Cast Your Net Week in Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
Thu., Apr. 12, 2012 8:27 PM


Front Page Photo: Students in Mr. Geddes' music class at St. Anne's brainstorm how social media can make the world a better place. 

Cast Your Net also mentors students in how to protect their digital identity.  For example, conversations with secondary students include how to raise their Facebook privacy settings while conversations with elementary students include how to understand the Netiquette that is expected by a computer user. 

On Thursday, April 12th, students in the Intermediate and Secondary grades discussed how social media could be used to change the world for the better.  Students experienced examples of other young people around the world who were using social media for social justice; then they were challenged to come up with ideas to promote social justice issues using social media in their school.
 
For more information, please visit our classroom-ready resources webpage to view what teachers and students will be talking about all through Cast Your Net week.  Visit the Cast Your Net website here:  http://www.castyournethpcdsb.weebly.com/
 

Students in Mr. Clancy's Religion class at St. Anne's respond to questions about who uses social media in their day to day lives.

Students indicate which parts of the Social Media Landscape they are familiar with.
 
Students discuss using social media in the Communications Technology class with Mr. Grace at St. Anne's. 

 


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St.Anne’s Catholic Secondary School offers a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Agriculture. The SHSM programs are funded by the Ministry of Education, and offer high school students in grade 11 and 12 the chance to specialize their education around a topic that is of particular interest to them. Students in these programs take a bundled group of credits, gain valuable work experience, industry-recognized certifications, and participate in many experiential and reach-ahead opportunities. While there are many other SHSM programs available at St.Anne’s and St. Michael CSS, the Agriculture program is one of the pioneers. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014 10:34 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is pleased to welcome Deb McCarthy to the system special education team as the newly appointed System Special Education Resource Teacher. Having previously been the school Special Education Resource Teacher as well as a classroom teacher at St. Columban School, Deb brings many gifts to her new role. She has a firm belief that all can learn as evidenced by her deep commitment to inclusive educational practices. As a strong advocate for the learning of all students, Deb is certainly a wonderful and welcome addition to the system special education team.
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014 11:58 AM
On October 10th, the students of St. Michael Catholic Secondary School participated in their annual March 4 Mike's fundraiser. Students were sponsored to participate in a musical assembly and walk on a marked 13 km route ending with activities, lunch and a musical coffee house. Money raised goes to offset co-curricular activities at the school to ensure ALL students have access to any activities they may wish to participate in. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 9:09 AM
On October 10th, the students of St. Michael Catholic Secondary School participated in their annual March 4 Mike's fundraiser. Students were sponsored to participate in a musical assembly and walk on a marked 13 km route ending with activities, lunch and a musical coffee house. Money raised goes to offset co-curricular activities at the school to ensure ALL students have access to any activities they may wish to participate in. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 9:06 AM
Dear Friends: With a thankful heart, we celebrate the harvest and give thanks to God for the beauty that surrounds our lives. We are blessed each day by the grace of God. We give thanks for the children, youth, parents, staff and parishes of Huron-Perth Catholic. We pray that God will bless you and your family with peace and grace at Thanksgiving.
Fri., Oct. 10, 2014 11:33 AM
Dear Friends, With a thankful heart, we celebrate the harvest and give thanks to God for the beauty that surrounds our lives. We are blessed each day by the grace of God. We give thanks for the children, youth, parents, staff and parishes of Huron-Perth Catholic. We pray that God will bless you and your family with peace and grace at Thanksgiving.
Fri., Oct. 10, 2014 11:32 AM
Several students from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board are participating in the SCWI (School College Work Initiative) program offered by the Ministry of Education. Within this program, senior students have the opportunity to attend and earn two college course credits, while still achieving all of their high school credits. This initiative is designed to engage the students in their post-secondary schooling options at the same time as to help them achieve the minimum credits for their high school diploma. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014 10:36 AM
Several students from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board are participating in the SCWI (School College Work Initiative) program offered by the Ministry of Education. Within this program, senior students have the opportunity to attend and earn two college course credits, while still achieving all of their high school credits. This initiative is designed to engage the students in their post-secondary schooling options at the same time as to help them achieve the minimum credits for their high school diploma. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014 10:09 AM
Several students from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board are participating in the SCWI (School College Work Initiative) program offered by the Ministry of Education. Within this program, senior students have the opportunity to attend and earn two college course credits, while still achieving all of their high school credits. This initiative is designed to engage the students in their post-secondary schooling options at the same time as to help them achieve the minimum credits for their high school diploma. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 7, 2014 10:04 AM
From October 6-10, 2014, schools are invited to collect new and/or gently-used coats to distribute to a chosen local community organization to answer the call to care and help our neighbours who require warm coats for the winter. This is an opportunity to demonstrate faith in action by showing compassion and care as well as good stewardship in reusing coats and sharing the warmth with those in need. “and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick you took care of me…” Matthew 25:36 Read More...
Fri., Oct. 3, 2014 10:06 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has recently integrated Homework Help with the Learning Management system (LMS). The goal of this integration was to make the registration process easier for students. Homework Help provides free, real-time math help to all HPCDSB students in grades 7, 8, 9, and 10. It allows students to get help after school hours, when classroom teachers are unavailable to assist. It can help students with answering homework questions, reviewing material from previous grades, and studying for tests and exams. Read More...
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014 1:57 PM
On September 17, 2014, Sacred Heart School in Wingham officially launched their new addition by celebrating an Open House/Grand Opening. The four-classroom addition is home to the Early Learning and Ontario Early years friends from the North Huron Children’s Centre in Wingham, and to grades 7/8, full time kindergarten, SK/1, and 5/6 classrooms. Read More...
Thu., Sep. 25, 2014 10:02 AM
On August 27th, we were happy to welcome many new employees to begin the 2014-2015 school year. The half day workshop began with prayer and highlighted our vocation in Catholic education and the importance of building and maintaining a Catholic culture of caring and hospitality within our schools. Participants were introduced to the Learning Coordination Team who shared various program supports, resources and services. Our Senior Team, Business and Human Resources departments gave an over-view of their roles which demonstrated the transparent K-12 alignment of priorities and initiatives as discussed in our new strategic plan. We wish our new employees a wonderful start to a new school year and bless them in their ministry. Congratulations!
Mon., Sep. 22, 2014 3:10 PM
St. Anne's embarked on their third mission trip in the last five years. This year, students dedicated their time in service to our brothers and sisters in India. We were welcomed into the beautiful community of Bagad where we worked alongside community members to build a school. Read More...
Fri., Sep. 19, 2014 10:15 AM
All Huron-Perth Catholic District students have access to 21st Century Learning Tools through our online learning portal called “eToolkit.” To gain access to our eToolkit, students just need to ask their teacher or principal for account information. Our Board prides itself on ensuring access to many important on-line tools within our e-learning portal for all students through our blended learning strategy. Read More...
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 10:00 AM
With deep respect and gratitude, we announce the retirement of Liz McLaughlin effective August 31, 2014. Liz has demonstrated a deep commitment to a life of Catholic service at St. Patrick’s Kinkora for 30 years! We have been blessed with her leadership, love and laughter! The Gospel tells us that God is Love and that Love is Faith in Action. Liz, you are an exemplary model of faith in action! We are blessed by you and pray that God will be with you and your family on your new adventure! May God bless you! Read More...
Fri., Sep. 5, 2014 10:19 AM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is excited to have the Full Day Kindergarten Program. Today JK/SK students were able to tour the room with their parents and become familiar with the new learning environment. Read More...
Tue., Sep. 2, 2014 2:23 PM
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Dear Friends, there is a great sense of promise that is alive within the hearts of all members of our community as we... Read More...
Fri., Jun. 27, 2014 8:34 AM
Across our district this week students are celebrating their graduations! Our youngest learners are graduating from the Early Years Learning program to Grade 1; most students are excited to be finishing their school year and moving on into a new grade. We celebrate their accomplishments and growth in faith and learning. Our Grade 12 students at St. Michael and St. Anne high schools will be formally graduating on Thursday, June 26th. We wish them success as they move on into the world of work or to further studies. As graduates of our Catholic school system, we know they will bring their God given talents and gifts to their journey onward.
Tue., Jun. 24, 2014 10:43 AM
On Tuesday June 10th, students from grade 6 classes in Huron County participated in an interactive day celebrating French Culture at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School. The day, organized by French teachers Nicole Glavin and Andrea Durand, included a handful of small-group activities in which the students participated. These activities (games, information sessions about French exchanges, an art gallery, etc.) were conducted in French and led by the senior students of St. Anne’s. It was a great day for all! Read More...
Mon., Jun. 23, 2014 9:25 AM
Students from across the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board have participated in a blended learning project funded by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE). Through this grant, the blended learning program was expanded to include digital learning kits in many classrooms. A digital learning kit is comprised of Chromebooks and iPads and together these devices support an engaging 21st century classroom. Read More... Read More...
Tue., Jun. 17, 2014 2:41 PM
On Monday, June 9, 2014, all Catholic elementary schools participated in the Huron-Perth Catholic Track & Field Meet hosted by St. Joseph's Catholic elementary and St. Anne's CS schools in Clinton. It was a beautiful day for students to showcase individual skills, endurance, athleticism and teamwork. We are grateful to members of our Sports Council, the secondary student volunteers, coaches and all staff, students and parents for their support to ensure that this event was a safe, fun-filled and fair competition. Pictured above were the overall winners in each of the junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Congratulations to all for a great celebration of physical strength and ability. Read More...
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014 10:17 AM
On Monday, June 9, 2014, all Catholic elementary schools participated in the Huron-Perth Catholic Track & Field Meet hosted by St. Joseph's Catholic elementary and St. Anne's CS schools in Clinton. It was a beautiful day for students to showcase individual skills, endurance, athleticism and teamwork. We are grateful to members of our Sports Council, the secondary student volunteers, coaches and all staff, students and parents for their support to ensure that this event was a safe, fun-filled and fair competition. Pictured above were the overall winners in each of the junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Congratulations to all for a great celebration of physical strength and ability. Read More...
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014 10:12 AM
On Monday, June 9, 2014, all Catholic elementary schools participated in the Huron-Perth Catholic Track & Field Meet hosted by St. Joseph's Catholic elementary and St. Anne's CS schools in Clinton. It was a beautiful day for students to showcase individual skills, endurance, athleticism and teamwork. We are grateful to members of our Sports Council, the secondary student volunteers, coaches and all staff, students and parents for their support to ensure that this event was a safe, fun-filled and fair competition. Pictured above were the overall winners in each of the junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Congratulations to all for a great celebration of physical strength and ability. Read More...
Fri., Jun. 13, 2014 10:05 AM
As educators, as family members, as policy makers, or as administrators, we all know that the stronger our partnerships and the deeper and more valuable our connections, the greater the benefit. It’s an investment that allows us all to grow. Staff in the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, working closely with community partners in healthcare, childcare and social services in both Huron and Perth County, strive to demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the quality of early years programs by ensuring these programs are centred on the child and the family. This new document, How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years is a professional learning resource guide about learning through relationships for those working with young children and families. It is intended to support pedagogy and curriculum/program development in early years programs. Read More...
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014 10:58 AM
(Compliments of Andy Bader...Mitchell Advocate) This Sunday, June 8, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board will be hosting a 100-year anniversary celebration for former and present students, teachers and the wider community. One committee member is clearly looking forward to it. Read More...
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014 5:12 PM
Grade 4, 5 & 6 students in the Junior Infinite Horizons program have participated in numerous activities this spring which required them to work cooperatively to solve problems and complete various tasks using critical and creative thinking. Sessions have included a day of Music fun at St Anne's Secondary School where they had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the award winning St. Anne's Concert Band, learn a little bit about Jazz in a Jazz Workshop and learned to play the hit song "We Will Rock You" on the Alto Saxophone. Time was spent delving into a pond study with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority during which they explored the dynamic nature of ecosystems and learned the importance of environmental team building. Also, their artistic and culinary skills were enhanced through several engaging activities with a local pottery artist and chef. As a final wrap up, the students enjoyed a day of outdoor adventures working together to complete many exciting challenges at Camp Kintail.
Tue., Jun. 3, 2014 2:26 PM
Grade 4, 5 & 6 students in the Junior Infinite Horizons program have participated in numerous activities this spring which required them to work cooperatively to solve problems and complete various tasks using critical and creative thinking. Sessions have included a day of Music fun at St Anne's Secondary School where they had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the award winning St. Anne's Concert Band, learn a little bit about Jazz in a Jazz Workshop and learned to play the hit song "We Will Rock You" on the Alto Saxophone. Time was spent delving into a pond study with the Ausauble Bayfield Conservation Authority during which they explored the dynamic nature of ecosystems and learned the importance of environmental team building. Also, their artistic and culinary skills were enhanced through several engaging activities with a local pottery artist and chef. As a final wrap up, the students enjoyed a day of outdoor adventures working together to complete many exciting challenges at Camp Kintail.
