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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

CPCO encourages associates to submit ideas for our Share Your Story blog category. Simply email your story idea and a brief description to CPCO Communications & Technology Officer Jacob Chouinard.

Jacob will work with your school board communications staff to develop the article for our blog. We look forward to hearing from you!

Walk Through Bethlehem


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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3D Printing in an Elementary School Setting

3D Printing in an Elementary School Setting

 By Carl Bull, Vice-Principal, L.A. Desmarais

Imagine a geometry assignment that you literally have to pull students away from, one that targets multiple curriculum objectives as well as connects them to a myriad of well-paying career opportunities. I have been involved in one such activity, the increasingly ubiquitous technology of 3D printing. This process has been employed by a diverse array of North American companies utilizing it to produce houses, cakes, artificial limbs, car parts and a multitude of other objects.

Interestingly, this process is leading a resurgence of the manufacturing industry in North America, particularly for small businesses due to its affordability, reliance on creativity and scalability. This quality, and many others, makes it a perfect STEM-based activity to engage our pupils.
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Creating a play structure at Thomas D’Arcy McGee


Creating a play structure for all students at Thomas D’Arcy McGee

By Jacob Chouinard
Communications and Technology Officer

Recreational activity in elementary school is an important part of the day and it normally takes place at recess with other students. For many years Thomas D’Arcy McGee students have been playing on a large green field on school property at recess.

However, some students in the Developmental Education (DE) program use the assistance of wheelchairs or walkers and it is more difficult for them to play with other students in the school yard.

Former Thomas D’Arcy McGee Principal, Deborah Langdon and the school community decided that their school was in dire need of a play structure that would allow for all the students to play and socialize together on school premises. As a result, Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic school started to develop a plan to build an inclusive play structure on school property.

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Open Doors – St. Charles College


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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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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