From October 21 to October 24, guest speakers from the Harmony Movement group held workshops for student leaders from all of our secondary schools to talk about diversity and equity in the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.
Biju Pappachan and Caitlin Wood led the 40 students through many activities and discussions about such topics as bullying, racism and sexism. The students were engaged as they examined issues surrounding stereotypes and prejudice and to hear about how many biased images bombard us regularly in the media.
“It’s changed my perspective on how to look at different people of different genders and races,” said St. Benedict student Laura Rinaldi.
The students gained a much deeper appreciation for the privileges that they enjoy in our society, whether it’s gender, socioeconomic status, culture or in other ways. It made them more empathetic toward those who don’t necessarily wake up with the same abilities. They were taught that with privilege comes the responsibility to make our world more equitable through examples of student leadership like the pink shirt day anti-bullying movement.
The students who attended the workshops now feel empowered to go back to their schools and work to make their peers more aware of some of the issues that were discussed.
St. Benedict student Breana Mastroianni said, “I really learned how to stand up and take a stand againstt discrimination.”
Superintendent of School Effectiveness, Rossella Bagnato, explained the importance of initiatives like this one. “We can’t predict the future but we can help shape it and a good place to start is with the students. The Harmony Movement and the equity workshop have provided us with a great starting point.”
Congratulations to these future leaders and we look forward to being a part of what you bring back to our schools.
St. Charles College grade 9 students Brandon Roy, Kayla Folz, Marshall-Deschenes and Sydney Sheppard created a video illustrating what Catholic Education week means to them. The project was part of the learning outcomes in Mrs. M. Sanowar’s religion course.
The Boys Senior Hockey team completed their Perfect S.DS.S.A.A. season on February 29th with a three game sweep of the Manitoulin Mustangs to win the City Championship. The team’s record was a Perfect 19-0. The team won the Regular season title and the Playoff title as well as every individual award possible for the season. Individual awards included:
Regular season MVP: Trevor Bedard
Regular season Leading Scorer: Trevor Bedard
Best Goaltender Award: Matt Urso
Best Goals Against Average: Matt Urso and Nick McGregor
Best Defenceman: Evan Purcel
Most Sportsmanlike Award: Jacob Belanger
Coaches Award: Mr. Zanatta, Mr. D. Michelutti, Mr. Thompson
Playoff MVP: Zach Belanger
The team is now preparing for the NOSSA Championship held on March 5th & 6th in Thessalon, Ontario.
SCC’s Improv team competed at the 2012 Sudbury Regional Improv Games Thursday, February 8th and placed 3rd in the preliminary rounds. This qualified them for the Wild Card Round on Saturday, February 10th. After a very talented showing, the team placed 2nd and, unfortunately, missed the finals and placed 6th overall in the tournament. Team members are veterans ETHAN ROY, ALISON SMITH, and COLIN LAGACE and new this year are SHELDON DAOUST, BLAIRE MICHAUD, COLE THOMPSON, SEAN LYNOTT, MARC GREENE, and BEN CORTOLEZZIS. Most of these students have had roles in past SCC drama productions. Team Coaches Nancy Daoust and Angela Hodgins are extremely proud of the team performance and their dedication. We are already looking forward to next year’s Improv season.
Students at St. Charles College got decked out in red and pink this Valentine’s Day. The school held its second annual pink or red dress down day to support breast cancer. Students paid two dollars to dress down. All money raised will go to supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation’s Sudbury chapter for the purchase of new equipment. Almost 600 dollars was raised at the one-day event. This year, all high schools in the Sudbury area were asked to take part in the fundraising event.
It’s not everyday that high school kids get to challenge the Wolves at a game of hockey. On February 14th, Life Skills students at St. Charles College went head-to-head with four members of the Wolves team for a couple friendly rounds of floor hockey.
Classroom teacher James Suchoplas organized the event. “Events like this build special memories for the students whether they are fans of hockey or not. It’s also an important lesson in being a team player and a way for the kids to showcase their school/team spirit.”
Wolves player Ryan Hanes says “It’s a win-win situation for the kids and us players to come in and give a little back to the community that we play for.”
Dante Falcioni, a grade 9 student at St. Charles College will be taking centre stage next week. Dante is the lead role in Cambrian Theatre’s Kid’s Curtain production of Footloose which gets underway December 8th.
Dante will play main character Ren. The high school student must move from Chicago to a small farming town and re-adjust to life at a new school. Dante says he can relate in some ways to the character as he is just entering his first year of high school and had to transition to a new school himself.
Dante has been involved in Cambrian Theatre productions for a number of years. His good friend and school mate Jenna Daypuk will also be joining him on stage as Rusty. Jenna says the two get involved in local theatre because “they learn a lot and have fun while doing it.”
The Footloose production goes until December 17th.
Two years ago, Brandon Langella found his niche. He started high school and when he wasn’t doing school work, he began making music on his home computer. Brandon discovered he had a knack for drumming up beats and writing the lyrics to go along with them. Next week (Nov. 7), the grade 11 student at St. Charles College is unveiling his latest song, “Video Star” in video format on YouTube. The audio file is already available on ITunes, along with two of his previous releases. He collaborated with Toronto artist Dreams Brown for the video and song. Brandon is known as DJ Gella in music circles. He’s also recently joined forces with another Toronto artist named Rebecca Nazz – to form a group called The Futuristics. DJ Gella says his parents have been very supportive of his musical aspirations and for that he plans on giving back to his community. “I want to open a local recording studio in collaboration with my parents to make it easier for people my age to produce music.” His musical prospects have also forced Langella to explore music as a career option after high school. For now, he is focused on AAA hockey and looks forward to hearing himself on one of the local radio stations.
The students at St. Charles College greatly surpassed their goal on October 28, 2011 of collecting 60 thousand cans for the Sudbury Food Bank. More than 121 thousand cans were collected for the food bank and many of the cans will be housed at the Sudbury Food Bank’s new can stock location on Webbwood Drive. The school presented Chief Elsner, President of The Sudbury Food Bank with all of the food as well as a cheque for $21 000. St. Charles College is proud to be the first organization to stock the new Food Bank on Webbwood Drive.
Jim Szilva of Freedom 55 and graduate of the high school continued the yearly tradition of remaining on a Greater Sudbury transit bus for a whole week until the students’ achieved the goal set by school administration to commemorate the 60 year anniversary of the school.
The bus also made stops to St. Andrew, St. Bernadette, Pius XII, St. Raphael, St. John, St. Paul and St. David schools. Students there traditionally join the cause and collect in their respective neighbourhoods.
Principal Patty Mardero said: “Seeing our students succeeding and doing well academically inspires me, but there is nothing more uplifting than watching the students at St. Charles College pull an entire community together by collecting one can at a time.”
In partnership with Rogers Radio Q92 and EZRock 105.3, the students worked tirelessly to collect as many food items as possible, and also worked at many of the local grocery store chains by bagging groceries in exchange for cans or monetary donations. Buses were also sent out every night of the week for students to reach out to every part of the large community and canvass the area.
The secondary school has been taking part in a community food drive since the mid eighties.
Recently, St. Charles College had a fundraiser for the Breast cancer equipment fund and raised $500 in one day. The students dress in Red and Pink and donated a loonie to support this cause. The ladies of Angels in Pink also made cupcakes which they sold at lunch time and more more money for the cause. Organizer and S.C.C. teacher Paola Gutcher felt that this was a great opportunity to show students how important it is to give back to the community and was proud of the support shown by the school.