Tue., Jun. 3, 2014 2:21 PM
This year, a team of five elementary and secondary Core FSL teachers participated in a collaborative inquiry centered around best practices in assessment and evaluation in FSL. The student needs in learning French identified were: - the ability to use strategies to interact and reciprocate in a spontaneous interaction; - the ability to use oral production as a springboard to oral interaction; - understanding and comprehension in non-scripted authentic tasks; and, - the use of the interrogative during spontaneous communication. From these needs the team was able to work through an inquiry focused on the impact of engaging in reflective practices of assessment and evaluation on students' demonstration of improved oral proficiency, their ability to express basic personal needs and the ability to ask and answer questions. Read More...
Fri., May. 30, 2014 4:08 PM
Grade 7 and 8 students in the Intermediate Infinite Horizons program have participated in a variety of exciting activities this spring, all designed to foster problem-solving skills, creative and critical thinking processes and promote teamwork and collaboration. Sessions have included an Engineering Science Quest in which students explored the extremes of the Ice Age and became civil engineers responsible for designing and constructing terrific towers and a marble transporter. They also participated in the All Science Challenge at Western University and enjoyed a day of outdoor adventures orienteering and completing the Amazing GPS Race at Wildwood Conversation Area. Their culinary skills were enhanced through several engaging activities with a registered dietician, a chef and a professional cake decorator. As a final wrap up, the students worked together in teams to compete in the Tech Olympics.
Mon., May. 26, 2014 2:36 PM
In early May a group of grade 9 students from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School attended a Water Innovation Challenge at the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus. Students competed in small groups (with students from other schools) to solve various problems involving water and the environment. From dealing with water quality in the Great Lakes, drinking water availability in the far North and in Africa, and urban growth in coastal regions, students had to apply some scientific knowledge to solve real world problems. Read More...
Tue., May. 20, 2014 11:10 AM
At the regional TechnoChallenge competitions, Huron-Perth Catholic District Schools experienced great success. At the intermediate competition (grades 7 & 8), St. James Catholic elementary school took the overall school award while St. Aloysius and St. Boniface placed second and third respectively. At the junior event (grade 6), several schools medaled in both the construction and vehicle challenges. Read More...
Fri., May. 16, 2014 10:32 AM
Kris Holland and his Grade 8 class from Sacred Heart School presented at the CADDA (Community Alliance for Developmental Disabilities and Autism) conference in London on April 23rd. The title of their presentation was "Making Inclusion Work: Students' Perspectives on a Peer-Mediated Approach". The students shared how they learned to support a classmate through a peer-mediated approach involving the behavioural concepts of persistence, correcting, prompting, modeling, and reinforcement. The class was broken into 3 teams: a presenter group, a handout group and a group who developed a video on their definition of inclusion. With the guidance and support of a wonderful team of staff, the students learned to accept and appreciate individual differences and how to learn from each other - truly making inclusion work.
Tue., May. 13, 2014 11:32 AM
Huron-Perth Catholic has been preparing for and celebrating the theme for Catholic Education Week 2014, 'Serving in the Love of Christ' by highlighting our Catholic student leaders who gathered together to participate in 'The Amazing Race Against Poverty.' Students interacted in engaging activities which allowed them to reflect on the preferential option for the poor and our calling as Catholics to love our neighbour and become the hands and feet of Christ. We were also blessed to have the Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, Bishop of London, lead our Catholic Education Week Eucharistic Celebration where we recognized our Mother Teresa Faith in Action award recipients as well as the Ontario Catholic School Trustee Student award winners. We also demonstrated our faith in action during our 7th Annual Stuff that Bus food drive. We are grateful to the First Student, Montgomery and Newry bus companies who supported Stuff that Bus and to all those who contributed to this service learning project. Donations were joyfully delivered to the Goderich & Stratford St. Vincent de Paul chapters to support members of our Catholic communities. Read More...
Fri., May. 9, 2014 7:34 PM
“I am among you as one who serves." Catholic schools are Catholic communities. Catholic schools are faith communities. We – parents, students, teachers, administrative and support staff – walk and grow together in the faith which we received at our Baptism. And it is the ‘together’ that we grow. Our growth is primarily a relationship with God, who at our Baptism, called us by name. But the response of each of us to that growth is both personal and communal. We grow in our faith in the nurturing atmosphere of our Catholic community be that of our local parish, our home, or our Catholic school community. Read More...
Wed., May. 7, 2014 11:27 AM
“I am among you as one who serves." Catholic schools are Catholic communities. Catholic schools are faith communities. We – parents, students, teachers, administrative and support staff – walk and grow together in the faith which we received at our Baptism. And it is the ‘together’ that we grow. Our growth is primarily a relationship with God, who at our Baptism, called us by name. But the response of each of us to that growth is both personal and communal. We grow in our faith in the nurturing atmosphere of our Catholic community be that of our local parish, our home, or our Catholic school community. Read More...
Wed., May. 7, 2014 11:08 AM
Fifteen junior teachers have gathered together this year to study ways to support student learning in mathematics in grades 4 - 6. A particular focus has been fractions and understanding the difficulties that students face when working with them. Annotating student's solutions to problems has provided lots of information for teachers to use in planning lessons. The teachers have also discovered the power of a "growth mindset" about learning and strategies to use to encourage confidence in their students when doing math. It's been a wonderful learning opportunity for all involved which we hope to continue next school year.
Fri., May. 2, 2014 4:41 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic system basketball tournaments were held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 & 24th, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School and St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School in Clinton as well as at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford. The tournaments offered student athletes a fun opportunity to develop skills through competition and display cooperation, teamwork, fair-play and good sportsmanship. Read More...
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014 9:28 AM
The 2013-2014 year saw the release of new curriculum documents for French as a Second Language (grades 1-8), Social Studies (grades 1-6), History & Geography (grades 7-8), Social Sciences and Humanities (9-12), as well as Canadian & World Studies (9-12). The Catholic Curriculum Corporation also produced some companion documents on Financial Literacy, Mental Health: Hope, Dignity and Our Compassionate Response, Equity and Inclusivity and others. The ministry reviews curriculum on a regular basis and develops new and revised curricula for a few subject/areas every year. While some of the content may remain the same as in previous versions, the approach to learning that content has been updated.
Fri., Apr. 25, 2014 9:32 AM
This month students across the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board participated in the regional science fair and showcased their science projects and inventions. There were a variety of projects ranging from issues related to biological, environmental and physical science. Abby, a grade seven student from Precious Blood Catholic Elementary School was selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair competition in Windsor, Ontario this May. Read More...
Tue., Apr. 22, 2014 1:20 PM
On behalf of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board we wish you a Holy and Blessed Easter. Schools will be closed Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Monday, April 21. May your Easter Season be blessed with God’s grace and may He abide with you forever!
Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 4:32 PM
"Let the children come to me." ~ Students attending all of our Elementary Catholic Schools in September 2014 will benefit from learning through an inquiry/play-based learning experience all day. Ontario is investing in the education of its youngest students to better prepare them for future success. The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program will support their social, emotional and cognitive development. This includes improved reading, writing and math skills and a smoother transition to Grade 1. It will help more students achieve success at school and help create a stronger economy for the future. Read More...
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014 11:40 AM
"Let the children come to me" Students attending all of our Elementary Catholic Schools in September 2014 will benefit from learning through an inquiry/play-based learning experience all day. Ontario is investing in the education of its youngest students to better prepare them for future success. The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program will support their social,emotional and cognitive development. This includes improved reading, writing and math skills and a smoother transition to Grade 1. It will help more students achieve success at school and help create a stronger economy for the future. Read More...
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014 11:36 AM
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, St Michael’s CSS, Stratford, welcomed over 240 student musicians to participate in the HPC ‘Banding Together’ instrumental band performance.  There were featured performances by all our instrumental music schools:  St. Michael CSS, Stratford, led by music director, Jeff McIntyre; St. Anne’s CSS, Clinton (Josh Geddis); St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School, Goderich (Marianne Hogan); Sacred Heart, Wingham (Nancy Ross); Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Justine deKoning) and St. Ambrose, Stratford (Scott Sebben). The day began with our secondary students participating in an instrumental clinic to develop musical techniques and skills led by David Spence.  The afternoon allowed for a performance by secondary students, a series of sectional rehearsals and a mass band practice of the three musical pieces for our grand finale.  Admission to the community evening performance was by donation where proceeds of over $500 went to the Saint André Bessette Trust Fund to support students in need in both Huron & Perth counties.  HPC Banding Together 2014 was an amazing opportunity for students to collaborate and showcase their God-given musical talents. Read More...
Thu., Apr. 10, 2014 4:46 PM
Friday, April 11th is Educational Assistant Appreciation Day - a day to recognize the many contributions of our Educational Assistants. Through the on-going support of our Educational Assistants, many students are able to reach their true potential and to achieve their fullness of humanity of which Jesus Christ is the model. By establishing positive, trusting and supportive relationships, Educational Assistants contribute significantly to the success of each student. The lives of many of our children and youth are enriched each day through the dedication of our Educational Assistants and for this we are truly grateful. Pictured above are Patti Drinkwalter, Edda Lang, and Julie Miller, Educational Assistants from St Mary's School, Listowel.
Tue., Apr. 8, 2014 9:21 AM
During this past March Break, 17 students and 3 teacher chaperones from St. Michael CSS ventured off to the southern hemisphere to explore Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands. The group travelled to Quito, Ecuador (via Miami). While in Quito, students had the opportunity to visit the Independence Plaza, the Santo Domingo Monastery, the Intinan Museum on took an excursion to the equatorial line (and tried to "walk the line"). The group flew on to Baltra, followed by a short boat ride to Santa Cruz Island and visited the Charles Darwin Research Station. Santa Cruz served as "home base" for the next three days, as the group visited (by boat) both San Cristobal (the island where Darwin first went ashore) and Floreana Islands. Highlights included snorkling with sea turtles, sea lions and schools of colourful fish; mingling with giant land tortoises; getting "up close & personal" with marine iguanas; hiking to pirate caves and swimming through lava tunnels. Highly knowledgeable guides provided insight into the islands in terms of the varying climate and geological formations, along with a history of the early attempts to settle/occupy the islands and the current state of the Galapagos as a UNESCO world heritage site. Read More...
Fri., Apr. 4, 2014 10:20 AM
This week at the "On The Rise (K-12)" Ministry conference on enhancing digital learning, HPCDSB will be presenting two workshops that will highlight the progress our system has made regarding blended learning. The first workshop, entitled “The First 20 Days,” will showcase how blended learning can support deeper pedagogical implementation of instructional and assessment strategies. The second workshop will demonstrate how HPCDSB re-designed the learning portal to create a one-stop-shop approach in providing digital learning tools for students. In addition to this exciting news, HPCDSB is about to launch a new blended learning pilot in some schools that will provide innovative hardware (Chromebooks, iPads) to students in the classroom.
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014 9:24 AM
Friendly, engaging and outgoing; Izabella Mijas is the type of student that you can imagine going places in life. And she wants to - literally. Izabella is trilingual. She grew up in a Polish family and speaks English, French and Polish fluently. Her dream is to... Read More...
Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 8:50 AM
On March 26th, all Special Education Resource Teachers spent the day with Erin Sheldon and Dr. Caroline Musselwhite exploring ways to develop the emergent literacy skills of students with significant communication challenges and learning how to incorporate these skills throughout IEP performance tasks. HPCDSB and AMDSB sponsored a free parent workshop that evening to support the families of children with significant communication challenges. Ms. Sheldon and Dr. Musselwhite explored ways that families can engage their children in reading and writing activities that are socially interactive, are personally meaningful, and enhance their participation across their day. Dr. Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 30 years experience working with students with significant disabilities. She has taught university courses, lectures around the world, and is the author of several books, manuals, and software programs to help students with significant disabilities access literacy. Erin Sheldon is an assistive technology and inclusive education consultant in Kingston, Ontario.
Fri., Mar. 28, 2014 10:21 AM
About 100 parents and their children in Grades 4-6 participated in a math night held at St Patrick's parish hall this month. Each family received a Math Kit full of materials to use with a resource for parents entitled "Doing Math with Your Child". Mr. John McCarroll, Principal at St. Columban, noted that "this was a great opportunity to help their children love and excel in math, and to have fun doing it!" The theme for the evening - Math is Like Another Language, encouraged parents to see that math relates to life at home and in the workplace. Read More...
Tue., Mar. 25, 2014 10:51 AM
Shannon Campbell has joined the system special education team as the ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Resource Assistant. She provides support to principals, teachers and other school board staff as required. This role includes supporting staff with ABA-based strategies, assisting with the coordination of ABA training and resources, providing ongoing individualized support and data collection to prevent crisis situations for all levels of staff, and assisting the ABA Lead to facilitate collaboration between community partners and schools. Shannon has a wealth of experience and a genuine concern for the well being of others. She is certainly a wonderful and welcome addition to the system special education team.
