Shrek: The Musical
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School proudly presents Shrek The Musical this November. Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is the heartwarming fairytale featuring a crusty but loveable ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Together with a wise-cracking donkey, a feisty princess, a vertically-challenged villain and a gang of storybook misfits, this unlikely hero discovers that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales.
Show dates are November 26th to November 29th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with a special matinee performance on Saturday, November 29th at 1:30pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students/children and will go on sale at lunch in the front foyer November 12th. Purchase your tickets early so you won’t be disappointed! You won’t want to miss out on the exciting Kingston premiere of Shrek The Musical!
Winter Term Dual Credit Courses
A student enrolled in the Dual Credit Program spends some of their academic time at St. Lawrence College taking a college or apprenticeship course and the rest of their academic time at Holy Cross taking regular high school courses and/or Coop courses.
Advantages of Dual Credit Courses
- You earn credits at both college and high school by taking a single college course. Successfully completing a Dual Credit college course enables a student to earn both a high school credit and a college credit at the same time. Successfully completing a Dual Credit Apprenticeship Program enables the student to earn two high school credits and the Level 1 Apprenticeship at the same time.
- You can take a post-secondary course in an area you are interested in before applying to it after high school.
- You have a chance to experience the post-secondary environment while still in high school which will ease the transition in the future.
- You can earn credits towards an apprenticeship or college program before leaving high school.
- It is entirely free - all costs including tuition, transportation and books are covered.
Congregated Dual Credit Courses
- Holy Cross students take a St. Lawrence College course in a class with only high school students. The class schedule follows the secondary school semester schedule starting in February and ending in May or June.
- The Addictions Congregated Dual Credit Course is a general elective in many programs, including Behavioural Science Technology and Social Service Worker. See an overview of this course.
- The General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Congregated Dual Credit Course will give students the chance to take two courses that are offered in the General Carpentry Level 1 Apprenticeship program - Safety in Construction and Basic Plans/Blueprint Reading. This program runs one day a week for 4.5 hours per day from February to May. See an overview of this course.
- Laboratory Techniques is a laboratory-lecture integrated course will demonstrate and emphasize proper and safe techniques when using a variety of laboratory equipment. It is geared towards students who want to pursue studies in the Health Sciences and especially the Medical Laboratory Science area. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic laboratory techniques in preparation for the Assistant and Technician college programs. This program runs one day per week, for 4 hours per day from February to June. See an overview of this course.
- The scheduled time of each course is will be available in December, 2014.
Integrated Dual Credit Courses
- Holy Cross students take a regularly scheduled St. Lawrence College course along with St. Lawrence students. The class schedule follows the college semester schedule (January to April).
- There are a wide variety of courses available including:
- Introductory Accounting
- Market Behaviour
- Introductory Marketing
- Police Foundations
- Aboriginal Peoples and Diversity
- Office Administration
- Effective Business Communication
- Office Procedures
- Make - Up
- Body Treatments
- Social Sciences
- Media and the Arts
- Introduction to Nutrition
- Violence Against Girls and Women
- Computer Science
- Introduction to Databases
- Introduction to Networking
- Web Page Design
- Programming Using C++
- Culinary Arts
- Baking Techniques
- Cuisine and Culture
- Kitchen Management
- Nutrition and Kitchen Safety
- See the complete description of each of Integrated Dual Credit Courses listed above.
- See an overview of Dual Credit Courses. This provides information on such things as student expectations, evaluation, transportation and support provided for students.
- Note that the scheduled time of each course will not be available until December, 2014.
OYAP Integrated Level 1 Apprenticeship Programs
- Students earn two high school credits and the Level 1 Apprenticeship by successfully completing the St. Lawrence or Loyalist College course and a related Co-op placement.
- Students must be interviewed by the OYAP Coordinator as well as one of the Holy Cross Co-op teachers. These interviews will take place on request. Students must ensure they are committed to completing all program requirements before agreeing to participate in these program.
- The Brick and Stone Mason Level 1 Apprenticeship Program will be offered at St. Lawrence College every day for a 10 week period starting in late February. See an overview of this program.
Application Timeline for Winter Dual Credit Courses
- If you have applied for a Winter Dual Credit course on the 2014-15 course selection form you completed in May 2014, Mr. Murphy will meet with you one morning during the next two weeks to discuss your application. You need to complete the application form by November 4th with parent signatures (if applicable) to officially apply for the St. Lawrence. Here is a copy of this application form. Students will be notified of their acceptance to a Dual Credit Program by Mr. Murphy once confirmation is communicated by the College.
- If you have not applied for a Winter Dual Credit course but are interested in taking one, you must make an appointment as soon as possible with your Guidance Councellor to see if you can fit the Dual Credit course into your current schedule. If it is possible, your guidance councellor will contact Mr. Murphy who will then meet with you to complete the application.
Want More Information?
- Talk to Mr. Murphy, the HC Dual Credit Teacher during any lunch or afternoon period in Room 217.
