Bishop Smith Catholic High School (BSCHS) and St. Joseph’s Catholic High School (SJHS) have begun the 2017–18 school year with a plethora of activity for students and staff alike.
BSCHS students gathered for opening school Mass at St. Columbkille’s Cathedral on September 14 with Father Goring and Father Helferty co-celebrating.
From September 18–22 students participated in ‘Home Coming’ Spirit Week with various activities organized by Student Council.
September 20 was the much-anticipated annual Nangor Day excursion.
“The entire school body was bussed to Nangor Beach for the day,” notes Principal Clint Young.
Spirit Week culminated with a Hawaiian-themed school dance on Friday night September 22.
“We have gotten off to a great start at Bishop Smith Catholic High School,” reflects Young.
Fall activities are also planned for the teaching staff, including an upcoming professional activity day.
“On the October 6 PA Day, we will continue our pedagogical focus on 21st Century Assessment and Evaluation,” states Young.
The fall sports season is also underway with girls’ rugby and basketball, and boys’ volleyball and cross-country, as well as Grade 8 soccer.
St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Renfrew celebrated Spirit Week on September 11–15 with a different theme for each day.
On Wednesday, September 13, all students dressed up in their best clothes and travelled across Renfrew to celebrate Mass with students from Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School at Our Lady of Fatima Church. “We were honoured to have Father Ryan Holly celebrate the Mass for us, along with Father Kerry Brennan, Father Peter Do, and Father Anthony Burchat as concelebrants,” says Principal Brennan Trainor.
St. Joseph’s 2017 Spirit Week closed with a Spirit Day dance on Friday, September 15. “On this day, we enjoyed many indoor and outdoor activities culminating with our very popular, Spirit Day Dance,” notes Trainor.
It was also announced that the school’s charity of choice for the next two years is the Renfrew Hospice. SJHS students will set all of their local fundraising targets towards helping the Renfrew Hospice.
In addition, SJHS will continue to support the Dominican Republic Experience as its global charity of choice.
“By setting both charities as our specific charity goals, SJHS students are tangibly recognizing that we are a ‘Catholic educational community called to express our mission as church to pass on the Good News of Jesus Christ’,” says Trainor.
September 25, 2017
For further information, please contact:
Jaimie Perry, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191