Principal's Message for September 2014
Welcome parents, guardians and students to the 2014-2015 school year at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. I know I speak for the entire staff when I say we are happy to have you with us and we are very excited to get started. I’d like to welcome Amey Cancian, Youth Worker, Matt Richardson, in Science and Phys. Ed., and Nadia Bernebei, in Chemistry and Mathematics, to the staff at Holy Cross. As you may have heard, our Chaplain, Chris Forster, suffered a heart attack just last Friday and he will be recuperating over the next few weeks. He is doing well, wants no one to worry, and is very thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.
If you cast your eye about the school you’ll see sports teams gearing up, notices for Shrek the Musical auditions, staff busily organizing classrooms, and new 2014-2015 HC T-Shirts in boxes awaiting distribution. I’ve been leafing through the yearbook and I see how many, many clubs and activities we offer here. My advice to you is to get involved – it doesn’t matter what it is, but get involved in something that will inspire you. For parents, that could mean the School Council. Our first meeting is on Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30 in the school library. Our chairperson is Michelle Iliescu (email@example.com). I hope to see you there. For students, that could mean one of the many sports teams or service groups connected to the school, like LifeTeen (contact Nadia Gundert at 613-549-7044 or firstname.lastname@example.org ). Research shows that students who are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity connected to their school perform better in the classroom. So parents/guardians, encourage your kids to take the plunge and join in.
Ian Stuart, Principal
Vice Principal - Paul Melim
The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has the admirable distinction of retaining many of its graduates as support, teaching, and administrative staff. As a graduate of Regiopolis-Notre Dame, Mr. Melim went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Bachelor Education from Queen’s University before beginning his teaching and administration career in secondary with another school board in Southern Ontario. After 12 years away from Kingston, he returned home taking a position as the Principal of St. Mary Catholic School in Trenton for the past five years.
It is with enthusiasm that he returns to the secondary panel. Mr. Melim looks forward to fully participating in the development of the Holy Cross student’s mental and spiritual growth before they move into their post-secondary lives. “I feel it is a tremendous opportunity to help students become active and responsible participants in their school, community, and faith. I look forward to being a part of the Holy Cross community”.
Have a good year.
Vice Principal - Ms. Wendy Gallant
“Blessed are the Peacemakers”, is a wonderful theme for our school year. The goal of ‘peace’ will offer us many opportunities to grow together and to make a difference. Most recently, during the Thanksgiving Food Drive, our students and staff donated approximately 2100 kilograms of non-perishable food to the local Food Bank, which has seen a 15% increase in demand this year. Holy Cross exceeded last year’s donation and we extend a heartfelt thank you to all who contributed through your generosity and efforts. In the near future, there are numerous opportunities for students and staff to share and spread our peace. Our staff continues to gather and deliver weekly donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. These types of initiatives allow all people in our community to feel valued, and to have the dignity and peace they require.
During the 2014-2015 school year, we turn our attention to Pope Francis, who stands as a remarkable role model for peace in our world. Let us follow him and lead a life of humility, show concern for the poor and build relationships among peoples of various backgrounds and faiths. Together, we make every day meaningful for ourselves and others.