Committee of the Whole Takes to the Road to Niagara Launch Centre
Trustees and Senior Staff took to the road for the first Committee of the Whole Meeting of the 2017-2018 school year.
The September meeting took place at the Board’s state-of-the-art technology training hub, the Niagara Launch Centre – Powered by Niagara Catholic District School Board, which is located inside the former Target store at the Seaway Mall.
The 12,000 square foot facility is home to a number of innovative new programs, including automotive service and repair and a variety of construction technologies. It came to life after many years of Niagara Catholic utilizing space in public locations in Welland, including the former Canadian Tire store on Niagara Street, and unoccupied storefronts in Seaway Mall. The Niagara Launch Centre is the culmination of these experiences, as well as consultation with students, staff, parents, the community, local industry and the Ministry of Education.
The Board was praised for its commitment to providing students with the most current, relevant and innovative career paths by those in the know, including Niagara Workforce Planning Board CEO Mario DeDivitas, Kevin Hart, National Sales Manager for In-House Solutions, a technology software provider, Steve Hett, the Ontario Technology Training Manager for Bell Canada, and Nick Ciccone, Training Director for the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Local 837. Mr. Ciccone also presented a $10,000 cheque to Director of Education John Crocco and Board Chair Father Paul MacNeil to help fund the Launch Centre.
Following the presentation of the report to Committee of the Whole, trustees and senior staff were able to view the students in action, as they showed off their skills in their respective areas of study.
Trustees Approve Recommended Name of New St. Martin Catholic Elementary Chapel
On September 5, the St. Martin Catholic Elementary School community celebrated the opening of their long-awaited brand-new school. A week later, Niagara Catholic trustees recommended that the Board approve naming the new school’s chapel after the school’s namesake, St. Martin of Tours, during the Committee of the Whole Meeting. The name recommendation was endorsed by Bishop Bergie.
St. Martin of Tours was born in Sabaria (modern-day Hungary) in 316 to non-Christian parents, and was raised in Italy. During his mandatory military service, Martin encountered a beggar in France, shivering in the cold. With no money to offer, Martin took off his cloak, tore it in two and shared it with the beggar before going on his way. That night, he had a vision of Christ wearing his cloak, saying, “Martin, a mere catechumen (a person training to convert to Christianity), has clothed me.”
Martin was so moved by the vision he resolved to be baptized. After completing his studies, Martin was baptized, began his ministry of preaching and was later made Bishop of Tours. Firmly rooted in his faith and a life devoted to the service of Christ, St. Martin of Tours is an excellent model and witness to the faith we share and the life of service we are called to by Christ.
Trustees will consider the motion during the September 26 Board Meeting.
Learn more about St. Martin of Tours here.
2017 Summer Camp Program Hailed as a Success
Niagara Catholic’s first-ever summer camp program drew 275 elementary students to six sites over five weeks this summer.
The 2017 summer camp program was an integrated program that consisted of the Summer Learning Program for students with high literacy and numeracy needs, and a traditional summer camp. Students participated in a variety of activities themed around life skills, pathways planning, active living and general interests, all of which were infused with literacy and numeracy.
Modules in the 2017 summer camp program included Home Sweet Home (reading and following instructions, basic assembly, fixing and maintenance, budgeting, sewing and crafts); Master Chef (preparing nutritious and popular meals and snacks, with the emphasis on reading instructions, measuring/proportions and counting, as well as on the importance of using local produce, nutrition, health and wellness, gardening and safe food handling); Nuts and Bolts (woodworking and tool basics, which allowed students to learn to read blueprints and diagrams to learn measurement, scale, angles and calculation, building hand-eye co-ordination as they created their own projects); On the Move (focusing on common and alternative modes of transportation and energy forces, as well as calculating distance, speed and time, fuel consumption and power); and Robotics (by building a robot through the VEX program). The camps took place at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School in Fort Erie, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Grimsby, Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls, Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines.
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