To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Franco Ontarian flag, on September 25th, 2015 at 11:00am, over 1500 Franco- Ontarian flags were raised across Ontario to recognize the francophone community and their contribution to culture and history. It’s also a way to recognize the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s arrival in Ontario – marking the birth of Francophone culture.
SCC teacher Jessica Demore’s high school Immersion students were able to participate in the celebration and create their own flag raising ceremony. The students were also featured on the CBC/Radio Canada “carte de drapeau” or “map of the flag” and can be seen on one of the three Sudbury points on the map located at:http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/ontario/2015/09/25/002-drapeau-franco-ontarien-25-septembre.shtml
The students in the 7/8 Immersion program did the same under the direction of teacher Sabrina Rocca. Students were given the opportunity to experience their francophone culture, by learning about the meaning, and background history of the flag.
It also happened to be country/western day to wrap-up a very successful Spirit week at S.C.C.
VIVE LA FRANCOPHONIE!!
Over this past summer, St. Charles College underwent extensive renovations to its building. A section of the school underwent a huge transformation, which included new state of the art classrooms – with new exterior windows, flooring, ceilings, etc. This was done to accommodate a new grade 7 and 8 wing for the school. With close to 200 enroled students, the newest members of the school are loving being a part of the St. Charles College family. Grade 7 student Zoey Cacciotti was excited to start at the school this September. “Right from the start, I love how it is our own little community,” Stated Cacciotti. “We have our own group with the grade 7 and 8’s, but also get included with the whole school for different activities and assemblies. It is a great place to work and have fun at the same time.” Grade 8 student David Chartrand echoed Cacciotti’s sentiments. “I love that we have our own space within the school,” Chartrand said. “I was a bit nervous at first as it is such a big school, but it is cool because we have our own section, but still feel like a part of the whole school.”
Patty Mardero, Principal of St. Charles was excited to welcome the new grade 7 and 8 students to her school. “It is great that we have been able to expand St. Charles to have grade 7-12 programming,” Mardero explained. “This really makes for an easier transition for students from elementary to secondary, and gives these younger students greater opportunities with access to things like science labs, fitness rooms, big scale drama productions, etc. We are thrilled to be able to expand our St. Charles College family and look forward to fostering this new community.”
As well as the renovations to the grades 7 and 8 wing, the construction project also included the renovation of the existing office space into new state of the art classrooms. The new entrance is a two storey space with celestory windows above the office, providing an open and welcoming space. The new administration office provides increased school security for both students, community users and guests.
The St. Charles College student body grew by more than two hundred this fall when grades 7 and 8 students were introduced into the campus mix.
On Thursday, September 17, 2015, students celebrated their first mass together in the gymnasium with Father Jim Ketzler of St. John the Evangelist in Garson presiding.
Under the direction of teacher Shannon Coyle, the new 7-12 choir helped to beautify the mass with their voices.
Students from the senior boys’ football team helped with the procession and the Prayers of the Faithful.