Niagara Catholic District School Board

It’s hard to believe we’re already two months into 2015, and even the hardiest of us are ready to smell the grass growing and feel a bit of warmth from the sun.

March promises to be another very busy month at Niagara Catholic. Read on for a list of upcoming events.

Family of Schools public speaking events for Niagara Catholic’s annual Speak Out! competition take place during the first week of March.  Students from the Blessed Trinity, Saint Francis and Denis Morris families of schools will participate in a Speak Out competition at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School on Tuesday, March 3. Students from the Holy Cross, Saint Michael and Saint Paul families of schools will compete at Saint Michael Catholic High School on March 4, and students from the Notre Dame College and Lakeshore Catholic families of schools will compete at Notre Dame College School on March 5. All events begin at 6:30 p.m. Families and friends are encouraged to attend these events. The winners from each event will deliver their speeches in the Speak Out! Showcase on Monday, March 9, at the Catholic Education Centre. This event begins at 6 p.m.

Niagara Catholic’s 12th Annual Technology Skills Competition gets under way on March 4 and 5 with the Welding and Culinary Arts competitions at Niagara College. Welding will take place at the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College’s Welland Campus on March 4 and Culinary Arts will take place at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at school’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus on March 5.

On March 5, many language students will participate in the French, Italian and Spanish Public Speaking Competition at Club Roma. Bonne chance, buona fortuna and buena suerte to all of those who have been practicing their speeches in second or third languages!


Niagara Catholic’s Technology Skills Competition resumes on Tuesday, March 10 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. This event is open to the public and is a great way to see some of our area’s most talented young builders, video producers, hair stylists and photographers in action.  Students will be hard at work from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event concludes on March 11 with the Awards Banquet and keynote addresses by Niagara College President Dr. Dan Patterson and former Ontario Premier and Interim Federal Liberal Leader, the Hon. Bob Rae.


Talented photographers from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School will have their work on display in the Burgoyne Room at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre in St. Catharines from March 12-April 12. The students worked with staff from Rodman Hall on creating the exhibition, which is titled Old Niagara/Young Lenses, to learn how to properly display their work. Please take some time to visit the Museum to see their outstanding artwork. The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, March 12 at 5 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

March Break begins on Monday, March 16. Whether you go away or stay home, we hope you have a relaxing and safe break from school and work. A reminder that while schools are closed, the Catholic Education Centre is open from Monday – Thursday. Classes resume on Tuesday, March 23.

The annual Diocesan Respect for Life Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. This is timed to co-ordinate with the Feast of the the Annunciation of the Lord.

Grade 10 students, and students required to re-take the Ontario Catholic Schools Literacy Test, will take the test on Thursday, March 26. The Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee will also meet on March 26.



Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on Sunday, March 29. This week is a very holy time in the Catholic calendar and parents are invited to visit their child’s school to participate in Mass services and also to view depictions of The Stations of the Cross. All schools and sites will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 in observance of Easter. 


Be sure to check your child’s school calendar for other events taking place throughout March. And don’t forget to Spring Ahead on March 8! Have a fantastic month!


The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)

The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.




February 24, 2015

Policies Approved

During the February 24 Board meeting, Trustees approved four updated policies.

Accessibility Customer Service Policy (800.8.1), Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7), Employee Workplace Violence Policy (201.11) and Occupational Health and Safety Policy (201.6) were approved and are now available in the Policies section of the Board website for review.

School Excellence Program – Discover what Continuing Education has to Offer


Niagara Catholic Continuing Education was the featured presenter during the February 24 Board meeting, as part of our ongoing School Excellence Program. During the presentation, Principal Rob DiPersio shone the spotlight on Continuing Education, speaking about the various aspects of Continuing Education, from adults who wish to complete their high school diploma, to individuals from other countries who come to study in Canada on short-stay or year-long programs and those who need ESL assistance after moving here, as well as others who take post-graduate programs.

