Oh wow … we’re in the home stretch now! The sun has finally warmed up our frozen ground, and we’ve (hopefully) seen the last of the snowflakes until at least late November! May is the Month of Mary, and it’s the time we celebrate Catholic Education in a very special way. We have a long list of special events and activities throughout Catholic Education Week, and throughout May, as we celebrate the best in Catholic education in Niagara. Read on to find out what’s happening across Niagara Catholic this month!
Our Special Education Advisory Committee meets at the Catholic Education Centre in Welland on Wednesday, May 2. And on Thursday, May 3, the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee will meet at the CEC.
Catholic Education Week begins on Sunday, May 6. We’ll have students and staff in all of our parishes reading a special Catholic Education Week message for parishioners, and we will look forward to a new Pastoral Letter from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. The theme of Catholic Education Week is tied to the name of this Pastoral Letter – Renewing the Promise. We’ll make sure everyone has a copy of this letter in the days after it’s released by the ACBO.
On May 9, the very talented musicians from Niagara Catholic’s eight Catholic secondary schools will come together for a day of performance and learning during the Board’s Inaugural Music Festival at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre. After a day of adjudication, a Niagara Catholic Concert Band and Jazz Band will be created, and students from all eight school bands will perform for parents and the community at the PAC on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines.
On May 7, Niagara Catholic will celebrate 58 very special individuals – one student from each of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools and one from our Continuing Education Centre – this year’s recipients of the Catch the Spirit Student Achievement Awards. This event will take place at Denis Morris Catholic High School in the evening. It’s a signature event for Catholic Education Week, and one-half of the system events that bookend Catholic Education Week and recognize excellence in Catholic education. Our Distinguished Alumni Luncheon celebrates graduates of our system, and a special luncheon will be held in honour of this year’s recipients at the Catholic Education Centre May 11. Stand by for details on the individuals being recognized in 2018!
Niagara Catholic welcomes Father Tony Ricard back to Niagara for the third time this year on May 17, to celebrate our graduating class at the 2018 Graduation Celebration at the Gale Centre. The Class of 2018 was the first Grade 7 class to participate in the Grade 7 Festival of Faith (led by Father Tony), so it brings things full-circle for the nearly 2,000 students who will graduate this year! Father Tony will also be the keynote speaker at the Partners in Catholic Education event for Catholic School Council members and parish priests that evening.
May 18 is a Professional Activity Day for our students in both Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and a faith formation day for staff, and May 21 is Canada’s first official long weekend of summer. Enjoy the extra long weekend for the Victoria Day holiday, as we wind down May and make our way into the final month of the school year.
We conclude May with the Official Blessing and Opening of the new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville on May 29. This is going to be a very special event for all in attendance, as students and staff wind down an incredible first year in their home away from home! Have a great May, everyone!upcoming