Spotlight – February 24, 2015

 

 

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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

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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

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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 www.niagaranutritionpartners.com.


 

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: www.justdrivecanada.ca.


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.

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