Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Sudbury Catholic Schools celebrate first two graduates from the International Education program!

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is proud to announce that the International Education program will be celebrating its first two graduates for the 2017-2018 school year!

Loc Tran, an 18-year-old, international student from Vietnam became the first international graduate of St. Charles College this year. During his 10-month stay, Loc visited many places across the province such as Killarney, Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls. He stated that he was very lucky to have the opportunity to have friendly teachers as well as a host family that cared for him and wanted him to obtain as many new experiences as possible. Loc stated that he made many international friends from various Sudbury Catholic Schools. He feels that this is an opportunity of a lifetime that others should embark on. In September, Loc will be studying Electrical Engineering Technology in London.
Khoa Pham from Vietnam began his journey with Sudbury Catholic Schools in February 2016 at St. Benedict School. Throughout his three semesters at St. Benedict, he has really enjoyed learning about science, especially physics because of its hands-on learning environment. Khoa’s highlights include completing an Outdoor Education canoe trip in the French River area, and camping with his host family. He has really enjoyed his experience at St. Benedict, where he has created lifetime friendships with his classmates. He loved the supportive atmosphere that the teachers and staff at St. Benedict provided and enjoyed being able to explore Sudbury. Khoa will be returning in the Fall to St, Benedict to complete a semester before attending Seneca College for the Computer Support Technician program.

“We are so proud of our two new graduates,” said Joanne Bénard, Director of Education at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. “Both Loc and Khoa have grown to love St. Charles College and St. Benedict and the community of Sudbury as a whole. Their experiences with our schools, their teachers and their fellow classmates have helped prepare them for their next journey. We wish them luck in the Fall, we know they will both achieve great things!”

The International Education program at Sudbury Catholic Schools welcomed 18 students throughout the 2017-2018 school year and will welcome 29 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Happy summer!

On behalf of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board community, we would like to thank our students, staff, parents and community partners for another successful year. Together, we have made our Sudbury Catholic Schools inclusive and vibrant learning environments where our students are able to meet goals and achieve their potential. We wish each of you a safe and enjoyable summer, and look forward to seeing you once again in September. Sudbury Catholic Schools …We are leaders in learning and faith.

St. Benedict students win Board t-shirt design contest!

Congratulations to Erika Poirier and Marja Frederiksen of St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School for their beautiful t-shirt design in honour of Orange Shirt Day which will take place in October.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and
communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations
of children to come. According to, “The annual Orange Shirt …
opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an
opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools
and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and
create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed
that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even
if they are an adult, from now on.”

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board will be honouring Orange Shirt day on
October 1st, 2018 of the upcoming school year.

Students at St. Charles College celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day

Grade 7-8 French Immersion students at St. Charles College opened this week by celebrating St. Jean Baptiste Day with a vanilla ice cream and maple syrup party to emulate “la tire d’érable” a French Canadian tradition of pouring maple syrup on snow. The festivities will continue with bubble soccer, swimming, French movies and music.

St. Jean Baptiste Day is celebrated annually on June 24th. It is the feast of St. John the Baptist who is known as the patron saint of French Canada. Sudbury Catholic Schools honours this day annually with “Franco-fun” days celebrated in a multitude of ways in a variety of their schools. St. Charles College students are proud of the vast cultures that flourish within their school and are pleased to celebrate Canada’s second official language.

Photographed are: Grade 7 & 8 French Immersion Students at St. Charles College: (left to right) Jonas, Michael, Jacob, Alex, Mackenzie

St. Francis receives visit from Trillium!

Jennifer Hearn, from Resource Services Trillium Demonstration School in Milton, Ontario, visited St. Francis School on June 13, 2018. An overview of executive function skills was provided in relation to students with a learning disability. The classroom implications of a child’s developing executive function skills were outlined in the presentation. Methods to support and develop these skills were also investigated further. The school’s resource teacher, Ms. G. Visentin, was pleased to have the opportunity to have a teacher from the Trillium Demonstration School in Milton, Ontario visit and share her knowledge with staff who are directly involved with students who learn differently.

Boys’ with Braids event aims to bring cultural awareness and sensitivity training to youth at St. Benedict

Don’t cave to any public pressures of any kind. That was the message delivered to students at St. Benedict as part of a school wide assembly this week.

The assembly was put on by the Indigenous Club and Diversity Club in partnership with funding from a Speak Up grant provided by the Ministry of Education.

Boys with Braids events were first started by Michael Linklater, a Cree from Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan who wanted to raise awareness of why Indigenous boys and men wear a braid. Linklater was teased and bullied at school.

Speakers Charles Petahtegoose from Atikameksheng and Wasauksing along with Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, a traditional co-ordinator at Shkagamik-Kwe Health shared their wisdom on why braids are a symbol of strength and wisdom that reflects identity.
The speakers were able to explain to the students that the issue transcends braids to anything they see in society from another culture.

Afterwards, the speakers held a power circle teaching for a group of students to talk about how braids, bullying and the struggle to conform has impacted their lives.

St. Charles College Student Wins Business Plan Challenge!

Lexi Christiaans, a student at St. Charles College competed in a business plan challenge hosted by the Regional Business Centre – Sudbury at Collège Boréal. She competed against students from various high schools around the city. It was a dragon’s den style competition, where students needed to pitch their business plan idea to a panel of judges comprising mostly of local entrepreneurs or business leaders. Lexi’s idea was “Woofers”, a dog training/sitting service that would be done at the customers home. Lexi’s project came out on top, walking away with a
I’m happy to say that she won the competition today and walked away with a cheque of $800! Great job Lexi!
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