Mon., Mar. 24, 2014 2:15 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board prides itself on ensuring access to many important on-line tools within our e-learning portal for students. In fact, in many cases, HPCDSB is leading the way as it pertains to technology integration/blended learning and access to on-line resources for students. This past semester students from across the district submitted designs for our new digital learning logo. The winning design was created by a student at St. Michael Catholic Secondary school and will be recognized at the board meeting in March. Read More...
Tue., Mar. 18, 2014 9:22 AM
All Sacred Heart staff and students gathered Wednesday, March 5th, to provide hand-made rosaries for children in Haiti. Grade one teacher and leader of the social justice group at the school Mrs. DeJong wanted to make our project “Help Haiti” both a meaningful and inspiring activity for all of those involved. Over 100 rosaries were made and hundreds of other items were donated by our staff, students and their families to support our friends in need. The items are now off to Haiti via a family who will, no doubt, be proud to share stories about our willingness to help. What a wonderful way to start our Lenten season! Read More...
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014 12:50 PM
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. The symbolism of ashes being placed on our foreheads reminds us of our human weakness. These ashes were once the palms used on Palm Sunday, so they are also ashes of hope. We take them to remind us that we are part of the God's creation, ~ "Thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return" and that we must “Repent and be faithful to the Gospel.” Lent is a time when we are called to pray, to change our hearts and to grow closer to God. Jesus entered the desert for 40 days to fast and pray. We too are called to pray, fast and give alms to the poor in order to change our hearts, sacrifice as Jesus did and to grow closer to God. Read More...
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014 11:50 AM
Imagine the ideal learning environment for today’s learner. What would it look like? Think about how much the world has changed in the last three decades and how rapidly it will continue to change in the years to come. How do we ensure that the instruction we provide is responsive to the shifting demands of the 21st century? Teachers and Full Day Kindergarten Early Learning Program educators teams are rethinking and removing materials, equipment, schedules, etc. to support the emerging ideas and needs of our students. The environment is becoming the "Third Teacher". Read More...
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014 10:18 AM
Our secondary schools currently offer 8 Specialist High Skills Major programs. This permits students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM's seal on their diploma after meeting several criteria. While taking regular classes, the students enrolled in these programs are able to gain further experience in the field of their choice by attending seminars, training sessions and certifications. Above, St. Mike’s Arts & Culture SHSM students show off their flying skills. Read More...
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014 9:52 AM
On February 12 2014, grade 7-10 math teachers from every school in our board gathered as a group to inquire into the math learning of their students. They learned about various student learning profiles, and began to inquire into how the general strengths and areas of need of a student would manifest in a math class. Read More...
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014 11:51 AM
Linda Brown, Audrey Bergsma, Karen Hoggarth and Sally McNichol (left to right, absent Patty Shantz) are the dedicated members of the EA Focus Group. At meetings scheduled throughout the year, this group plans and organizes professional development activities for all Educational Assistants. Sessions already held this year include a very informative discussion of substance use and addictions with guest speakers from Choices for Change as well as a full day of personal wellness. This day of growth explored emotional freedom techniques, yoga and meditation that can be applied in the school setting. Topics are always carefully selected to ensure they are relevant and address the professional learning needs of our Educational Assistants.
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014 12:22 PM
This past week students from across our district had a chance to participate in the Ministry’s Homework Help Open House. Students from St. James Catholic School connected with a licensed math teacher in a chat room and learned firsthand how easy free math tutoring can be with the Ministry’s free website. This service is available to all grades 7-10 students in the evenings (Sunday – Thursday). Read More… Homework Help is a free Ministry website that offers math tutoring to students in grades 7-10. Read More...
Sun., Feb. 16, 2014 11:40 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic junior students participated in the system-wide bordenball tournament on February 6, 2014. Our gracious hosts were St. Joseph’s Catholic elementary school and St. Anne’s CSS in Clinton. St. Michael CSS in Stratford also welcomed the Perth elementary athletes who took part in this fun sport to develop skills and display teamwork. We are grateful to all the conveners, coaches, student volunteers, cheerleaders and athletes who worked collaboratively to ensure a great day of physical activity and competitive sport for our students.
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014 9:16 AM
The recent Math Night held at St. Joseph’s School in Clinton, was well attended by parents, teachers and support staff. A Parent Reaching Out proposal and plan by the Catholic School Advisory Council supported the evening which was dedicated to informing parents about how math is taught in current times. Tara Boreham, Principal at the school discussed the “importance of balance between teaching and developing students’ skills in arithmetic (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) and instruction that emphasizes problem solving and collaboration to prepare students for the world of work in the 21st century.” Read More...
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 9:31 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is pleased to welcome Irene Tait to the system special education team as the newly appointed System Special Education Resource Teacher. Having previously been a school Special Education Resource Teacher at Holy Name of Mary School in St. Marys, and more recently at Precious Blood in Exeter, Irene brings many gifts to her new role. Read More...
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014 9:44 AM
Families Help Develop and Use Literacy Skills-Take time each day to have “15 Minutes of Fun”. Research shows children have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults if reading is encouraged in the home (Literacy BC). Read More...
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014 7:22 PM
Students and staff at St. Anne’s and St. Michael Catholic Secondary Schools spent the last few weeks finishing up their first semester courses. Although school closures at the beginning of January caused many schedules to be re-worked, final projects, presentations and other summative assignments have kept them busy over the past month. Read More...
Tue., Jan. 28, 2014 9:02 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board welcomed Dr. Terry Nelson Johnson back to the area to offer various audiences an opportunity to discern faith in their lives. The afternoon session aligned with the Catholic Education Week sub-theme, 'Serving with Joy', as Dr. Nelson Johnson invited us to contemplate the place of Joy in our lives, souls and relationships. The evening session welcomed staff, priests, trustees and members of our parent communities as Terry's presentation focused on family, faith and resiliency. Terry is the resident theologian and faith animator at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago as well as a partner of Soul Play LLC (www.soulplayonline.com). Dr. Terry Nelson Johnson challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of God through storytelling, poetry, and humour.
Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 10:27 AM
With a passion for the Arts and interests in both math and technology, Mark Nyenhuis is open to new opportunities and headed for a career that can offer outside-the-box engagement. Read More...
Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 8:36 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has launched a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot project at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School Goderich). BYOD refers to a technology approach where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. Read More...
Tue., Jan. 21, 2014 10:36 AM
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated from January 18-25, 2014. The theme this year is: Has Christ been divided? (1 Cor. 1:1-17). St. Paul challenged the Christians in Corinth to know in their hearts and to show in their actions that Christ has not been divided. He challenges us, too, to realize more fully the unity we already have in Christ. We live in a country that celebrates the diversity of peoples and expressions of faith. We are reminded to continue to value the gifts of others in the midst of our divisions and to encourage each other to work for Christian unity. Read More...
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014 9:12 AM
In December, the students and staff at Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School in Stratford held a cake raffle to support relief efforts in the Phillippines. This amazing cake was made by a Kandy Cosstick, a parent at the school. The lucky winner of the cake was Gabriel (fitting name), a Gr. 1 Jeanne Sauvé student! In total, the school raised raised $400 for this worthwhile cause. Merci Beaucoup!
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014 11:46 AM
In December, the students and staff at Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School in Stratford held a cake raffle to support relief efforts in the Phillippines. This amazing cake was made by a Kandy Cosstick, a parent at the school. The lucky winner of the cake was Gabriel (fitting name), a Gr. 1 Jeanne Sauvé student! In total, the school raised raised $400 for this worthwhile cause. Merci Beaucoup! Read More...
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014 11:43 AM
St. Michael student Connor Delaney and former St. Michael student John Yundt won second place in a video contest put on by the Junior Economic Club of Canada. After attending “A Day on Bay” experience as part of their Business High Skills Major program in the fall, the pair was invited to create a video on the importance of Financial Literacy for Youth. Mr. Delaney and Mr. Yundt won second place. Connor and John travelled to Toronto to receive their prize and as part of the ceremonies were able to join in the opening of the TSX. Read More...
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014 3:21 PM
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Thu., Dec. 19, 2013 5:30 PM
Madelaine Bohnert is accustomed to the intensity of competition. Familiar with pushing her body to its physical capacity for WOSSA track and field meets, Madelaine will be changing focus to respond to the demanding pace of the medical profession as she pursues a degree in nursing... Read More...
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013 10:14 AM
A new initiative this year has focused on working in partnership with teachers in supporting their work with students identified with a Learning Disability. The partnership is structured around a collaborative inquiry between the hosting Classroom Teachers, SERT, and the new Curriculum Support Teacher, Jennifer Prendergast. The working relationship reflects a model of collaboration and co-learning. Through reflection and co-learning, the findings will further our understanding of student learning, especially in the area of Learning Disabilities. Read More...
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013 8:58 AM
Congratulations to the Senior Boys Volleyball team from St. Mike’s! Coached by Bryan Kocher and Helen Thomson, the team won the silver medal at OFSAA in late November in Thunder Bay. This incredible achievement has occurred only once in the past, in 2004. The coaches were quite happy with the whole OFSAA experience. The team played hard and battled all the way to the end. As well as their accomplishments on the court, the boys team is recognized for their team spirit and being positive role models in the community. Read More...
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013 10:35 AM
At its Inaugural Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, December 2, 2013, Ron Marcy was acclaimed to the position of Chairperson of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. A retired secondary school teacher, Marcy’s experience as a trustee dates back to 1975 with the former Huron-Perth County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. He is serving his ninth term as Chair. Read More...
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013 9:18 AM
Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. It is a time of waiting, a time of anticipation and hope, a time for self-reflection and prayer, and a time for faith renewal. We are reminded to wait for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, by moving from darkness to light and celebrating the birth of Jesus in his first Advent, acknowledging His presence in our world today, and anticipating the return of Christ in his second Advent. Read More...
Fri., Dec. 6, 2013 11:04 AM
HPCDSB staff members participated in a three day symposium in London focused on inclusive practices within our Ontario schools. Our staff, from both the secondary and elementary panels, discussed key factors and strategies needed to meaningfully include all students with diverse needs within their learning and school environments. Information covered such topics as current research about inclusive practices, leadership initiatives, legal considerations, critical barriers, and inclusion look fors. Read More...
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013 9:56 AM
The theme of the When Faith Meets Pedagogy conference was “Opening Doors of Faith.” The inspiration for this theme was based on Pope Emeritus Benedict’s declaration for the Year of Faith. This year, the Huron-Perth Catholic District Board presented a workshop that highlighted the Prayer MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which was offered throughout the system last school year. This Prayer MOOC was just one way that HPCDSB attempted to open the doors of faith to all of our students. Read More...
Fri., Nov. 29, 2013 9:23 AM
In the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board, we are blessed to have two outstanding Chaplaincy Leaders in our schools. Lisa Phillps at St. Anne’s and Nicole Flesaru at St. Michael work in a pastoral way to promote the spiritual and human development of all the members of our Catholic school communities. They serve both students and staff, caring for the community as a whole as well as the individuals who make up our communities at St. Anne’s and St. Michael. Read More...
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013 10:03 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School board has recently integrated Homework Help with the Learning Management system (LMS). The goal of this integration was to make the registration process easier for students. Homework Help provides free, real-time math help to all HPCSB students in grades 7, 8, 9, and 10. It allows students to get help after school hours, when classroom teachers are unavailable to assist. It can help students with answering homework questions, reviewing material from previous grades, and studying for tests and exams. Read More...
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013 10:23 AM
Across the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board this week, students and teachers will learning about bullying awareness and prevention. The Ontario Provincial Government has designated the week of November 17-23, 2013 as Bullying Awareness and Prevention week. As a system, we are committed to working with families, parishes, and community partners in maintaining safe and orderly Christ-centred learning environments for every student and employee. Read More...
Tue., Nov. 19, 2013 10:17 AM
Throughout November, Huron Perth Catholic District School Board hosts Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-15 academic year. Parents contact their local Catholic school for appointments and information. Parents bring their 3 years olds for a developmental screening, a chance to meet teachers, learn more about Full Day Kindergarten and learn about programs at their libraries for the whole family. Read More...
Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 7:46 AM
On Friday, November 8, 2013, all staff members of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board were invited to gather as a Catholic community to participate in a half day of professional development focused on faith. This special time offers staff a wonderful opportunity to pray, reflect, learn and plan ways to put our faith into action with each other, our students, parents and wider community. We are blessed to live out our vocation, to be servant leaders as Jesus, and to celebrate the enduring gift of Catholic education together as a Catholic learning community. Read More...
