Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Students at St. Theresa Catholic School recently took part in a unique activity designed to create school spirit during the Christmas Season. Sponsored and promoted by the Student Council, each class was asked to bring in ornaments and various tree trimmings to decorate their teacher like a Christmas tree.

During a school assembly students were able to view the various “trees” and later vote on the best one. Although Madame Slobodian (teacher in photo) was not the winning tree, students Darius Ghorbani, Louis Cavallin, Braydon Desjardins and Patrick MacDonald (l-r) are in the winning spirit of the event.

Special Guests for Christmas

On December 11, the entire student body of St. Theresa Catholic School was treated to a complete Christmas lunch.  Catherine McCullough, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board chats with Father Jim Hutton of St. Patrick’s Parish while elves (otherwise known as parents) dish out the delicious lunch which included turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and dessert. Each class was responsible for a component of the lunch.  Thanks to the efforts of many parents and directed by Mrs. G. Meskell of the St. Theresa Catholic School Council a grand lunch was enjoyed by all!

Away in a Manger

In December the senior wing staff and students of St. James Catholic School in Lively launched a Christmas fundraising project in hopes of filling a stable with animals for a third world community in conjunction with the World Vision Organization. The stable will provide food, fuel, wood, income and fertilizer to a community in need to help break the cycle of poverty.

The goal of $1,200 was achieved within two weeks through generous family donations and with proceeds from ticket sales from a Christmas semi-formal dance.

St. John Catholic School Shows Their Support For Canadian Troops in Afghanistan

On Wednesday, December 19 St. John Catholic School students and staff will gather in the gymnasium to show their support for Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan. The school has been collecting gifts for the troops (mouthwash, candy, sun screen, shampoo etc.) and has solicited corporate sponsors to donate as well.

The managers of COSTO, WALMART and GIANT TIGER (retired warrant officer) will also be present at the assembly as well as the parents of Captain Christopher Duncan, a Coniston boy who is with the TANK TROOP TF AFGANISTAN ROTO 5 (Royal Canadian Dragoons). The school will present the parents of Captain Duncan with a banner signed by students, parents and grandparents wishing their son, his troop and all Canadian soldiers a very Merry Christmas

The St. John Catholic School students have also been writing letters and making Christmas cards for the Canadian Troops. The Falconbridge Post Office will ensure the speedy, safe FREE delivery of the school’s messages and supplies.

Bishop Carter Students Celebrate Advent

Students at Bishop Carter Catholic Secondary School marked the beginning of the Advent Season by celebrating a special mass with Father Pat Woods. By coming together as a Catholic community students were given the opportunity to pray together and reflect on how they are preparing to celebrate Christmas.

Father Pat reminded the students that it is important to take time to reflect on the many ways that God comes into their lives and not let the retail hype of Christmas overshadow this important event. The students were challenged to be attentive to God’s presence during this busy time of year
Father Pat also shared with the students that as Catholics we are a people of hope who are always seeking ways to use our talents and gifts to help those around us. To this end, students at Bishop Carter are in the process of collecting items for Christmas baskets which will be given to members of the community to help brighten their Christmas morning. This school wide effort to help follows closely on two other successful initiatives this fall. Earlier this year, students raised funds through their mission collections to build a well in India, collected an additional $750.00 to purchase insecticide treated mosquito netting as part of the “Spread the Net” campaign and undertook a UNICEF fundraiser to eradicate malaria in developing countries.

These types of Social Justice efforts help Bishop Carter students become more aware of the needs of others on an international, national, provincial and regional basis.

Bishop Carter Catholic Secondary School would like to express its deepest appreciation to Father Pat Woods for celebrating Advent Mass and to Mrs. Onuska for co-ordinating the mission efforts.

Immaculate Conception in the Spirit of Giving

Diana Salvador, Principal of Immaculate Conception Catholic School thanks the students and staff for opening their hearts throughout the Advent Season. As the candles in the Advent wreath are lit in the coming weeks, students and staff shine their light across the community. Hope, joy, peace and love are spread throughout by the school’s participation in the “Socks for the Soul” campaign to warm the homeless, the canned food drive to feed the hungry, and the Jesse Tree to support a family in need.

Elementary Schools Wrap Up Volleyball Season

Congratulations to all our students on a fantastic season. The results follow:

Grade 5/6 Co-ed:
1st Corpus Christi
2nd St. Michael
3rd St. Francis
4th Eagles

Grade 7/8 Girls:
1st St. Raphael
2nd MMA “A”
3rd MMA “B”
4th MMA “C”

Grade 7/8 Boys:
1st St. Francis
2nd St. Raphael
3rd St. David
4th St. Francis B

Grade 7/8 Girls:
1st MMA “A”
2nd St. Francis
3rd St. David
4th MMA “B”

Grade 7/8 Co-ed:
1st St. David
2nd St. Francis
3rd St. Anne
4th Pius XII

St. Mary School to Hold Annual Carolling Event

St. Mary School, in conjunction with Our Lady of Peace Parish in Capreol, will be holding its annual Christmas carolling for non-perishable food items, hats and mitts, and monetary donations for the needy on Wednesday December 12th. Carollers are invited to meet at the school for 6 pm and will then set out between 6 and 6:15 pm. They will be going on a float provided by the parish to sing carols and then return to the school around 7:30 pm for hot chocolate.

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