Spotlight April 10

Header for SpotlightApril 10, 2018

Our Lady of Fatima’s Chapel to get New Name

During the April 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended that the Board approve a request to name the new chapel at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School, which was included as part of the expansion and renovation to the school in 2017.

If approved, the name of the new chapel will be Our Lady’s Chapel of the Apparitions. Trustees will consider the recommendation at the April 24 Board Meeting.


Mental Health and Addictions Strategy – 2018 Update

Niagara Catholic has made the mental health of students and staff a key priority through the enabling strategies created to support our Strategic Directions. This support is incorporated into our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) and school improvement planning across the system.

During the April 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees heard a presentation by Board Mental Health Lead Andrea Bozza, and Superintendent of Education Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells, updating the Board’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and explaining the roles and responsibilities of those involved in mental health initiatives in schools.

Read the complete report in section C2 of the April 10 agenda, and the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is available here.


Capping Class Sizes for Students Part of Grants for Student Needs

The Province will invest nearly $500 million more in publicly funded education in the 2018-2019 school year.

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, class sizes for students in Full-Day Kindergarten will be capped at 29 students. At the same time, class sizes for students in Grades 4-8 will be reduced to 23.84 students in a class. By the 2022-2023 school year, that figure will drop to 22.85 students.

As well, the provincial government has committed $300 million to school boards over the next three years to address current waitlists for students with special education needs.

The report can be found in section C3 of the April 10 Committee of the Whole Agenda.


Jerseys for Humboldt

Niagara Catholic students and staff have joined Canadians – and people around the world – in mourning the loss of 15 people killed in the horrific accident in Humboldt, Saskatchewan April 6. In addition to flying our flags at half-staff and saying a system-wide prayer for those killed, the 14 injured, their families, friends and the community, we will participate in Jersey Day on April 12. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favourite sports jersey or green shirt in support of the Humboldt Broncos. We have also placed hockey sticks outside the door of the Catholic Education Centre, and our chapel, as a symbolic gesture “for the boys who will need them to play in Heaven.”



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