Tue., Nov. 12, 2013 9:09 AM
Self-described as “Enthusiastic, positive, maybe a little weird, and with lots of energy”, Adam is an influential leader at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School... Read More...
Mon., Nov. 11, 2013 9:45 AM
Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School played a big part in describing the learning experiences and opportunities they have to be leaders, at a recent school visit by the district team. They explained how a school wide math project last year let them work with students who were younger as well as older and how that helped them to "lead and be led". Students also told us how everyone at OLMC strives to make a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students. Read More...
Fri., Nov. 8, 2013 9:55 AM
Last week a team from our system spent two days in London using information presented to plan for our collaborative work this year that will help to improve achievement for students who struggle in mathematics in both elementary and secondary school. Laurie Maloney-Devlin, Vice Principal; Paul D'Hondt, Secondary Learning Coordinator; Dan Peters, Secondary Principal; Dawne Boersen, Elementary Principal; Rhonda Regier, System Special Education Resource Teacher; and Mary-Jo Drager, Student Work Study Teacher, heard from representatives of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat about recent research that shows how a focus on a "growth mindset" can change attitudes to math. Read More...
Tue., Nov. 5, 2013 9:13 AM
Director, Vince MacDonald, congratulates Jennifer Prendergast and Deanna Dalrymple who during the Coaching To Inclusion conference held in London were each presented with the Champion of Inclusion Award. Jen and Deanna, during the last school year, worked as a Teacher/Educational Assistant team at St. Boniface School in Zurich. Read More...
Fri., Nov. 1, 2013 9:41 AM
On October 22nd, over 500 students gathered at the Clinton Wetlands Trail to participate in their personal best at our system Cross Country meet. The day was cold and windy but gratefully the rain held off so we were able to host this amazing athletic event as planned! A successful system event like this takes a lot of coordination and collaboration so that our students are offered a great opportunity to develop skills, stamina and to gather as a Catholic community. We are grateful to our hosts, all the organizers, community partners, staff, students and parents who help make this event a fun, safe and active learning opportunity. Pictured above are some of the junior, intermediate and senior atheletes who raised the bar and came first, second or third in their division. Congratulations to all! Read More...
Tue., Oct. 29, 2013 9:39 AM
On October 22nd, over 500 students gathered at the Clinton Wetlands Trail to participate in their personal best at our system Cross Country meet. The day was cold and windy but gratefully the rain held off so we were able to host this amazing athletic event as planned! A successful system event like this takes a lot of coordination and collaboration so that our students are offered a great opportunity to develop skills, stamina and to gather as a Catholic community. We are grateful to our hosts, all the organizers, community partners, staff, students and parents who help make this event a fun, safe and active learning opportunity. Pictured below are some of the junior, intermediate and senior atheletes who raised the bar and came first, second or third in their division. Congratulations to all!
Tue., Oct. 29, 2013 9:31 AM
New members of full day Kindergarten join in partnership for professional learning. Teams include teachers, early childhood educators, board support staff and childcare providers. Throughout this year, their learning opportunities include co-planning and sharing of instructional approaches that provide springboards for personal reflection and professional dialogue between colleagues. Educators are asked to take an inquiry stance, to be open to change and willing to discuss differing perspectives within the philosophy of emergent curriculum. This is the fourth year of a provincial implementation of the program province-wide.
Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 1:19 PM
Thursday October 17 and Friday October 18 marked the annual fundraising walks at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton and St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford respectively. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013 9:40 AM
As part of the provincial Mental Health and Addictions initiative, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board recently hired a Mental Health Lead to assist in the development of a Board wide Mental Health strategy. We are pleased to announce that Dana Bozzato, a clinical social worker with 23 years experience in the field of child and youth mental health, will work with schools in our system to determine their needs, the availability of counselling supports as well as the current level of mental health literacy, prevention and promotion programs. This research will then inform the creation of a strategy that will strengthen our Board's capacity to ensure student mental health and well being.
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013 9:03 AM
On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, the Religion Advisory Teacher from each of our schools attended a full day workshop focused on the new elementary Religion Policy Document. The day began with celebrating our unique gifts, promoting a sense of belonging and community and aligning initiatives. We explored the concept of the new evangelization and each of our roles in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and recognizing the face of Christ in everyone. During our exploration of the new ministry policy document, we explored the expectations and the six Religious education strands of: Believing, Celebrating, Praying, Living in Communion, Living a Moral Life and Living in Solidarity. We are excited to build awareness across the system about this approved Catholic curriculum document and invite all audiences to become familiar with this fantastic resource by visiting: http://www.iceont.ca/page131123243.aspx. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 15, 2013 11:14 AM
Dear Friends: As we pause to give thanks to God for the gifts in our lives, I am thinking of the many graces that are entrusted to our care. The gift of children...the gift of a Catholic education...the talents of all of our staff...the harvest of the fields....the harvest of faith and hope. On behalf of everyone within the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, I pray that God will bless you and your families with peace. Best wishes for a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013 9:39 AM
An avid gamer, who declares that Rugby “changed his life”; Frank Kang is disengaging from the scrum to prepare for a career in computer programming... Read More...
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013 10:01 AM
The Ontario Teachers’ Federation, in partnership with the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP), annually honours educators whose commitment, creativity and energy result in a superior experience for students. We are very proud of Kerri Lyn Grainger, Grade 7 teacher at St. Columban School, who was chosen to receive The Outstanding Teacher Award in the category of Beginning Teacher at a celebration on Tuesday, September 24 in Toronto. Kerri Lyn lights sparks in students, inspires her colleagues and heartens parents. Kerri Lyn’s unique and caring nature makes her an excellent teacher. She has an ability to reach out and connect with even the most reluctant students in order to bring out the best in them. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013 9:10 AM
Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board celebrates World Teachers’ Day! This wonderful annual event is organized by the United Nations (UN) and is held annually on October 5th. In Huron-Perth, we are blessed with an exemplary team of teachers. Every day, our teachers instil gospel teachings, model Christ the teacher and live the “caritas” for our students. Read More...
Fri., Oct. 4, 2013 9:51 AM
Principals, Judy Merkel and Todd Chisholm, warmly welcomed staff to their two-day Crucial Conversations training. Special Education Resource Teachers, along with Principals, enjoyed learning how to deal with high-stakes conversations, where opinions may vary and emotions run strong, using the skills developed by VitalSmarts. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 1, 2013 10:00 AM
This week at St. Michael Secondary School, community leaders such as Maureen Hagan, Vice President of Operations for the GoodLife Fitness Clubs in Canada, spoke to students about their views on leadership. They shared their personal challenges and successes experienced as they became a leader in their field. Students heard about the qualities these leaders feel have made them a good leader and what qualities they admire in others. Sandie Ennett, Head of Student Services at St. Michael, says “Every student is going to have an opportunity to acquire a new skill, attitude or behaviour.” Read More...
Thu., Sep. 26, 2013 3:04 PM
Our display at the IPM held this past week near Mitchell, Ontario, acknowledges a strong and ongoing partnership with agriculture and education communities in Huron and Perth counties. As a result of this partnership we are able to supply our students with agricultural technology, training, jobs for students in co-operative education, and provide certification for our Specialist High Skills Major program in Agriculture. Students from the Agriculture and Technology program at St Anne’s Catholic Secondary School helped to provide information at the display during the IPM. Read More...
Tue., Sep. 24, 2013 10:00 AM
Part of Catholic teaching is that we have a responsibility to care for the earth, to be good stewards of God’s creation. There are many aspects of caring for creation, including waste minimization, energy conservation, school-ground greening and environmental stewardship to name a few. Caring for creation is a huge responsibility and the Ontario Eco Schools program helps to guide the staff and students of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board in becoming better stewards of creation by being mindful of our attitudes and habits. Pictured above are the adult eco-representatives who gathered together to review and plan on how their staff, students and school community can continue to be active stewards of God’s creation!
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013 9:58 AM
This past July students in Grade One and Two at St. Ambrose School in Stratford were invited to participate in a three week literacy focused camp. The children were involved in a variety of literacy opportunities linked to recreational activities. This is a Ministry of Education Research project to address possible loss of reading skills and confidence over the summer months. For instance, Mad Science and The Reptile Guy visited the students, providing engaging moments that the students then read about and communicated their thinking using technology.
Tue., Sep. 17, 2013 9:04 AM
The Grade 9’s at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton had a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other on Friday, September 6th. Student Cabinet planned games that promote community building that allow students to interact with each other and with the senior students who served as team leaders and event facilitators. Read More...
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013 10:22 AM
The summer of 2013 saw the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board host the 12th annual Skilled Training Educational Partnership (STEP) camp. A program-high of 76 students participated. The grade 5-8 students were able to attend 4 half-day sessions to participate in activities such as building wooden stools, changing car oil and tires, making electrical extension cords, welding metal sculptures, baking pizza and cookies, hair styling and aesthetics, and computer graphics and design challenges. Read More...
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 9:21 AM
The summer of 2013 saw the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board host the 12th annual Skilled Training Educational Partnership (STEP) camp. A program-high of 76 students participated. The grade 5-8 students were able to attend 4 half-day sessions to participate in activities such as building wooden stools, changing car oil and tires, making electrical extension cords, welding metal sculptures, baking pizza and cookies, hair styling and aesthetics, and computer graphics and design challenges. Read More...
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 9:14 AM
Liz Miltenburg’s passion for making a difference in the world began with getting her hands dirty... Read More...
Mon., Sep. 9, 2013 2:53 PM
On Wednesday, August 28th, 2013, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board welcomed close to thirty new employees to an orientation session at the Catholic Education Centre in Dublin. The newcomers had a chance to reflect on the gift of Catholic education, their vocation and special role in embracing our Catholic culture through evangelization. Read More...
Tue., Sep. 3, 2013 10:06 AM
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Wed., Aug. 28, 2013 11:19 AM
Sam Kalverboer came to Canada with dreams of building a future that combined farming and family. A native of Alkmaar Noord, Holland, he joined his uncle and aunt in Canada to... Read More...
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013 11:56 AM
Waiting for the puck to drop at center ice is always a moment of hold-your-breath anticipation in the hockey arena. Already a goalie for the Kitchener Rangers, Stephanie Sluys has... Read More...
Wed., Jul. 3, 2013 2:03 PM
We are so blessed in the Huron-Perth Catholic School system...to journey together in the spirit of Christ...to learn and grow in loving and gracious Catholic schools. Thank you to everyone in our community. Read More...
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013 6:53 AM
Senior Kindergarten students at Holy Name of Mary, in St. Mary's, are on their way to Grade 1. After their first year in a Full Day Kindergarten program, these students are ready to move on. After sharing a potluck meal with their families, students watched a powerpoint movie reviewing their year, and received their diplomas. Students will soon have a visit with their Grade 1 teacher and visit their new classroom area. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 24, 2013 10:39 PM
A special thank you goes out to the school communities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic elementary and Precious Blood Catholic elementary for hosting Huron Junior & Senior 2-pitch tournaments as well as to St. Ambrose Catholic elementary school for convening the Perth tournament at Packham fields in Stratford. The weather was perfect, the students exemplified skill and cooperation and the entire event was a lot of fun! Thanks to the students, coaches, conveners, spectators and everyone who helped make this day memorable! Wishing all of our staff and student athletes a safe, healthy and active summer! Read More...
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013 11:17 PM
St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton celebrated its annual Dyno Day on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Students in the Specialist High Skills Major in Agriculture Technology class along with other students drove to school in their tractors to test Horsepower and Torque output using a Dynamometer. Twenty tractors with horsepower ranging from 30 to 300 hp were driven to the school by the students as part of the experience. While most of the tractors were owned by the families of St. Anne’s students, some were donated for the day by local farm machinery dealers (McGavin’s Farm Equipment in Walton and Delta Power in Seaforth) who were hosting St. Anne’s students as part of the Co-operative Education program. St. Anne’s Technology Teacher Jason Steinmann expressed gratitude to these local businesses for supporting the Co-op students, the school, and Dyno Day. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 17, 2013 9:36 PM
Another very successful System Track & Field meet was held at the St. Anne's CSS track in Clinton on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The event included all Huron-Perth Catholic elementary schools as well as St. Anne’s Catholic secondary school student volunteers. Congratulations to all of the student athletes for working towards achieving their personal best and displaying fair and honest behaviour in all track and field events. Pictured above are the students who received the overall athletic award in their division. It was a great day to demonstrate the God-given talents of our student athletes and the collaborative leadership of our cooperative sports council, skilled coaches and helpful volunteers. Read More...
