Spotlight – January, 2015



St. Alfred Student Meets Prime Minister at CHL Prospects Game

Ava&PMAva Lemaire, a Grade 7 student at St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines, meets Prime Minister Stephen Harper moments before the puck dropped on the CHL Prospects Game at the Meridian Centre January 22, Ava Lemaire, a Grade 7 student at St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School, is a huge hockey fan; so much so that the 12-year-old jumped at the opportunity to enter a contest to be a Reporter for a Day at the CHL Prospects Game. When she learned she was one of two local winners of the competition sponsored by BMO, she was thrilled at the prospect of meeting some of her favourite Ontario Hockey League players, including Connor McDavid, who is currently considered the top prospect in this year’s NHL draft, as well as coaches Don Cherry and Bobby Orr.

 The morning of the event, she found out there would be another thrill for her that day – a meet-and-greet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was in town to make an announcement and attended the game.

Ava was not the only Niagara Catholic student to represent the Board at the game. Madison Mikolic, a student at Denis Morris Catholic High School, sang The Star-Spangled Banner at the start of the game, and Cole McMann, an ELKP student at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School, had his photo taken with Prime Minister Harper at the game.

Trustees Receive Mid-Year Progress Review

In keeping with the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, each spring Niagara Catholic Senior Administrative Council approves the System Priorities, which are designed to provide the annual focus for the System, toward achieving the outcomes of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan. In January 2015, Senior Staff concluded its mid-year review of the progress in achieving the success of each System Priority within the seven Enabling Strategies of Vision 2020. The Progress Review is available here.


Niagara Catholic Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus

Beginning in February 2015, Niagara Catholic Board Meetings will begin with the Angelus and conclude with the Hail Mary.

During the January 27 Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a recommendation that Niagara Catholic follow the lead of Bishop Bergie and the Diocese of St. Catharines to have the Niagara Catholic District School Board consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This consecration puts our Board “in a very special way under the spiritual care and protection of our Lord and His Blessed Mother.”

The Diocese of St. Catharines was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus on November 25, 2013. The timing followed the example of Pope Francis, who had brought the Year of Faith to a close a day before with the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking her to intercede for the world “with the benevolence of a mother.”

Baby Celebration a Great Success!

Niagara Catholic fifth annual Baby Celebration.

Niagara Catholic fifth annual Baby Celebration.Welcoming the Class of 2032

More than 40 mothers – and one new father – and their babies braved the cold weather January 14 to participate in the Board’s fifth annual Baby Celebration. This annual event is one of the many ways in which we come together as a Niagara Catholic family to celebrate the special moments in each other’s lives.

View photos from this year’s event on our website.




Holy Childhood Walk raises $18,800

In 1984, Niagara Catholic began holding Holy Childhood Walks in Catholic elementary schools, in support of the Holy Childhood Association. These walks take place in October, the same month our secondary school students participate in the Annual Pilgrimage.

In October, students from 44 Niagara Catholic elementary school participated in Holy Childhood Walks, raising $18,816 for projects in Africa, South America and Asia through the Holy Childhood Association.

To date, Niagara Catholic students have raised more than $641,000 for the organization.


Niagara Catholic in the News

Niagara Catholic has been in the news! In case you’ve missed it, you can find these stories about Niagara Catholic online:

St. Elizabeth student learning about life in France

Niagara Catholic students top Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Competition

Battling brothers go for gold

Engaging Young Readers