Author: OCSTA

OCSTA Newswire: April 8, 2013

Inside this Issue: A Conference to Inspire Trustees The theme for the 2013 OCSTA AGM and Conference is "You Raise Me Up: Trustee Leadership & Ontario's Catholic Schools." The event will be held May 2-4, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton - Toronto Airport. The program has been designed to inspire, educate and support trustees [...]

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Timmins’ OHS Students to Perform Jesus Christ Superstar

O’Gorman High School, the mini “Broadway of the North”, is busy preparing for their upcoming performances of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. “We are very excited to be performing ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ for this year’s musical event.  The music is iconic, and really challenges our talented students," said Lauri-Ann Loreto Neal, OHS Drama Teacher and Director. "We [...]

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Video & Activities at Dufferin-Peel CDSB

(MISSISSAUGA) Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario schools runs from November 18-24 and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board and its 146 schools have planned a wide range of events, activities and actions to highlight greater awareness and promote a culture of care, respect and inclusion for all through efforts to eliminate bullying. As part [...]

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OSCTA Welcomes Pope Francis

TORONTO, March 15, 2013— The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) welcomes Pope Francis, as the 266th Bishop of Rome and the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.1 billion members throughout the world. “On behalf of Catholic school trustees who serve as guardians, stewards and advocates for the 600,000 students in [...]

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Unique Project Reminds Students to Keep Christ in their Daily Lives

From the Ottawa Catholic School Board All Saints has a new crucifix in the Transportation Technology classroom. As a means of incorporating Catholic education in daily work and reminding students to keep Christ in their daily lives, Mr. Bujaki’s Grade 12 Transportation Technology class were given a distinctive Rich Summative Task (RST) last spring. The [...]

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OCSTA Newswire: February 14, 2013

Inside This Issue: You Raise Me Up! Trustee Leadership Theme for 2013 AGM & Conference The theme for the 2013 OCSTA AGM and Conference is "You Raise Me Up: Trustee Leadership & Ontario's Catholic Schools." The event will be held May 2-4, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton - Toronto Airport. The program has been [...]

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OCSTA Congratulates Premier-designate: Kathleen Wynne

NEWS RELEASE Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association Congratulates Premier-designate, Kathleen Wynne FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2013—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) is pleased to congratulate Kathleen Wynne as the new leader of the Liberal Party and the next Premier of Ontario. “As a former school trustee for the largest school board in [...]

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OCSTA Newswire: January 16, 2013

Inside This Issue: Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference The Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario will be hosting the 2013 Catholic Student Leadership Conference, April 11-12, 2013. Both boards explain that this conference will be spiritually uplifting. The boards are in the process of confirming inspiring keynote speakers [...]

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YouTube Video Contest Highlights the Value of Ontario’s Unique School System

NEWS RELEASE YouTube Video Contest Highlights the Value of Ontario’s Unique School System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—January 11, 2013—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) announced today the winners of a unique YouTube short video contest for high school students designed to highlight the value of education in Ontario’s Catholic schools. Last fall OCSTA invited [...]

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Putting Faith into Action

Michael Consul, TCDSB Student Leadership, gets ready to help students make sandwiches for the homeless. The Toronto Catholic District School Board, in partnership with ShareLife, once again coordinated a system-wide day of service for secondary students and staff. A Catholic Call To Serve (A A C T S) took place on October 17th. The day [...]

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Niagara Catholic Alumni Portal is LIVE!

On September 24, Niagara Catholic officially launched My Niagara Catholic Alumni, a website dedicated to keeping former students, staff and trustees up-to-date with events taking place across Niagara Catholic – and with each other. Members of My Niagara Catholic Alumni can chat with each other online and share their own news with the entire My [...]

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Superior North CDSB To Build School in Kenya

From the Superior North CDSB:  The Superior North Catholic District School Board is happy to announce that during this school year, all schools in the board will work together to build a school in Kenya. To get the students in our schools engaged in the Brick by Brick project, three or four students from each [...]

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Spotlight on the Ottawa and Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Boards

Ottawa Catholic School Board During the Shepherds of Good Hope's Annual General Meeting on September 19th, the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) was recognized for its outstanding support and contribution to the ongoing efforts of the organization's Shepherds of Good Hope Mission. The Board received the Shepherds of Good Hope Partnership Award, which recognizes partnerships [...]