Thu., Jun. 13, 2013 9:44 PM
On Friday June 7th the Staff of St. Michael joined together at St. Joseph’s Parish hall for our annual Faith Day. Our day was led buy our guest speaker, Dr. Terry Nelson Johnson who came all the way from Chicago to be with us. Dr. Terry Nelson Johnson is a theologian, educator and storyteller, and he has the ability to make an audience laugh one moment and cry the next. He came to challenge, intrigue, encourage, and inspire the staff at St. Michael through his gift of storytelling, poetry and humor. Terry spoke on the topic of Catholic Education, what teaching and working in a Catholic school calls each one of us to do. Terry spoke about faith as a call to action. It is the way we go above and beyond for our student that leaves them knowing that God is real and that they are cared for. Terry talked about mediating God’s grace through our actions and how we treat our students. He called on us to see Baptism as a verb, and something we must do continually for our students. He also discussed how we are Eucharistic people and how we are called to provide a feast for our students, giving of ourselves continually. Our day ended with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Father Bester and music ministry provided by Jeff McIntyre, Christopher Reilly, and Karen Tigani. It was a wonderful day of prayer, faith sharing, and reflection. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 10, 2013 10:08 PM
For Hannah Jansen, a Catholic Education pursued first at St. Mary’s Goderich and later at St. Anne’s taught her a valuable lesson: acceptance. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 10, 2013 9:20 AM
Over the course of the school year, students from across the district have participated in a blended learning project funded by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE). Through this grant, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board expanded the blended learning program to include integrated digital tools, like Google Apps for Education, into the learning management system. Read More...
Thu., Jun. 6, 2013 10:06 PM
On Sunday June 2 2013, students, families and staff of St. Michael gathered at St. Joeseph’s Parish in Stratford to celebrate a mass in honour of its graduates. Graduates received medallions and a prayer card as a gesture of thanks and celebration. Following mass, the St. Michael Concert Band performed for those in attendance. The St. Michael community gathers monthly during the school year to celebrate mass together on Sunday evenings. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 3, 2013 10:43 PM
From May 27,2013 to June 7, 2013, students in grades 3 and 6 from all schools in the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations. In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics. Read More...
Mon., May. 27, 2013 9:30 PM
On Friday May 17 2013, staff and students participated in a fundraiser for the St. André Bessette Trust Fund. They collected money by selling pancakes and fruit smoothies, and allowing students to participate in a Red and White Civvies day. The St. Anne’s God Squad organized this great event which raised over $735 for the trust fund. Above, members of St. Anne’s God Squad selling fruit smoothies at lunch. Read More...
Fri., May. 24, 2013 5:56 AM
Recently 125 students from seven Catholic schools in Huron County competed at the 2013 St. Mary's Invitational Chess tournament. The eight students depicted above emerged from the competition as the chess champions in their respective grade levels: (Front row, from left to right) Brandon Ducharme, St. Boniface School (Grade 1), Bryce Burbine, St. Mary’s (Grade 2), Emily Meilhausen, St. Mary’s (Grade 3), Sam Cox, St. Mary’s (Grade 4), (Back row, left to right) Gavin Stanbury, St. Mary’s (Grade 5), Liam Morley, St. Mary’s (Grade 6), Sam Bezaire, St. Mary’s (Grade 7), and Luc Arbour from St. Mary’s School, this year’s Grade 8 chess champion. Read More...
Fri., May. 17, 2013 12:22 AM
Students and staff members from every Catholic school in Huron and Perth counties participated in the 6th annual “Stuff That Bus!” food drive last week. Four busloads of food were collected and donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food banks in each county. This event is one example of how our Catholic schools support the wider community and how our students reach out in service to others. Our schools, families and parishes worked together to make this wonderful event a huge success. We are very thankful to everyone who donated food, time and services, especially our bus companies. Read More...
Mon., May. 13, 2013 11:18 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is excited to celebrate Catholic Education Week 2013, which began on Sunday, May 5. Our Catholic schools are engaging in a series of events to celebrate the ongoing gift of publicly-funded Catholic education which has existed in Ontario since 1841. Students in our Catholic schools have served Ontario and Canada very well and will continue to serve with the same spirit, success and generosity as previous generations. As pictured above, the Ontario Catholic Student Trustee award recipients gathered together during the afternoon on May 6th to explore ways in which we are rooted in Christ and to celebrate Catholic student leadership in Huron-Perth. These students then joined the Huron-Perth Catholic community to celebrate the Eucharist at St. Patrick’s Church in Dublin with Rev. Bishop Ronald Fabbro and various priests & deacons from our Deanery. After Mass, the Mother Teresa Faith in Action award recipients were recognized alongside our student trustees for being the face of Christ to others. Read More...
Thu., May. 9, 2013 10:01 PM
A fast-paced, physical environment where life and death decisions are made – it’s not a career for everyone, but for St. Michael CSS graduate Vanessa Bayani, there is no other... Read More...
Tue., May. 7, 2013 10:40 AM
This important week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decreasing stigma, and understanding that help is available and it works. Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has a strong commitment to support our students with Mental Health challenges. We are a School Board who recognizes the need for early intervention and for providing opportunities to develop strategies to address problems. 1 in 5 children struggles with a mental health issue. This means 20 children in every 100 face this challenge and that adds up to many children in our schools and community. Read More...
Mon., May. 6, 2013 9:49 PM
On Friday, May 10, at the Mitchell Golf and Country Club, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board will host the second annual St.André Bessette Dinner and Auction! We are grateful to all our donars and welcome all to purchase tickets to this amazing event! All funds go to support our students in both Huron and Perth counties. Read More...
Thu., May. 2, 2013 10:52 PM
This past week in the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board all three of the system-wide elementary basketball tournaments were featured. Two of the tournaments were hosted by St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary and St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary Schools in Clinton and the third one was at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 29, 2013 11:30 PM
Students at St. Mary's School in Goderich partnered with Union Gas and the Goderich Parks Department to plant two Maple trees in their school yard to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Students and teachers from Mme. Menard's, Mme. Spaleta's and Mrs. Voskamp's classes participated in the tree planting. Park staff, together with the students, dug in the two trees after leading some learning about the importance of trees to our environment. Poems written by the students, celebrating God's creation and promoting our stewardship of the earth were read. Read More...
Thu., Apr. 25, 2013 8:32 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic elementary employees gathered together as a school community on Friday, April 19, 2013, to celebrate our Catholic faith and the enduring gift of Catholic Education! This faith-based professional development day provides staffs the opportunity to build relationships, reflect on our beliefs and values and to deepen our understanding of our shared mission in Catholic education. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 22, 2013 10:29 PM
The Catholic Curriculum Corporation is a consortium of 17 Catholic School boards from across the province. Its mission is to build and sustain the Catholic capacity of educators through the development and provisioning of high quality Catholic curriculum, resources, support and professional development. Huron Perth Superintendent Dan Parr serves as the Chair of the Executive Council of the CCC, and past Huron Perth principal Fran Craig is the soon-to-be retired Curriculum Manager. The CCC has developed many resources (some pictured above) for teachers to use in their classrooms. Lessons and units have been produced covering mental health, financial literacy, critical thinking, ethical and responsible use of technology, religious education, health and physical education, and many others. Read More...
Wed., Apr. 17, 2013 10:07 PM
On April 11, 2013 Grade 10 students in the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board wrote the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. This test is written every year by all grade 10 students across the province to gauge their achievement compared to the provincial standard. It covers all reading and writing expectations in all subject areas up to the end of grade 9 and is a requirement for attaining the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. In the picture above, a grade 10 student from St. Anne’s fills in her student questionnaire as part of the test. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 15, 2013 9:06 PM
This past week students across the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board participated in the regional science fair in Seaforth, Ontario. Evan, a grade eight student from St. Boniface Catholic Elementary School, was selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair competition in Lethbridge, Alberta this May. Read More...
Thu., Apr. 11, 2013 8:40 PM
Our students are building their confidence level substantially with the everyday use of french language at school. Students become social actors in which they work through the gradual release method to complete real-life tasks in a second language. A real-life task for students is to be able to communicate needs and ask questions in a school environment. This student from Jeanne Sauvé is participating in a real-life task where he uses a passport to interact with staff members in French. Each time he and his classmates use French to communicate with adults at Jeanne Sauvé, they receive signatures that work towards completing their “Je Peux Parler À Tout Le Monde” passports. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 8, 2013 8:34 PM
Driven and determined with a passion for empowering change, Nick Avis envisions himself as someone who will someday create policies that shape the lives of Canadians... Read More...
Mon., Apr. 8, 2013 10:42 AM
As we celebrated Holy Week in our Catholic Schools, we are reminded that we are an Easter People and the Resurrection marks a new beginning for us. The Resurrection is a new covenant, where Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself and that through His death we are freed from the slavery of sin. Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. It marks the end of the Lenten 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Through self-denial during Lent, we prepare to die with Christ on Good Friday but rise again with Him in new life on Easter. The Paschal Mystery is the proof of his Divinity, the epitome of our Christian faith and joy of our salvation. Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Read More...
Fri., Apr. 5, 2013 4:21 PM
All Huron-Perth Catholic elementary schools were invited to attend the third annual DanceFest event. The occasion provided students and staff with an opportunity to highlight Arts education, focusing on the dance curriculum.~ DanceFest served as a vehicle in which dance ideas were shared in an atmosphere of joy and celebration.~ Students were provided with a captivating opportunity to share their God-given talents and showcase their interest and understanding of creative movement and various dance routines. The Huron County showcase took place at St. Anne’s CSS in Clinton on March 20, with Perth County dancers taking to the dance floor at St. Michael CSS in Stratford on March 21, 2013.~ Catholic student leaders at both secondary schools hosted the day, taking on a variety of jobs, such as: welcoming schools, taking care of AV/tech/sound, announcing performances, photography and videography, setting up the dance routines and ensuring that transitions between dance performances were seamless.~Approximately 260 Huron County and 150 Perth County Catholic elementary students attended this upbeat and enthusiastic day! We were especially grateful to a large number of parents and friends who came to view their children in this special event. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 1, 2013 6:54 PM
Have a Blessed and Happy Easter!
Thu., Mar. 28, 2013 10:30 PM
A Lenten MOOC was created for the entire Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board community to participate in during Lent: including students, staff and local parishes. The goal was for people to learn about the forms of Catholic prayer and to pray together during the season of Lent and Easter. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course and is an online course aiming at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a very new area of research in education and are being adopted by institutions such as Stanford, Harvard MIT, and now, Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. Read More...
Mon., Mar. 25, 2013 10:07 PM
On Sunday, May 5, all families of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board are invited to participate in the Family Faith Festival. This fun, faith-filled family experience will include workshops for youth, teens, and adults and Mass with his Excellency, Bishop Ronald Fabbro. This event will take place at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School in London. A free BBQ lunch will also be provided. Read More...
Thu., Mar. 21, 2013 11:40 PM
From March 8th to 17th 56 students and 9 chaperones (including 7 staff, a nurse, and a retired police officer) from the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board traveled to Italy. Although weather caused initial flight cancellations and detours, students eventually had the opportunity to visit Milan, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome and Vatican City. Aside from the standard tourist sights, students spent significant time exploring the architecture, art, and historical locations which add to the richness and history of our Catholic faith. Read More...
Mon., Mar. 18, 2013 9:43 PM
The whole Church is rejoicing at the news of the election of Pope Francis as our new Holy Father. Until his election, Pope Francis was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., and he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read More...
Fri., Mar. 15, 2013 9:46 PM
On March 6, every Catholic parish in southwestern Ontario, from Windsor to Woodstock and from Goderich to Port Dover, will be open for people to come and pray and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the past 4 years, over 10,000 people have received the sacrament on each of these days. Reconciliation is a sacrament instituted by Jesus in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed again God. Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. In Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and His Church. We express sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and His Church, make reparation for what we have done and resolve to do better in the future. Read More...
Mon., Mar. 11, 2013 9:33 PM
With a farming background and a bubbly, engaging personality, Adrienna O’Rourke is primed to make a difference for those responsible for feeding Canadian families... Read More...
Tue., Mar. 5, 2013 3:34 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has hired a new Director of Education effective April 1st, 2013. Vince MacDonald replaces Martha Dutrizac who retired effective February 28th. Replacing Martha in the interim will be Superintendent of Business, Gerry Thuss, who will serve as Acting Director from March 1st to March 31st, 2013. Read More...
Mon., Mar. 4, 2013 10:38 PM
After 42 years of dedicated service in Catholic education Martha Dutrizac is retiring. Martha began her career as a Catholic educator as she meant to complete it: with a love of learning, high expectations, faithful teachings, great respect for and dedication to the children, parents, and staff that she engaged with. Read More...
Thu., Feb. 28, 2013 9:22 PM
Core and Immersion teachers have developed rich authentic tasks and school events that foster oral communication through French cultural activities. This helps our students gain awareness and appreciation of the French culture. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, the Student Parliament and intermediate students lead younger students in various experiences. Read More...
Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 8:31 PM
On February 12, 2013, Dr. Marion Small, well-known author and International Professional Development Consultant for Improved Mathematics Education, led a day of learning for our principals and teachers. Read More...
