Recently the team from St. Charles College brought home the Gold medal from the Special Olympics Ontario 4 Corners Provincial Basketball Championship. There were 12 teams in total at this tournament and it was sponsored by the Special Olympics Ontario. This is SCC’s 2nd year winning a division championship, last year it was AAA division. The tournament was help on May 14 and 15. A special thanks goes out to Chantal Dagostino (Gym teacher SCC) and Chad West (EA SCC) who helped train the team for this tournament.
Last month 15 students from St. Charles College went on the vacation of a lifetime. From April 12 – 20, 2013, as part of the school’s Specialist High Skills Major (S.H.S.M.) in Health and Wellness, these students, accompanied by two teachers, had the opportunity to visit the country of Guatemala to work with a restoration group in local communities. Based on the belief that “if you can keep a community environmentally healthy, you can keep the community physically healthy” teacher Tim Kingshott led the students to support the Chico Mendez Project which is a non-profit organization based out of Guatemala which works towards reforestation of the forests, the provision of environmental education, and the generation of oxygen for the world. The students helped collect soil and loam to mix and prep for the next round of trees that were scheduled to be planted in the areas they visited.
As well as the community service, another aspect of their trip was a homestay with a family from Guatemala. Each student had the opportunity to live with a Guatemalan family and experience their traditional culture.
In order to prepare for this trip, the students were required to learn the basics of First Aid, as well as travel and health/safety. The group even learned a little Spanish in order to support their communication skills during their adventure.
Kingshott, who is also an outdoor education teacher, organized many hikes, and other outdoor activities including ziplining. “This is the fourth year I have brought St. Charles College students to another country for the S.H.S.M. in Health and Wellness,” Kingshott stated. “Four years ago I took students to Ecuador, then Costa Rica, then Belize and this year Guatemala. It is such a life changing opportunity for these grade 11 and 12 students as they take part in real hands on learning. At the end of these trips, they take away skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. These experiences are history and learning based, curriculum based, and most importantly adventure based – all the while pushing the students beyond their comfort zone – there is no better way to learn!”
On Tuesday, May 28, almost one thousand students at Sudbury’s largest secondary school – St Charles College – signed a pledge to end drinking and driving. The pledge banner was sponsored by several local businesses and provided for the school by the Impact 6/21 Foundation.
The Foundation was developed by the parents, family and friends of three Greater Sudbury teens were run over and killed in the wee hours of Father’s Day, 2009.
The parents of Jazmine Houle, Steven Phillippe and Caitlin Jelley also spoke at the presentation.
The Impact 6/21 provided the students with a hard hitting presentation complete with a police presence and a first hand account from the first witness on the scene of that tragic accident four years ago.
The presentation hits close to home because Caitlin Jelley attended St. Charles College when she was killed. She would have graduated last year.
Emily McCarthy has worked tirelessly to take the top prize in The Learning Partnership’s Turning Points Essay Contest this year.
Each year, the essay contest forces students to explore their character development through the use of literacy.
McCarthy’s personal essay of 500-700 words reflects on how individuals deal with conflict in their lives and how that changes them to become different people.
She shared the story of her cousin who died in 2009 and how she went through a dark stage in her life. To overcome the darkness, she turned to her family and found a better relationship with God.
This is a first-time win for Emily and for her school, St. Charles College.
Ms. Lindsay Morris, her English teacher from first semester says “Emily deserves this honour. As a class, we did a lot of legwork to make the students really think about who they are inside. Emily did many drafts, and worked so hard to take each revision of her work seriously. I would give her tips and the next day she would come back with an entire re-write.”
Emily will receive a cheque and a plaque for all her hard work. She will also have her work formally published.
A cast of ten actors is bringing the parables in the Bible to life at St. Charles College this week. The students ranging from grades nine to twelve are putting on a production of Godspell in the school gymnasium.
The musical which is structured by a series of parables was created by Stephen Schwartz. It ends with Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus Christ is played by senior student Cole Thomson. Student President David DiBrina doubles as John the Baptist at the beginning and Judas Iscariot at the end of the show.
The play was last showcased by the school eighteen years ago when it was a co-production between Marymount College and St. Charles College. The director and producer of the school musical, Mrs. Diandra Zafiris was featured as a student in the 1995 production.
This week is Catholic Education Week and many of the students attending elementary feeder schools will be coming to St. Charles College to enjoy the performance.
It is also open to the public from May 8th to the 11th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Children age 6 and under are admitted for free.