School Life

Living Faith

  • The Fruits of the Holy Spirit ~ Generosity, Kindness, Self Control, Joy, Gentleness, Modesty, Chastity, Goodness, Faithfulness, Charity, Peace, Patience
  • Daily school-wide prayer and reflections
  • Daily classroom prayers
  • Classroom prayer corners
  • Masses with student participation
  • Religious music and virtues/morals integrated into classroom curriculum
  • Religious symbols: crucifixes, statues, bibles, displayed in school
  • Disciplinary issues are addressed from the point of view of our faith
  • Code of Conduct imbued with Catholic values
  • Graduate retreat held in June each year as a time of reflection looking back on the students' elementary years and forward to secondary
  • Celebration of the Sacraments of First Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation as a community
  • Rosary taught through the Legion of Mary
  • Appreciation lunches for volunteers and staff
  • Social Justice initiatives
  • Catholic Graduate Outcomes

Excellence in Learning

  • On-going teacher in services provided by the Board, Conferences, and outside agencies on latest teaching practices and methodologies
  • Teachers are involved in regular Professional Learning Community Meetings(PLCs) and are currently working collaboratively inf Teacher Learning Critical Pathways (TLCP) to improve student achievement.
  • Implementation of Board policy on assessment to better identify and meet student needs
  • Sharing of best practices with colleagues in a growing professional learning community
  • Inclusion within the definition of learning the academic, athletic, social and moral development of each child
  • Teacher belief in the idea that all students can learn given the right circumstances, strategies and tools
  • Student Success Program
  • Literacy and Numeracy initiatives
  • Development of the Library resources - annual goal of the school and the Council
  • Partnership between the Catholic School Council and the School
  • Monthly Student Resource Team Meetings to identify student needs
  • Celebrate Excellence Assemblies (monthly)- Academics, Leadership, Catholic Virtues into Action

Athletics

  • Intramural and Intermural games in the following fields: Cross-Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball, Golf
  • Dedicated coaches for all sports
  • Outdoor Education at camps and facilities e.g. Ganaraska
  • Skating, swimming, bowling, curling activities organized annually
  • Participation in all Board sponsored athletic activities
  • Very active student population during recesses on the yard
  • Student sportsmanship and athleticism

Social Justice

  • Leaders Today - Student Leadership, Banish Bullying with Caring
  • Supporters of numerous local, provincial, national and international organizations through fund-raising activities, etc.
    • United Way
    • Terry Fox Run
    • Family Hamper Christmas Drive
    • Peace and Development
    • Share Lent
    • Jump Rope For Heart
    • Veterans - Poppy Day/Remembrance Day Activities

Co-curricular Activities

  • Involvement in a wide range of activities that support learning.
  • Student academic/athletic/social/moral development such as:
    • School representatives (staff/student) on the School Council
    • Intramural sports run by staff with student leaders
    • Public Speaking Events
    • Christmas celebrations - concerts/plays/pageants
    • Grad activities - retreat, breakfast, clapout
    • Knights of Columbus contests - essays, poetry, free throw
    • Earth day clean up
    • Night Ski program
    • Arts presentations - e.g. Plays, Museum Visits, Art Gallery, Guest Speakers
    • Think Bowl Competition
    • V.I.P. program
    • Class excursions ~ e.g. Ganaraska, Science Centre