We begin November with All Saints’ Day on November 1, and All Souls’ Day November 2.

Also on November 2 we will celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day in Niagara. This year, some of our schools and the Catholic Education Centre will support Socks for Change to provide warm socks for people living in poverty or on the street in Niagara.

Remembrance Day is a Sunday this year, so students will honour those who gave their lives in Canada’s wars and all those who served in Remembrance Day assemblies and talks at their schools during the week of November 5-9.

November 14 is Take Our Kids to Work Day. Grade 9s across Niagara Catholic will spend a day working with a parent, family member or family friend to experience a day in the life of the person they are shadowing. This allows students the opportunity to learn about the different career paths available to them.

November 16 is a Professional Activity Day for elementary and secondary students. Enjoy the long weekend!

On November 19, we will celebrate our artists in Grades 4 through 6 with our Celebrating Junior Artists gallery opening at the Catholic Education Centre. Students whose work has been selected to be displayed at the CEC and their families are invited to the gallery opening.

Secondary school open houses begin on November 20 and continue through November 29. Our Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day is November 21. Please click on the Open House and Registration Days slide on the main page of the website to get the dates and times of the open houses for your neighbourhood Catholic secondary school. If you can’t make it, our principals will be happy to welcome you to the school for a tour at a time that works for you. Registration is available online at any time through this website.


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.

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October 23, 2018

Board Approves Policies

During the October Board Meeting, trustees approved four policies.

Electronic Communications Systems (Employees) Policy (201.12), Student Parenting Policy (302.5), Playground Equipment Policy (702.1) and Continuing Education Policy (400.1) are available online for the public to review.

Shining the Spotlight on St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School

At each month’s Board Meeting, one school is invited to present to trustees about why they are such an integral part of the community it serves.

At the October 23 meeting, the spotlight was on St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, and principal Chris Kerho brought with him a video presentation which included students sharing what they love about St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School.

The video opens with a student in the school’s outdoor classroom, one of many projects the school has undertaken which has earned St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School a Platinum Certification with Ontario EcoSchools. She also spoke about the other initiatives, which also includes a Sweater Day every February, a fundraiser each spring through which students grow and then sell Calla Lilies and the school’s massive vegetable garden, which is used to make the salad and sauce for the very popular pasta lunches.

The video also showcased a number of students talking about why they love St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School and how it has helped them develop and grow. Their answers included faith, the number of activities and academics available to students, the new friendships they have developed, and things such as being encouraged to set goals, challenge themselves to learn new skills and to be resilient.

It concluded with a song by students about St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School. You can view the video here.

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