Spotlight April 12

logo-spotlightApril 12, 2016

Elementary Itinerant Arts Curriculum Delivery and Support Update


A student plays the flute in an elementary Instrumental Music class.

Beginning in September 2015, all elementary students began receiving Arts instruction in their classrooms, led by a team of Itinerant Arts teachers.

Students in ELKP through Grade 4 receive dance/drama and vocal music instruction, while students in Grades 5-8  will have instrumental music instruction.

The Itinerant Arts teachers travel in teams of two, with one Dance/Drama/Vocal Music teacher and one Instrumental Music teacher visiting a school on a given day.

To better assist these specialized teachers in delivering engaging and creative instrumental lessons, new instruments were purchased at the start of the school year for schools across the system. Soprano, alto and tenor recorders, ukuleles, bucket drums and guitars are now used by teachers to enable the students to achieve the more complex expectations in the provincial Arts curriculum.

Teachers can then share locally developed lesson plans through Google Apps for Education, and accessed through Smartboard technology. Lesson plans include faith-based music and drama.

Read the complete report in section C3 of the April 12 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

Niagara Catholic 2016-2017 System Priorities

Beginning at the Committee of the Whole Meeting each January, the Director of Education and Senior Administrative Council began providing monthly information reports to Trustees on the Design of the System Priorities and Annual Budget for the upcoming year.

Niagara Catholic continues to build the 2016-2017 Budget to achieve the System Priorities defined for 2016-2017 and meet the legislated requirements of the Education Act, and the Ministry of Education’s Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding allocations.

At the April 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees voted to recommend the 2016-2017 System Priorities. These priorities include to continue to provide Catholic programs, supports and services to build strong Catholic identity and community, improving student achievement, expanding social justice, global citizenship and international education experiences, implementing the next phase of the Technology Blueprint 2016-2020, enriching the engagement of student leadership, designing and delivering a comprehensive multi-year Professional Development Plan, maintining fiscal stability and implementing the first phase of the Board’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan.

Read the full report in Appendix B of Report C6 of the April 12 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

Learn more about Niagara Catholic’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan below.

Phase 3 of Niagara Catholic’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan

Beginning in February, Niagara Catholic Trustees began looking at the Board’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan. Phase 1 was introduced at the February 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, and approved at the Board Meeting on February 23.

Phase 2 was introduced at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on March 8, and the Board discussed the staffing and property implications associated with data in the report.

Updated information was provided to Trustees during the April 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, along with the recommendations for schools over the short term (2016-2018), medium term (2018-2020) and long term (beyond 2020).

The report is available in section C5 of the April 12 Committee of the Whole Agenda.


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