Spotlight, October 2014


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 Board Room Highlights

Introducing Our 2014-2018 Board of Trustees

Niagara voters headed to the polls on Monday, October 27 in the Ontario municipal and school board elections.

Congratulations to Kathy Burtnik, Maurice Charbonneau, Frank Fera, Paul MacNeil, Ed Nieuwesteeg, Ted O’Leary, Dino Sicoli and Pat Vernal who will represent Catholic ratepayers for the next four years. Niagara Catholic’s Inaugural Board Meeting will take place at Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7 p.m. A Mass will be led by Bishop Bergie will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church beginning at 6 p.m.

Thank you to outgoing Merritton-Thorold Trustee and current Vice-Chair Rhianon Burkholder for her outstanding service to Niagara Catholic during her term of office.

Policy Update

Trustees have approved revisions to the Board’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy and Reimbursement of Travel Expenses Policy. Our Concussion Policy is currently being vetted. The community is invited to review this policy and to make comments to Jennifer Brailey, Manager of Corporate Services and Communications at Jennifer Brailey by November 14, 2014.

Welcoming the World

Exchange studentsInternational students from France and Switzerland were welcomed to Niagara Catholic during the October 14 Committee of the Board meeting. They were joined by their exchange partners from five of our secondary schools. The international students will stay in Niagara through the fall, learning English and studying Canadian culture. Our students will travel to their selected destinations in February, 2015.

School Excellence at Notre Dame College School

NotreDameJosephNotre Dame College School in Welland’s School Excellence Presentation during the October 28th Board Meeting was a dynamic mix of arts and academics. Led by Principal Ralph DeFazio, the presentation focused on the history of Notre Dame and its long-standing commitment to the community. It also included an energetic performance from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the school musical produced last year.

What’s New?

Director’s Inspiration Award Celebration a Resounding Success

Inspiration-GroupNiagara Catholic’s Second Annual Director’s Inspiration Awards took place at St. Kevin Catholic Church in Welland on October 9, and it was an outstanding celebration of Catholic education. Congratulations to our 2014 recipients for their exemplary efforts in Catholic education.

Student Wins Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Kennedy_KielburgerCongratulations to Stephanie Kennedy, a Grade 8 student at Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines. Stephanie plays a key role in several community oriented and global social justice initiatives at her school, and is an active member of her school’s Me to We Club. Stephanie received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award from Free the Children Founder Craig Kielburger during the We Day event in Toronto on October 2. Photo credit: 2014, Lyn Photography.



Saint Paul Catholic High School Senior 2014 Computer Recipient

Each year during the annual Niagara Foundation focomputer-donation-webr Catholic Education Golf Tournament, the names of approximately 2,000 graduating students from our eight Catholic high schools are entered into a draw for a new computer. Congratulations to Eric Pioli, a Grade 12 student at Saint Paul Catholic High School in Niagara Falls, the 2014 recipient of a new computer, courtesy of Advanced Office Solutions in Grimsby. The winner’s name was a secret until Eric was presented with his computer during his Functions class on October 9, 2014.

Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence at Saint Michael Catholic High School

25th-STM-celebrationThe Saint Michael Catholic High School community celebrated 25 years of excellence in Catholic education with an anniversary reunion on October 11.

Current Principal Jim Whittard welcomed first Principal Bill Walter, Director of Education John Crocco (Saint Michael’s third Principal), Paul Barchesi (fourth Principal) and Mario Ciccarelli (fifth Principal) to the event. Former Vice-Principals (and current Superintendents of Education) Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells and Ted Farrell, Glenn Gifford (current Principal of Lakeshore Catholic High School) and Andrew Bartley (current Vice-Principal of Denis Morris Catholic High School) also attended.

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Don’t Miss It. Events and Activities in November 2014

November is shaping up to be a very busy month across Niagara Catholic. Don’t miss a thing – click here for our November events.




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