Principal's Message for June 2015
June is a very busy time at Holy Cross. The spring athletic season is coming to an end for our baseball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and track and field teams. The Green and Silver Athletic Banquet was held May 27th. Look below, in our “Athletic Update”, for information on award winners and thanks to our Athletic Director, Mr. Robin Dziernienjko, and his sports leadership group, who hosted a great night. The Genesis Awards, celebrating achievement in the arts, was held May 21st. Again, for a list of honorees, see “Arts News” below. Special thanks to Arts Department Head Mrs. Stacy Check-Drumm for her leadership. June will bring us to Graduation 2015, another opportunity to celebrate together the academic achievements of 275 Crusaders over the past four years. We are keenly aware of the capacity problem at Holy Cross and we will be working with our new Students’ Council, School Council and staff to seek out a solution to the overcrowding issue for 2016. Our goal? Every one who wishes to see their Crusader graduate - live - will be able to do so.
Finally, I would like to highlight the Communication Technology program at Holy Cross. Claudia Pawlak’s success in winning the Ontario Skills Competition and travelling to Saskatchewan to compete in the National Skills Competition is a tribute to her ability and perseverance. And her success is also a testament to the hard work of our Head of Technological Education, Mr. John Esford, who leads the Secondary School High Skills Major program. We acknowledge the financial support of our School Council and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board in making this trip possible. We wish her well in Saskatchewan.
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.