Welcome Back to the New School Year!

I am pleased to welcome all of our students, families, faculty, and staff! I hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing and fun-filled summer with friends and family. Our staff have been busy getting our schools and classrooms ready for the new school year, and are looking forward to another exceptional year in Catholic education!

As we begin another school year, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the integral role that our parents, staff, and parishes play in the collective success of our entire school district. Together, we will continue to focus our vision on being a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, while nurturing the call to love and to serve.

To help you get started this year, I am delighted to share with you our 2017–2018 school year calendar – a helpful resource that provides important dates, holidays and breaks throughout the school year. This handy tool also includes relevant information about your child’s school, and our school district at a glance!

I invite you to stay in touch with us throughout the year with any questions you may have about your child’s education. We are always happy to hear from you, and appreciate the feedback that we receive.

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Best wishes to you and your family during this school year. May God continue to bless you and always keep you safe in His care.

Wishing everyone a very safe and restful summer!

Here we are…at the end of another school year! And what a tremendous year it was.

I am so grateful that I was able to attend many school-based events and celebrations this past year, recognizing once again, that great things just keep happening across our school communities! We are so fortunate as a school district, with so much to celebrate and acknowledge. Our students and staff are a reflection of the healthy and vibrant partnerships between all members of our Catholic school community.

Please take a moment to watch the video below, highlighting just a few of the wonderful events and activities that took place across our district this past year.

The end of the 2015-2016 school year marks the completion of a cycle for many in our community. Our Grade 8 students have completed the first phase of their education and will be moving on to high school. Many of our secondary school students will be leaving us to embark on post-secondary pathways. And some of our staff will be retiring and moving on in pursuit of new endeavours. During the month of June, we celebrated over 3,309 years of service to our students. Read how our school district honoured 61 staff members who have served the Board for 25 years and the 83 who are retiring from the Board this year.

To the students and staff in our community who are moving on to another stage along their life journey – I wish you continued success and may God keep you safe in His care.

I hope that this time of year afforded by the break from school schedules will provide an opportunity for our students, our families, and our staff to slow down the pace, and enjoy some quality time with friends and loved ones.

Have a wonderful summer!

4th Annual Roots of Empathy Celebration

On Thursday, May 31, 2016, I had the privilege of attending the Halton Catholic District School Board’s fourth annual Roots of Empathy celebration, in partnership with Roots of Empathy, which recognized 33 volunteer families in our community.

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that significantly raises the social and emotional competence of elementary children, while also increasing their feelings of empathy. Once every month, a parent and their infant will visit a classroom, and will work with a trained instructor who will coach the students to observe the baby’s development and overall feelings.

This year’s celebration included presentations and a slideshow of the programs available, accompanied by many heartwarming messages from students about what they learned in Roots of Empathy.

Thank you to all of our volunteer families, students, and staff who contributed their time and efforts to this program. I invite you to watch the fourth annual Roots of Empathy celebration on our YouTube channel below!

A Truly Remarkable Film, “The Vanier Way”

It was both an honour and a privilege to be invited to the debut of the documenVanier plaque 1tary film, The Vanier Way on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

In the Spring of 2015, 10 students from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton, Ontario were able to meet their school’s namesake, Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and L’Arche community Founder, Jean Vanier in Trosly, France. Jean Vanier founded L’Arche in 1964, an international federation of communities spread over 35 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. Continue reading