Thu., Feb. 21, 2013 11:18 PM
This month the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board celebrated two special students from each school at its ninth annual Applause Breakfast Awards. The award is given to a junior, intermediate, or senior student who enhances the overall climate of the school. Director Martha Dutrizac commented, “These students are being recognized for making a difference at their school. Their positive attitudes, caring hearts, and strong faith serve as powerful examples of how one can make a huge difference in the classroom, on the field, and in the broader community.” Read More...
Mon., Feb. 18, 2013 11:01 PM
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. On February 13, students from St. James Catholic elementary school celebrated Ash Wednesday with Fr. Chris Gillespie. In the Gospel, we are reminded of the time Jesus entered the desert for 40 days to fast and pray. Lent is a time when we are called model Jesus by praying, fasting and helping the poor. The symbolism of ashes being placed on our foreheads reminds us of our human weakness. These ashes were once the palms used on Palm Sunday, so they are also ashes of hope. We take them to remind us that we are part of the God's creation. "Thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return." Read More...
Fri., Feb. 15, 2013 4:02 PM
The squeak of sneakers filled the gymnasiums as the Huron-Perth Catholic junior students took part in our system-wide bordenball tournament on February 7, 2013. Our welcoming host schools were St. Joseph's Catholic elementary and St. Anne's Catholic secondary schools in Clinton, as well as St. Michael Catholic secondary school in Stratford. There were lots of good and positive "rah, rah, rah's" and a respectful yet competitive atmostphere all around! Our conveners, coaches, student referees, participants and cheerleaders worked collaboratively to make this sporting event fun and successful. Bordenball emphasizes adaptive sport and inclusive physical activity. Read More...
Mon., Feb. 11, 2013 9:29 PM
Through the support of a federally sponsored New Horizons grant, St Boniface School in Zurich has partnered with the Bluewater Rest Home to develop mentorship opportunities between local senior citizens and Kindergarten students. Brent Langan, Principal at St. Boniface, says the “aim is to support literacy development through oral communication, technology and the arts.” Read More...
Thu., Feb. 7, 2013 9:13 PM
Students across the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board are engaged in learning through the use of the provincial learning management system. This software allows students to access high-quality course materials, interactive games, videos, and other digital resources in a password protected environment. E-Learning Ontario reports that “these tools help students learn or review key concepts, stay organized, show what they have learned, submit assignments, track their achievement, and communicate with others.” Read More...
Tue., Feb. 5, 2013 12:15 AM
Understanding, care and communication…for Paige Miltenburg, these are prominent themes as she reflects on the events that rocked her family’s life last year. “My mom was diagnosed with cancer,” she explains... Read More...
Fri., Feb. 1, 2013 9:54 AM
Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board's Learning Coordinator Gaylene Hagarty, and Student Work Study Teacher, Mary-Jo Drager, presented at the Regional Capacity Building System Implementation and Monitoring sessions held in London on January 28th and 29th. The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat asked School Boards to share best practices and identify useful resources and plans that are making a difference for student and teacher learning. Gaylene and Mary-Jo shared their work with participants using the Four Roles of the Literate Learner as a framework for understanding how our students acquire reading skills and grow as literate learners. Read More...
Thu., Jan. 31, 2013 9:57 PM
January 27, 2013 marks Family Literacy Day. In Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, various events encouraged to celebrate parents and children reading and learning together to become lifelong learners. At St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Dublin, parents came with their children in the evening for Books, Bears and Bedtime Stories. Children in their pyjamas, with their favorite stuffed toy, hand in hand with their parents, enjoyed storytime from guest readers like local author Karen Knight, storyteller Trish Macgregor from Public Library on Wheels and former NHL player Greg Devries. Read More...
Mon., Jan. 28, 2013 9:23 PM
On January 17th and 18th 2013, students in Grade 9 math courses in the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board wrote the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO) Grade 9 math test. The test is a “snapshot” of student achievement of the grade 9 math curriculum, and in conjunction with other classroom assessments, provides educators with information of where the student needs are, and where resources need to be allocated. Above, students from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School are collaborating to prepare for the test. Read More...
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013 11:16 PM
The traditional period for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25, 2013, as it begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a special experience for Christians around the world to celebrate diversity in unity. Praying for Christian unity in harmony with people around the world is a truly unique celebration. The 2013 theme is based on the biblical text from Micah 6:6-8 – “What does God require of us?” As Christian disciples, God requires us to walk the path of justice, mercy and humility. Read More...
Tue., Jan. 22, 2013 9:04 AM
Members of our Catholic Parent Advisory Councils, teachers, principals and trustees gathered in Mitchell for an evening of dinner and rich discussion, as well as on opportunity to Dalhousie University Professor Michael Ungar speak on the topic of Building Resilience for Life and School Success. Read More...
Thu., Jan. 17, 2013 10:17 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is very pleased to be part of a Ministry of Education initiative called Student Work Study. This provides for one teacher, Mary-Jo Drager, to work directly with students in four schools, capturing students' thinking and learning. She collects samples of students' work using video, LiveScribe, field notes, and conversations and provides immediate and specific feedback to students to improve their work. Read More...
Mon., Jan. 14, 2013 9:21 PM
While some debate the merits of Nature vs. Nuture, Nicki Runstedler is a young woman who personifies the value of both. A nurturer at heart, she radiates love and care for her community – while at the same time setting a true example in her faith and respect for the world around her. Read More...
Mon., Jan. 14, 2013 12:35 PM
St. André Bessette’s feast day is celebrated on January 7th. In Huron Perth Catholic we are especially thankful for this priest’s life, since he was a visitor to our area several times during his life and had connections with the community of St. Joseph on the Lake Huron shore. To commemorate and celebrate this saint we founded a trust fund in 2011. The mission of The St. André Bessette Trust Fund is in keeping with the mission of Jesus Christ, whose primary concern was for those who may find themselves in need. St. André Bessette’s great confidence in Saint Joseph inspired him to recommend this saint's devotion to all those who were afflicted in various ways. The Fund supports those in our Catholic schools whose learning and well-being would be enhanced by the benefits it provides Read More...
Mon., Jan. 7, 2013 8:48 AM
I extend to you my warmest wishes for a very blessed Christmas and a holy and happy New Year in 2013. My hope for you is that you take time to step away from the business of daily life to appreciate the things that really matter...your family, your friends and your God. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that is wonderously present. Read More...
Mon., Dec. 17, 2012 8:31 PM
Principals, Vice-Principals, Learning Coordinators and Superintendents participated in a Mental Health First Aid training course instructed by HPCDSB staff Kelly Anderson and Rhonda Regier. Valuable information covered in the 2 day course touches on anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, self injury, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders. The in-service reviews signs/symptoms, risk factors, and actions to follow if staff suspect a youth is suffering. Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has a strong commitment to support our students with Mental Health challenges. Read More...
Thu., Dec. 13, 2012 8:06 PM
Teachers will empower students to communicate confidently in a second language in real-life scenarios! FSL teachers are receiving professional learning opportunities that focus on the Action-Oriented Approach to French instruction. Two students from Jeanne Sauve school, Jayden Mandigo-McPhee and Joshua Weitzel work on giving each other directions to navigate a town. Using the Action-Oriented Approach students become social actors in which they work through the gradual release method to complete real-life tasks in a second language. Read More...
Tue., Dec. 11, 2012 6:44 PM
Students and staff from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board have kicked off the 2012 Christmas campaign. A variety of local and international projects including toy and gift drives, a St. Vincent de Paul Society Food drive, the Angel Tree program, and the Huron County Christmas Bureau have staff and students working hard to put their Faith into Action. Students and staff of St. Michael Catholic Secondary school, Fr. Dick Bester, and many volunteers pack food from their annual Christmas food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank. Read More...
Thu., Dec. 6, 2012 9:14 PM
He’s been sporting the burgundy and blue of the St. Anne’s Eagles for the past four years, serving on Student Cabinet and playing on the rugby team. Yet Tom Knap’s favourite colours these days are the iconic green and gold of the John Deere brand... Read More...
Thu., Dec. 6, 2012 11:27 AM
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year where the Church invites us to prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We light candles on the Advent wreath because Jesus, The Light of the World, is coming. We long for the Messiah and prepare the way of the Lord by focusing on prayer and renewal, participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for us as we welcome Jesus into our hearts. Advent embarks a new journey of faith that we are called to experience by discerning and turning to the face of God. Read More...
Mon., Dec. 3, 2012 8:55 PM
Grade 2 students from St. Aloysius in Stratford listen to Pastoral Minister, Ron MacDonald tell the story of the Good Shepherd at their First Reconciliation retreat held at the clustered parishes of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s this month. Read More...
Thu., Nov. 29, 2012 10:42 PM
On Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 6pm, Dr. Michael Ungar will be presenting on the topic of “Every Family Engaged: Nurturing Resiliency for Life and School Success” at the Royal Canadian Legion in Mitchell. Read More...
Mon., Nov. 26, 2012 8:47 PM
The first You Be the Chemist Challenge in Canada took place this week at the Stratford City Hall. This event was the result of a new partnership between the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, the City of Stratford, and the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD). Director Martha Dutrizac, Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson, and the CACD began collaborating almost two years ago to bring this program and event to our region. The goal of this challenge is to promote better awareness of chemistry in general and the possible dangers that are associated with chemicals in the school, workplace, and the home. This initiative helps support our goal of students becoming responsible citizens in their community. Read More...
Thu., Nov. 22, 2012 6:54 PM
The United Nations asks countries around the world to celebrate children today. The date “November 20” carries important significance as it marks the day that the General Assembly adopted the declaration of the Rights of the Child. The declaration includes ten principles that outlines that “mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” To recognize the inherent dignity of all persons, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board planned an event for all Grade 7, 8 and 10 students entitled, 'Respecting Human Dignity: Southwestern Ontario Outreach Project (SWOOP) presents Paper Clips!' As pictured above, our guests, Peter and Dagmar Schroeder, pose with some Grade 10 students from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford. Their goal was to help students realize that they can change the world…one classroom at a time! This reality reminds us to respect the dignity of each person by following the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Read More...
Mon., Nov. 19, 2012 10:12 PM
Homework Help provides free, real-time Math help to all HPCSB students in grades 7, 8, 9, and 10. It allows students to get help after school hours, when classroom teachers are unavailable to help. It can help students with answering homework questions, reviewing material from previous grades, and studying for tests and exams. Read More...
Thu., Nov. 15, 2012 7:07 PM
The Early Primary Collaborative Inquiry has supported teachers across the province in using collaborative inquiry to explore the impact of instructional practices on young learners. This year in HPCDSB, Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade 2 teachers from St. Mary's Goderich, St. Boniface and St. Patrick's Catholic School in Dublin are making instructional connections K-2 to address the needs of their early learners in the area of literacy. Teacher Peggy Sloan practices words with small groups of students to precisely address the learning needs of early readers. Read More...
Mon., Nov. 12, 2012 8:35 PM
Sara Brown’s educational journey follows a similar path to which Christ often calls us: taking us out of our comfort zone and giving us the tools to grow our faith... Read More...
Mon., Nov. 12, 2012 11:14 AM
Students and staff across the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board remember the fallen heroes of the Canadian Armed Forces. At every school in our system, Remembrance Day ceremonies, prayer services, and Masses will take place to honour the fallen. Pictured above are two students from St. Joseph’s, Catholic Elementary School proudly wearing poppies as they prepare for Remembrance Day activities. Read More...
Thu., Nov. 8, 2012 8:28 PM
Huron Perth Catholic District School Board, along with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, is proud to announce National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW), November 1-7, 2012. NDSAW is a public awareness campaign focusing on the unique strengths and abilities of people with Down syndrome. By doing so, they work to ensure equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome. National Down Syndrome Awareness Week is a time to: Educate fellow Canadians about the strengths and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome Demonstrate the important contributions individuals with Down syndrome are making to their communities Recognize programs in the community. Read More...
Mon., Nov. 5, 2012 8:39 PM
HPCDSB is thrilled to announce that our 2012 Champion Of Inclusion Award recipients are Rhonda Regier, Charmaine Chadwick and Kelly Anderson. This Resource Team received their award at the Coaching To Inclusion conference held in London Ontario. Rhonda, Charmaine and Kelly live, breathe and enthusiastically walk the talk of inclusive practice. This Resource Team works tirelessly to ensure that all students in HPCDSB are valued for the many gifts they bring every day to their learning environments. Read More...
