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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  https://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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Catholic Education Celebrated at Queen’s Park

Catholic trustees, MPPs and educators in prayer during a historic celebration of Mass by Cardinal Collins at Queen's Park during the FACE Lobby Day, April 2. On April 2, Trustees representing Catholic school boards across the province joined with bishops from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and teachers from the Ontario English Catholic [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: A Historic Initiative for Ontario Catholic Board Council Province-Wide Mass for Catholic Education Week The first ever “Province-Wide” Mass for Catholic Education Week is being held on May 7, 2014 as part of Ontario’s Catholic Education Week celebrations.  While Mass is always held by school boards during this annual week-long profile for [...]

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The First Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Papacy

Pope Francis. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons "May the church be the place of God's mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. ... To make others feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged, the church must have open doors so that all [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: OCSTA President Presents to Standing Committee on Bill 122 On February 26, OCSTA President, Marino Gazzola, presented to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly regarding bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013. OPSBA presented to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly regarding Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013, [...]

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Come to Niagara Falls for the 2014 AGM & Conference

2014 Annual General Meeting & Conference in Niagara Falls It's that time again...to register for OCSTA’s Annual General Meeting & Conference! This year's conference will be held at the stunning Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagara falls, April 24-26, 2014. If you haven’t registered yet please register online now. **New this year** –  DOWNLOAD the OCSTA Event [...]

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CTV Highlights Anti-Bullying App Developed by CDSB of Eastern Ontario

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has partnered with InTouch Mobile, to develop an anti-bullying and community outreach app.  The board's app was part of a recent in-depth feature on CTV. Created in response to new Safe Schools legislation, the mobile application gives students and parents an avenue to quickly, conveniently and anonymously [...]

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OCSTA is Hiring

OCSTA is currently hiring for the position of Director, Legislative and Political Affairs.  This position reports to the Executive Director and is expected to play a key role in developing and executing policy options for the Board of Directors.  The objectives of this position will be accomplished by utilizing proven analytical abilities gained through experience [...]

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Media Attracted to Catholic School Board Achievement

Photo credit: Stephen Uhler, The Pembroke Observer This past week the Fraser Institute released its annual report which ranks Ontario's elementary schools.  OCSTA and educators across the province agree that it is not useful to rank schools as the test results reflect a small snapshot in time. The focus on these results does, however, invite [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: 2014 Annual General Meeting & Conference in Niagara Falls OCSTA's Annual General Meeting & Conference will take place April 24-26, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagara Falls.  If you haven't registered yet please register online now. **New this year** -  DOWNLOAD the OCSTA Event App. This is our largest [...]

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Video Contest Celebrates Catholic Education

NEWS RELEASE Toronto—January 21, 2014—As part of Ontario’s diverse and vibrant public school system, Catholic schools have a distinctive faith-based approach to education that is rooted in Gospel teachings. Catholic schools celebrate this distinctiveness in many ways throughout the year including the semi-annual Faith in Our Future Short Video Contest for students (hosted on the [...]

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Video Series Profiles the Distinctive Focus of Catholic Education

http://youtu.be/jBj1vfyxcIo Toronto—January 14, 2013—Today the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association launched on social media a short-video series to help Ontarians better understand the Catholic segment of the province’s unique public education system. "When students attend a Catholic school it’s generally understood that students will learn in an environment that focuses on provincial curriculum milestones as [...]

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Trustee Honoured for Long Years of Dedicated Service

Rick Brassard, Board chair, presents Colleen Landers with a memento from her colleagues on the Board for her milestone accomplishment of 25 years of service as Catholic Trustee. Colleen Landers, current OCSTA Director and trustee with the Northeastern Catholic District School Board was recently honoured by her board for 25 years of service as a [...]

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York Catholic Raises over $122K for Relief in the Philippines

Students and school board staff across our system are working tirelessly to respond to the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The school communities within the York Catholic District School Board contributed to raising a total of $122,413.63 to support this humanitarian effort. Funds were raised through a combination of school [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: Labour For several months OCSTA representatives have been meeting with government officials and consultation teams as part of the government’s efforts to create a new labour negotiations framework for the education sector. The result of that effort was the drafting of Bill 122 (Collective Bargaining Act). This legislation recently passed Second Reading [...]

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Association Welcomes Return of Board Control to Trustees

NEWS RELEASE   Toronto—November 28, 2013—“In our education system it is the publicly elected school trustee who represents the interests and aspirations of parents. That is an important and integral role in public education which is why today the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association welcomes the news that the order vesting the supervision of the [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: Register Now for the January Professional Development Seminar OCSTA's annual Catholic Trustees' Professional Development Seminar happens January 17-18 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto (655 Dixon Rd.).  This year's theme is Building Community and features the following program highlights: Keynote Speaker,  Fr. Raymond de Souza, Columnist, National Post and The Catholic Register [...]

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Durham Catholic’s ‘Walk of Faith’

On Friday, November 22, 2013, the Durham Catholic District School Board’s Cross of Faith reached the completion of a 47-day celebration for the end of the Year of Faith as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2012. Over the last few months during this world-wide celebration of Catholic faith, the Cross of Faith was [...]

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A Distinctive Program for Trustees

"Changing economic situations, funding formulas, legislative/political programs and priorities...all impact on the structures, processes, relationships, and function of a school board....Social and cultural upheavals impact on what we mean by "education" and judge to be "good education." Constitutional elements of a pluralistic, democratic society raise issues of rights and questions of freedom that must be [...]

