Last week students and staff had a busy week, “Renewing the Promise” through several faith-based activities. The week began with the system-wide mass at Cathedral that our Tech Crew and Student Council attended along with Mrs. Ferrie. Back at Sts. Peter and Paul, the students participated in an opening liturgy accompanied by the Sts. Peter and Paul choir under the direction of Mlle Babjack, Mme Viviano-Care, and Mlle Servos.
On Tuesday, the students engaged in faith-based activities with their “buddy” classes. Several grade 7 students received the Director’s Awards of Excellence at the Father Kennedy CEC. Please join us in congratulating Kathleen, Maya, Eva, Krista, Romeo, Amy, Sophia, Ashour, Abby, Michelle, Stacy, Christian, and Adriana.
On Wednesday, we were blessed with the presence of the Saint John’s Illuminated Bible which was presented at a school assembly by our historian guests and then individual classes had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the beautiful artistry and calligraphy in each book. The Saint John’s Illuminated Bible was the dream of artist and calligrapher, Donald Jackson. An international team of calligraphers and artists created the 1,165-page manuscript and its 160 major illuminations (www.saintjohnsbible.org). On Wednesday evening, Adriana, Romeo, Elena, and Sumi represented Sts. Peter and Paul at the OECTA-Trustee Annual Scripture Reading Event. Each of them chose a beautiful piece of scripture that was meaningful to them which they shared at the event and they did so with reverent expression.
On Thursday, we were fortunate to be joined by several VIP Guests who visited classrooms sharing their faith journey and children’s literature to illustrate our faith. The students thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories read to them by our guests. We are grateful that each of our VIP Readers took time out of their busy schedules to spend time with our students and staff including: Mrs. Angiollilo, Mr. Madalena, Sister Ann, Mrs. Gaetano, Christina Mines, Mr. Wayne Brown, Mrs. Ostachuk, Mrs. Desmarais, Mr. Leslie, Nicole Vaughn, and Mary Clements. Students were delighted to meet Laura Fortino, two-time Olympic medalist in Women’s hockey who read with our classes and shared not only her journey in Catholic education but her experiences that led to her Olympic experience. As one of our Grade 3 students said, “It is great to see a girl role model in hockey!”.
Finally, we concluded our week with a beautiful May Crowning and mass in honour of Mother Mary and a celebration for the Grade 2 and 7 classes for receiving their sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. A special thank you our Catholic School Council for decorating the gym and for the delicious cupcakes.
Please enjoy the photos from our 2018 Catholic Education Week, “Renewing the Promise” and join us in thanking our Catholic Education Week Committee for their hard work and dedication in ensuring a blessed CEW. A heartfelt thank you to Mme Hervas, Mme Zecchini-Mitton, Mme Neto, Mme Mattina, Mlle Babjak, Mrs. MacPherson, Mme Malo and Mme Bondo.