|To the left, my choice for coolest Christmas hat - Liam Steep. To the right, you will see grade 12 student Laura Collings at the Wellness Team healthy snack table, overseen by Ms. Hoey. The Wellness Team does great work, especially during the Christmas season, promoting healthy eating habits. Don’t tell anyone, but those are black bean brownies!|
Principal's Message for January 2016
The Christmas break is a blessing in a number of ways. Mr. Melim, Mrs. Gallant, and the entire staff at Holy Cross, wish you a very happy new year, but now we are back to school and are moving toward culminating tasks and final examinations. Please know that we are committed to supporting the academic success of all students and we encourage all families to plan ahead for the completion of credits. While we will always work with families to find solutions to issues that might arise, the Education Act does not permit absence from school for vacations and the published examination schedule cannot be adjusted to meet individual needs of this type. Thank you for your understanding.
Check out the important dates for January listed to the right: you will see a number of exciting events – the vocal music concert and the Memorial basketball games to name just two. I hope to see you out at these and other events during the month of January.
And, finally, Holy Cross recently sponsored a survey of parents, students and staff about our graduation in June. Thank you to everyone who responded - we had over 300 respondents. And the Survey Says…
- Question 1: Identify yourself:
- 22% graduates;
- 6% student;
- 53% parent;
- 18% staff.
- Question 2: I would like to keep the June graduation ceremony in the Holy Cross gym for 2015-16.
- 45% Yes;
- 55% No
- Question 3: At the graduation ceremony, my family will need:
- 2 seats, 7%;
- 4 seats, 32%;
- 6 seats, 31%;
- more than 6 seats, 30%.
- Question 4: I would support increasing the fee paid by graduating students (presently $25) to cover the cost of moving off site:
- by $15, 25%;
- by $25, 30%;
- by $35, 13%;
- I do not support a fee increase and prefer staying on site, 31%.
- Question 5: The start time that would best suit my family would be:
- 4:00 pm, 20%;
- 5:00 pm, 16%;
- 6:00 pm, 43%;
- 7:00 pm 21%.
Please note that this survey will be used by our graduation committee to plan for this year's ceremony and subsequent graduation ceremonies. Decisions made by the committee will be based on many factors, not just the wishes of staff, parents and students.
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.