Spotlight – February 10, 2015




Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School Receives Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools.

BT.WEBBlessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School has been recognized with a Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools from the Province. It is the fifth Niagara Catholic school to be recognized since the Award was first presented in 2011.

Blessed Trinity’s most significant challenge was to foster a safe and positive school environment that supported the mental health needs of students. Staff and students have worked diligently for the past several years to create a climate of acceptance, inclusion and support and the results are remarkable. Student suspensions have dropped from 52 in 2011-2012 to 19 in 2013-2014. A number of students, staff and parents have been trained in suicide awareness and prevention and students are now more aware of the mental health challenges facing youth today.

Niagara Catholic Teacher Receives Norah Morgan Memorial Award


Congratulations to Marty Umanetz, a teacher at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines, who is the 2015 recipient of Carousel Players’ Norah Morgan Memorial Award. Mr. Umanetz was presented with his Award during the February 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

This Award celebrates the contributions and achievements of elementary school teachers who have made a strong contribution to the arts in Niagara. Mr. Umanetz has shared his expertise and love of the arts in his daily classroom activities by integrating art, dance, drama and music into all parts of the curriculum.

Mr. Umanetz is the fifth Niagara Catholic teacher to receive the Norah Morgan Memorial Award, which is alternated each year between Niagara Catholic and the public school board. Previous recipients include Barb Hennessy (2007), Anneliese Burke (2009), Laurie Crain-Anez (2011) and Paul Lukacs (2013).
Our Lady of Fatima students in ELKP through Grade 3 will be treated to a free performance of Peg and the Yeti by Carousel Players.

Special Needs Strategy for Children and Youth

Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy, which was announced in February 2014, aims to connect children and youth with special needs to the services they require as quickly as possible, and to improve the service experience of families in early identification of special needs children, co-ordinated service planning and integrated delivery of rehabilitation services for children, including physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.

Niagara is one of 34 designated service areas in the province, and Niagara Catholic is one of many stakeholder groups involved in community planning tables to discuss co-ordinated service planning and integrated delivery of rehabilitation services.

Additional information about the Special Needs Strategy can be found at

Holy Cross Student Wins Silver, Bronze at Speed Skating Event

Max Brant, a Grade 10 student at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, competed in the Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, February 7-8. Max competed in the 14 year old boy’s age class and brought home Silver medals in the 100-metre and 300-metre events, and was part of the Ontario Team Pursuit, which brought home Bronze.

For those unfamiliar with speed skating, Team Pursuit involves a team of four skaters which start on one side of the oval, competing against another team, which begins on the other end. The skaters have to stay one behind the other throughout the whole race (although they switch up leading). As a team race, if one falls and does not get up, the whole team is out.

Max began speed skating 2009 and is looking forward to Racing in the Short Track Provincial Championships at the end of the month in Kingston, ON.

Niagara Catholic In the News

We’ve made the paper again!  Here are a couple of news stories from early February for you to enjoy.

A Natural Way to do Business

A Healthy Start for Niagara Kids