Congratulations on the Grades 3-5 students’ heart felt performance at the Winnipeg Music Festival. The adjudicator gave them great feedback to practice as well as wonderful comments such as “beautiful expressive singing” / “lovely contrasting pieces”.
Bravo! Choir and Mrs. Lalonde on receiving a GOLD! standing at this year’s festival!
Many congratulations are extended to all of the SCCS students who participated in the Music Festival this year and especially Zachary who achieved Gold! standing for his vocal solo.
Staff Professional Development
Since January, the teachers and most support staff at SCCS have been busy learning a few new strategies that can be used directly with the students in the classrooms.
In January, time was spent developing confidence with iPad apps for students requiring additional resource support and an appreciation of yoga as a mental health support. The apps that Laura Roy (who is related to a SCCS alumni) and Andrea Maginot, Consultants for Student Services Dept. of Manitoba Education introduced us to included:
In February, the entire staff joined with the staff of all Catholic schools in Manitoba to celebrate Catholic Schools Day. The keynote was provided by Ken Yasinski, “What is the Purpose of my Life?”
And most recently, in March, teachers have been deepening their understanding of the “Power Teacher” program and focusing on data collection and analysis of data related to the Annual School Goals for 2014-2015.
BASC students visit the Canadian Mint for March in-service day.
On Friday, March 13th, the students boarded a bus and made the long trek to the East side of the city where they were scheduled for a tour of the Canadian Mint. The first thing they saw in the lobby was a REAL gold brick. It was 23 pounds, worth 1/4 million and had a guard with it at all times!
Then, the students went into the factory/production area. They were excited to see how coins were made and even saw a special new quarter with a red flag on it, being made that day!
The students loved the interpretive displays. There was a large 2012 (the year they discontinued making the cent coin) penny with a cut-out that was a great photo opp.
Another fun display was the one where they could lift bricks of the same size, but different weights. The students took turns pulling the bars.
They were quite surprised at how light the concrete and wood bricks were in comparison to the heavy gold.
At the end of the tour, each student received a souvenir , a special commemorative toonie.
A Reminder of the Value of Self-Sacrifice and Charity
Every Lent the students at SCCS “offer up” a luncheon meal as a sacrifice for hungry and needy children. In addition, on this day, a collection is made for the poor and distributed through the Missionary Childhood Association.
The students gather with their home room teacher in the classroom and while the Principal reads a reflection over the intercom, they eat only a bowl of soup and a bun. The meal is completed in silence.
The staff who are not assigned to a classroom gather as community in the staff room to do the same.
A long held tradition at SCCS, this simple act serves as a reminder of the value of self-sacrifice and of how the virtue of charity can take many forms.
May They Rest In Peace. Amen
Last month, SCCS received the news that two of our former school administrators passed away.
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Sr. Hélène Sabourin served as school Principal from 1977-82. Her religious name was S. St. Hyacinthe.
Sr. Berthe Caron served as Principal from 1965-1971. Known as S. St. Martial, she has been the longest serving Principal in our school!
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. May they rest in peace. Amen.
If you have any memories of these, or any of our school alumni, we’d love to add them to our blog.
The Grades 3-8 students participated in Lenten Reconciliation services this week.
Our thanks to the priests from the South Deanery who facilitated this sacrament for our school!
For Lent, the staff and students spent time in Adoration. Each Friday, Fr. Paul brought the Blessed Sacrament to the music room where an altar and monstrance was arranged.
A service that included prayers related to the “Archdiocesan 100th Anniversary”, the “Year of the Consecrated” and the ” Prayer for SCCS” was prepared for the classes to use during their adoration time.