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International Recognition for Innovation at Niagara Catholic

From the Niagara Catholic DSB: Director of Education, John Crocco, is extremely proud to announce that Niagara Catholic has once again been internationally recognized for its continued commitment to student success as the only school board in North, South and Central America to receive the Global Best Award. Board Chair Kathy Burtnik said Niagara Catholic’s community [...]

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Media Advisory: Bad Policies Do Not Put Students First

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012/CNW/ Yesterday the Minister of Education, The Hon. Laurel Broten, announced revisions to the government’s proposed legislation, Putting Students First, that would remove segments placing restrictions on the system-wide use of diagnostic assessment data to help students and introducing seniority as a key determining factor in the hiring of teachers. Today Catholic [...]

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Bad Policies Do Not Put Students First

News Release Bad Policies Do Not Put Students First TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012/CNW/ School boards in this province have serious concerns about the proposed legislation, Putting Students First. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association feels strongly that the parents of Ontario expect school boards to protect the quality of education in the classroom and the [...]

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Legislation Does Not Put Students First

NEWS RELEASE Legislation Does Not Put Students First FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, August 16, 2012 – Today’s announcement of proposed legislation to dictate the terms and processes for labour negotiations in Ontario’s public schools attempts to infringe upon the democratic role and historic success of education in this province. The bargaining process currently in place [...]

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Catholic School Boards: Engaging Communities in 2012

Community engagement is an important way for Catholic school boards to connect with the communities they serve to enhance programs and address the needs of students and families. In today's Good News post we look at a few community engagement activities that took place at the London and Niagara CDSBs over the past year. London [...]

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York CDSB – Good News

School raises over $150K for the Canadian Cancer Society The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newmarket, which raised over $150,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society through its annual Relay for Life event.The most money ever raised by a Canadian high school’s Relay for Life event, the money will [...]

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“Catholic Schools’ Test Scores Often Better than Public Schools: C.D. Howe Report” — Toronto Star

On June 7, 2012, the nation's largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, published a story with the following headline: "Catholic schools' test scores often better than public schools: C.D. Howe Report" The paper was referring to a report released every three-years by the C.D. Howe Institute that examines three years of Grade 3 and 6 test [...]

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Waiting for God – Dufferin-Peel CDSB Students at the Panasonic Theatre

An Announcement from the Dufferin-Peel CDSB: St. Joseph's Secondary School presents an original musical, WAITING FOR GOD Tuesday, June 26 at the Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., Toronto The highly anticipated musical, written and directed by Seamus Kelleher with musical direction and original song by Paul Lamarche, is sure to inspire and entertain. The engaging [...]

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Students at York CDSB Explore Catholic Vocations

The York Catholic District School Board recently held its first-ever, Vocations Awareness Day at its Catholic Education Centre. The event featured vocation directors from various religious orders and diocesan priests, including His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, who met and interacted with the approximately 150 York Catholic students from high schools across York Region. The Vocations [...]

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Who We are and What We Do

          (Left to right): Marc Kielburger, Angela Stirpe, vice-president, C.F.O. Caldwell Investment Management, Brendan T. Caldwell, president and CEO of Caldwell, Martin Sheen, Alex Escobar, student from Chaminade College School, Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues, TCDSB Chair Ann Andrachuk, Diana Marchese, teacher from St. Gabriel Lalemant and Craig Kielburger. Today's Good [...]

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Sights and Sounds – Catholic Education Week 2012

          Another Catholic Education Week has just wrapped up at Ontario's 29 English Catholic school boards.  This blog isn't large enough to feature all the prayers and activities, celebrations and acts of service that highlighted this year's event. Today's post, however, offers insight into the distinctive focus and spirit that defines [...]

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Celebrating Catholic Education in Community and Prayer

Kenora Catholic DSB - An Awesome Time Last summer, Kenora Catholic DSB's Dean Woodbeck, Chaplain for St. Thomas Aquinas High School, stumbled upon The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. The book left such a strong impression on him that throughout the whole year he celebrated and incorporated the theme of "awesome" into every prayer [...]

