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Tech Talk: Know Yourself to Know Others

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Know Yourself to Know Others

 

By Ania Czupajlo, RGD
Art Director, Principal Connections


 

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

 Nelson Mandela

There is no shortcut to becoming an effective leader. Leadership is a journey filled with tough decisions, mistake and responsibilities. You cannot be a good leader if you don’t know yourself first, and where you stand. Self-awareness and self-growth are important keys to becoming an effective leader. 

Here are five apps that can help you discover yourself and make that journey a bit easier. You may want to give them a try.

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Creating the 2019 CPCO Calendar

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Creating the 2019 CPCO Calendar

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss and Leslie Fountain

“In Renewing the Promise, our bishops remind us that “the work of Catholic schools involves initiating, facilitating and maintaining trusting relationships with and among Catholic educational partners. A sense of respect for the unique expertise and strengths of each, and generous cooperation that acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of all is essential to develop the mutual trust that nurtures effective working relationships”.
(RTP, p. 9)”

Creating the 2019 CPCO Calendar, Catholic Partnerships Together in Trust, was a unique process of collaboration that exemplified a true sharing of leadership. The calendar focuses on the importance of trust in our daily work and features the authentic thinking and voices of our Ontario Catholic partners. Artwork created by Catholic secondary students brings to life the ideas of our Catholic community. 

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CPCO staff volunteers at the St. Felix Centre

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Community Outreach:
CPCO staff volunteers at the St. Felix Centre

By Jacob Chouinard, Communications & Technology Officer

On Dec. 14, 2018, CPCO staff members participated in a community outreach activity at the St. Felix Centre in Toronto, serving hot lunches to those in need and delivering food, clothing items and homemade Christmas cards. The guests were extremely appreciative of everything, brightening everyone’s day.

Thank you to the St. Felix Centre staff for the opportunity to donate and serve in their Community Meals program and spread some love and Christmas cheer. Also, thank you to the students at St. Jean-Marie Vianney Catholic Elementary School and Father Clair Tipping School from Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, for making the lovely decorations and cards.

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Walk Through Bethlehem

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St. Anthony CES “Walk Through Bethlehem”

In celebration of Christmas, last month on December 6, St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School in Port Hope hosted “Walk Through Bethlehem”, an immersive opportunity for their entire student population (approximately 400 students) to collaborate and perform a unique narrative re-creating the birth of Jesus.

In “Walk Through Bethlehem”, guests were invited to “Bethlehem” to register for the census, and from there, to follow in the footsteps of Mary and Joseph as they tried to find accommodations for the evening. At each “inn”, guests were turned away and the nativity story was revealed through a series of songs and skits prepared by students.

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Deirdre Kinsella Biss

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

With the release of the latest issue of Principal Connections, Editor Deirdre Kinsella Biss provides a sneak preview of what you can expect in our magazine this month.


Leadership is not just the sole responsibility of the school principal and vice-principal. Leadership is a shared responsibility and the professional work of everyone in a Catholic school. In order to see the intended changes we require in classrooms, teachers, students, parents and the community at large must take responsibility to lead and share their area of expertise. 

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