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OCSTA Newswire – March 3, 2017

Inside this Issue: Message for Lent From Pope Francis' Message for Lent, 2017 Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – January 27, 2017

Inside this Issue: OCSTA President Patrick Daly on TVO's The Agenda  On January 16, 2017, OCSTA President Patrick Daly appeared with other education sector representatives on a panel convened by TV Ontario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss the topic of school closures. The panel examined the pressures, issues and demographic changes that are having [...]

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Peterborough VNC CDSB Hosts Event for Local Bishop and MPPs to Discuss Catholic Education

From left: Durham MPP Granville Anderson, Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi, Student Trustee Zachary Smith, Director of Education Michael Nasello, Board Chairperson Michelle Griepsma, Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal and Bishop William McGrattan. Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (PVNCCDSB) was blessed to host Bishop William McGrattan and three area MPPs – Jeff [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – December 20, 2016

Inside this Issue: President's Message For a child has been born for us; a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah)  As we celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ we give thanks to God for the gift [...]

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Together in Faith

OCSTA is pleased to have launched our "Together in Faith" campaign to celebrate Ontario's publicly funded Catholic education system. The goal of this campaign is to build a vibrant online community of supporters of Catholic education, and share the stories of the exceptional students, teachers, and other members of our faith community who are demonstrating [...]

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Memorial Garden for Jenna Gazzola

Jenna Gazzola A beautiful memorial garden was created this fall at the St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre in Hamilton for Jenna Gazzola a teacher at the school and the daughter of OCSTA Past President, Marino Gazzola. We ask you to keep Marino, his wife Laurie and their family in your prayers this Advent [...]

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Together in Faith Campaign

On Monday, November 30, OCSTA sent an email out to all Catholic trustees and friends of publicly funded Catholic education to share information about a new online campaign to promote Catholic education in Ontario. Called Together in Faith, our goal is to build a vibrant online community of supporters of Catholic education, and share the [...]

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Toronto Catholic Celebrates the Parish-School Connection

TCDSB recognizes the intrinsic partnership among family, parish and school that forms the solid foundation on which Catholic education has been built. During the Board’s Year of the Parish, the second year of its three-year pastoral plan, the TCDSB community is focusing on ways to strengthen our family of faith connections. The Archdiocese of Toronto [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – November 24, 2016

Inside this Issue: Upcoming Event 2017 Catholic Trustees' Seminar - January 13-14 Location: Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale Hotel, 6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga Keynote Presenter: Professor Randy Boyagoda, NY Times Bestselling Author and Principal, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto Trustee Regional Meetings for West, Central, North East, North West and East Regions Ministry of [...]

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Remembering Former President, Bernard Murray

A Message from OCSTA President, Patrick Daly: It is with great sadness that we inform the membership of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Bernard Murray. A true Catholic Christian gentleman in every way, Bernard contributed passionately to Catholic education both provincially and nationally during his 30 years as a Catholic School Board [...]

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St. Joseph’s College School Exhibit Celebrated as one of the Best Nuit Blanche Exhibits in Toronto

"Residential School Memorial" created by the students of St. Joseph's College School (TCDSB). Photo credit: OCSTA President, Patrick Daly. Once again the Toronto Catholic District School Board's St. Joseph's College School was well received at the internationally acclaimed  all-night art event called Nuit Blanche. The leading Toronto website "BlogTO" selected the TCDSB school's submission as [...]

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Shared Experiences a Common Theme at Regional Meetings

Gathered at the beautiful artificial field and sports complex at Nipissing Parry Sound CDSB's St. Jospeh-Scollard Hall Catholic High School are the following OCSTA North East Regional Meeting delegates: Front row right to left Rick Brassard Chair NCDSB, Jacques Bégin Vice-Chair (NPSC) Colleen Landers Region 1 Director NCDSB, Pat Daly, Presidnet OCSTA, George Whittet (NPSC), [...]

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Minister Hunter Visits St. Luke in Hamilton

Minister of Education, the Hon. Mitzie Hunter visited St. Luke Catholic Elementary School in Hamilton on September 16 for a close-up look at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning in action. Joining grade 8 students in an activity on multiple intelligence, the Minister used her cell phone to text her answer to a class [...]