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Greg Rogers Recognized for Inspiring Student Leaders

          Greg Rogers (at left) with student Kadeem. The Toronto Catholic District School Board takes great pride in congratulating Greg Rogers, Coordinator of Student Leadership, for being named this year’s recipient of CARFLEO’s Archbishop Philip Pocock Award for excellence in Religious Education. “Greg has been an incredible role model for our [...]

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OCSTA Executive Officers Acclaimed at 82nd AGM

NEWS RELEASE OCSTA Executive Officers Acclaimed at 82nd AGM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, April 30, 2012 – Over 200 members of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) gathered in Kingston, Ontario last week to witness the installation of the Association’s executive officers during the 82nd Annual General Meeting of the OCSTA membership. OCSTA is [...]

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Holy Week Services, Detroit Red Wings & Technology Among Niagara Catholic’s News Highlights

From the Niagara Catholic DSB: What an incredible few weeks we have had across Niagara Catholic! In early March, more than 200 Niagara Catholic secondary school students competed in the Board’s 9th Annual Technology Skills Competition. St. John Catholic Elementary School, which is located in Beamsville, was one of 12 schools in Canada selected to [...]

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Education Remains a Priority in Provincial Budget

NEWS RELEASE Education Remains a Priority in Provincial Budget FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, March 27, 2012 – The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) views today’s budget announcement regarding education funding as a commitment to maintaining the government’s current education strategy. The announcement also reflects bold decisions to address current economic realities. “Today’s budget announcement [...]

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Kindness Matters Campaign

From the Northeastern CDSB: The staff and students at Timmins' O’Gorman Catholic High School are being challenged to make kindness a more conscious focus at high school life.  Darren Berthier, OHS Principal commented “We hope this extends to our OHS families as well so that school and home have a common Kindness Matters focus! We [...]

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OCSTA Newswire: February 29, 2012

Inside this Issue A Review of Bill 13, Accepting Schools Act, 2011 By Eric M. Roher Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP Tel: 416-367-6004 E-mail: eroher@blg.com On November 30, 2011, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2011 for First Reading. The widely published suicides of Jamie Hubley from Ottawa and Mitchell Wilson from Pickering, [...]

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Art Depicts Lives of Students at Toronto Catholic Board

“Student Success”, a three-panel piece of artwork inspired by the lives of students at Monsignor Fraser College, has been donated to the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and will be permanently housed at the Catholic Education Centre. The artists are Visual Art Students at Monsignor Fraser College’s, Norfinch Campus:  Tania Augerre Martinez, Gloria Gonzalez,  Herbert [...]

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Toronto’s Archbishop Collins to be Elevated to the College of Cardinals

From the Archdiocese of Toronto TORONTO (January 6, 2012) – This morning following Mass at the Vatican, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, announced that His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will be elevated to the College of Cardinals, an international group of principal advisors to the Pontiff. Archbishop Collins commented on his appointment: [...]

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Newswire Archive: 2011

Newswire: February 1, 2011 Newswire: March 1, 2011 Newswire: March 30, 2011 Newswire: April 27, 2011 Newswire: May 13, 2011 Newswire: September 14, 2011 Newswire: October 27, 2011 Newswire: November 15, 2011 Newswire: December 5, 2011

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An Advent Season Poster and Christmas Wish for Ontario’s Catholic DSBs

  Pictured above: Marino Gazzola, Board Chair and OCSTA Vice President; Anita Cazzola, Student at St. James Catholic High School, and; Victoria Dupuis, Board Vice-Chair. Each year the Wellington Catholic District School board invites students from their schools to design a poster for the Advent season.  This year's winning poster (featured above) was created by [...]

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Real World Need Explored at Toronto’s All Boys CHS Neil McNeil

From the Toronto Catholic District School Board Neil McNeil High School’s Quest 10 program engages grade 10 students to direct their focus to an understanding the ‘other’ in their society.  Not only are these young Catholic men challenged to be understanding of the ‘other’, but they are also thrust into an opportunity where they can [...]

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Huron-Perth Catholic Lights the Way in a Season of Giving

From the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board Across Huron and Perth Counties, the holiday season brings a call to action that Catholic educators hope will have a significant impact on those in need. The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is extending an invitation to the surrounding community: in a campaign dubbed “Giving in the Light [...]

