It’s hard to believe that May is (almost) upon us. The penultimate month of the school year is an exceptionally busy one. May is the Month of Mary, and it’s during this month that we celebrate Catholic Education Week (April 30-May 5). We also celebrate Mental Health Week (May 1-7) and Better Hearing and Speech Month. 

Here’s a list of what we have taking place in May:


On May 1, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the best in Catholic education during our annual Catch the Spirit Awards. This award celebrates one outstanding student from each of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and one student from our Continuing Education Program. Thank you to Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School for hosting this year’s event. 


On May 3, Niagara Catholic will host a Spring Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have a child entering school for the first time this year and have not registered him or her for school, please drop by your neighbourhood Catholic elementary school to register them. If you are unsure which school your child will attend, check our school locator.  You can either fill in the elementary registration and application for direction of school support forms online and print them at home, or you can fill them in at the school; whichever is more convenient for you. Please remember to bring your child’s birth certificate, baptism record, proof of immunization, Ontario Health Card and proof of address.


On May 5, Niagara Catholic will celebrate five outstanding alumni during our 6th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards during a luncheon at the Catholic Education Centre. This event, and Catch the Spirit, bookend a week dedicated to showcasing excellence in Catholic education throughout Niagara Catholic. Details on the 2017 recipients will be announced immediately prior to the celebration.


On May 11, Niagara Catholic will host its annual Student Symposium. This event brings together student leaders from across the system to discuss Catholic education, and to elect the 2017-2018 Student Trustees. Thank you to all students who have served as members of both our Elementary and Secondary Student Senates this year.


One week later, on May 18, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the 2,000 members of the Class of 2018 during the annual Graduation Celebration. This event, led by our Student Senate, is a time for us to bring together students from all eight of our Catholic secondary schools for a day of faith and fellowship. Later that evening, Niagara Catholic will bring together stakeholders for our annual Partners in Catholic Education dinner.


Don’t forget May 19 is an elementary and secondary Professional Activity Day, and May 22 is the Victoria Day holiday. Have a safe and fun extra-long weekend!


On May 25, you’re invited to Niagara Catholic’s Catholic Education Congress. This event will take place at Saint Michael Catholic High School, and will feature a student/priest soccer game, with our Honourary Board Chair Bishop Bergie and Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board, serving as goalkeepers. Check the main page of the website for more details.


On May 29, Niagara Catholic will have a Special Board Meeting to receive public input and discussion regarding the Accommodation Review for Monsignor Clancy and St. Charles Catholic Elementary Schools. Members of the community are invited to provide input during this meeting.


Have a fantastic month, everyone!


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.


May 9, 2017

Niagara Catholic 2017-2018 System Priorities

During the May 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees received a report which provided an overview of the recommended System Priorities for 2017-2018, as well as an overview of the four-month consultation process.

A number of themes/recommendations were brought up during the consultation process, including:

  • Conducting a climate survey
  • Improving communication
  • Creating a Professional Development Plan
  • Creating stronger partnerships in our communities
  • Engaging Community Resources
  • Promoting Elementary and Secondary Schools as hubs with parents
  • Creating a school renovation/renewal plan
  • Increasing enrolment and retention and;
  • Creating an early identification tool for Kindergarten

These themes will be used to finalize the 2017-2018 System Priorities. The complete report is available in section C3 of the May 9 Committee of the Whole agenda.


Committee of the Whole Recommends Policies

During the May 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended the approval of three policies: Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7), Employee Workplace Violence Policy (201.11) and Occupational Health and Safety Policy (201.6).

Trustees will consider the policies during the May 24 Board Meeting.


Capital Projects Updatestmartin

Trustees have received a progress update on two Capital Projects currently under way at Niagara Catholic.

St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville is nearing completion. Flooring and light fixture installation is under way, and millwork installation is also nearing completion. Painting continues throughout the building, the asphalt top in the parking lot is scheduled to be done later this month, and the lockers are on order and expected to arrive in mid-May.

The $10-million new school will be ready for students in September 2017.

Once the establishment of a fire lane is established at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby, the site plan approval process can be completed and we can move forward with the $4.5-million expansion and renovation to the school. A groundbreaking celebration has been arranged for June 6, 2017.


Monsignor Clancy/St. Charles Catholic Elementary Schools Accommodation Review

On February 28, Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees approved the initiation of a Modified Pupil Accommodation Review for Monsignor Clancy and St. Charles Catholic Elementary Schools.

As part of Niagara Catholic’s Open and Transparent Process, the Interim Final Staff Report for the Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School and St. Charles Catholic Elementary School Modified Pupil Accommodation Review was provided to Trustees during the May 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

The public still has an opportunity to provide input on the final staff-recommended option, via public delegations before Trustees at a Special Board Meeting at Monsignor Clancy Catholic on May 29.

Review the final report in section C4 of the May 9 Committee of the Whole Agenda.


Festival of Families

Niagara Catholic’s Festival of Families takes place at Saint Michael Catholic High School on May 25. Be a part of this fantastic family event. Check the flyer below for information and we look forward to seeing you there!


Stay up to date with our Good News!

Have you checked out the Good News section of the Board website lately? If not, you’re missing some great stories and photos about our students. Be sure to check it out often to keep up to date on the fantastic things happening in our schools and across the system. For example, did you know one of our Principals received a Principal of the Year Award? And did you see our coverage of our five outstanding Distinguished Alumni? Or that we have two students bound for the Ivy League (Harvard and Princeton) and other going to the University of Hawaii? Don’t forget our monthly Director’s Video is also available on the main page of this website.


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