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St. Clair Catholic and St. Clair College Partnership Creates Shared Learning Space at St. Ursula Catholic School 

An exciting new partnership between the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and St. Clair College will improve educational opportunities for students of both organizations.  Under the new partnership agreement, a shared learning apace has been created in a Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) classroom at St. Ursula Catholic School in Chatham, which will serve as a lab school for the college's Early Childhood Education (ECE) students.

"This new shared learning space in a classroom setting will offer real hands-on experiential learning for our ECE students," says Mark Benoit, Chair, School of Academic Studies for the St. Clair College Chatham Campus.  "We are pleased to be able to offer this unique educational opportunity to our ECE students, thanks to our on-going partnership with St. Clair Catholic."

"Through this successful partnership, we hope to develop further student pathways and connections to the college for both elementary and secondary students in our Catholic schools," says Dan Parr, Director of Education for St. Clair Catholic.  "We also see opportunities to support further learning for our FDK teaching teams, not only at St. Ursula, but across the district."

The shared space model will bring more than 60 first and second year ECE college students to the FDK classroom this year.  The classroom is furnished through funding from the college and through community donations.  The project is a reality thanks to the vision and collaboration of St. Clair College Professor Brenda Huff and Brenda Corchis, Coordinator - Elementary Curriculum and Early Years Lead with St. Clair Catholic.

In the photo, helping FDK students to cut the ribbon officially opening the new shared learning space are (L-R) Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic; Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education, St. Clair Catholic; Kelly VanBoxtel, Principal, St. Ursula Catholic School; Ashley Lalumiere and Kari Maw, First Year St. Clair College ECE Students; St. Clair College Professor Brenda Huff; and Mark Benoit, Chair, School of Academic Studies, Chatham Campus, St. Clair College.

Oct 26, 2016

St. Clair Catholic Named 'Tobacco-Free Champion' By Lambton Public Health 

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board has been named a Tobacco-Free Champion by Lambton Public Health.

In announcing the designation, Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton's Medical Officer of Health, thanked the Board for its partnership with Lambton Public Health in the delivery of school programs, such as the Nic-o-time Challenge and the Alternate Choices Tobacco Program.

In the above photo, Dr. Ranade (right) presents Director of Education Dan Parr with a plaque, in recognition of the tobacco-free designation.

Oct 26, 2016

Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and St. Clair Catholic Sign Historic Tuition Service Agreement 

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board and officials of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation (CKSPFN) have signed an historic agreement, which formalizes tuition services for secondary school students attending St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia.

A formal signing agreement was held yesterday at Hillside School.  The ceremony began with an opening prayer by Barry Milliken, a Community Elder and Member of the Education Committee.  Greetings were expressed by Chief Thomas Bressette, Director of Education Dan Parr, Education Committee Council Member Marshall George and Rob Cicchelli, Principal, St. Patrick's Catholic High School.

"I want to offer a very special welcome - 'ahnii' - to our students who come to St. Patrick's Catholic High School from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation," says Dan Parr, Director of Education.  "Through this important new partnership, we pledge to provide for them the very best that Catholic education has to offer."

Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Chief Thomas Bressette expressed his pleasure at being able to help students who wish to attend St. Patrick's Catholic High School.  "This is an important and supportive collaboration that will provide our students access to their educational curriculum of choice," says Chief Bressette.

Following the formal signing of documents, an Honour Song was played on the piano by Evan Jackson, a member of the CKSPFN and student at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.

The tuition service agreement is the result of mutual trust and respect, which has developed into a strong partnership.  The agreement is the first to be entered into by the CKSPFN and St. Clair Catholic, and formalizes a framework for the supports and services provided by both the Board and the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.  It also sets out reporting requirements for tuition fees collected by the Board.

Tuition service agreements are being developed between school boards and First Nation governments across the province, under the guidance and direction of Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

In the photo above left are (L-R) Chief Thomas Bressette, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board; and above right, St. Patrick's student Evan Jackson performs an Honour Song on the piano.

 

Oct 25, 2016
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