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Reflecting on what it Means to Be Voiceless in this World

On December 1st, Mr. Todd Bosak’s grade six class at St. Patrick Catholic School in Cobalt, Ontario, will be silent for 24 hours to raise money for Free the Children. The Northeastern CDSB students have been busy collecting pledges to raise funds and will begin with a vow of silence at 9 am on Thursday, [...]

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Huron-Superior Catholic Students & Staff Raise Awareness About Homelessness

Staff and students of three Huron-Superior Catholic DSB schools, St. Mary's College, St. Francis and St. Mary's elementary schools, participated in the annual Great Soup Kitchen Sleepover in Sault Ste. Marie on Remembrance Day. Participants had to spend twelve hours outside sleeping in cardboard boxes.  It is a reality many homeless Canadians find themselves doing [...]

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Northwest Catholic District School Board Remembers

From the Northwest Catholic District School Board As part of recent Remembrance Day activities, schools throughout the Northwest Catholic District School Board focused on the appreciation of those who have given their lives in the protection of our freedoms: St. Patrick’s school in Atikokan hosted the Legion Honour Guard who joined the school community in [...]

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Minister Broten Applauds Inclusive and Welcoming Niagara Catholic Schools

l.-r.: Minister of Education, the Hon. Laurel Broten; Kim Craitor, MPP - Niagara Falls; Catholic CDSB Chair, Kathy Burtnik, and; Director of Education, John Crocco. From the Niagara Catholic District School Board: Niagara Catholic was pleased to welcome the Hon. Laurel Broten, Ontario’s new Minister of Education, to Saint Paul Catholic High School in Niagara [...]

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A Moving Experience to Share with the Province

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario - Faith Day 2011 Faith Days are an important part of the Catholic school board calendar.  Today's Good News post features an inspiring video from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. Every Catholic school board in Ontario has a similar inspiring experience to share but [...]

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Thunder Bay Catholic Invests $1.5 Million in Technology for Students

With the goal of improved student achievement and increased student engagement, the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board invested $1.5 million in the latest technology for students at the board. Hundreds of iPads, iPods, Apple laptops and Smartboards will be distributed to all Thunder Bay Catholic elementary schools. “We are really excited about this newest [...]

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Toronto Catholic & Public Boards Profile Shared Transportation Success

PRESS RELEASE The Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board, who have been providing shared school bus transportation since 1996, have approved plans to formally establish a Consortium in order to maximize Ministry funding and continue to realize current and future efficiencies. Through the sharing of school bus transportation, more than [...]

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Catholic School Boards Across Ontario Celebrate Teachers

Click on the image above to view the World Teachers' Day video from the Northeastern CDSB Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on October 5. Initiated and sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, it's a time set aside to celebrate the important role that teachers play in the formation and [...]

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History of Catholic Education in Peel Region Focus of New Dufferin-Peel CDSB Book

(l.-r.) John Kostoff - Director of Education, Shelagh Peterson – Project Supervisor, Anna Abbruscato - Board Chair, and Krysia P. Lear, Editor. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board recently released a new publication entitled:  Our Story, Our Tradition, Our Journey - a 252 page photo illustrated history of the role of the Catholic Church in [...]

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Huron-Perth Catholic Community Responds to Goderich Disaster

Caption: Bruce MacPherson, Director of Education for the Bruce-Grey Catholic DSB (and United Way Bruce Grey Board of Director), drove a cube truck loaded with 500 backpacks to assist in the Goderich Tornado Relief Efforts. Huron-Perth Catholic Director of Education Martha Dutrizac gratefully accepts the donations from her counterpart. From the Huron Perth CDSB: “It [...]

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Thousands to Experience Unique Story of Sisters of St. Joseph during Toronto’s Nuit Blanche

Cloister projected on the front gates of St. Joseph's College School, Toronto CDSB On Saturday, October 1st, students and staff of St. Joseph’s College School will present their original multimedia installation, Cloister at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. St. Joseph's College School was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph's 156 years ago. This installation will address [...]

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Hamilton MPP Welcomes Blessed Kateri Full-Day JKs

From the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board: If going to school for the first time wasn’t exciting enough, Junior Kindergarten students at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha CES were greeted on September 6th by a welcoming committee that included Chairperson Patrick J. Daly, Director of Education Patricia Amos, Superintendent of Education [...]

