Principal's Message for May 2015
Across Ontario, in our schools, the month of May begins with the celebration of Catholic Education Week. The theme, this year, Exploring Paths of Joy, is derived from Luke 24:32, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road.” We will be taking 12 students to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Belleville on Tuesday, May 5th, to represent our school at the CEW mass. Our own school mass will be held on Thursday starting at 9:30. Please feel free to join us.
May also brings a change in student leadership, as our outgoing Students’ Council, transitions our new council into their positions, culminating with our Town Hall assembly, organized by council moderator Mr. Richard Coleman, on Thursday, April 30th, followed by our election on Friday, May 1st. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing council for its efforts on behalf of students, in particular, Head Boy, Jordan Grady and Head Girl, Christina Papadakis. It’s been a pleasure working with you this year.
I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Festival Disney with the Holy Cross Band and Vocal Ensemble, led by Mr. David Orser and Mrs. Stacy Check Drumm respectively. This is an exceptionally talented group of student-musicians who performed at the very highest level, truly a proud moment for our school. Special thanks to supervisors Mr. Orser, Mr. Sicoli, Ms. Perugino and Mrs. Check Drumm. As we move closer to June, our graduating students face more and more stress as exams and university/college/work loom closer. We were fortunate on April 20th to have Mary Walsh, RN, speak to a large group of potential graduates and a smaller group of parents about transitioning to post-secondary life. She left students and parents with a good idea about how life will change at home and at school in September, and how to recognize the tell-tale signs of trouble. Why not ask your son or daughter what they remember about her talk?
Mid-term reports have been printed and are on their way home. Students who have not performed as expected still have plenty of time to turn things around. Keep in mind the best statistical indicator of success we have at Holy Cross is student attendance. Good attendance invariably equals good grades. It's that simple.
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Tim Pendergast, head of our science department, who is one of five Queen’s Associate Teachers of the Year for 2015. He is being honoured for offering exemplary teaching placements for teacher candidates in science. Mr. Pendergast commended his department and he accepts the award on their behalf. We are fortunate and proud to have Tim on our teaching staff. God bless our entire school community during this month of Mary.
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.