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York CDSB Opens 1st GTA CES Named for Pope Francis

The York Catholic District School Board recently celebrated the opening of the board's newest Catholic elementary school which is named in honour of Pope Francis. The 65,015 square ft. Pope Francis CES in Kleinburg will serve approximately 250 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Pope Francis CES is the first English-language school to open in [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – August 30, 2016

Inside this Issue: Upcoming Events Fall Regional Meetings CENTRAL - September 20, Dufferin-Peel CDSB, Mississauga NORTH WEST - September 24, Da Vinci Centre, Thunder Bay EAST - September 28, Peterborough VN&C CDSB, Peterborough NORTH EAST - October 1, Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB, North Bay WEST - October 5, Windsor-Essex CDSB, Windsor President's Message Dear Catholic trustees: [...]

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Truth, Reconciliation and Hope

The Next Generation Panel: (l.-r.) Luke Bannon, SMC student union representative; Trevor Roundpoint, Mohawk of Akwesasne, Cornwall; Karolina Jonsson, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre; Mathew Hendzel, SJ Jesuit Doctoral Student, SMC. Photo credit: University of St. Michael's College.   On June 22, the Jesuit community in partnership with the University of St. Michael's College [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – June 17, 2016

Inside this Issue: Legislative Update The Legislature is now on summer recess.  MPPs will return to the Legislative Assembly on September 12. On June 13, the Premier announced the new members of the provincial cabinet, including the new Minister of Education, MPP Mitzie Hunter. Former Minister of Education, MPP Liz Sandals becomes President of the [...]

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Graduate Authors Book about Overcoming Mental Health Struggles

Brandee with Vice-Principal Andrew Boon (l.) and Principal Glenn Gifford (r). From the Niagara CDSB: Brandee Videcak, a student in Lakeshore Catholic High School’s Class of 2016, knows what it means to struggle. She has had issues with depression, anxiety and bullying, and, two years ago, considered taking her own life. As she told the Welland [...]

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Living the Words of Saint Teresa

From the London DCSB: Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School opened in September 2000 with Grade 9 students located at the Charles Street site, until the beautiful new building on Sunningdale Road East in North London was opened on September 3, 2002.  The school is first and foremost a Catholic high school and to that effect [...]

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TCDSB Soccer Team Connects to Attawapiskat Students

By Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustee, Barbara Poplawski The cry for help in recent news stories from young people in Attawapiskat ignited a strong desire in the Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton (BMTM) CHS soccer team to reach out and really make a difference in the lives of the Attawapiskat youth.  Under the leadership of their [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – May 19, 2016

Inside this Issue: Legislative Update Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act seeks to reform Ontario's civic elections and proposes changes that would introduce ranked-ballots to the voting system and affect other changes in areas of election administration, campaign finance and enforcement, electronic voting, and the election calendar. [...]

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Toronto Catholic Family Film Festival

The city of Toronto may be known internationally for its world famous TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), but there's another film festival in Toronto generating a lot of buzz. The Toronto Catholic Family Film Festival (TCFF) is a new film festival launched by the Toronto Catholic District School Board as an initiative celebrating the Year [...]

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How Ottawa Catholic Became a National Innovation Leader

The Ottawa Catholic School Board became a model case study for the Canadian Education Association's examination into what makes a school system an innovation leader. OCSB was ultimately selected among 35 school districts to participate in CEA's program and received a $10,000 contribution courtesy of State Farm Canada to support their ongoing innovation. Please see [...]

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Kenora Catholic’s Entrepreneurial Adventure #CEW

On May 4th, during Catholic Education Week, the Kenora Catholic District School Board hosted an Entrepreneurial Adventure Showcase and BMO National Innovation Awards celebration.  The community was invited to meet Kenora’s youngest entrepreneurs and innovators of the future. Over 150 students in grades 1 – 6 from St. Louis School, Pope John Paul II School [...]

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Blessing of New Outdoor Classroom – York CDSB

  During Catholic Education Week, On Thursday, May 5, 2016, St. Justin, Martyr CES in Unionville held the official opening and blessing of its new outdoor learning area. Many special guests attended the May 5th event that was organized by the school’s Environment Club. There was a wonderful para-liturgical celebration complete with songs by the [...]

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Celebrating Catholic Education Week in 140 Characters of Less

On April 25, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board launched a two-week social media campaign called #MyCatholicEducation to commemorate Catholic Education Week – May 1-6. Students, staff, parents and alumni, were asked to reflect on “What does Catholic education mean to you?” or “How has your Catholic education helped to shape the person you are [...]

