Principal's Message for April 2015
Last Thursday, March 26th, 268 students wrote the Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Test, a demonstration of their learning over 12 years in the educational system. Special thanks to the Holy Cross literacy committee, led by Mrs. Anne Poels and Mr. Vince Stabile, our Special Education Resource team, as well as the entire staff, who pitched in to support our students as they completed this important assessment.
Another important milestone in the year, registration, is happening now. Students who plan on returning to Holy Cross, or who are registering for the first time, should do so immediately, as planning for course offerings, based on enrolment, is already underway, and space in certain high-demand courses cannot be guaranteed for late registrants. Get this done now to avoid disappointment.
I would like to acknowledge the contribution to our community of both Hannah Smith and Kaitlyn Philip, co-recipients of the Beacons Of Hope Award for Holy Cross in 2015. These two ladies, who work behind the scenes in support of others, are Crusaders in Community Service (CICS), and are exemplary people who richly deserve this honour.
Although we are now looking forward to spring sports, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of coaches and players who just completed the winter season: our boys’ hockey team, led by Coaches White, Switzer and Clarke, KASSAA finalists; the girls’ hockey team, led by Coaches Gillis, Nichol and Bernabei, KASSAA champions and competed at OFSSA; coaches DeMelo, Garant and Dzierneijko, senior boys’ basketball quarterfinalists and the junior boys, coached by Rob and Joanna Besselink, KASSAA finalists; Mr. Brady coached six wrestlers at OFSSA in Windsor; our girls’ volleyball teams, led by Mrs. Waller at Senior and Mrs. Hawkins-Hogan at Junior, were quarterfinalists. And last, but by no means least, our curling team, supervised by Mrs. Bland, came in third at the Eastern Ontario brier. Thanks to all athletes and coaches for representing Holy Cross in the best possible light all winter season.
Like you, I pray for the blessings of warm weather.
All the best to you and your family for a happy and holy Easter season.
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.