We’re into the final third of the school year now. With April upon us, let’s look forward to longer, warmer days ahead. Onward to our events for April 2019!kids

There are many events and activities taking place in our schools across Niagara Catholic this month. To discover what’s happening in your child’s school, please visit their school website to see the school newsletter or calendar.

On April 8, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the many parent, grandparent and community volunteers who enrich the lives of students in our schools at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre in St. Catharines. More than 300 people are expected to attend the event – and there are many more who are unable to attend due to work commitments, and we want all of our volunteers to know how much we appreciate everything they do for our students every day.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 14. Niagara Catholic students and staff will mark this holiest week in our calendar through prayer. Many will re-enact The Stations of the Cross, Jesus’s last day on Earth as a man. A reminder our schools and sites will be closed on April 19 and 22 for Good Friday and Easter Monday, as we head out of the Lenten season, and into the Easter season in the Church.

Have a blessed April, 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.

Header for SpotlightMay 14, 2019

Policies Recommended

During the May 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended six policies be referred to the Board for approval.

Employee Hiring and Selection (Teachers) Policy (203.1), Safe Schools Policy (302.6), Student Suspension – Safe Schools Policy (302.6.4), Student Expulsion Policy (302.6.5), Corporate Cards, Purchasing Cards and Petty Cash Policy (600.4) and Financial Investment Policy (NEW) will be considered at the May 28 Board Meeting.

National and Provincial Medalists Presented to Trustees


Leela Benjamin, along with trustee Larry Huibers (left) and Vice-Chair of the Board Dino Sicoli.


The Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School Basketball team, joined by St. Catharines trustee Kathy Burtnik.

During the May 14 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees were introduced to student athletes who received medals at OFSAA.

Denis Morris Catholic High School student Leela Benjamin won gold in OFSAA women’s wrestling (115-kg), the Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School Boys Basketball Team won bronze in the AA division at OFSAA, Saint Fransic Catholic Secondary School student Jordan Wylie won bronze in 72-kg women’s wrestling, and fellow Phoenix Aidan Iapicco won silver in the 200-m Mens Open Freestyle swimming event.


2019-2020 System Priorities

In January, Niagara Catholic commenced the consultation process for the 2019-2020 System Priorities and Annual Budget.

As part of the process, members of Senior Administrative Council sought input from 17 groups of Niagara Catholic stakeholders throughout the winter, keeping trustees updated along the way.

The 2019-2020 System Priorities are designed to continue to provide focused initiatives for the Board’s two Strategic Directions: Build Strong Catholic Identity and Community to Nurture the Distinctiveness of Catholic Education, and to Advance Student Achievement for All.

After collating the feedback received, the draft Enabling Strategies are:

Provide Supports for Success

  • Ensure that the principles of equity and inclusive education with a Catholic context support the needs and potential of all students
  • Enhance career pathway planning and opportunities for all students
  • Support the critical linkage between mental health and well-being and student success

Enhance Technology for Optimal Learning

  • Improve the teaching and learning experience, through access and technology enabled active learning, to include global competencies

Building Partnerships and Schools as Hubs

  • Enhance communication opportunities with parents, partners, schools and community
  • Promote partnerships that align with the merging social service models and needs.

Strengthen Human Resource Practices and Develop Transformational Leadership

  • Enhance key professional development opportunities and resources for staff to build teacher capacity and efficacy for student success
  • Enhance and support staff wellness programs.

Ensure Responsible Fiscal and Operational Management

  • Maintain financial stewardship
  • Address Changing Demographics

Enhance community partners to access space in schools

  • Optimize school utilization throughout the system.

The proposed System Priorities/Enabling Strategies will be deliberated by the Board at the May 28 Board Meeting.

Good News!

Have you checked out our Good News page lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on the great things happening in the system. We have some great stories and photos from Our Pathways Speakers Summit, FamJam4Wellness Event, and the Celebrating Excellence Award celebration, as well as news from Skills Ontario, the Niagara Industrial Association Trade Show and about our 2019-2020 Student Senators.

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The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.