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March 6, 2018

 SpeakOut! Showcase at Committee of the Whole



For the past two months, elementary students from across Niagara Catholic have been hard at work researching, crafting and refining their SpeakOut! speeches.

Before the Committee of the Whole Meeting, the winning presented their speeches at the SpeakOut! Showcase. Speeches have come a long way in the past decade, with many focusing on very topical issues of the day. The students delivered their speeches at the classroom, school and district level to be selected for the SpeakOut! Showcase.

The list of winners is below:

First Place:

  • Colter Naphin, Gr. 8, Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School
  • Omar Khadr
  • Victoria Tudorache, Gr. 8, Loretto Catholic Elementary School
  • Today’s Innovators & Disruptors
  • Danny Langelaan, Gr. 7, St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School
  • Perspective

Second Place:

  • Ciara Wood, Gr. 7, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School, Grimsby
  • #MeToo
  • Owen Yazaroglu, Gr. 8, Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School
  • The Challenges of Growing Up in 2018
  • Ella Robert, Gr. 8, St. Ann Catholic Elementary School, Fenwick
  • Leadership

Third Place:

  • Adrianne Rosete, Gr. 8, St. Denis Catholic Elementary School
  • Plastic Pollution
  • Nabaa Alzobedy, Gr. 7, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School
  • Labels in Society
  • Bianca Lariccia, Gr. 8, St. Therese Catholic Elementary School
  • Appearance and Judgement

Committee of the Whole Recommends Policies to Board

During the March 6 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees recommended two policies be sent to the Board for approval.

The Trustee Code of Conduct Policy (100.12) and Student Trustee Policy (100.4) will be considered at the March 20 Board Meeting


French as a Second Language Program – Update

All students in Ontario’s publicly funded English-language schools learn French as a Second Language, including students with special needs and students who are also learning English.

There are three options for students to study French in Niagara Catholic schools:

  • Core French, which students study as a subject, accumulating 600 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8;
  • Extended French, which students learn as a subject and where French is the language of instruction in at least one other subject, with at least 25 per cent of all classroom instruction provided in French at the elementary level. At the secondary level, students may take academic-level French in Grades 9 and 10, and then take the university preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12. In the Extended French program, students accumulate a total of seven credits in French – four FSL and the other three are the other subjects for which French was the language of instruction; and
  • French Immersion, where students learn French as a subject; and French is the language of instruction for two or more subjects. At the elementary level, 50 per cent of all instruction is provided in French. At the secondary level, applied and academic courses are offered for Grades 9 and 10, and university preparation and open courses are offered for Grades 11 and 12. In the French Immersion program, students accumulate 10 credits in French – four FSL credits and the remainder for the other subject which are taught in French.

Find out more about Niagara Catholic’s French as a Second Language Program by reading report C1 in the March 6 Committee of the Whole agenda, and by reviewing our French Immersion page.


Trustee Determination and Distribution for the 2018 Municipal Election

There are currently eight elected trustees from across the region, who govern the operations of the Niagara Catholic District School Board. During the March 6 meeting, Committee of the Whole has recommended a slight change to the boundaries for trustees heading into the 2018 Municipal Election in October.

Currently, there is one trustee who represents Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Wainfleet, one for Grimsbly, Lincoln, Pelham and West Lincoln, one for Thorold (including Merritton), one for Welland, and two trustees each for Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.

If approved by the Board, the trustee elected to represent Grimsby/Lincoln and West Lincoln will no longer represent Pelham. The Pelham area will be represented by the Welland trustee.

This was made based on the Population of Electoral Group Reports. Review the details in the report, found in Section C2 of the March 6 Committee of the Whole agenda.


Attendance Area Reviews

During the March 6 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended two reports which would align boundaries in St. Catharines and Welland.

If approved, the Attendance Area Review for the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School families of schools would see see the entire St. James Catholic Elementary School boundary fall within the Saint Francis Catholic Elementary School boundary. It is currently shared between both Holy Cross and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary Schools.

In Welland, the recommendation is to align the boundary adjust capacity at both St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School in Pelham, and St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School in Welland, both of which are part of the Notre Dame College Family of Schools.

Review the complete reports in sections C3 and C5 of the March 6 Committee of the Whole agenda.


Good News!

It’s March – can you believe it! Don’t forget to check our Good News section of this website to see great stories on the programs and events taking place in our schools.  Check out the story from our annual Technology Skills Competition, and read about Aaron Parry, who recently won a very prestigious provincial award. While you’re there, check out our In the News section for YourTV Niagara’s coverage of our Technology Skills Competition. If you’re looking for good news, this is the place to go!


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