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Grade 3 Students Describe Catholic Education

Last week the province celebrated Catholic Education Week and it is our hope that trustees, students and staff experienced a wonderful sense and appreciation for our strong and vital publicly funded Catholic schools in Ontario. Today's post examines how some of our youngest students expressed that appreciation. Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Elementary School in [...]

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Celebrating Catholic School’s Cultural Mosaic

Cultural awareness was at the forefront at St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough Wednesday, May 4, as the school hosted a cultural symposium as part of Catholic Education Week. Entitled ‘Celebrating our Canadian Mosaic,' the goal of the day was to deepen awareness about the cultural diversity in our communities and to promote the [...]

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Celebrating Distinguished Catholic School Alumni

From left are: Rob Robbins, Lydia Tomek, Joseph Pillitteri, Father James Mulligan, Hector Pothier, Dr. Jennifer Frendo and Dr. Christina Le Rose. Niagara Catholic wrapped up an incredibly busy Catholic Education Week by celebrating nine of most notable graduates during the board's Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration at the Catholic Education Centre. This year’s recipients ranged [...]

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Getting Loud About Mental Health

On May 2, Staff and students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Kapuskasing (Northeastern Catholic District School Board) did their part to "get loud" about mental health and as part of their efforts to eliminate the stigma of mental illness while also learning about the variety of aspects that make up wellness. Students and staff [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – May 4, 2016

Inside this Issue: Message from OCSTA President, Patrick Daly My fellow Catholic Trustees, A few days ago, as we gathered in the beautiful Blue Mountain region of Ontario, the OCSTA membership selected their executive leadership for the 2016-18 term. As your newly elected President, I want you know that I am deeply appreciative of the [...]

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Patrick J. Daly Elected President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association

TORONTO, May 2, 2016—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) is pleased to announce that Patrick J. Daly, Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB, has been elected President of OCSTA at the Association’s 86th Annual General Meeting held on April 29, 2016. Mr. Daly  has extensive experience as a provincial education leader having served as a [...]

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Theme of Mercy Launches Catholic Education Week in Ontario

TORONTO-May 2, 2016— Catholic Education Week happens May 1-6, 2016 at Ontario's Catholic schools, their parishes and surrounding communities. This year's theme for Catholic Education Week takes its inspiration from the "Year of Mercy" that was announced by Pope Francis as "a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy." During the week, Catholic schools in Ontario [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – March 30, 2016

Inside this Issue: Catholic Education Day at Queen's Park (l.-r.) Chris Crowley, OECTA; His Excellency, Bishop Gerard Bergie, Diocese of St. Catharines; OCSTA Director and Bruce-Grey CDSB Chair, Beverley Eckensweiler and MPP Bill Walker - Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. For the first time in recent memory, MPPs in the Ontario legislature gave a standing ovation for the [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – March 2, 2016

Inside this Issue: OCSTA Recognizes Bruce-Grey Trustee Norman Bethune OCSTA is pleased to announce that the annual 2016 Trustee Award of Merit will be presented to Bruce-Grey CDSB Vice-chair, Trustee Norm Bethune, at the Association's Annual General Meeting and Conference this April. This award recognizes a trustee who has strong Catholic leadership qualities and who [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – January 20, 2016

Inside this Issue: Catholic Trustees' Seminar Highlights On January 15th, more than 200 Catholic trustees and directors of education from across the province gathered at the Hilton Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga to discuss issues and opportunities in Catholic education and to worship together as a community of Catholic leaders. Speaking Together With One Voice The [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – December 15, 2015

Inside this Issue: President's Christmas Message As we approach this magical season of Christmas, I pray that your hearts and your homes are ready to celebrate the greatest gift imaginable. How blessed are we that in the hustle and the bustle of Christmas, we can take our time and travel with genuine understanding of the [...]

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York CDSB Alumnus Creates Marian Doors for Cathedral

Image from the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Renaissance era was known for the period of time when great artists, inspired by their faith, created timeless works of art like the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel created by  Michaelangelo. It now looks like an alumnus of the York Catholic DSB may be a [...]

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St. Joan of Arc Secondary 24-Hours of Hope

By Sharon Goodland, Principal St. Joan of Arc Secondary School, Dufferin-Peel CDSB Advent Season is rich in symbol and provides us time to prepare our hearts for Christmas with joy, peace, love and hope.  In our complex world, hope is something we not only are called to live but to give. Every Advent Season, over [...]

