October 25, 2016
Soaring High with Fatima Falcons
The spotlight was on Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines this month, as students and staff from the school took part in the monthly School Excellence Program at the October 25 Board Meeting.
Principal Branka Jones was joined by student senators to share what makes Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School such a special place.
Ms. Jones told Trustees and Senior Staff that for the past three years, staff at Our Lady of Fatima have been preparing for the 100th anniversary of the intercession of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. She said the learning and growing in faith that has taken place during this time has been remarkable. Their display in the Catholic Education Centre focused on the moments immediately before the Miracle of the Sun. The school’s purpose is to live out the message of prayer, sacrifice and exemplify what is good and excellent for the good and growth of all delivered.
Students spoke about the many great things that happen at the school throughout the year, including food drives and fundraisers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Alfred Church. The school has a creed that was written by students, which focuses on the importance of outstanding effort, academic excellence and Catholic leadership. Students and staff pray the rosary as a community on the 13th of each month (or the date closest to the 13th of each month), in honour of the dates that Mary appeared to the children in Fatima, between April and October 1917.
Student voice is encouraged at Our Lady of Fatima, and students will participate in a school climate initiative called Speak Up. Through student consultation, students will work with staff to choose a permanent symbol to represent the centennial of the Fatima apparitions.
As a dual-track English and French Immersion school, a continual effort is made to ensure the English and French-speaking students maintain a connection as Fatima students. This duality is considered a blessing by Fatima staff, who ensure that the two languages are not “two solitudes,” but are a representation of true inclusiveness.
Board, Foundation Sign Agreement with Niagara Falls Soccer Club
Niagara Catholic has signed an agreement with the Niagara Falls Soccer Club to replace the grass at Michelson Field Number One with artificial turf. The land is jointly owned by Niagara Catholic and the City of Niagara Falls.
Under the agreement, the Niagara Falls Soccer Club will contribute $200,000 to the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education’s Turf Field Capital Campaign. In exchange, the Club will receive priority use of the field when it is not being used by students at Saint Paul Catholic High School or by the Board.
A full story about the agreement can be found in the Niagara Falls Review. If you would like to donate to the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education’s Turf Field Capital Campaign, please contact Foundation Executive Director Jim Marino at 905.735.0240, ext. 210.
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