Thu., Nov. 1, 2012 6:31 PM
October is the month of the Holy Rosary so our school communities were invited to participate in one of the best known Catholic forms of devotion by celebrating the Huron-Perth Catholic system Rosary Day on Friday, October 19th, 2012. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th so it is an opportune time for Catholic schools to participate in this Roman Catholic sacramental and Marian devotion to prayer and the commemoration of Jesus Christ and events of his life. As pictured above, the students from St. Mary's, Listowel, gathered together to learn more about praying the Rosary through an informative power point presentation. They prayed the Hail Mary together as a school community and each child received a rosary and then went back to class to continue 'Growing Together in Faith.' Read More...
Mon., Oct. 29, 2012 10:17 PM
Pope Benedict XVI has declared October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 as the Year of Faith. This is an opportunity for all Catholics to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church. To observe the beginning of the Year of Faith, the Huron-Perth Catholic Deanery is excited to 'Grow Together in Faith' by celebrating the Eucharist as a Catholic community with the Most Rev. Ronald P. Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London, on Tuesday, October 30th, at 7:00 PM, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratford. All families, teachers, and staff members in our school system, as well as all Catholics throughout the Huron-Perth Deanery, are welcomed to attend as we begin this period of celebration and reflection on the great gift of our faith. Read More...
Thu., Oct. 25, 2012 8:38 PM
Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks, lived such an extraordinary life of faith, courage and hope that the Church has now declared her the first North American aboriginal saint, patron of ecology and ecologists, of exiles and youth. Pope Benedict XVI declared Blessed Kateri a saint on October 21st, 2012. St. Peter’s Square welcomed hundreds of North Americans in traditional beads, feathers blankets and drums. Canadian Catholics are honoured and humbled by this canonization as St. Kateri is seen as a beacon to native youth and an example to the world. Her intense love for Christ inspired her to follow Him totally committed in prayer and works of charity. Her virtue, stewardship, courage and devotion to Christ serve as an inspiration to us all. St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us! Read More...
Mon., Oct. 22, 2012 9:00 PM
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the priests and clergy of the Huron-Perth Deanery, the Trustees of the Huron-Perth Catholic DSB, the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee, members of our Catholic Parent Advisory Councils, Principals, Vice-Principals, Coordinators, members of the Journey to Leadership group, Religion Advisory Teachers, Catholic Education Team and Senior Executive were invited to ‘Grow Together in Faith’ by attending a dinner in celebration of Catholic Education at the Mitchell Golf and Country Club. Dan Moynihan, the Youth Ministry Specialist from the Diocese of London, spoke on the topic of Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth. This resource provides parents engaging and practical strategies to carry out their responsibility of being the primary faith educators of their children. Parents are empowered to lead their children toward a vibrant faith that embraces discipleship. This evening provided parents and educators with support and suggestions for living faith as a family and building a culture of belonging. Read More...
Thu., Oct. 18, 2012 9:24 PM
The elementary and secondary schools in Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board participated in our system-wide, one week blitz to collect coats for children and adults within our local communities.  From October 1 - 5, 2012, students' families and community members donated gently used coats which will be distributed to local charity organizations. This Thanksgiving Coat Drive enables the full realization of our Board’s Mission Statement as we answer our call to service by helping those in need in our communities.  This is another way that our Catholic schools 'Grow Together in Faith' by putting their faith into action and intensifying the witness of charity. It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbour along the journey of life. As pictured above, the students from St. Columban Catholic elementary school continue to grow together in faith by collecting coats and making a big difference! Read More...
Mon., Oct. 15, 2012 8:40 PM
At the end of September, staff and students of both secondary schools celebrated their opening masses in their respective schools. At St. Anne’s, Father Chris Gillespie was the celebrant, and he focused on the school year theme "Counting our Blessings". In his homily Fr. Chris reminded us that each day holds many moments of grace, and that we should take time each day to thank God for all the ways He blesses our lives. Read More...
Thu., Oct. 11, 2012 8:34 PM
Teachers, Nancy Smith and Julie Murray from Holy Name of Mary School met last week as part of a network that supports teachers' collaborative inquiry about student learning in areas such as Numeracy and Early Literacy. Along with many of their colleagues, they are partnering up this year to pursue focused inquiry and learning about strategies and actions that they can implement in their classrooms to support their students' learning needs. Read More...
Tue., Oct. 9, 2012 9:15 PM
Happy Thanksgiving from the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board!
Sat., Oct. 6, 2012 8:09 PM
On September 26th and October 1st, 2012, Huron-Perth Catholic elementary students took to the fields for our annual system soccer tournament. Congratulations to the athletes who participated with admirable effort, competitive spirit and steller virtue. Thank you to our sports council, conveners, coaches, host schools, players, referees, food booth organizers, volunteers and fans for accomplishing another exceptional Huron-Perth Catholic soccer tournament! This is another successful way to celebrate the God-given gifts and talents of the students in Huron-Perth Catholic! Pictured above are some cheerful girls from the Precious Blood, Exeter, intermediate soccer team. Read More...
Thu., Oct. 4, 2012 11:23 PM
All employees of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board came together at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School on Friday, September 28th for a system professional development day. Director Martha Dutrizac welcomed back the staff and reminded them that through their ongoing hard work and commitment they have created an exemplary Catholic education system that will continue to produce outstanding students. The theme of the day was “Catholic Education: Growing Together in Faith” and included the celebration of the Eucharist, a keynote address by Mark McGowan, and individual school-based presentations. Read More...
Mon., Oct. 1, 2012 8:26 PM
Google the work “active”, and it might well show a picture of Hannah McCutcheon. As a 7th generation farmer, a seasoned athlete, a community representative and service worker, one wonders where she finds the time to maintain an academic record that has secured her admission to one of the country’s top universities... Read More...
Mon., Oct. 1, 2012 9:07 AM
The Special Education Resource Teachers participated in a 2 day Mental Health First Aid training course instructed by HPCDSB staff Kelly Anderson and Rhonda Regier. Participants also included three newly appointed Community Care Access Centre Mental Health Nurses. Valuable information was shared on anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, self injury, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders. The in-service reviewed signs/symptoms, risk factors, and actions to follow if staff suspect a youth is suffering. Read More...
Thu., Sep. 27, 2012 7:25 PM
Principal, Tara Boreham leads her colleagues through an activity to engage discussion about collaborative inquiry. Principals and teachers from all our elementary and secondary schools spent the day on Tuesday this week, learning about the process of collaborative teacher inquiry. Read More...
Mon., Sep. 24, 2012 8:21 PM
It is easy to take technology for granted, as well as the work that tradespersons do. The houses we live in, the cars we drive, the computers we rely on all exist because of people that work in trades and technology. Read More...
Thu., Sep. 20, 2012 7:53 PM
Play IS their work. Children in Full Day Kindergarten are working hard and they are learning! This year in HPCDSB, teacher and ECE teams at St. James School in Seaforth, St. Joseph's School in Stratford and Holy Name of Mary School in St. Mary's welcome the FDK program. Here, Thymen and Caleb demonstrate creativity, problem-solving and decision-making, which are just a few of the many benefits of the play-based approach to learning. Read More...
Mon., Sep. 17, 2012 10:43 PM
An exciting new school year has begun and with it comes many interesting in-service sessions to support students and staff within our schools. Read More...
Thu., Sep. 13, 2012 8:16 PM
On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, excited new staff members were invited to the Board Office to 'Grow Together in Faith' and reflect on their vocation in Catholic Education. Participants were introduced to the Learning Coordination Team, Managers and Superintendents and learned how various supports were available in supporting the growth of the whole person. We are fortunate to have eager and talented individuals join the team in Huron-Perth Catholic! We welcome from left to right: Leanna McCreight, Yvette Stapleton, Judith O’Connor, Lauren Lecomte, Lori Van Bakel and Curtis Meyers. Read More...
Mon., Sep. 10, 2012 8:40 PM
This 2012-2013 school year students at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton and St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford will have opportunities to take courses both in class and online. Orientation sessions for students enrolled in the Grade 12 English eLearning class took place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Read More...
Fri., Sep. 7, 2012 12:06 AM
Principal Dan Gracey, welcomes students as they arrive at St. Patrick's School in Kinkora on the first day of school. Read More...
Wed., Sep. 5, 2012 9:28 AM
Logan Van Nynatten is the epitome of a scientist, attracted to the discipline because of its God-given complexity and potential... Read More...
Tue., Sep. 4, 2012 2:47 PM
Dear Members of the Huron Perth Community... Read More...
Fri., Aug. 31, 2012 5:23 PM
Classes resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Mon., Aug. 13, 2012 8:35 PM
O God we thank you for the time that we have spent together over this past school year. We are grateful for all the blessings we have received. Keep us safe throughout the summer. During this time of rest and renewal create in us an awareness of your presence in all things great and small. May each day be a prayerful opportunity for us to live in the joyous light of Christ. Amen.
Wed., Jul. 4, 2012 9:16 AM
Over the next week, many of our students will be graduating from our elementary schools and continuing their learning journey in our secondary schools. May God bless them as they embark on the new adventures that lie ahead for them. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord – Jeremiah 29:11 Read More...
Mon., Jun. 25, 2012 9:49 PM
On Thursday, June 7th on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, the St. Michael CSS Jazz Band graced the lawn outside of the Stratford Festival’s main stage with beautiful music. Under the direction of conductor and St. Michael CSS teacher, Jeff McIntyre, the band set up and played various Jazz favorites as the crowd arrived for the afternoon matinee at the Festival Theatre. Read More...
Thu., Jun. 21, 2012 10:15 PM
St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton celebrated Dyno Day on Monday, June 11. Students in the Special High Skills Major in Agriculture Technology class along with several other students drove to school in their tractors to test Horsepower and Torque output using a Dynamometer. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 18, 2012 8:46 PM
On Tuesday, June 12th the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board held its annual Track and Field meet on the beautiful grounds of St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School. The event included every elementary school in the system and involved almost five hundred students. The theme this year was “Personal Best” and included competitions from every age group and ability level. Read More...
Thu., Jun. 14, 2012 10:40 PM
On Friday, June 8th, HPCDSB educational assistants gathered together for a day focused on professional development sessions at St. Anne's High School in Clinton. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 11, 2012 10:22 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board salutes our Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals during Principal Appreciation Week! The impact that these caring and compassionate people have in their school communities is made visible through their combined leadership and this is reflected in the responses and reflections of their students. For example, a kindergarten student from St. Mary’s School in Goderich responded, "I like him (Mr. Trocchi) 'cause he's nice to us and does funny things.” Also, a high school student at St. Michael in Stratford reflected, “Mr. Doherty is very involved at the school...we see him in the office, the cafeteria, in the classrooms, in the gym, and everywhere in between. He likes to get to know students in and outside of the classroom and school.” Read More...
Thu., Jun. 7, 2012 8:46 PM
During the month of August, students from St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School in Goderich will participate in a fantastic opportunity. Two teachers will lead students from grades 1, 2 and 3 through a variety of exciting units of study, linking literacy with art, science, health, and physical education. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 4, 2012 10:37 PM
At the age of 25, Evan Dubblestyne is pursuing the job of his dreams: a dangerous and exciting career in which he fights fires, rebuilds massive engines and navigates open water for months at a time. Read More...
Mon., Jun. 4, 2012 5:13 PM
The grade 11-12 construction class has been working on the Habitat for Humanity build in Clinton as well as designing and constructing a shed to donate. Meanwhile, several Tech students competed in the all Ontario Skills competition recently held at the RIM Centre in Waterloo. Read More...
Thu., May. 31, 2012 10:42 PM
From May 23, 2012 to June 6, 2012, students in grades 3 and 6 from all schools in the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations. In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics. Read More...
Mon., May. 28, 2012 9:32 PM
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012 all elementary and secondary schools in Huron Perth Catholic District School Board exhibited the remarkable and rich work of their school over the past year. The purpose of the morning was to showcase and share the learning from inquiry-based work that is taking place in schools to address student needs. It also provided networking opportunities for schools that may inform practice and guide future improvement planning. Read More...
Thu., May. 24, 2012 10:56 PM
Ellen Sparling, a St. Michael's student, is seen here being presented the Stratford and Area World Aid's Social Justice Award by Marilyn Haslam. Read More...
Wed., May. 23, 2012 7:17 AM
The St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School Concert Band (Clinton, ON) competed at MusicFest Nationals in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 16th. The band was awarded a Silver standing in their class of the competition. Read More...
Fri., May. 18, 2012 6:49 PM
Our 5th Annual “Stuff that Bus” campaign took place on Tuesday, May 8th during Catholic Education Week. It was a wonderful day where staff and students from Huron Perth Catholic School Board collected food donations for the St. Vincent de Paul organizations in Stratford and Goderich. Busses were generously donated by First Student, Montgomery and Newry bus companies for this event. Read More...
