Principal's Message for March 2015
We are off to a great start to semester two. You will notice below information about our School Council sponsored speaker, Dr. Greg Wells, who will speak to interested parents in our cafeteria on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. Over the past week, thanks to the efforts of our Wellness Team, led by Lisa Lollar, of KFL&A Public Health, and our very own Terrie Hoey, Youth Worker, we have fuelled up with a healthy breakfast, chilled out with tea and soft music in the Café at lunch, chatted with new friends in the ball pit, petted therapy dogs in the gym, and live-streamed a dance-off with RND. Dr. Wells will continue to deliver this important message: healthy choices a key to wellness. I hope you will take the time to drop by.
As we reach the end of the winter sports season, I wish to acknowledge the contributions of many community and staff coaches, who have been working with our student-athletes since November. A few highlights: our Improv Team, Matt McGlashan, Miguel Martins, Andrew Hurt, Sara Doyle, Kort Clifford, Nick Lansdown, Marissa Sloboda, and Jacqueline Hulton, placed first at the regional competition held at Queen’s on February 21st and will return to the national finals in Ottawa this month. Coaches are Ms. Rose and Mr. Stabile. Coach Jeff Brady will be taking a team of six wrestlers to OFSSA next week: Jonah Johnston, TJ Taylor, Connor Quinton, Ashley Callery, Jennifer Onweuedo. Our Boys’ Hockey Team, coached by Mr. Clarke and Mr. Switzer, lost to Frontenac in the KASSAA final last Thursday, but the girls’ team, led by coaches Gillis, Bernabei and Nichol, defeated Napanee 1-0 to qualify for the OFSSA tournament next week in Ottawa. Our boys’ curling team finished third, winning bronze at EOSSAA. Special thanks to coach Bland.
We operate in an educational climate that demands constant improvement. At Holy Cross, teachers have embarked on the next phase in our School Improvement Planning for semester two. For more detailed information please visit our website and click on “School Information” on the top navigation bar and look for our “School Improvement Plan”.
And, finally, Bully Free – The Way to Be was the message on Wednesday, February 25th – designated Pink Shirt Day at Holy Cross. This day commemorates how a group of friends wore pink in an act of solidarity with a fellow student who had been a victim of bullying in their school. Eradicating bullying is not impossible. We know that bullying stops almost immediately if bystanders are courageous enough to step in and help. The solution is simple: support one another.
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.