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Post ICE Symposium Work for CDSB Teams

recap of the Institute for Catholic Education's May Symposium - "Living our Legacy: Forging our Future" -  was published in a recent edition of the OCSTA Newswire. Today's "Good News" post looks at the important post-Symposium work to be led by school board teams. The Executive Director of ICE, Sr. Joan Cronin, recently took some [...]

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Catholic Board Launches Innovative Parent Resource for Summer Learning

From a "Strawberry Zinger" recipe for primary school students, to innovative virtual tutorials for older kids, the Toronto Catholic District School Board "Summer Playground" package is a much wished for resource for parents. The TCDSB "Summer Playground" is designed to help parents with activities and ideas to keep their primary and secondary school students engaged [...]

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Women Religious recognized for their Gift to Catholic Education

From the Renfrew Catholic District School Board: Sister Miriam Martin is a full-time Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, where she is director of religious education programs. Sr. Miriam was the guest speaker at the recent Christian Community Day event held at Bishop Smith Catholic [...]

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Eastern Ontario’s Catholic Schools Highlight CEW Liturgy, Class Activities & Song

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has put together a video that features the board's Catholic Education Week liturgy along with classroom and other school activities produced by staff and students for the 2011 Catholic Education Week celebration. Setting the "musical" backdrop for these vignettes from the CDSBEO are inspiring student choirs and [...]

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What Makes us Distinctive: Huron-Perth CDSB Video

We're pleased to highlight another engaging video from one of Ontario's Catholic school boards. The Huron-Perth CDSB has created a video that offers informative, concise interviews with principals, teachers, parents and students. The result is a memorable video that in only a few minutes highlights for audiences the many ways our Catholic schools serve to [...]

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Catholic Education Week 2011 – Video

During Catholic Education Week many Catholic school boards across the province raised the profile of their local Catholic schools through activities and liturgies that highlight the distinctiveness and the value of Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools. In celebration of this week and all the efforts of students, staff and trustees, the Durham Catholic District School [...]

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Catholic School Trustees Honour Service, Elect New Leaders

NEWS RELEASE Catholic School Trustees Honour Service, Elect New Leaders FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—May 5, 2011—Over 200 members of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) gathered last week in Toronto to acknowledge and honour the publicly elected men and women who dedicate their time and effort to addressing the needs of students and families [...]

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Catholic Secondary Students from Across Ontario to Meet in Niagara Region

Almost 300 Catholic secondary students from across Ontario have already registered for the first ever Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Conference being held in Niagara Falls, March 31 - April 2, 2011. Entitled "Lighting the Way," the conference will bring together student trustees, moderators and various partners in Catholic education to discuss Catholic youth leadership and [...]

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A Fine Distinction – Ontario’s Catholic School Graduate Expectations; Cycling for Catholic Education Foundation

L to R: BHN Catholic District School Board Chair and OCSTA Director, Cliff Casey; Director of Education, Cathy Horgan; Bishop Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton Diocese, Catholic Student Leaders. "Catholic education views human life as an integration of body, mind, and spirit.  Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for knowledge as a lifelong [...]

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Video – Ontario Catholic Students Speak Out

(l.-r.) Nancy Kirby, OCSTA President with Olivia Suppa, York Catholic DSB Student Trustee and Chair of the provincial Catholic Board Council of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association. On March 31, 400 students from almost every Catholic school board in the province gathered in Niagara Falls to share their opinions and perspectives on the importance, impact [...]

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Ontario Budget Protects Education During Recovery: OCSTA

NEWS RELEASE Ontario Budget Protects Education During Recovery: OCSTA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—March 29, 2011—“The government’s deliberate focus on protecting education during this period of economic recovery is encouraging,” said OCSTA president, Nancy Kirby in response to the release today of the 2011 Ontario Budget. While the budget announcement reaffirmed the government’s planned roll out [...]

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Students Perform in Vatican City

 Performing during High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica is a rare and special opportunity that was recently shared by 30 students from the London DCSB's Catholic Central High School String and Vocal program.  The visit was part of a March Break trip to Europe that included stops in Italy, France and Monaco. The students were [...]