- Arrange an appointment with counselor to determine your course interest.
- Visit the Dual Credit Program websites at:
www.passpathways.on.ca (General site describing the Dual Credit Program)
dualcredit.squarespace.com/slc-kingston-welcome (Dual Credit Program site for St. Lawrence - Kingston Campus)
Golf Team Results
|HC Competitive Golf Team (2014): left to right (back row): Tyler Ignazzitto, Noah Steele, Ben Ottenhof, Carter Kelly, Mack Hancock, Connor Lyon (front row): Diana McDonald, Kiley Rodrigues, Emily Calder (absent: Cassidy Hollywood).|
The Holy Cross Boys’ Golf Team “three-peated” as Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) Golf Champions by finishing in first place after an 18-hole round at the Prescott Golf Club on Thursday, October 2nd. It was a "nail-biter", as they battled it out against several strong teams, including Frontenac Secondary from Kingston. Two of our boys, Mack Hancock and Noah Steele, tied for 3rd in the individual standings. Their low scores of 73 along with an 82 by Connor Lyon and an 84 by Carter Kelly helped the team edge out Frontenac for the team title by 1-stroke.
The boys advanced to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Golf Championship hosted by the Stratford Golf Club in Stratford, Ontario on October 15th and 16th. They finished in with a two round total of 454 which tied them with four other teams for the 3rd best team score. Unfortunately, they lost out on the tie-breaker and finished in 4th place, just narrowly missing repeating as Bronze Medalists.
In the EOSSAA Girls’ Final, Diana McDonald from Holy Cross and a competitor from Regiopolis Notre-Dame tied with a low score of 76. In a sudden death 1-hole tie-breaker, Diana came out the winner and was crowned the top female golfer of the day. Kiley Rodrigues with a score of 86 also finished in the top five. Both girls advanced to the Girls OFSAA Golf Festival which will be held in Windsor, Ontario on October 15th and 16th.
Congratulations to all of our golfers! It was a great year.
Photo by Sharon Buffett
|Bishop Riesbeck shared his personal conversion story in the Keynote Address.|
Archdiocese Youth Conference
Over 100 youth from across the Archdiocese of Kingston gathered at Holy Cross on Saturday, October 18th for the annual “Shine Like the Son” Catholic Youth Conference.
Focussing on a theme from the life of St. Francis of Assisi “Rebuild My Church” the young people heard talks, joined in discussion groups, and participated in interactive activities throughout the day. They also prayed and celebrated Mass together with lots of upbeat music from Chris Bray and his band. The young people, together with their adult leaders and many of their pastors, heard an inspiring keynote address in the morning from Bishop Riesbeck, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa, during which he told his conversion story and encouraged everyone to go out like St. Francis to "rebuild God’s Church" and to share the Good News of the Gospel. The breakout sessions in the afternoon included talks on “The Francis Effect”, “Why Be Catholic?”, “Mass Confusion” and ‘The Joy of the Gospel”.
Photo by Sharon Buffett
|Even Pope Francis showed up for the day!|
Many thanks to Nadia Gundert, the Youth Coordinator for the Archdiocese, who organized the day, and to the many volunteers who helped make this such an amazing experience for all who attended. As Nadia emphasized at the end of the day, mark your calendars now for next year’s “Shine Like the Son” Conference which will take place again on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.
TV Cogeco Training for SHSM Students
|Andrew Hurt operates the HD video camera as part of the TV Cogeco Game of the Week production of the football games between the Holy Cross Crusaders and the Bayridge Blazers.|
On Friday, September 19th, twenty Specialist High Skills Majors in Information and Communications Technology students successfully completed a training course in mobile television production. In partnership with TV Cogeco, Holy Cross SHSM students had the opportunity to receive instruction on the use of Cogeco's $600,000 mobile television production van. Students acquired experience operating High Definition video cameras valued at $70,000! Students also operated a professional audio mixing board and graphics generator.
After receiving four hours of instructions, students completed their MTP certification with an additional five hours applying their knowledge in a practical application. Students produced the first 2014 KASSAA "Game of the Week", video recording the Junior and Senior football games vs Bayridge (which HC won!). The games aired three times on cable TV channel 13 and digital channel 700 the following Sunday and Monday. Students gained tremendous knowledge and skills in professional television production and they were very energized from the "live" experience.
The Holy Cross Specialist High Skills Major in Information and Communications Technology program is offered to students in Grades 11 and 12. The program provides students with additional knowledge, skills and experience in Communications Technology. Students receive six certifications such as CPR and First Aid. They also participate on "Reach Ahead" experiences visiting studios such as the National Film Board and colleges and universities such as Ryerson. At graduation SHSM students receive a special "Red Seal" diploma. The SHSM program prepares students for future success in post-secondary school studies and the workplace. If a student is interested in pursuing a career in communications technology they are recommended to join the HC SHSM program! Please contact Mr. John Esford in Room 218 for more information.