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York Catholic Schools’ Walk of Faith

As part of the 2012 celebration of the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict in 2011, the York Catholic District School Board's secondary and elementary school students participated in a unique local "Walk of Faith." The initiative involved the carrying of 15 large crosses from one school to another.  Each of the crosses were [...]

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All Hallow’s Eve Celebration

The Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Catholic Teachers, Centre, in partnership with 21st Century Learning and the Arts Department, coordinated a special liturgy of prayers, music and reflection to celebrate All Hallow's Eve at the Catholic Education Centre on October 31st. Staff learned about the Christian origins of All Saints Eve. Donations of non-perishable food [...]

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OCSTA Newswire

Inside this Issue: Bill 122 - School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013 On October 22, the Minister of Education introduced Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013.  This new legislation focuses on a formalized bargaining model for Ontario's education sector. Following the 2012 bargaining process, the government committed to introducing legislation that would enshrine [...]

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OCSTA Newswire, October 9, 2013

Inside this Issue: OESC Portal Do you know what OESC is and what this organization does for your school board? The acronym OESC stands for the Ontario Education Services Corporation.  This is a non-profit corporation and it is governed by all four trustee associations in the province and the Council of Directors of Education. The [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – September 3, 2013

Inside this Issue: Full Day Kindergarten Study: Researchers at Queen's and McMaster universities recently released the results of a study conducted to measure the impact of the province's full-day kindergarten program and to help identify effective practices to improve delivery. Key findings from the study: Overall, students in FDK are better prepared to enter Grade [...]

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Durham Catholic DSB’s Embrace of 21st Century Networks Results in Wall Street Journal Feature

PRESS RELEASE as published in the WALL STREET JOURNAL August 14, 2013 Wall Street Journal: Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB), a publicly funded Catholic school board located in Ontario, Canada, is upgrading its wireless [...]

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A Life Changing Experience in the Dominican Republic

By Sheyera Jayatunga, St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Click to enlarge image Being a part of D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dominican Republic Education and Medical Support Program) 2013 was an incredible experience. I remember leaving for the Dominican believing I was building a house for a people in need, but I left knowing [...]

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OCSTA Newswire – July 23, 2013

A publication of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association Promoting and Protecting Catholic Education Inside this Issue: Implementation Cost Estimate (ICE) Working Group Bob Murray, Director, Legislative and Political Affairs The Ministry of Education recently formed the Implementation Cost Estimate (ICE) Working Group which is composed of Ministry staff, and representatives from CODE, COSBO and [...]

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Top Scholars at North America’s Largest Catholic School Board

Emma Buller, from Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke.   The Toronto Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce this year’s top scholars from the 2012/2013 graduating class. The students’ averages are based on their top six subjects: Emma Buller (Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke): Emma earned 100 percent in Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, [...]

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Immaculata Student Receives Award to Support Aboriginal Education

Ottawa Catholic School Board: Wilfred Rivers, an 18 year old graduating from Immaculata High School is the 2013 recipient of the Bill Messenger Memorial Bursary, awarded by the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres to support young urban Aboriginal men wishing to pursue their education after high school. He will be continuing his studies in [...]

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OCSTA Newswire: June 26, 2013

A publication of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association Promoting and Protecting Catholic Education Inside this Issue: Use of Copyright-Protected Works for Education On June 21, the Ministry of Education released Policy/Program Memorandum No. 157 which describes the roles and responsibilities of school boards regarding the educational use of copyright-protected works in compliance with the [...]

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Northwest Catholic Celebrates 15th Anniversary

During this Year of Faith 2013, the Northwest Catholic District School Board celebrates its 15th Anniversary as an amalgamated Catholic School Board.  The Board's history, however, goes back quite a bit further. Catholic schools have a history in northwest Ontario that goes back more than 120 years. To commemorate this Anniversary the Northwest CDSB published [...]

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York Catholic Celebrates Year of Faith

To celebrate the Year of Faith, the York Catholic DSB Religious Education Department held a competition for elementary school students asking them to articulate what ‘living out their Catholic faith means to them.’ Submissions received from students were unique and  inspiring and included posters, videos, songs, and poems. Members from the board’s religious education team [...]

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Journey of Faith Touches Every School at Toronto CDSB [Video]

From the Toronto Catholic District School Board: Students from 15 secondary schools across the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) carried the Witness to Faith Cross across the top of the city from Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (1760 Martin Grove Road) to the Catholic Education Centre (80 Sheppard Avenue East) on Thursday, May [...]

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Catholic Schools in Eastern Ontario Celebrate Catholic Education Week!

Throughout Catholic Education Week, schools in the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario directed a spotlight on the ways in which the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations are being met throughout the system. The week began by highlighting that students and staff are discerning believers formed in the Catholic faith. That message came through [...]

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Sudbury School’s Tribute to Catholic Education Week

At St. Francis Catholic Elementary School, the students and staff have embraced this year's theme "Growing Together in Faith" in a very creative way. To bring the school community together as one, teachers Christina Bedoya and Lise Malette took all of the student photos and designed a "growing tree of life" which included a picture [...]

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OCSTA Newswire, May 16, 2013

2013 AGM: A Faith Renewal Experience for Delegates Signing of the Lord's Prayer: Grade 3 Students - St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School, Durham Catholic DSB. Trustees had an overwhelmingly positive response to this year's OCSTA Annual General Meeting and Conference according recent survey results. "I am still thinking about the personal impact that this [...]

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