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Ontario Students Create Unique YouTube Videos about Gospel Values

The Toronto Catholic DSB's Senator O'Connor College School's submission focused on charity and compassion for those in need in downtown Toronto. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—December 9, 2015—Acts of kindness and compassion in Ontario’s schools and communities is the focus of a short-video award program announced today by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA). Ontario’s [...]

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View the 21 Provincial Short Video Finalists

OCSTA received an outstanding array of short videos from students at Catholic schools across Ontario who participated in the 2015 "Living the Gospel" short video competition. We would like to thank all 89 participants for their hard work and creativity. At this time, we are pleased to highlight the 21 finalists for this competition.  We [...]

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Prayers for the Victims of the Paris Terror Attacks

As people everywhere direct their prayers and thoughts to the victims of the November 13th tragic terror attacks in Paris, the Niagara Catholic DSB shared with their school community the prayer offered by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris which we share here for all Catholic school communities: In the name of the Father, [...]

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PVNC Social Media Case Study for CDSBs

A social media case study for Catholic District School Boards - by Galen Eagle, Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland, and Clarington CDSB: Beginning last spring, PVNC CDSB began a push to increase Twitter engagement in our family of schools. We did so with a strong focus on our strategic vision, introducing the hashtags: #PVNClearns  #PVNCleads  #PVNCserves  When [...]

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Niagara Catholic CDSB Message to Members

The Niagara Catholic family is mourning the unexpected loss of the Board's Chaplaincy Leader, Debra McCaffery, who passed away on Friday, November 6. The Board asks for all our prayers and that the following message be shared: "Debra  was surrounded by her three children, family, close friends and had the prayers of the Niagara Catholic [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – November 5, 2015

Inside this Issue: Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy By Brian O'Sullivan, OCSTA Director of Catholic Education Pope Francis has declared 2016 a “Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy” as a way for the Catholic Church to “make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy.” It will begin December 8, 2015 and last until [...]

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Cardinal Collins Encourages Catholic Schools and Families to Support Effort to Resettle Refugees

Project Hope News Conference (Archdiocese of Toronto photo). In response to the humanitarian crisis that has displaced thousands of families in war torn regions of the Middle East, Cardinal Thomas Collins, on behalf of the Catholic community in Toronto, has launched a special emergency appeal to resettle displaced families in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Called [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – September 8, 2015

Inside this Issue: Greetings from OCSTA's New Executive Director As OCSTA's new Executive Director, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and best wishes to all of the Association's members as we begin the new school year. Having just retired from the role of Superintendent of Human Resources at the Dufferin-Peel CDSB, I [...]

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A Message from Catholic School Parents

Parents and CDSB representatives attend OAPCEs 76th AGM in Renfrew, May 30, 2015. OCSTA's president, Kathy Burtnik, recently received the following letter of greetings from the president of the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) that  we are pleased to share with OCSTA members: Dear Kathy, On behalf of the Board of Directors [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – August 25, 2015

Inside this Issue: Community Hubs On August 10th, the Premier's Special Advisor on Community Hubs, Karen Pitre,  issued the report Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan -  read the report. This document was prepared after months of consultation and discussion with stakeholders in various sectors. OCSTA's president, Kathy Burtnik met with Ms. [...]

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Catholic School Trustees’ Group Remains Committed to Discussions

Toronto—July 24, 2015—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) appreciates the opportunity provided today to dialogue with the premier, the minister of education, Ontario’s trustee associations and our teacher affiliates, on the collective bargaining process. This morning’s discussions reaffirmed OCSTA’s view that negotiations must resume in order to continue focusing on achieving acceptable agreements, prior [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – July 8, 2015

Inside this Issue: Regional Meetings Start in September Beginning in September OCSTA will deliver the annual round of Fall Regional Meetings at five different locations across the province. The schedule and location of each meeting was included in a memo that was sent to all trustees and directors of education in June.  For your reference [...]

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OCSTA Appoints New Executive Director

  Nick Milanetti Toronto—June 9, 2015 – The Board of Directors for the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Milanetti as the Association’s Executive Director, effective August 1, 2015. Mr. Milanetti is an accomplished Catholic educator with more than 30 years’ experience at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District [...]

