The Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) would like to hear from all stakeholders in the YCDSB community about Catholic education in Ontario! “Renewing the Promise” is a dialogue to solicit your input about Catholic education in Ontario and will help guide the work of ICE for the future.
Our YCDSB teachers, staff, parents and students play a very important part of this dialogue process. All are encouraged to participate as key members of our school communities. You are invited to offer your ideas on-line, starting TODAY, through a special Thought Exchange website. Please log in at the link provided to complete the survey no later than May 19, 2017: http://signup.thotex.com/iceont/Pyv
The ideas and comments you submit will provide important input for a gathering of the Catholic community later in the year on the theme of “Renewing the Promise”. When the process is completed, results and analysis will be publically available and form the focus for Catholic Education Week 2018.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Author & Photo Credits: Byron Luk
Last week, the SBA Model United Nations (Model UN) club traveled to the University of Toronto to participate in the SOMA (Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly) conference hosted by University of Toronto Schools. Delegates learned more about International Relations within the wider community and experienced the inner workings of the United Nations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies.
This national conference attracted students from all over Canada and created an opportunity for SBA students to network and connect. Our SBA students were divided into committees that focused on different issues within the global community, such as human rights (UNHCR), national defense, world health, economics (ECOSOC), and social sustainability (UNICEF), to name a few. Representing the countries El Salvador, Israel, Guinea and Denmark, the students did intensive research in order to portray each country’s views accurately. Delegates exercised their ability to problem-solve and work with others who may have different opinions on certain issues of global concern. Special honorable mentions within each committee include: Miguel Soriano- Best Dressed Delegate, Aidan Aird and Sebastian Melano- Funniest Delegate(s). It was a fun experience for the SBA Model UN club and they look forward to doing the conference again next year! Special thanks to Mr. Evans for supervising SBA’s Model UN and Mr. Pivato, as they made this all possible.
Photo Credit: Ms. McParland, Ms. Attenborough
Article by: Ms. McParland
On April 26, 2017 grade 9 students taking Religion this semester embarked on a trip to St. Paul’s Basilica. Students delivered donations to Good Shepard and celebrated Mass (Fr. Had them all come.onto the altar during the celebration of the Eucharist). The Basilica’s history is deeply connected to the Irish immigrants who came and were disliked for being Catholic. They needed a place to celebrate Mass. When St. Paul’s Elementary School was built behind the Basilica in the 1960’s they uncovered many bones of human bodies while excavating. During the Irish Potato Famine, Toronto experienced a mass entry of immigrants, and many died and were buried quickly as to not have sickness spread. Sadly, there are no gravestones memorialize the loss of life.
This was an excellent learning experience for all students. Many thanks to all those who were involved in organizing and supervising this excursion!
Attendance has a direct impact on student achievement. When a student is present at school, he/she increases the potential to maximize achievement. When a student is unable to attend school. clear and open communication between home and school is important in order to support students. The Student Hub highlights all of the attendance procedures that are followed at St. Brother André which cover a variety of scenarios. These procedures have been put in place and are enforced to secure the safety of all students. Failure to comply with these procedures could result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school.
Students and parents are asked to review the attendance procedures and if clarification is needed, kindly contact the school Administration. Please review the following:
YCDSB had an AMAZING showing at the 2017 Skills Qualifying round at Humber College Saturday April 1st. Students competed against those in the 6 surrounding school boards and they made YCDSB proud! The following St. Brother Andre students placed in the top three which allows them to advance to the provincial level.
1st Place – Culinary Art – Jonray Diamante (mentor teacher Radford Cook)
2nd Place – TV/Video – Cameron Gonsalves & Joseph Bigioni (mentor teacher Marlon Moskal)
3rd Place – Small Powered Equipment – David Vecchiarelli (mentor teacher Jason Rehel)
Congratulations to all competitors and their teacher mentors! These students will compete at the May 2nd Provincial Skills Competition.
Our Grade 11 World religion students visited a Jewish Synagogue and a Macedonian Christian Orthodox Church, while the other half of our Grade 11 World religion students visited a Hindu temple and Muslim Mosque in order to have a greater appreciation of our faith driven neighbours in the broader GTA community.
These experiences enrich the course’s curriculum as students meet people outside of their community with similar, yet different world views, and subsequently make connections to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
A tremendous thanks is extended to all teachers who planned and supervised this excursion!
The season of Lent is a time of great introspection and reflection. The ashes we received on Ash Wednesday prompt us to think about the kind of “mark” that we want to leave on the world. Typically, we often think of Lent as a time of sacrifice and while that is true, it is also a time of generosity and looking outward towards the community and looking for ways in which to help those less fortunate.
The St. Brother Andre community will be embarking on three main charitable endeavours:
- During the week of March 27th, all high schools in the York Catholic District school board are combining efforts to collect a variety of items for hygiene kits that will be donated to ShareLife for distribution amongst the homeless of Toronto. Our school has been asked to collect face cloths. We ask that each student contribute 1 or 2 as the school goal is 2000.
- During the week of April 3rd, the Luke 4:18 Council will be leading the way in our school’s support of 5 With D.R.I.V.E., a Markham-based organization, who is looking for support for their food bank and their efforts to end the trafficking of young girls and women. Students are asked to bring in either a Loonie or Toonie, along with a non-perishable food item.
- On May 4th, the school will continue the tradition in supporting the B-Strong Foundation in its efforts and cancer research. Students will receive more information shortly about collecting pledges. The entire school will go on a 5km walk in support of this foundation, in loving memory of Lindsay Bulger (a former student), as well as the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated!