Spotlight October 10

Header for SpotlightOctober 10, 2017

Trustees Recommend Revisions to Three Policies

During the October 10 meeting of the Committee of the Whole, Trustees recommended the revisions to three policies which had recently been vetted by the community.

Complaint Resolution Policy (800.3), Education-Based Research Policy (800.5) and Student Fees Policy (300.11) will be considered at the October 24 Board Meeting.

Trustees Receive Annual Catholic School Council Reports

The Education Act requires that every school council in Ontario (known in Niagara Catholic as a Catholic School Council) submit a written summary of the committee’s activities for the previous year. The summary must include a report on how funding from the Province (through Parents Reaching Out Grants) or through fundraising is spent.

The summary report from each school is including in section A 6.3 of the October 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting agenda.

Following that discussion, Trustees reviewed the 2017-2018 Parent Reaching Out Grants allocated by the Province to Niagara Catholic schools.

A total of $28,175 was provided to 29 schools for a wide array of projects, including ones focused on financial literacy for youth, promoting a love of science, resiliency, family health and wellness, channeling stress into success, Indigenous awareness, social networking, internet safety, literacy, numeracy and bullying awareness and prevention.

These events will take place in schools throughout 2017-2018.

Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being Presented to Trustees

BIPSAW chart


The 2017-2018 Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW), which was designed to align with the Board’s Strategic Directions and Enabling Strategies, was presented to Committee of the Whole October 10.

The four pillars of Catholic Faith, Community and Culture, Literacy, Numeracy and Pathways form the foundation of the BIPSAW, focusing on outcomes.

The 2017-2018 BIPSAW is available in the Focus on Niagara Catholic section of the Board website.



Capital Projects Update

Construction of the addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby is now under way.

When the $4.5-million addition is complete in December, the school will have an additional 15,000 square feet of space, including six classrooms and three child care rooms. The addition was designed by Svedas Architects Inc. and is being built by Brouwer Construction Ltd.

Good News!

We’ve had an incredible first six weeks of the school year! If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check our Good News section of this website to see great stories on the programs and events taking place in our schools. Then check out the In the News section for media coverage of many of these stories, which is accessed through the main page.

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