The students and staff of the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board will join a province-wide celebration of Catholic education from Sunday, May 6 to Friday, May 11.
All Catholic schools in Renfrew County will participate in Catholic Education Week (CEW) activities, from school assemblies to prayer services, Mass, displays and other events.
CEW is sponsored annually by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), which provides curriculum materials for activities that focus on the topics of justice, love, reconciliation, solidarity and ecology.
The theme for CEW this year is Renewing the Promise, which highlights the leadership role that everyone in Catholic education shares in bringing the light of faith into all aspects of learning, says Tony Consentino, RCCDSB’s Religious and Family Life Education resource teacher. This theme is divided into five subthemes, one for each day of the school week, Consentino says. On Monday, the focus will be on Remembering the Promise, on Tuesday it will be The Promise Within You, Wednesday will be Praying the Promise, on Thursday it will be Living the Promise and on Friday it will be Proclaiming the Promise.
A sampling of some of the unique activities taking place in schools across the RCCDSB includes: an Indigenous traditions celebration at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Killaloe, Music Monday celebration with prayer service, student buskers and special guest musicians, Wednesday Wampum belt presentation ceremony with Brian Charles, and a boys’ literacy initiative with special guest reader Mr. Searson, RCCDSB Superintendent of Educational Services, at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School in Deep River. St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School in Calabogie will host a special Global Café French activity involving sweet and savoury treats with funds being raised for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Guest speaker Craig Gauthier will give a presentation to Grades 4–7 students on social media awareness and Internet safety at Our Lady of Lourdes as well as a session for parents in the evening. At Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Renfrew, Rick Klatt, RCCDSB Outdoor Education and Student Engagement teacher, will lead community building activities.
Among the special activities at Bishop Smith Catholic High School, Grade 8 students will be writing a “Letter to My Future Self”, reflecting on their goals, passions, relationships and faith life when they graduate. Father Justin Bertrand will attend some of the senior religious education classes for a question/answer period, and each day the school will come together to pray the novena for the spiritual, emotional and physical healing of a recent graduate who is receiving cancer treatments.
Jaimie Perry, Director of Education, adds that “Everyone―from parents, teachers, school staff and administrators to members of the parish, and clergy—shares in this special role of leadership in Catholic schools. We each play a part in preparing our young people to make a meaningful contribution to society as followers of Jesus.”
Cosentino explains that Catholic education has a distinctive curriculum based on 52 Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). “These OCSGEs challenge students to carry these fundamental values forward in their lives and bring them to their everyday activities and relationships in the world.”
The RCCDSB invites parents, members of local parishes and other community members to join in CEW activities, says Director of Education Perry.
May 4, 2018
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