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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

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
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