From spring cleaning to sports activities, celebrating Catholic Education Week (CEW) and honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary, students and staff across the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board had a busy month of May.
At St. Francis of Assisi school in Petawawa, students and staff added a Hail Mary to their regular daily morning prayer time. They also offered devotions to the Blessed Virgin in their weekly prayer services, and included religious artifacts of Mary in their front foyer prayer centre.
For Catholic Education Week, students displayed artwork at the local Independent grocery store depicting “the Promise we give to Christ,” says Principal Scott Nichol. They also participated in prayer services and attended mass at the St. Francis Chapel on the armed forces base, as well as holding a book fair and other activities.
To demonstrate their calling as environmental stewards, each class at St. Francis also chose an area of the school to beautify, said Principal Nichol, and some students helped the Horticultural Society with planting at the Civic Centre.
Principal Nichol reports that the school was also delighted to have a GaGa ball pit installed in the schoolyard. Rick Klatt built the pit with School Council funding, says Principal Nichol. Other activities during the month included a walkathon fundraiser for the School Council, and gearing up for softball and track and field tournaments.
Meanwhile Our Lady of Sorrows school in Petawawa reports that it has had a second GaGa ball pit installed. Other activities during May, says Vice-Principal Ryan Kranz, included a school-wide spelling bee, a spring cleaning of the school’s outdoor classroom by Grade 5 students, a special “Music Monday” during CEW and a Parent Council bake sale at Pembroke Mall.
At St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School in Deep River, Principal Cheryl St.-Élier says students and staff have been focusing on an in-depth inquiry into what creates joy. “We discovered that joy is created, sustained and recognized by dedicating our lives to service,” says St.-Élier. During CEW, the school provided a forum for recognizing students who had made exceptional efforts in service to others. Those students received medals of St. Gabriel. Also, a student from each class was chosen to have their picture taken with “the wings of Gabriel.” These wings were created from individual works of feather art intended to honour First Nations’ view of the feather as a spiritual symbol unifying heaven and earth with celestial wisdom, says St.-Élier.
St. Anthony’s Catholic Elementary School in Chalk River began CEW with a Sunday mass for family and friends on May 6, says Principal Dave Noble. It was followed by a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Grades 6 to 8 class trip. Another pancake breakfast on Tuesday of that week honoured staff and volunteers at the school and Father Terrence Sirosky celebrated mass at the school on the Thursday. On Friday, Mark Searson, Superintendent of Educational Services joined students and staff in reciting the Living Rosary under the leadership of the Catholic Women’s League and Grade 6 to 8 students.
May 28, 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