St. Michael’s Catholic School in Douglas recently hosted a very successful 17-team/6-school broomball tournament. The goals of the event were to continue to learn broomball skills and to have students playing outside in winter reported Principal Mary Catherine Brisco. The game schedule was set by Rick Klatt, RCCDSB Outdoor Education and Student Engagement Resource Teacher. All proceeds from the canteen were directed to the St. Michael’s Grade 7/8 trip.
The tournament took place the day after the big snow, “so, we were only able to go ahead because community volunteers came in with their snow blowers, bobcats, etc., and worked for hours to remove snow. It was a huge success,” said Principal Brisco. In all, 8 trophies were presented with St. Andrew’s winning the A Championship.
Schools that attended included St. Andrew’s, Killaloe, St. James, Eganville, Our Lady of Fatima, Renfrew, St. Joseph’s, Calabogie, Holy Name, Pembroke, and St. Michael’s own teams. There were two divisions—Grade. 4-5 and 6-7. This year it was called St. Michael’s 3rd Annual Broomball Tournament, and some of the schools have purchased hockey sweaters for their teams.
Students at St. Michaels continue to participate in the ‘Saints Among Us’ activity. “Students often have a hard time relating to the saints, so we study individual saints as a school and discuss in each class who in our school, families and community demonstrates the characteristics of that saint,” explained Principal Brisco. Students studied St. Hubertus, patron saint of hunters in the fall, presenting in their class and making artifacts for the school bulletin board.
“In February students worked on St. Valentine, and next will be St. Isadore, patron saint of farmers, which should go really well in our farm community,” noted Principal Brisco.At St. James Catholic School in Eganville, the Grade 1–8 school choir prepared for the Kiwanis Festival in Pembroke on Tuesday, February 26. “Choir members have given up many recesses and they sound great!” said Principal Maureen McHale Enright. The opportunity for our students to participate in this event is made possible because of the dedication and direction of teacher Alanna Hermans, the support of EA Erin Schweigert and the accompaniment of Julie Baillie, stated Principal Enright.
During the months of January and February, students were active with broomball and badminton, and are now looking ahead to basketball season as well as the Chess tournament that will be held at St. Andrew’s in Killaloe, in early March.
In January, St. James’ staff was introduced to Number Talks as a wonderful way to engage students in math learning and to help them develop number fluency. “This practice has been adopted in many of our classrooms and is proving to be an effective part of our math teaching. Staff will be involved in a second day of Professional Development on Number Talks on February 28,” shared McHale Enright.
The Grade 7 and 8 class has also been involved in the Renfrew County and District Health Unit’s pilot of the ‘You’re the Chef’ program over the last month and a half. The goal of the program is to help students gain the skills and confidence to cook and to enjoy recipes with vegetables and fruit. Students have the opportunity to practice safe food handling and basic kitchen safety skills while they prepare healthy recipes and learn ways to add more vegetables and fruit to their meals and snacks.
“The feedback on the program has been great so far and we are very thankful to Indigenous Education Lead, Kellie Hisko who has coordinated our cooking lessons and sessions. The students are truly enjoying the sessions (and the food) and there is tremendous value in the skills they are learning and practicing. We are also very thankful to St. James the Less Parish for letting us use their beautiful parish hall kitchen for our sessions,” said Principal McHale Enright.
A new girls’ group has also been initiated at St. James School. “Last year, Safe Schools coordinator Sandy Brannan and teacher Erin Dick facilitated a girls’ retreat for our girls in Grades 4-6. The response to the day was fantastic and this year we are building on that idea with a Girls’ Group that will run once a week for 6 weeks,” shared Principal Enright. School Counsellor and FCS worker Carrie Stevens is running the program in collaboration with Sharon Neff from the Bernadette McCann House in Pembroke. Among the topics covered, girls will learn about positive self-image, internet safety, peer pressure, and developing and maintaining healthy friendships. We are very grateful to be able to offer this to our students, noted McHale Enright.
February 25, 2019
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