Spotlight June 19

Header for SpotlightJune 19, 2018

Trustees Approve Policies

During the June 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees approved six policies.

The updated Electronic Communications Systems (Students) Policy (301.5), Employee Code of Conduct & Ethics Policy (201.17), Employee Hiring and Selection (Teachers) Policy (203.1), Environmental Stewardship Policy (400.6), Bottled Water Policy (701.5) and Voluntary and Confidential Self-Identification for First Nation, Metis and Inuit Students Policy (301.9) are now available on the Board website for review.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar Approved

The Ministry of Education has approved Niagara Catholic’s 2018-2019 school year calendar, and the Board has approved the calendar with 2018-2019 meeting dates.

To assist families as they look to plan into the coming year, the calendar is available here.

Roof Repair Contract Awarded



Niagara Catholic trustees have authorized GRRC Roofing, the low compliant bidder in an open tender process, to complete roofing repairs to St. Denis Catholic Elementary School.

The project, which has an upset limit of $540,000, is being funded by the School Condition Improvement Grant received from the Ministry of Education.



Niagara Catholic Student Choir Introduced to Board

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Elementary choir performing

The Niagara Catholic Student Choir was formed in April 2017 as an opportunity for students from all Catholic elementary schools to participate in an Honour Choir, representing the Board at various events. School principals and Itinerant Arts teachers selected choir members and their first performance was at the widely attended Festival of Families event in May 2017.

The Choir resumed last September under the leadership of elementary teachers Dr. Christina LeRose and Maria Arlia. Choir members represent Cardinal Newman, Notre Dame, Sl Alfred, St. Anthony, St. Elizabeth, St. Mark, St. Peter, St. Theresa and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary Schools. They rehearse monthly, and recently performed at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Partners in Catholic Education Dinner and the Niagara Catholic Family Mass and Picnic.

During the June 19 Board Meeting, the choir performed two songs – Shout to the Lord and Let it Be.

100 Per Cent EcoSchools Certification for 2017-2018

EcoSchools logoNiagara Catholic Director of Education John Crocco is pleased to announce that the Board has received 100 per cent EcoSchools certification for the ninth consecutive year.

The Ontario EcoSchools program integrates environmental education, environmentally sound practices and environmentally responsible actions into a school or classroom setting. This creates a culture of conservation that is ingrained in students from their early years that they will practise at home and at school, and changes the habits of teaching and school staff. Niagara Catholic was the first school board in Ontario to receive 100 per cent EcoSchools certification in 2010, and is the only Board to have had nine years of consecutive Board-wide certification.

This year, Niagara Catholic doubled its number of Platinum certification with 10 schools achieving this outstanding rating, five schools received Platinum certification, 32 schools received Gold certification, 14 schools received Silver certification and one school received Bronze certification. This accomplishment was once again possible through the exceptional learning opportunities provided to students through our outstanding staff and community partnerships.

Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board, offered his congratulations to students and staff for their ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.

“Niagara Catholic students and staff have taken Pope Francis’s call to preserve the world God created for and entrusted to us to heart,” he said. “If we could harness the power of their energy and enthusiasm we could rival the power of Niagara Falls, and that energy and enthusiasm spreads to all those around them. On behalf of the Board, congratulations to everyone who worked so hard toward this very impressive result in 2017-2018, and thank you to all of those who supported them.”

Director Crocco said that this year’s results are evidence of the Board’s Green Niagara Catholic initiative. He praised students and staff for their commitment to environmental stewardship.

“Environmental stewardship is an integral extension of the culture of life that exists throughout Niagara Catholic,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of all students and staff, whose continued commitment to the EcoSchools program, as part of our Green Niagara Catholic initiative, and has resulted not only in 100 per cent certification for a precedent-setting ninth straight year, but in a 100 per cent increase in the number of Platinum certifications.”

Check the school standings here.

Celebrating Excellence at Saint Paul Catholic High School

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The Saint Paul Choir performing

At every Board meeting, Niagara Catholic showcases one school as part of the School Excellence Program.

Saint Paul Catholic High School was in the spotlight for the final Board meeting of the 2017-2018 school year.

Principal Brad Johnstone spoke about the school’s 36-year history, and its close relationship with sister-school Saint Michael Catholic High School across town. The school’s motto, In Hoc Signo Vincemus (In this sign we conquer), is a reminder to students and staff to do their best to walk in the footsteps of Jesus every day.

Principal Johnstone spoke about school’s tradition of academic, athletic and artistic excellence, and about the close tie between the school and the Ste. Croix de Milo School in Haiti, which Patriots support each year during the Annual Pilgrimage. He also spoke about the excitement among students and staff when the new turf field was blessed at the school in October.

Prior to the choir performing, Principal Johnstone spoke about the school’s focus on physical, mental and spiritual well-being, praised students who represented Saint Paul at the Skills Canada competition, and showed a short video depicting a day in the life of Saint Paul.

Kids Helping Kids Raises $29,000 for Niagara Children’s Centre


Kids Helping Kids presentation.


Every year since 1998, Niagara Catholic has raised funds to support the Niagara Children’s Centre. In its 20th year, students raised $29,287.69 through a variety of events and activities during the week of February 12-16, Kids Helping Kids Week.

Scott Canter, a Grade 6 student at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School who has benefitted from the programs offered by the Centre, made the presentation to Oksana Fisher, Chief Executive Officer (left). Joining them in the photo are Superintendent of Education Pat Rocca, Director of Education John Crocco and Chair of the Board Father Paul MacNeil.

In addition to doing fun activities during Kids Helping Kids Week to raise funds, students also learned about the way the Centre assists many students in the Board.



Good News!

If it’s been a while since you visited our Good News section of this website, be sure to check to see what you’ve missed! Check it out to learn about our students who represented the Board at the provincial level with their history projects, and about Gavin Gascon, a student from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School, who recently won a city-wide logo contest. While you’re there, be sure to look through photos of some pretty adorable tiny teachers from the Roots of Empathy celebration and scenes from our Retirement and Service Recognition Celebration.

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