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Assumption Student Presents Initiative to Improve Road Safety

Alex Don with Halton Catholic DSB Chair, Alice Anne LeMay Alex Don, a Grade 12 student at Assumption Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, hopes his idea will help save lives. At a recent meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board, Grade 12 Assumption Catholic Secondary student Alex Don presented his “P” Program to the [...]

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Student Forum Shares Ideas, Brings to life Ontario’s Catholic Graduate Expections

From the Huron-Perth CDSB: Student leaders from Huron-Perth CDSB Secondary Schools - St. Anne’s and St. Michael - recently facilitated a student forum called “All About YOUth!” Groups of students from each of the boards' Catholic schools gathered at the Equine Centre in Clinton to participate in this engaging student-led event.  Throughout the day, students [...]

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Brant-Haldimand CDSB Souper-Bowl Aids the Hungry

Students and staff at the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board recently launched a creative and "m-m-good" initiative to help local food banks. According to media outlet, Brant-News, there's another kind of Super Bowl garnering attention in that region that has little to do with football that has kept students at the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School [...]

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OCSTA Welcomes Return of Trustee Governance

NEWS RELEASE OCSTA Welcomes Return of Trustee Governance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—January 28, 2011—“I am very pleased that the trustees at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will resume full governance control of the board,” said Nancy Kirby, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA). As elected officials, trustees’ perspectives reflect those [...]

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The “FACE” of Catholic Education

The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board FACE Student Sub-Group took up the challenge of promoting Catholic Education. With the guidance of Danny Viotto, Principal at St. Mary’s College, St. Basil Secondary teacher Stephanie Parniak and FSL Consultant Ann-Marie Santoro the students, from both HSCDSB secondary schools, dove right into the project. The students brainstormed and [...]

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OCSTA & OECTA Presidents, Archbishop O’Brien Highlight Catholic Education Coalition Meeting

From the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) - On January 17th the CDSBEO welcomed three representatives from the provincial F.A.C.E. Committee to a meeting of the Board's Catholic Education Coalition. The Most Rev. Brendan O'Brien, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston, James Ryan, President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, and [...]

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Media Focuses on Role of Chaplains at Waterloo Catholic Board

Chaplains play a distinctive and essential role in Catholic schools and that's a fact that isn't often well understood by those outside of the Catholic community. In a recent article by Liz Monteiro for the Waterloo Record, a much overdue spotlight was directed on the work of chaplains at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board [...]

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Newswire Archive: 2010

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Iraqi Christian Students Join with Wellington CDSB Students to Celebrate Mass and Freedom

Iraqi Students with students from Kitchener's St. Mary's Catholic High School Picture credit: Rob O'Flanagan/Guelph Mercury On December 16, students at Wellington Catholic District School Board's St. James Catholic High School joined with 15 Christian students visiting from Iraq to pray about peace and solidarity. As reported by the Guelph Mercury: "In November, a report [...]

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Catholic School Trustees Applaud Flexibility in Extended Day Program Delivery

NEWS RELEASE Catholic School Trustees Applaud Flexibility in Extended Day Program Delivery FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—December 16, 2010—“The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association welcomes the government’s proposal to give school boards the flexibility to determine locally a method by which the JK/K Extended Day Program will be delivered. Allowing boards to partner with third party [...]

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Dufferin-Peel, Ottawa, and Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic DSBs Announce Chairs

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board At the annual organizational meeting held Tuesday, December 7, trustees re-elected long-time Mississauga Ward 4 trustee, Anna Abbruscato as chair of the 11-member Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. She was first elected to the board in 1991 and has served in various leadership capacities, including three terms as vice chair [...]

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Peterborough, Eastern Ontario and Durham CDSBs Announce Chairs

The Catholic school trustees of the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board re-elected Dave Bernier as Chairperson of the Board at the annual Inaugural Meeting held Wednesday, December 1, 2010. First term Trustee, Michelle Griepsma was elected as Vice-Chairperson. Dave Bernier from Northumberland County has served as a Trustee since December, 2006. [...]

