Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Catholic Education Week: We are Many, We are One

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is gearing up for its annual week-long celebration of Catholic Education Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Education: We are Many, We are One.” From May 1 to May 5, 2023, Sudbury Catholic Schools will join Catholic schools across the province to engage in a variety of activities and events that celebrate the unique identity and contributions of Catholic education.

The week will be divided into five sub-themes:

  • When we see
  • When we listen
  • When we reflect
  • When we learn
  • When we act

OCSTA Resources

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) has developed and shared daily resources and lesson plans for classrooms to participate in. With the support of the OCSTA and the Catholic community, Catholic education in Ontario continues to thrive.

You can view the official Catholic Education Week song below:

Board-Wide Celebrations 

Catholic Education Week is a special opportunity for the Catholic community in Sudbury to come together and celebrate the unique identity and contributions of Catholic education. From Toonies for Tuition Day to the Catholic Education Week Mass, there are a variety of activities and events that we have planned for this special week.

Toonies for Tuition Day 

On May 1st, schools are encouraged to dress up like a bee or wear yellow and black to participate in Toonies for Tuition Day. Staff and students are encouraged to bring a toonie to support Toonies for Tuition, which will be donated to the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association Endowment Fund for distribution to Catholic families in need.

Catholic Education Week Mass

A Catholic Education Week Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, will be celebrating the Mass. Schools across the province are invited to participate virtually in this celebration of the Eucharist.

Children’s Mental Health Week

May 1-5th is also Children’s Mental Health Week. Members of the Mental Health team will be completing activities in schools to engage staff and students. Schools will also be encouraged to wear green on Thursday, May 4, to promote children’s mental health.

Skills Ontario Provincial Competitions

Thirteen secondary students from St. Charles College and two students from Bishop Alexander Carter will compete in the annual Skills Ontario Provincial Competitions at the Toronto Congress Centre from May 1-3.

Sudbury Catholic District School Board Chair Re- Elected as Vice-President of OCSTA (Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association)

 Michael Bellmore, Sudbury Catholic District School Board Chair, has been re-elected as Vice-President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) following elections that were held during the Association’s 92nd Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. 

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Trustee Bellmore will once again work with OCSTA President, Patrick J. Daly, Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, to support and advance Catholic education in Ontario. 

“It is my honour to once again serve as Vice-President of OCSTA,” said Michael Bellmore, Chair of the Board. “I am extremely proud to represent trustees in Ontario and have the privilege of working alongside the OCSTA Executive and Regional Directors to advance Catholic education throughout this province. I am truly humbled to continue to fulfill this role and to work alongside a very dedicated group of Catholic Trustees. I look forward to continuing to further our commitment to provide the best possible education for our students.” 

Michael has served as Trustee with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board for 15 years, including 7 years as Chair and 4 years as Vice-Chair. As the education system in Ontario is ever-changing, Trustee Bellmore looks forward to ensuring that the voices and needs of all regions and communities can be heard at the Provincial level. 

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively educate approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

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