The Niagara Catholic District School Board is currently on summer hours.
The Catholic Education Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is closed Fridays.
Our annual Summer Shutdown will take place from July 26 – August 12. We will have a limited social media presence during this time, as we unplug to spend time with family and friends. We will not be checking emails or Facebook messages during this time, and will reply to messages when the Catholic Education Centre re-opens August 13.
Elementary school offices are now closed. If you have questions about your child’s secondary school report card during the first week of July, please contact the school, visit the school website or check their social media posts – they have been active in sharing with students their report card pick-up times.
If you have questions about your child’s summer school programming, please contact Continuing Education for assistance before the end of July.
If you are interested in joining our Niagara Catholic family for elementary or secondary school, or for continuing education programming this September, please find information about Niagara Catholic here. Students are expected to attend their home school – the school that is designated for their community. If you are unsure which school is your home school, please check the School Eligibility Link, which will confirm the home school and if your child is eligible for transportation.
Online registration is available throughout the summer for all parents and guardians of children who have been baptized in the Catholic church. Please complete the pre-registration form, and complete the registration in-school when the offices open on August 26. Parents who wish to register non-Catholic students at one of our Catholic elementary schools are invited to visit the school in person with their registration request. All of our Catholic secondary schools are open to non-Catholic students who are interested in everything a Catholic education has to offer.
As always, if you have any questions about Niagara Catholic while our office is open throughout the summer, please call the Catholic Education Centre and we will assist you. One small note: the Catholic Education Centre is undergoing a much-needed repair, and access to the office will come through the side door for members of the public.
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.
September 10, 2019
Chapel at Consolidated Schools in Thorold to be Named for St. Charles
During the opening meeting of the 2019-2020 school year, trustees approved a recommendation to name the chapel at the consolidated Monsignor Clancy/St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in honour of St. Charles School, which will close at the end of this school year at the September Board Meeting.
If approved, the chapel will be named the St. Charles Chapel, and the Library Information Centre will be named the Monsignor Clancy Library Information Centre.
The new names are in compliance with Niagara Catholic’s Naming of a Board Facility, Designated Area or Chapel Policy 100.15.
Summer Learning Camp
Trustees were updated on the 2019 Summer Learning Camp, which took place at six sites in Niagara during the summer.
From July 8 through 26, 94 students in Grades three through six participated in programs including Home Sweet Home, Master Chef, Nuts and Bolts, On the Move, Robotics, General Camp Phys. Ed., and SPARK Niagara Coding.
The programs took place at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School, Blessed Trinity and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary Schools, Lakeshore Catholic and Saint Michael Catholic High Schools, and Notre Dame College School from July 8-26.
These programs reinforced literacy and numeracy curriculum, introduced new concepts to students such as coding, promoted physical fitness and healthy eating and offered students valuable life skills.
The 2019 Summer Learning camps are in alignment with the Board’s Continuing Education Summer School Program, were subsidized by CODE and OFIP funding, and transportation was provided. The camps also promoted our Niagara Catholic secondary schools to students.
Capital Progress Updates
Construction is now underway at the new child care centres at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School. The $1.5-million, three-room addition will allow for 49 new childcare spaces at the school.
Construction continues for the consolidated St. Charles/Monsigor Clancy Catholic Elementary Schools and new child care centres. The $5-million project is currently awaiting design approval from the Ministry of Education. Once completed, it will have room for a total of 677 students, and will add 49 new child care spaces at the school. Students are expected to be in the new school by September 2020.
Information Technology Services Update
Trustees were provided with an update of the Board’s Information Technology Services department, its responsibility, projects and programming.
The complete report is available in Section C1 of the September 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting agenda.
Long-Term Accommodation Planning Update
Niagara Catholic approved its Long-Term Accommodation Plan 2016-2021 in May 2016. The plan provides data, guiding principals and strategies to assist the Board in effectively managing resources, and in making the best possible decisions to continue to offer the highest quality of Catholic education for students, within the Board’s budget.
In 2017, the Ministry of Education placed a moratorium on school consolidations until new Pupil Accommodation Guidelines were issued. These were issued in April 2017, however the moratorium was extended in June 2018, and templates to assist school boards with accommodation reviews have yet to be released.
Niagara Catholic is committed to maximizing the use of all school facilities through pupil enrollment and the engagement of community partners. To read the complete report, visit section C3 of the September 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting agenda.
Have you seen our awesome photos from the first day of school? If you haven’t, you should check out the album on our Facebook page. We also have big changes coming online, so stay tuned to our website – you never know what you’re going to see!
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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.