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Shrek: The Musical Continues Tonight!
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.
The show opened to an appreciative sold out audience on Wednesday, November 26th and performances continue until Saturday, 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 are on sale at lunch in the front foyer. Best availability is for the Saturday matinee. You won’t want to miss out on the exciting Kingston premiere of Shrek The Musical!
HC Hosts 2014 OFSAA Boys' "AAA" Volleyball
|HC Crusader Ryan Kinsella spikes the ball to win a point against St. Thomas of Villanova.|
Co-convenors Joanna Besselink and Paul Melim as well as the entire planning committee welcomed over 250 players and their coaches and families for the 2014 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) Boys' "AAA" Volleyball Championship which took place November 20th - 22nd, 2014. Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School was the host school with games also taking place at Queen's University and Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.
Congradulations to the Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers who captured the gold medal with a thrilling five set victory over Oakridge Secondary School from London at the Joe Duffy Gymnasium at Holy Cross on Saturday, November 22nd.
All the results can be found on the official OFSAA website, under the AAA Boys' Volleyball Championship.
All games that took place at Holy Cross were live streamed and now archived at the Holy Cross highschoolCUBE web site.
|Chloe Dupre delivers her monologue as part of the Remembrance Day Memorial at Holy Cross|
On November 11th, 2014, Ms. Check Drumm’s grade 12 dramatic arts class led a powerful performance to honour and remember those who have protected, served and fallen for our country and our freedom. In October, this class was touched by a special visit from 95-year-old Captain Douglas Clarke, who shared his experiences serving in World War Two. This group of senior students then researched, designed and creatively wrote meaningful and inspiring monologues which represented various perspectives of those impacted by war.
The class worked collaboratively with other areas of the arts such as dance, vocal music and symphonic band. Ms. Perugino’s grade 10 dance class gave a heartfelt interpretative dance which highlighted the emotion behind “Skin and Bones”. Ms. Check Drumm’s grade 11 vocal class gently performed the song “Tears in Heaven” and Mr. Orser’s symphonic band left the audience reflecting on their dynamic interpretation of “Adagio”. The images which accompanied these pieces were impactful, moving and emotional.
The grade 12 class would like to extend their thanks to all who helped make this presentation a memorable experience for our school community.
SHSM Field Trip to Ottawa
On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 27 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students in the Information and Communications Technology focus program travelled to Ottawa.
|Former Holy Cross SHSM student Ryan Purdy was the tour guide for the visit to Algonquin College.|
As part of the SHSM "Reach Ahead" experience, students toured Algonquin College. Specifically, programs that related to Communications Technology: Radio Production, Television Production, and Graphic Design. In addition, students visited recent Holy Cross SHSM grad and current first year Graphic Design student Ryan Purdy for a personal tour of campus life.
Students then visited the National Gallery of Canada and participated in a guided tour of the exhibit "World War 1 Photographs; the Persuasive Power of Photography". Images ranged from the macabre, to evocative, poignant, and disturbing. Students learned to examine photography in a new light: as propaganda, art, and documentary.
The SHSM program is funded by the Ministry of Education. SHSM is designed for students in grades 11 and 12 who hope to pursue post-secondary school studies and careers in Communications Technology.
Our next event is the Fall Prevention Certification course on Saturday, December 6th. Students will learn to safely operate an elevated platform. Students interested in joining the SHSM program should contact Mr. Esford in Room 218.
Jamaica Mission Trip Fundraising Fish Fry
|2015 Mission Trip Group members Julia and Olivia were in charge of the serving coffee and tea at the annual Jamaica Mission Trip Fish Fry. Over $2500 was raised.|
Members of the Holy Cross Jamaica Mission Team thank everyone who came out to support their annual Jamaica Fish Fry on November 14th at Holy Cross in support of their 2015 Mission Trip to Kingston, Jamaica. A steady stream of people enjoyed an evening of great food, music and fellowship. Since 2004, staff and students from Holy Cross have been travelling to Kingston, Jamaica to volunteer at schools, orphanages, homes for the elderly and other projects sponsored by St. Patrick's Foundation.
Mike Mundell's Surf & Turf prepared the main course with the salads, pastas, refreshments and desserts provided by the students, parents and staff from the trip. A big thank you to all those who donated items for our Silent Auction including: Sonja Gentile, Tony’s Pizza, Greek Town Grill and Take-Out, Mino’s Village Restaurant, Farmboy, Laura’s Kindercare, and Mino’s Take-Out West. A special thank you to Holy Cross student Colin Watts and his band for their great musical entertainment. With close to 300 people showing up this year we were able to raise over $2500.00 for the mission projects.
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)