Each year the students in Mme Perrin’s Grade 1 class at St. Bernadette Catholic School reflect upon the miracle of the coming of our saviour, Jesus. Together with friends from Mrs Sauve’s, Human Growth Class at St. Charles College, the students extended their knowledge of the story of Christ’s birth by building a crèche.
This morning, students at the feeder schools were wowed by the magical performances of St. Charles’ performing arts students.
The yearly Christmas concert featured MC Jenna Daypuk belting out “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” which created a sing along by some 550 grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 students.
Other highlights include the choir and band ensembles as well as Parker Szilva and Ava Danyluk singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.
The Arts concert is open to the public this evening, Thursday, December 11th at 7 p.m. in the St. Charles College gymnasium.
More than one hundred staff and students from St. Charles College will cross the finish line tomorrow morning at Science North. They will be participating in the Santa Shuffle 5k race to support Salvation Army programs for children and families at Christmas time.
The students and staff raised more than 25-hundred dollars to help the campaign making them the largest student group to participate and the largest school donator to the cause.
They will also be running alongside a special guest. Kate Gustafson is a high ranking Canadian marathon runner. Gustafson motivated the students this morning (Friday, December 5th) at the cheque presentation at St. Charles College. She talked about how she trains 120 km./week. She said “running is a discipline that encourages a healthy balanced diet, time management skills. If you have a passion whether it be art or sport, running can be an amazing compliment to your life.”
Each year, the students at St. Charles College join forces with the students in their homeroom to help put gifts under the Christmas tree in a home somewhere in Sudbury.
Deacon Steve Callaghan organizes the campaign with the administrators working in the eight feeder schools – St. Bernadette, St. Andrew, St. John, Pius, St. Paul, St. Mark, St. David and St. Raphael. Deacon Steve says “The administrators at each of these schools know which family is in dire need of support and what life is like for them.”
After students are selected, the child writes a letter to Santa and each homeroom “adopts” one of the children. Money is then raised during the month in the mission envelope. All money is then given to a designated student on December 11th so that the shopping can be done.
Deacon Steve Callaghan then brings the wrapped gifts to the school principal on December 17th and 18th and the principal contacts the family for pick-up. He says, “When the principal and the secretary see us hauling in present after present – they are overwhelmed and often cry because of the generosity of our children.”
Grade 9 and 12 students at St. Charles College spent a morning this week shedding tears together to educate and raise awareness about bullying. The highly emotional Targeting Zero Tolerance day was organized by the grade 12 Leadership class.
It’s the third annual event which consists of students’ presenting bullying statistics and a documentary style video they compiled along with organizing break-out sessions with students to answer a series of “what if” questions.
Mrs. Beverly Belanger teaches the Leadership class, and oversees what has become a yearly event. She says “it brings seniors and grade 9’s together in order to build peer relationships and grow positive school climate.”