It was a day that was a long-time coming for the St. Martin Catholic Elementary School community. On December 9, students, staff and parents from the school were joined by the Honourable Elizabeth Sandals, Minister of Education, West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner, local town councillors, Senior Staff, Trustees and other dignitaries for the official sod turning for the new school, which will open in the spring of 2017.
Enjoy these photos from Wednesday’s event. More are available on our Facebook page. Read the Media Release here.
Director of Education John Crocco served as Master of Ceremonies for the groundbreaking celebration.
Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board, welcomes guests.
Special guest, the Hon. Elizabeth Sandals, Ontario’s Education Minister, spoke about her pleasure to attend this special celebration and her support for Niagara Catholic and Catholic education.
West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner.
St. Martin Principal Chris Zanuttini shared his excitement over the new school.
Catholic School Council Chair Kathleen DiLetti and Co-Chair, MaryJane Ivancic.
Students Thea Ridland (Gr. 8), Taylor Wilson-Juszkiewicz (Gr. 7) and Katie Pogoda (Gr. 6) shared their excitement about the new school
Taylor’s turn at the podium.
And now Katie’s.
The Student Council representatives blended soil from the current St. Martin site in with the soil for the new school.
Unveiling the sign.
Getting ready to dig.
Turning the sod.
Principal Zanuttini takes a turn on the Bobcat during the groundbreaking for the new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School.
The St. Martin Choir performing.
The St. Martin Choir was accompanied by student-musicians.
Thea along with Director Crocco, the Hon. Liz Sandals and Principal Zanuttini.
From left: Director Crocco, Vice-Chair Kathy Burtnik, Niagara Catholic’s representative on the Ontario Association of Parents for Catholic Education, Heather Pyke, Minister Sandals and Shonna Daly, President of the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Council.
Doug Joyner, John Crocco, Kathy Burtnik, Heather Pyke, Liz Sandals, Shonna Daly, Niagara Catholic Controller of Facilities Services, Scott Whitwell and Chris Zanuttini.