Lessons from Eco Club

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Lessons from Eco Club

By: Lorna McGillis, Vice-Principal, St. Anthony, Port Hope

Our rapidly changing environment prompts us to stop and think, and indeed take stock of how we live on our planet. We are called to respond and to adopt new ways of living as Pope Francis highlights in his encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

The response to this call by our school’s Eco Club members has been one that exhibits understanding, commitment and an embodiment of stewardship that lends hope that the future of our Earth is in capable and caring hands.

Speaking about her reasons for joining the Eco Club one student explains, “I wanted to be a part of something, to help out here at school and I wanted to increase my understanding of things like recycling and keeping the Earth clean.”

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CPCO Gala 2017

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CPCO Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2017

By Hannah Yakobi

On Friday, April 21, 2017, CPCO hosted its annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

Held this year at the Delta Hotel in the heart of Toronto, the event celebrated Catholic leaders from across Ontario.

Thank you to everyone who helped plan and execute this year’s Gala and to those who participated. We would also like to extend a special thank you to all Gala Sponsors, whose support is greatly appreciated.

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AMR February 2017

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Highlights from CPCO’s February 2017 AMR

By Hannah Yakobi

Photography by Kareen Mallon

In late February 2017, CPCO held its latest Assembly of Member Representatives Meeting in Toronto’s west end.

The event featured an interactive agenda, including a variety of presentations about CPCO’s programs, projects and initiatives. The biggest highlight of the two-day session was a presentation by the Minister of Education, The Honourable Mitzie Hunter.

It was a busy and productive two-day event, with much engagement from all.

Full photo gallery from the February AMR can be found on CPCO’s Flickr page.

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Lent 2017

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Celebrating the season of Lent 2017

By Stephanie Zakhem

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive. – from Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2017.

With the start of Lent today, CPCO would like to provide calendar resources and other Lenten materials for Principals and Vice-Principals.

  • Ash Wednesday: March 1, 2017
  • Palm Sunday: April 9, 2017
  • Holy Week: April 9 – 15, 2017
  • Holy Thursday: April 13, 2017
  • Good Friday: April 14, 2017
  • Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017 

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Open Doors – St. Charles College

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St. Charles College reduces suspensions from 300 to 10 in just two years

By Stephanie Zakhem

Based in Sudbury, St. Charles College serves students in the Catholic faith-based community, offering both regular and French Immersion programs.

In 2015, St. Charles developed a program for disengaged students, called Open Doors. It was created with the intention to reduce suspension rates at the school. Staff at St. Charles “believed that sending students home was not the answer and rather was simply rewarding them,” said Principal Patty Mardero, adding that parents of the students wholeheartedly agreed with that.

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