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Niagara Catholic High School Receives Premier’s Award

Joining student representatives in the photo are (from left) Family of Schools Superintendent of Education Yolanda Baldasaro, Niagara-West Glanbrook MPP Tim Hudak and Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley. The Niagara Catholic DSB is pleased to celebrate with the province the selection of  Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School as a recipient of the Premier’s recently announced 2014 [...]

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York Catholic School Performs at National MusicFest Event

Each year MusicFest Canada produces an event called "The Nationals" which brings together thousands of students and educators from across the country for a one-week celebration of excellence in music performance. For this year's 43rd MusicFest celebration held May 11 - 15 at the University of Toronto, the York Catholic DSB was honoured to have [...]

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New Religious Education Program for Catholic Schools

The Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories completed development of the newest religious education curriculum for Catholic schools in 2012.  Steps were then taken to secure a publisher to produce and publish a program for Catholic schools. The publisher selected was Pearson Canada and the program that has been created for [...]

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Peterborough Catholic Re-launches “Samaritans on the Digital Road”

Bishop McGrattan celebrates Province-Wide Mass as part of Catholic Education Week, 2015 at PVNC CDSB. The theme for the 49th World Communications Day happening on Sunday, May 17th  is Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love. In recognition of this day, the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) CDSB [...]

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Toronto CDSB Focuses on Program to Increase Awareness of FNMI Culture

TORONTO - The Toronto Catholic District School Board is piloting a program to help students of First Nation, Métis or Inuit background feel safe in self-identifying with their Aboriginal heritage while developing an awareness of their culture among all students. The program fosters positive role-models and helps to dispel stereotypes and had its genesis with [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – May 11, 2015

Inside this Issue: Catholic Education Week Last week Ontario's 29 Catholic District School Boards celebrated Catholic Education Week.  This year's theme, Exploring Paths of Joy, was celebrated in classrooms and school communities using resources developed by the teachers and staff on the Catholic Education Week Committee and they include: Elementary Resource Writing Team 2015 Jan [...]

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Celebrating the Launch of Catholic Education Week and Student Youth Day

NEWS RELEASE Toronto—April 30, 2015—Catholic Education Week in Ontario happens next week, from May 3-8,  but this year students have added a new component to the event—the first ever Ontario Catholic Student Youth day (#OCSYD) happening on May 7, 2015. Premier of Ontario, The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, celebrities Rick Mercer and Catholic school alumnus, Enrico [...]

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OAPCE-Toronto Celebrates Catholic Education Week

Members of the Toronto Chapter of Ontario Association for Parents in Catholic Education invite the community to participate in a celebration of Catholic Education Week with His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at St. Conrad Catholic Elementary School (5 Exbury Rd., Toronto). Registration for this celebration begins at 6:30 [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – April 21, 2015

Inside this Issue: Catholic Education Week - Activities, Videos, Mass Catholic Education Week begins on May 3 and this year there are once again original and engaging activities for students and school communities.   The Annual Province-wide Mass and Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day **The following message was sent several weeks ago to all CDSBs [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – April 1, 2015

Inside this Issue: Photo courtesy of the Niagara Catholic District School Board. 2015-16 Grants for Student Needs Wally Easton, Policy Advisor - Finance On March 26, 2015 Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, announced the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) program for the coming fiscal year. While there have been several amendments to the grants for 2015-16 below [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – March 12, 2015

Inside this Issue: (l.-r.) James Ryan, Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association President, Bishop John Boissonneau, Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, and Kathy Burtnik, Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association President.     FACE Lobby Day The joint initiative between OCSTA, OECTA and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) [...]

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Ontario Students Create Unique YouTube Videos About Life and Hope

Faith in Our Future - Advent Video Contest FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto—January 21, 2015—Students in grades 4 to 12 at Ontario’s Catholic schools recently created unique 2-minute videos about life, hope, love and acceptance as part of a video contest sponsored by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA). Today the Association announced first, second [...]

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Voices That Challenge – Catholic Student Leadership

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the board's annual conference for Catholic student leaders. Entitled "Voices that Challenge" this year's conference will be hosted by Student Trustees Hannah McGroarty and Christopher MacDonald, and will take place on March 10th at St. Michael’s College School, 1515 Bathurst Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – February 20, 2015

Inside this Issue:   Legislative Update OCSTA is monitoring several provincial bills, including: Bill 10, Child Care Modernization Act, 2014 - the Act received royal assent last December and replaces the decades-old Day Nurseries Act. The Act gives the government increased oversight of the sector and amends the Education Act to ensure school boards offer [...]

