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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

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
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