Students, staff and the entire community at George Vanier Catholic School in Combermere have been busy this fall preparing for the 50th anniversary of the school. The celebration will take place on Saturday, October 19, from 11 am-3 pm with music, food, raffles, local vendors (many of whom are former students), prayer, photo galleries, a petting zoo, and much more.
“All are welcome to attend,” invites Principal Anne Marie Landon, adding, “Our preparations for this milestone event complement our work on building relationships and routines with each other in these early days of the new school year.”
GVCS has also established a third student eating area to complement our quiet reading zone and our louder lunchroom. “Now, in the arts corridor, piano tunes can be heard and sketches are drawn,” shares Principal Landon.
In October the school will celebrate a teaching Mass with Fr. John Lacey from Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish and recognize the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Students will also be bringing their favourite stuffed animals to school that day.
Exciting things have also been happening at St. John Bosco Catholic School in Barry’s Bay in the first days of the new school year, reports Principal Julia Graydon.
An increase in enrolment has required extensive renovations to prepare a new Grade 7/8 room with all new furniture. “The windows were installed last week and it will be completed the week of September 30,” says Graydon.
In the meantime School Council was elected on September 23. “Again this year we have an engaged, committed and amazing group of parents to represent the students and families at St. John Bosco,” remarks Principal Julia Graydon.
Student Council was also elected, with students from Grade 3 to 8 listening to Grade 7 and 8 students’ speeches and voting for a president, vice president, social advisors, sports advisors and a Christian action advisor.
The annual Open House was held on September 26. “We had a great turn out. School Council members greeted families and sought their input on community events they would like to see take place, priorities they would like to see the school council focus on, and fundraising ideas,” says Principal Graydon.
Other events in the first few weeks of the new school year included The Kidz Kastle Daycare opening its doors to families, a visit from Fire Chief Corwin Quade, and participation in the Terry Fox walk on September 27.
Grade 1 to 8 teachers at SJB have been involved in the MathUP professional learning program.
St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Killaloe is also off to a busy and rewarding start to the 2019/20 school year, as it continues to live its mission of being ‘A Place of Learning and Believing.’
The school community joined the St. Andrew’s parish community for an opening school Mass celebrated by Father Chris Shalla. Father Shalla imparted a message of discipleship and how we can open our heart to Jesus whenever we need. Staff and students are striving to live this message as the school focus for the month of September.
“St. Andrew’s is working on explicitly defining what it means to be ‘discerning believers’,” says Principal T.J. O’Grady.
Students also participated in electing a new Student Council, which included many student campaigns and an all-candidates presentation with students presenting their platforms to their peers.
“I was very impressed with the calibre of speeches and the thought put into each and every candidate speech,” says Principal O’Grady.
An area of academic focus for staff and students this year is implementing the new MathUp program, which is being introduced across the county this year. St. Andrew’s is also working on teaching self-regulation and is using the Zones of Regulation program for all grades. Staff and students are receiving training to utilize this fantastic program and staff is striving to use consistent language and approach with all students.
Other notable events at St. Andrew’s were the annual Open House and Scholastic Book Fair and the Terry Fox Walk. The school also observed Orange Shirt Day on September 30 in support of residential school survivors because Every Child Matters.
September 30, 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