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Welcome to High School

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Parents/Guardians/Students:

On behalf of this Catholic school district, I wish to thank you for choosing Catholic education. Our Catholic school system offers high quality student-focused programs that are rooted in Gospel values and informed by the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations. We take great pride in emphasizing our faith as the foundation of our daily lives and we inspire our students to live their faith as modelled by Jesus.

We are excited to be implementing a new and enriching program experience called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in our elementary schools. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be involved in technology-based projects, computer coding and robotics experiences. The new program will roll out over the next few years and, consistent with our fiscally responsible mandate, will use existing resources, staff and budgets, meaning that there will be no increased costs to the Board. As a result of STEM, our graduates will have the tools to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, great communicators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

This is the final year of our three-year strategic plan and our three-year spiritual theme. As part of our plan, we will continue to focus on mathematics without losing sight of our ongoing emphasis on high levels of literacy. Most importantly, we will be attending to the spiritual needs of the system using a scripture passage from Micah as our focal point.

Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

This year we will focus on what it means to ‘walk humbly with your God’. This simple phrase means to ‘pay attention to what God is saying and doing’ in our lives. In today’s society, we need an antidote to the busyness of our lives; we need to create time each day to be still, to be sensitive to God’s presence. In our district, we have introduced Christian Meditation as a way of entering into a deeper awareness of His presence. Christian Meditation take-home kits are available in each of our schools. Please contact your school principal if you are interested in experiencing this prayer at home!

In closing I wish you all a great school year!  Welcome back – may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Chris N. Roehrig