Holy moly! It’s JUNE!!

OK, so it doesn’t actually feel like June, but there’s a buzz in the air that tells us that summer vacation is just around the corner! We’ve had one awesome year, and we still have one awesome month of learning and faith formation to go before we enjoy the change of pace that summer brings.

So let’s bring it on – here’s what to expect this June across Niagara Catholic!

Friday, June 7 is an elementary Professional Activity Day. Be sure to check our website for fun activities offered by organizations in the community to keep kiddos occupied if you’re working that day.

Secondary exams begin on June 20, and run through June 26. Our Retirement and Service Recognition Celebration will also take place on June 20 at Club Roma in St. Catharines. Staff are invited to check our internal website for a list of individuals who plan to attend and how to get your tickets to celebrate long-serving and retiring colleagues.

Graduation celebrations begin on June 25. Please check your child’s school’s website for information about graduation celebrations.

June 27 is a secondary PA Day, and it’s the last day of classes for our elementary students. June 28 is an elementary PA Day, so while students begin their summer vacations, staff will formally wrap up the 2018-2019 school year.

For those leaving Niagara Catholic to go on to new adventures in retirement or through an apprenticeship, college, university or the working world, leave knowing you have the blessings of the Niagara Catholic family with you. We wish you all the best on the next stage of your journey, and remember to stay connected with us. For those moving up a grade, congratulations! We’re sure you’re looking forward to what next year will bring!

It has been an absolute pleasure to be online with you this school year. Enjoy the summer break – have fun, stay safe, and keep learning – and we’ll see you back in September!

summer hols

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 SpotlightJune 11, 2019

Policies Recommended

During the June 11 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended two policies be referred to the Board for approval:

Community Use of Facilities Policy (800.2) and Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy (302.6.8) will be considered at the June 18 Board Meeting.

Larkin Estate Award Recipients

During the June 11 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees received information about the 2019 recipients of the Larkin Estate Award.

The Award was created in 1969, following the death of sisters Maria Eveleen and Aimee Theresa Larkin, who bequeathed funds to the Lincoln County Roman Catholic Separate School Board for a scholarship for students to study nursing or social services work at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, or a college or university offering such a course.

On Tuesday evening, the Board approved $3,825 – the interest earned in the past year on the scholarship fund – be distributed among seven new recipients and 10 renewal applicants.  This year’s new applicants are Logan Ciancio and Regine Hocson from Denis Morris Catholic High School, Kennedy Kish from Notre Dame College School, and Kassandra Miele, Hannah Sawchyn, Hannah Schipper and Stefanie Zuniga from Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School. All 17 of the nursing students will receive $225.

Provincial and National Medallists 2019

It’s that time of the year again – when we look back at the year that was, and honour students who excelled in academics, the arts, athletics and technology. The following groups were recognized at the Committee of the Whole Meeting:

Technological Skills

  • Tyler Rocheleau (Notre Dame College School) – Gold, Skills Ontario Architectural Technology
  • Malcolm VanDenHurk (Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School) – Silver, Skills Ontario, Individual Carpentry
  • Ryan Brady (Denis Morris Catholic High School) – Silver, Skills Ontario, HVAC
  • Connor Davis (Notre Dame College School) – Silver, Skills Ontario, Plumbing
  • Natasha Vahrmeyer (Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School) – Bronze, Skills Ontario, Aesthetics
  • Zack Browne, Tyler Errington, David Papineau, Noah Rotchill (Notre Dame College School) – Bronze, Skills Ontario, Home and Team-Building

Athletics – Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships

  • Women’s Junior 4 with Cox (Denis Morris Catholic High School) – Gold
  • Women’s Senior 4 with Cox (Denis Morris Catholic High School) – Bronze
  • Men’s Jr. 66-kg Quad Scull (Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School) – Silver
  • Men’s Jr. 72-kg Single Scull (Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School) – Silver
  • Men’s Jr. 72-kg Double (Saint Paul Catholic High School) – Gold
  • Men’s Jr. Single 2,000-m (Saint Paul Catholic High School) – Bronze
  • Men’s Jr. Double 2,000-m (Notre Dame College School) – Bronze
  • Women’s Sr. 63-kg Cox Four 2,000-m (Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School) – Bronze

A photo gallery is below.

2019-2020 Annual Budget

Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees were presented with the original estimates for the 2019-2020 Annual Budget during the June 11 Committee of the Whole Meeting. The estimates are built on an approximate enrolment of 20,878 students in 2019-2020. The complete report is available in section C2 of the June 11 Committeee of the Whole Meeting agenda. Trustees approved the recommendation to approve the Original Estimates, as presented.

The Board will consider the agenda at the June 18 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 you won’t want to miss, including this story about two of our outstanding students from Saint Paul Catholic High School.



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