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OCSTA Celebrates Student Videos about Advent

OCSTA President, Kathy Burtnik presents one of two awards to the Dufferin-Peel CDSB in recognition of students at St. Edmund Campion who took first and third place prizes for the 2014 Advent Short Video Contest.   Last fall, students in grades 4 to 12 at Ontario’s Catholic schools took the time to create unique 2-minute [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – January 29, 2015

Inside this Issue: Register for OCSTA's 85th AGM and Conference Where: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre - 801 Dixon Rd., Toronto When: April 30 - May 2, 2015 "Inspired by the Past; Focused on the Future" This year OCSTA will be celebrating 85 years of service to Ontario's Catholic District School Boards at the Association's [...]

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OCSTA Newswire, December 17, 2014

Inside this Issue: Your Local MPPs During this period of time when our schools are celebrating the season, Catholic school boards are encouraged to invite local MPPs to visit schools to observe the many  Christmas events that are occurring at this time. Please note that MPPs will be on winter recess until after Family Day [...]

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OCSTA Newswire, December 4, 2014

Inside this Issue: Upcoming Events - January 15-17, 2015: Ministry of Education Trustee Orientation Seminar When: January 15, 2015 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre Featured speakers include: The Hon. Liz Sandals, Minister of Education Dr. Jean Clinton, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Member of Accepting Schools Expert Panel and Education Advisor to [...]

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OCSTA Director, Patrick Daly Honoured by Pope Francis

OCSTA is pleased to announce that OCSTA director and former Association president, Patrick J. Daly, Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB, has been honoured by His Holiness, Pope Francis. Trustee Daly has been specially selected to receive The Honour of Knight of St. Gregory the Great for his distinguished services to the Church. "Although humbled by [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – November 11, 2014

Inside this Issue: Upcoming Events: Ministry of Education Trustee Orientation Seminar When: January 15, 2015 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre Catholic Trustees' Professional Development Seminar When: January 16 & 17, 2015 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre Featured speakers: The Honourable Peter D. Lauwers, Jude, Court of Appeal for Ontario [...]

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‘Homeless Jesus’ Statue Miniatures Raise Awareness for World Homeless Day

EXTERNAL PRESS RELEASE TORONTO--October 7, 2014--In observance of World Homeless Day, October 10th, the world-renowned Canadian sculptor, Tim Schmalz, is making available miniatures of his controversial “Homeless Jesus” statue to religious education classrooms around the globe. The work of art has generated vastly different reactions, from the woman in North Carolina who called the police [...]

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All Candidates Meeting Guide

The school trustee election website and resources coordinated and managed by all four of Ontario's trustee associations is succeeding at helping to raise awareness about the important role of school trustees in Ontario's education system. One of the resources created to support this effort is the All Candidates Meeting Guide.  This guide is designed to [...]

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Cutting Edge for Toronto Catholic Classes

From the TCDSB: Students in 12 secondary schools within the Toronto Catholic District School Board are using brand new table saws, delivered and installed just in time for the start of the school year. TCDSB students enrolled in the Construction/Design Technology programs will benefit from the installation of 16 of these top-of-the-line table saws (SawStop [...]

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Faith in Our Future Short Video Contest

Many students and staff are making plans to participate in the 4th Faith in Our Future Short Video Contest. This year's fall contest is focused on the theme: "Experiencing Advent in Catholic Schools." This province-wide initiative is a great way to raise awareness about the ways in which we observe Advent in our schools, families [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – September 11, 2014

Inside this Issue: Ontario's First Online School Board Elections Resource The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association along with L'Association des conseils scolaires des ecoles publiques de l'Ontario and L'Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques - have come together to create a unique new online resource to raise the [...]

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Minister Sandals Highlights High Skills Program at Halton Catholic

Minister of Education, Liz Sandals with Halton Catholic students. On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) welcomed Education Minister, Liz Sandals to Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Burlington. The event served as an opportunity for students and staff to showcase the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program available at [...]