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“A New Day for Toronto Catholic” says newly elected TCDSB Chair, Ann Andrachuk

Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustees: l.-r. (seated front row) Barbara Poplawski, Angela Kennedy, Ann Andrachuk (Chair), Jo-Ann Davis (Vice-Chair) and Nancy Crawford; (standing back row) Patrizia Bottoni, Frank D'Amico, John Del Grande, Sal Piccininni, Peter Jakovcic, Tobias Enverga, and Maria Rizzo. From the Toronto Catholic DSB: Ann Andrachuk, Trustee for Ward 2, was elected [...]

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Windsor Essex Catholic Trustees Elect Fred Alexander Chair

(l-r) Paul Picard, Interim Director, Mary DiMenna, Vice Chair and Fred Alexander, Chair From the Windsor Essex Catholic DSB: At its annual organizational meeting, trustees with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board elected Windsor Ward 5 & 8 Trustee Fred Alexander as chair of the nine-member Board.  Alexander was first elected to the Board in [...]

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York Catholic Trustees Acclaim Elizabeth Crowe Board Chair

Elizabeth Crowe, Chair, York CDSB From the York CDSB: At last nights Inaugural Board Meeting, trustees of the York Catholic District School Board acclaimed Aurora/King/Whitchurch-Stouffville Trustee, Elizabeth Crowe as Chair of the Board, and also acclaimed (Vaughan Area 1, Ward 1) Trustee, Teresa Ciaravella, for the position as Vice-Chair of the Board for 2011. Crowe [...]

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Simcoe Muskoka CDSB Trustees Elect Clayton Ferguson Chair

          From the Simcoe Muskoka CDSB: Trustees from the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board  are pleased to announce that Clayton Ferguson and Connie Positano were elected as Chair and Vice-Chair (respectively) at the Board’s inaugural meeting on Wednesday, December 1. Chair Clayton Ferguson and Vice-Chair Connie Positano will serve in [...]

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Trustee Laurie Aceti Named Chair of the Huron-Superior CDSB

From the Huron-Superior CDSB: History was made Wednesday night at the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board’s inaugural meeting of the 2010-2011 Board of Trustees. Laurie Aceti becomes the first female to hold the position of Chair in the Board’s 12 year history. “This is a great honour and I am humbled to have received the [...]

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Bruce-Grey CDSB Kids Helping Kids – Habitat for Humanity

From the Bruce-Grey CDSB: “Grey Bruce Kids Helping Kids” is a web driven campaign that challenges 100 kids to pledge to raise $250 by Christmas using the most creative ideas possible. A launch took place on Friday, October 22nd at St. Basil’s School in Owen Sound. Students joined in the fun to launch 350 biodegradable [...]

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Northeastern CDSB: St. Anne’s CES Students – Expressions of Gratitude for Remembrance Day

Students at the Northeastern CDSB's St. Anne’s English Catholic Elementary School recently participated in a Veterans Affairs Canada promotion called "Postcards for Peace." The promotion invited students to create and send postcards expressing their sense of gratitude and appreciation for those who have served and are serving for peace and freedom. Featured in this post [...]

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Trustees Show Support at Ontario Student Trustees’ Assoc. 10th Anniversary Event

Featured in the picture above: York CDSB Chair, Trustee Elizabeth Crowe (3rd from left),  York CDSB Trustee Carol Cotton (2nd from right), and current Student Trustees Olivia Suppa-elected for term 2009-11 (far left) and Andre Rebeiz-elected for term 2010-2012 (2nd from left). Also featured are York Student Trustee Alumni - Clemence Emmanuel - 2007-2009; Athena [...]

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Toronto CDSB Schools United in Prayer and Reflection to Commemorate Remembrance Day

Featured above: Remembrance Day display at St. Joseph's College School From the Toronto CDSB: School communities across the Toronto Catholic District School Board will be united in prayer and solemn reflection while they commemorate Remembrance Day. Two such schools are combining technical savvy with traditional tributes to create a rather unique and meaningful message for [...]

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Catholic Trustees Elect New Leadership & Welcome Minister of Education at 80th AGM

Toronto—May 3, 2010—Almost 200 members of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) gathered last week in Thunder Bay to elect new executive members during the 80th Annual General Meeting of the OCSTA membership. OCSTA is pleased to announce that Nancy Kirby of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario was elected President of [...]

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