Principal's Message for December 2014
The season of Advent is upon us again. Advent is a special time in the Church calendar, the start of the liturgical year, and is perhaps best remembered by our students as the time when we display a wreath and light one pink and three purple Advent candles, one for each week leading up to Christmas. This ritual will be repeated each Monday during Advent in the Holy Cross foyer. This is also the time of the year when those less fortunate are most at risk. While we ask you to give generously to assist materially - through our Advent campaigns in support of the homeless and pediatric care - we also need to be conscious of our spirits. Depression and anxiety are mental health concerns throughout the year, but can be felt most acutely during the Christmas season. The true joy of the season can be found in celebrating the birth of Christ in community.
At Holy Cross, we offer many opportunities to celebrate: we just hosted a highly successful OFSAA "AAA" boys' volleyball tournament; our winter sports teams have begun practising and will be competing soon; plans are underway for a winter ice fishing tournament; Shrek: The Musical finished a tremendous run; the Katharine Splinter Memorial Concert is set for Thursday, December 11th; our annual Coffee House happens on the December 17th. I encourage you to boost your spirit by celebrating with us over the month of December.
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.