The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has been providing quality Catholic education to students for 165 years. Our rich Catholic history and proud accomplishments have been guided by a simple principle -- “students come first”. In the last three years, our Board has completed a thorough Strategic Plan titled Pathways to the Future. Its strategy focused on specific outcomes for learners within the context of Catholic values, as articulated by our Board Mission Statement:
We are a Catholic School Board. We serve our students, working with the home, parish and school community to:
- Nurture a Christ-centred environment
- Provide student-focused learning opportunities
- Support the growth of the whole person
With your input we strategized, organized and planned the implementation of a process that reflects our current sense of optimism and hope.
We celebrated the “Evidence of our Growth” over the past number of years in the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. Stakeholders reviewed our success and lauded the accomplishments evident in classrooms across our system. They also responded to a survey that asked these questions:
- What are our strengths?
- Where can we improve?
- What would it look like if the best thing happened?
The three questions generated responses that evolved into the following themes:
- Mission and Vision
- Student Achievement
- Catholic Culture
- Professional Learning
Additionally, we reviewed our practices and communication, asking school teams for feedback on what support and learning would ensure student success. Responses from staff, parents, students and community members across the system have confirmed that there is optimism and excitement in the journey that lies before us.
A synopsis of feedback can be viewed in the document Realizing Our Capacity - the Past, Present and the Future.
As we embark upon “Realizing our Capacity” 2010-2013, I invite you to reflect on the gift of Catholic education today, tomorrow and into the future. Our schools excel not only in academic achievement, but also in their ability to share the teachings of Christ and the gospel values that inspire us to see each child as a precious gift -- and a sacred responsibility.
Our Mission as a Catholic school system is reflected in our daily actions and practices; our call to serve others and help celebrate faith and learning.
Huron-Perth Catholic Schools are:
PLACES OF EQUITY, INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY, where effective leadership encourages and promotes a collaborative, multi-dimensional approach to equity and inclusive education. As a Catholic community, we must ensure that students, parents, unions, service organizations and other community partners feel welcome, valued and appreciated.
PLACES OF RESPECT AND JUSTICE where all are encouraged to speak and act with fairness and respect towards people of all faiths and dispositions.
PLACES OF HOPE for every one of our students. Catholic teachings and beliefs call our young people to move towards a hope-filled future. We invite them to be people of hope and to reach out to members of their local community and beyond.
PLACES OF CELEBRATION. We celebrate our rich history, the beauty and sacredness of those within our school community and the love of God. The human heart loves to celebrate, and we have much to celebrate in our schools.
PLACES OF QUALITY LEARNING AND TEACHING. It is our goal that each child be a wellrounded individual, who achieves the Catholic Graduate Expectations through their K-12 journey. We honour the wisdom of teachers and create authentic opportunities to be lifelong learners in the Huron-Perth Community.
With the continued support of our staff, parishes, parents, teachers and trustees, we promise our students every opportunity to embrace a future full of hope as we help them find their vocations and to live their lives in accordance with Gospel values.
I would like to express my appreciation to the hundreds of staff, parents, students and community partners who have contributed to the strategic development of Huron-Perth. It will be a living plan for 2010-2013.
There is no finer investment for a society than to give its children the gift of an exceptional Catholic education.
Martha DutrizacDirector of Education
Download Our Strategic Direction.