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!