Today, there are nearly 7,900 students enrolled at Niagara Catholic’s six permanent locations (in Welland, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie). Classes are also available at the Hope Centre in Welland, online and through various summer school programs.

Learn more about the possibilities offered by our Continuing Education Department.


Three Schools Finish in Top Five of NRP Video Competition

Three Niagara Catholic schools finished in the Top Five of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Second Annual Film Festival, which took place at the Landmark Cinemas in St. Catharines February26.

Saint Michael Catholic High School’s40-second submission finished second in the competition, followed by Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s entry and Saint Paul Catholic High School’s PSA.

This year there were more than 26 entries in the competition, which focused on the dangers of distracted driving.

Lakeshore Catholic Graduate Wins $10,000 on Chopped Canada

Erin Moore

When Erin Moore (now Erin Smith) attended Lakeshore Catholic High School a decade ago, she was introduced to Culinary Arts by teacher Leanne Bizley.

That course inspired her to follow her dream of a career in Culinary Arts when she graduated from high school.

Today, Erin is a new mother and is a Sous Chef at Bymark Restaurant in Toronto. On Saturday, February 28, Erin appeared on Chopped Canada, on the Food Network Canada, one of four chefs who squared off in the kitchen in an episode called Steaking Their Claim. When the final garnish was placed and the last bite eaten, Erin reigned supreme, taking home the $10,000 prize for the episode.


Winter – It’s Sticking Around, So We May As Well Enjoy It

SnowshoeingWeb3Winter is showing no signs of letting up, so all we can do is embrace the snowy bounty God has provided this year with some outdoor activities. The Grade 6,7 and 8 students at St. Martin Catholic Elementary School took advantage of the (very slight) warm-up this week to take to the great outdoors to try snowshoeing in the field.

Looks like they had lots of fun, fresh air and exercise!


St. Nicholas Hosts Provincial Funding Announcement for Niagara Nutrition Partners

BradleyNNPIt is a well-known fact that it’s hard to keep your mind on your studies when you are hungry. Students perform at their best academically when their tummies are full.

On February 11, St. Catharines MPP the Hon. Jim Bradley visited St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School to announce $582,000 in funding for breakfast and lunch and snack programs in Niagara schools from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS). This funding is provided to Niagara Nutrition Partners for distribution to schools.

Niagara Nutrition Partners is a Region-wide initiative, which provides coordinated nutrition programs in elementary and secondary schools and community based programs. This is achieved through provincial grant programs and local fundraising efforts.  Currently, more than 400 Niagara Nutrition Partners volunteers bring this program to life at more than 200 school programs by buying, preparing and serving food to students and cleaning up afterward.

For more information about Niagara Nutrition Partners, please visit


Blessed Trinity Students Win Big with Allstate Just Drive Competition

AllstateCongratulations to Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School students Paige Andrews, Jess DiPasquale and Kiki DiPasquale and Connor Jones, who were the winners of Allstate Canada’s Just Drive Canada Safe Driving competition.

It’s an outstanding accomplishment for Blessed Trinity, as this contest was open to high school students across Canada.

Paige and Connor won in the audio category, Jess won the poster category and Kiki was the runner-up in the poster category. Paige and Conner will share the $1,000 prize from Allstate Canada, Jess received $500 and Kiki received $250. Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School also received $875 from the company for the winds.

Blessed Trinity students Connor Jones and Paige Andrews (Winner, audio category), Jess DiPasquale (Winner, poster category) and Kiki DiPasquale (Runner-up poster category)  earned prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 respectively and also earned a total of $875 towards their school for their wins in the contest.

For more information, and to view all winning entries, visit:

Three Niagara Catholic Schools in Top Five in NRPS Video Competition

Three Niagara Catholic schools finished in the Top Five of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Second Annual Film Festival, which took place at the Landmark Cinemas in St. Catharines February26.

Saint Michael Catholic High School’s40-second submission finished second in the competition, followed byBlessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s entry and Saint Paul Catholic High School’s PSA.

This year there were more than 26 entries in the competition, which focused on the dangers of distracted driving.


The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.