Mon., May. 14, 2012 9:59 PM
Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has a strong commitment to support our students with Mental Health challenges. We are a School Board who recognizes the need for early intervention and for providing opportunities to develop strategies to address problems. 1 in 5 children struggles with a mental health issue. This means 20 children in every 100 face this challenge and that adds up to many children in our schools and community. Two HPCDSB staff , Rhonda Regier and Kelly Anderson, seen in the picture above have been trained as Mental Health First Aid Canada instructors to provide in-service sessions. Read More...
Thu., May. 10, 2012 8:41 PM
During the week of May 6 to May 11, 2012, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values that underpin Catholic education. The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is: Catholic Education: Walking in the Light of Christ! Read More...
Tue., May. 8, 2012 9:47 PM
This year, our Board theme has been Walking in the Light of Christ... This week.... Catholic Education Week…is an opportunity to celebrate our year of “walking” Read More...
Sun., May. 6, 2012 8:52 PM
Last week featured all three of the system-wide elementary basketball tournaments, with two being hosted at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School and the third at St. Michael Secondary School. Read More...
Thu., May. 3, 2012 8:50 PM
In a city known for its fine dining, Katelyn Vere is helping to change the relationship people have with their food. Read More...
Tue., May. 1, 2012 2:47 PM
On Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, beginning at 7:00 p.m., students from all Huron-Perth Catholic elementary schools will participate in a music concert at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. This is yet another opportunity to celebrate Arts Education in Huron-Perth Catholic! Admission is by donation and proceeds go to the St. André Bessette Trust Fund to help students in Huron & Perth counties. All are welcome! Read More...
Mon., Apr. 30, 2012 10:34 PM
Attention all St. Ambrose Graduates & Staff! For 50 years Catholic education has been thriving at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Stratford Ontario. Hundreds of students have become closer to Christ while learning about the skills of life at our wonderful school. Read More...
Thu., Apr. 26, 2012 10:06 PM
On Friday, April 20th our Educational Assistants were honoured throughout our School Board in appreciation for all that they do to support our students with diverse needs. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 23, 2012 9:51 PM
The 68th Annual National Volunteer Week pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy. It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation. The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board echoes this sentiment, with the countless volunteers who share their God-given talents benefiting our schools every day. Pictured here is Bridget Skirten from Precious Blood Catholic Elementary School. She generously donates her time on a regular basis in the grade one classroom. Read More...
Thu., Apr. 19, 2012 7:48 PM
National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week is underway. The green awareness ribbon is an international symbol of support for organ and tissue donation. Green symbolizes many things. It is a symbol of hope for those who are waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation; a reminder of the men, women and children who have died waiting for a life saving transplant; and a thank you to donors and their families for giving the greatest gift of all, the gift of life so that another could live on. Please wear a green ribbon and support the life-giving gift of organ and tissue donation. For more information, please go to www.giftoflife.on.ca Read More...
Mon., Apr. 16, 2012 10:02 PM
Two parent information nights will take place on the Cast Your Net program. Cast Your Net is our Catholic response to mentoring students in the fast growing world of social media. The first Parent Night is scheduled for April 10th at St. Michael CSS from 7-9 p.m. and the second is at St. Anne's CSS on April 11 from 7-9 p.m. We are inviting parents from both elementary and secondary to come in and learn more about how we are mentoring our students to be good Digital Citizens in the world of social media. Read More...
Wed., Apr. 11, 2012 7:36 AM
On behalf of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board we wish you a Holy and Blessed Easter. Schools will be closed Good Friday, April 6 and Easter Monday, April 9. --- Pictured above are two students from St. Anne’s CSS in Clinton performing the Stations of the Cross at the Holy Thursday Prayer Service. Read More...
Thu., Apr. 5, 2012 9:41 PM
All Huron-Perth Catholic elementary schools were invited to attend the 'Dancing in the Light of Christ' event.  This occasion provided students and staff with an opportunity to highlight Arts Education, focusing on the dance curriculum.  DanceFest served as a vehicle in which dance ideas were shared in an atmosphere of joy and celebration.  Students were provided with a captivating opportunity to share their God-given talents and showcase their interest and understanding of creative movement and various dance routines. Read More...
Mon., Apr. 2, 2012 9:41 PM
“I thought my friend was crazy,” remembers James Stapleton. “He insisted that I try chiropractic for the pain I was experiencing after hurting by back on the job at a local furniture store.” Read More...
Mon., Apr. 2, 2012 2:15 PM
As disciples of Christ we are encouraged to encounter Christ in the written Word and delve into Sacred Scripture. We are encouraged to engage the page and reflect on the Gospel values and apply them to our own lives. Read More...
Fri., Mar. 30, 2012 1:06 PM
Staff members from St. Columban and St. Patrick's School of Dublin were invited to share their inquiry based school improvement work at the annual Ontario Education Research Symposium held in Toronto. Read More...
Mon., Mar. 26, 2012 8:33 PM
CAST YOUR NET is an initiative involving students, teachers, employees and parents, designed to inform, educate, and promote ethical and responsible use of Social Media and electronic communications. Our Cast Your Net initiative is inspired by the biblical passage in which Jesus calls the disciples, Simon and Peter, to become “Fishers of People.” In our Catholic vision, Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board sees mentoring students in their use of social media to promote the common good and enhance the quality of life for others as critical learning for all students. Read More...
Tue., Mar. 20, 2012 2:00 AM
What is the impact of effective planning of a balanced literacy block in a French Immersion classroom on authentic oral communication? Primary French Immersion teachers: Wendy Rawes (also FSL Special Assignment Teacher), Melissa Rivera and Jennifer Hagarty are involved in an exciting collaborative inquiry this year around the impact of effectively planning a balanced literacy block in a French Immersion classroom on authentic oral communication. These teachers meet regularly to co-plan lessons, share student evidence of learning, deepen their professional knowledge and refine their skills related to teaching French oral communication. Read More...
Thu., Mar. 8, 2012 9:51 PM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is very pleased to be part of a Ministry of Education initiative called Student Work Study (SWS). The board is extremely fortunate to have Susan Culliton working in this role from February until June. Susan will be supporting four schools within the board and researching student work and thinking as children move along their learning journey. Read More...
Mon., Mar. 5, 2012 9:35 PM
This past week teachers from both St. Michael Catholic Secondary School and St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School participated in a collaborative inquiry project that has been designed to explore the use of blended learning in the classroom. Read More...
Thu., Mar. 1, 2012 7:36 PM
Growing up in Clinton, Curtis Meyers showed leadership potential from a young age. He made friends easily, was a talented athlete, and had the poise to coach a hockey team while still a freshman in high school... Read More...
Wed., Feb. 29, 2012 10:29 AM
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the penitential season of Lent. Students and staff from Catholic elementary schools in Stratford gathered as a Catholic community at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Ashes were placed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross to remind us all to 'turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.' Through the Lenten exercise of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are invited to be renewed and to model Jesus Christ. Read More...
Fri., Feb. 24, 2012 12:17 AM
In an effort to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, Huron Perth Catholic District School Board has once again hosted its eighth annual Applause Breakfast Awards in February. At Huron Perth CDSB, we believe that it is important to formally recognize the efforts and achievements of students whose presence and actions are foundational to our success. Read More...
Mon., Feb. 20, 2012 10:18 PM
“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.” Pope John Paul II Read More...
Thu., Feb. 16, 2012 11:04 PM
On February 9th, Huron-Perth Catholic Schools participated in National Sweater Day by turning down their thermostats and wearing fun sweaters to symbolize their commitment to the environment! As shown above, students at St. Ambrose Catholic elementary school learned that while simply wearing a sweater and turning down the heat is not the grand solution to energy values and climate change, it is a perfect symbol of a choice being made to be caring and intelligent about our decisions when it comes to energy. As Eco-team leader, Tara Cakebread states, “it is our hope that each individual carries those values forward into bigger decisions and motives that will ultimately impact our energy and environmental future.” Read More...
Wed., Feb. 15, 2012 10:24 PM
As we enter into the second half of the school year, ongoing communication with parents and teachers helps to ensure that we are working together in helping our students succeed to their God-given potential. As a follow up to Progress Reports that were issued in November, Term 1 Report Cards will be sent home with students on February 13th. Read More...
Thu., Feb. 9, 2012 10:23 PM
The schools of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board look for every opportunity to promote and model the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. Last week, the grade eight students at St. Aloysius put the words of one of those expectations (A Responsible Citizen) into action, as they learned and became certified in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). Read More...
Mon., Feb. 6, 2012 10:14 PM
As an Employment Facilitator at the Stratford office of not-for-profit organization Partners in Employment, Kim Anderson assists area high school students who do not plan to go on to post-secondary education find long-term, local employment. Read More...
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012 12:37 PM
Teachers, Educational Assistants, and Administrators were preparing to begin second semester on February 1st, 2012 which just happened to be Digital Learning Day. On February 2nd, all secondary students return to school to begin a new semester. Learn more about the learning taking place on Digital Learning Day at our Secondary Schools. Read More...
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012 12:42 AM
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is extremely proud to announce that Michelle Shypula has been chosen to receive the award for one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2012. Michelle, principal of St. Joseph’s School in Stratford, has been selected by The Learning Partnership to receive this prestigious award for her outstanding leadership accomplishments in education. She is one of 40 principals from across the country being honoured in 2012. In the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, principals are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members in an extensive nomination and selection process. Nominations are reviewed and final winners chosen by the National Selection Committee. The principals being honoured will receive their awards at a gala dinner event and awards ceremony on February 28, 2012. Read More...
Mon., Jan. 30, 2012 9:46 PM
On behalf of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Huron Perth Catholic District School Board was pleased to host the regional network meetings for the Schools in the Middle Project. Educators from Southwestern Ontario gathered together in London on February 23rd and 24th to share plans, strategies and best practices designed to support our schools in meeting the diverse learning needs of our students. Read More...
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012 10:47 PM
“We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.51-58) Huron-Perth Catholic Schools joined with Christians from around the world in praying for the unity of Christ’s Church. The theme this year is ‘We Will All Be Changed.’ Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that everyone who is in Christ is a new creation and we are called to live as Children in the light. Pictured above are Catholic student council representatives from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic elementary school who visited classrooms, shared a unity prayer and read a book about peace and unity to highlight this special week. Students are creating a OLMC Prayer for Christian Unity school banner which will exemplify unity and our calling to Walk in the Light of Christ. Read More...
Tue., Jan. 24, 2012 8:50 AM
rable smiling faces and giggles were seen and heard throughout the Board Office last week as the Board hosted the annual “Baby Day”. Baby Day is held every January for babies born the previous year to employees of Huron Perth Catholic District School Board who are currently on maternity leave. Director of Education Martha Dutrizac welcomed our future graduates of 2029. Babies and parents then had the opportunity to gather together for lunch and engage in conversations with one another. It was truly an infusion of joy Read More...
Thu., Jan. 19, 2012 10:55 PM
At our recent Regional Catholic School Advisory Council gathering, we asked senior students and a recent graduate to speak to us about the value of Catholic Education from the student's perspective. Senior students Maille Devlin, Thomas Murray, and recent graduate Danielle Parr each gave excellent testaments of how our Catholic school system complemented their families and their parish involvement in their formation as young Catholic adults. Read More...
Mon., Jan. 16, 2012 10:24 PM
At both St. Michael CSS and St. Anne’s CSS, all grade nine students are preparing to write the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. The Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics is administered across the province to all grade nine Math students in both applied and academic streams. According to the EQAO website, the test will “measure the math skills students are expected to have learned in Grade 9” (EQAO). For tips and resources for parents and students, please Read More...
Fri., Jan. 13, 2012 2:09 PM
Nick Jasper has a combination of traits that makes him destined to be a teacher: a heart for leadership, a firm belief in the value of Catholic education, and a willingness to embrace the varied challenges of each new day. Read More...
Thu., Jan. 12, 2012 10:43 AM
Students and staff at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School rang in the first classes of the New Year with anticipation of great things to come. The month of January will bring the conclusion of several major projects, the end of first semester co-op placements, final exams for semester one, and the EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics test. Meanwhile, several more exciting projects are gearing up for semester two. And Principal Kuran offers students and parents tips for preparing for final exams. Read More...
Tue., Jan. 10, 2012 8:31 PM
Happy New Year!
Sun., Jan. 1, 2012 8:00 PM
On behalf of the Trustees and Senior Administration, sincere wishes for a very blessed Christmas and a holy and happy New Year. During this special time of year, our hope is that you are blessed with quality time with your families and friends. Read More...
Fri., Dec. 23, 2011 7:05 PM
Families and friends from all over Huron and Perth Catholic have been celebrating and preparing for the upcoming Christmas season through song and prayer. System-wide, all students and staff have worked diligently to showcase their talents and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. These evenings have been filled with anticipation, joy and warm community spirit. Pictured above are two students from St. Mary’s School in Listowel, who participated in the enactment of the Nativity during their Christmas pageant on December 19th, 2011. Read More...
Wed., Dec. 21, 2011 12:09 AM