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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

St. Elizabeth Catholic School Among 17 Schools Across Canada to Receive Tech Grant from Best Buy Canada 

St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Wallaceburg has received a $2,927 grant through the Best Buy School Tech Grant Program.  The funds will be used to purchase robotics equipment for the school's new First Lego League Robotics extra-curricular program.

"We are extremely grateful to Best Buy Canada for this generous donation," says Liz Gibson, Principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School.  "The money will help us to establish a brand new extra-curricular program at our school for students who have a tremendous interest in science and technology."

"The passion of the St. Elizabeth Catholic School staff was evident in their grant application, as they outlined how additional technology would provide their students with unique learning experiences," says Damian Anderson, General Manager of the Chatham Best Buy location.  "Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth and connect them with technology, in ways which advance their education."

Aar-Kel Industries, a well-known Wallaceburg tool and die shop, has donated $1,000, which will also be used to support the new extra-curricular program.

Through the First Lego Robotics League, St. Elizabeth Catholic School students will compete against students from other schools across Canada.  The first competitions in southwestern Ontario will be held in December.

In the photos (above L-R) First Lego League staff leader Paul Cogghe, St. Elizabeth Catholic School Principal Liz Gibson and Best Buy Chatham Location Manager Damian Anderson join students for the Best Buy Canada Tech Grant cheque presentation; and (below) Mrs. Gibson, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Cogghe join students for a robotics demonstration.

Nov 02, 2016
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