Mr. WalshPrincipal's Message for Summer 2014

At Holy Cross, we are continuously proud of and awed by the many gifts and contributions of our students, staff and community members. As I write this newsletter, I think fondly of our graduating class and know that their contributions will be missed. Congratulations to our 273 graduates that form this years graduating class, on their hard work, resilience and perseverance that got each graduate to this milestone moment. You are now part of a special family of more 5 800 alumni who have graduated from Holy Cross since 1989. Thanks to the Class of 2014 for all you have given to our school community over the past several years. You have shared your talents and made strides towards your dreams; may God bless you all on your journey through the many adventures and challenges ahead of you. As you know, Mr. Chris Corcoran retired earlier in the year. Now joining him in the "pension not tension" years are Mrs. Isabelle Pollock, Mr. Robert Bouvier, and myself. On behalf of the Holy Cross community, I also say thank you and farewell to Ms. Chelsea Sandrin, Mrs. Lynn Bertrand McDonald, Ms. Terri Daniel, Ms. Shannon Perugino, Mrs. Nicole Brioux, Mr. Thomas Wagner, Mrs. Virginia Holmes, Ms. Julie Roantree, Mr. Curtis Stanzel, Ms. Nadia Bernabei, Mrs. Angela Dalton, Ms. Stephanie Pacheco, Ms. Carey Varga and Ms. Elizabeth Mulvenna who helped out tremendously during the past year. Once a Crusader, always a Crusader.

A big thank you to all those who made the 2014 Graduation Ceremony such a memorable celebration, especially Mrs. Jennie Melo-Jordan and Mr. David Orser, our talented M.C. duo, Class Valedictorian Jordan Allen, Salutatorian Sarah Flisikowski, all the graduates, their families and friends, and the staff of Holy Cross. We ask God to continue to bless our graduates and all those who have left our school community - to keep them safe on the road that now lies ahead of them. Although the theme was "Doors of Opportunity" and no doubt countess opportunities lie ahead of each of you, please remember; Holy Cross is always your home.

And, of course, we pray for a safe and relaxing summer for all our students and staff. May God bring all of us back safely in September. Our Pastoral Theme for next year is: "Blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)." Every day is an opportunity to put faith into action - may we all make special efforts to do so in the coming year.

Vice Principal - Terri Daniel

Terri Daniel was born and raised in the Kingston area, attending Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School. In her first year of teaching, she joined the Holy Cross English Department for the second semester. After eleven years of teaching elsewhere at the secondary level and a year of being Vice-Principal at St. Thomas More and St. Joseph / St. Mary Catholic Schools, she is delighted to return to Holy Cross. She is looking forward to working with the students and staff of such an accomplished community, both in the classroom and in extracurriculars. “Holy Cross has such a tremendous reputation; it is a privilege to be part of the Crusader community,” explains Ms. Daniel. Her philosophy prizes social justice and empowerment of all.

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.