Author Archives: CPCO

Olympics 2016

Ontario student helps her team win an Olympic medal

By Stephanie Zakhem

Photos courtesy of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

Deanne Rose is a student at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in New Tecumseth, ON, and a soccer player who plays for Canada women’s national soccer team. In August 2016, she aided Canada to win their second Olympic bronze medal after scoring the game-opening goal during the third-place match against Brazil.

Deanne has been a student at St. Thomas since September 2013 when she enrolled in Grade 9. She is known throughout the school as a quiet, humble and very kind young lady with a contagious laugh.

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Principal Connections Editor’s Message



Collaboration is all about building partnerships

Deirdre Kinsella Biss


By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

Welcome to the fresh new face of Principal Connections. It is our hope that you learn from our magazine and regularly make us one of your professional reads. We make an honest effort to explore topical issues that Catholic school leaders face. It is our mission to provide different perspectives through sharing insights from our members, our Catholic partners, our global connections, as well as current research and ministry initiatives. We are in constant search for information and strategies that support best practice in order to help you learn and grow.

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Virtual Reality


Technology that defies reality: learning in the future




By Ania Czupajlo

Can you imagine your students learning about the galaxy while travelling through space? Discovering the deepest secrets of the oceans without scuba gear? Roaming the ruins of ancient Rome or watching dinosaurs in their native habitats? All this from the comfort of their classroom!

Yes, this can happen. All thanks to the new technologies that offer next generation virtual reality (VR).

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Summer activities 2016


Six ways to make the most of your summer vacation

By Stephanie Zakhem

School’s out!

Summer vacation is a time to recharge and refocus as you prepare for another group of students.

There is no shortage of activities, camps and professional learning events taking place throughout the province.

Here are just a few:

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Mental health series, part 3

Mental health

David’s story

By Andrew Miki

Andrew MikiEarlier in the school year, CPCO and Starling Minds’ founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Miki launched an online mental health initiative supporting our Practising Associates. Starling is an online program available to all CPCO members. The program includes an example of an administrator called David to explain mental health concepts and how to increase resiliency to stress. To learn more about Starling Minds, please read our earlier blog posts.

The Starling program was developed by Dr. Andrew Miki. Andrew is a registered psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with patients to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

This is the third of several posts Andrew is contributing to our blog.

Treating educators, who are off work due to anxiety and/or depression, is a large part of my practice. In my previous blogs, I described my early experiences with David, a 58-year-old Principal. His daughter’s recent diagnosis of OCD had taken a toll on him. Watching his own child suffer with so much emotional pain was simply unbearable for him. Until David had visited my office, he had not spoken to anyone about what he was going through.

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