Principal's Message for October 2015
It's been a great start to 2015-2016! I am happy to report that our enrolment is up and we have the happy problem of reorganizing to relieve some pressure points when it comes to class sizes.
We have a vibrant School Council, led by our chair, Michelle Iliescu, and 25 members, who are all looking forward to February and planning for the arrival of Sami Jo Small. Ms. Small, former starting goaltender of Team Canada, will be speaking to Holy Cross students about life as an elite athlete and how to pre-pare for the stress and anxiety of performing at your absolute best.
Fall teams are up and running. Congratulations to all the athletes whose efforts and God-given talents were rewarded by a place on a school team. We have already experienced successes on the field and on the court, and look forward to a successful Friday Night Lights football event vs. the RND Panthers at the Invista Centre on October 9th starting at 5:00 pm. Keep in mind, that Holy Cross offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities for you to explore. Find one and get involved and, most importantly, support your fellow Crusaders.
I am pleased to report that our results on the provincial EQAO Assessment of Mathematics are in and they are stellar. A full 82% of students studying at the academic level and 69% at the applied level met the provincial standard. Kudos to our math department, led by Mrs. Shelley McLean, and all of our grade 9 math teachers—and let's not forget the students—they wrote the test after all. To provide some perspective, our results at the applied level are over 20% higher than the provincial trend. Impressive indeed.
As always, we look forward to your feedback on our newsletter and any other issues. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
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.