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100 Years…A Cause to Celebrate

A crowd gathers after Mass for the blessing of the Catholic Education Centre cornerstone. ...from a convent and high school ...to a kindergarten classroom ...to a Catholic Education Centre From the Huron-Perth CDSB: On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board in Dublin celebrated its 100 year anniversary of the building. The [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – June 24, 2014

Inside this Issue: Political Update By Danielle Takacs, Director Legislative and Political Affairs New Cabinet Premier Wynne announced her new cabinet today - see list below: Liz Sandals – Education Dr. Eric Hoskins – Health Ted McMeekin – Municipal Affairs and Housing Helena Jaczek – Community and Social Services Dipika Damerla – Long-term Care Associate [...]

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Admin Staff Sign-up

The form below has been created specifically for administrative staff at Ontario's Catholic District School Boards.  To receive information regarding OCSTA business, event registration for trustees, etc., we encourage all administrative staff to confirm permission for OCSTA to send information to you and this can be done by completing the form below (an email will [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – May 29, 2014

Inside this Issue: Provincial Election Update With the provincial election happening in a few short weeks (June 12) candidates are presenting their party platforms in schools and other community locations across Ontario. To ensure the issues that are important to Catholic school boards are addressed by candidates, OCSTA sent to board leaders a suggested strategy [...]

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Catholic Education Week ’14 – Highlights from Ottawa & Toronto

Ottawa St. Patrick CHS Altar - for the Province-wide Mass, Ottawa CSB. As Catholic school boards prepare to wrap up Catholic Education Week today, it's good to remember that all the liturgical events and activities launched by your school communities to celebrate Catholic Education Week, have created wonderful spiritual experiences for students and families across [...]

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Thank You for Subscribing

Thank you for subscribing to the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association's website created for Catholic school board leaders and supporters of Ontario's publicly funded Catholic Schools. We invite you to explore our website at  http://www.ocsta.on.ca or our campaign portal at: http://www.faithinourfuture.ca.   The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association

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Catholic Education Week Blessings and Activities Across Ontario

Catholic Education Week is an annual celebration of Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools.  Almost 600,000 students are educated in approximately 1500 Catholic schools by 45,000 members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association.  This year Catholic Education Week takes on particular significance because the Holy Father, Pope Francis has recognized Ontario's celebration of Catholic schools [...]

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Make Your MPP Aware with the Faith in Our Future Campaign

Catholic trustees, the men and women you have elected to represent your interests in the governance, promotion and protection of Ontario’s Catholic schools, have created a special awareness campaign that focuses on the heart of our system – Catholic school students and graduates! This initiative is called the Faith in our Future Campaign and it [...]

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Ontario’s Catholic School Trustees Elect Niagara area Chairperson to Leadership Role

NEWS RELEASE Toronto—April 28, 2014—Over 200 members of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) gathered last week in Niagara Falls to acknowledge and honour the publicly elected men and women who dedicate their time and effort to addressing the needs of students and families in Catholic schools. Kathy Burtnik, chairperson for the Niagara Catholic [...]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Pope Francis Reaches out to Ontario Students

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS Pope Francis. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons TORONTO, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario now has a unique connection to Pope Francis. Two Ontario students are in receipt of a letter from the Vatican containing the Pope’s personal response to a special request made by Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board Student, Madeline Ellepola [...]

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Catholic Education Group Appoints new Director for Legislative Affairs

NEWS RELEASE Toronto—April 4, 2014— Toronto – The Board of Directors for the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Takacs as Director, Legislative and Political Affairs effective April 14, 2014. “The OCSTA hiring committee was very impressed with Ms. Takacs breadth of experience in the legislative and [...]

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OCSTA Supports Ontario Healthy Schools Conference

Over 400 students, including 114 students from Ontario, attended the 2014 Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition's National Healthy Schools Conference in London, April 9-10, 2014. "We are pleased that OCSTA has supported this event. The support of our sponsors is being used to offset the cost for local students from London District Catholic School Board and [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014 is now law On April 8, the Ontario government passed Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014. This new law focuses on a formalized bargaining model for Ontario’s education sector.  As you know, following the 2012 bargaining process the government committed to introducing [...]

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Servant Leadership and Juno Awards Among Current Highlights at Niagara Catholic

Students Presented with Spirit of Enterprise Award Niagara Catholic is proud to announce that three students were recognized with the Gene Luczkiw Spirit of Enterprise Award during the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in March. Congratulations to Rachel Lauder, a student at Notre Dame College School in Welland, Rachel Malevich, a student at Blessed [...]

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