSAA championships.  Players included Jakob Wanger and Chelsea Hartford (mixed); Grace Hiltz and Emma Demers (girls doubles); Finn O'Brien and Andrew Thibault (boys doubles); Olivia Lozon (girls singles) and Brett Graves and Dhairya Shah (boys singles).

"Our players gained valuable experience and competed well in their respective divisions," says Paul Evans, Science and Phys. Ed. teacher at UCC and tennis and badminton coach.  "It was a great experience for everyone!"

In the photo, play during one of the OFSSAA badminton championship matches held at the Ursuline College gym.

May 08, 2017
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