St. Charles College

Free Skills Ontario Summer Camps To Be Offered to Grade 7-9 Students

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Skills Ontario has officially opened registration for its July virtual workshops so students can explore skilled trades and tech-related workshops, demonstrations, virtual tours and presentations that pique their interest.

Sessions will run from July 5 to 30 and there is no fee to participate. Another session is set to run in August, with sign-up opening June 21. The virtual workshops are being held in place of summer camps.

Virtual workshops are open to all ages however are typically suited to Grades 7, 8 and 9. Each event’s individual registration page provides details regarding difficulty level and required skills and some sessions include a free hands-on kit that will be shipped to registered participants.

For more information, please visit: Skills Ontario’s Summer Camps

Students and Staff Embrace Franco-Fun Day

a collage of students wearing white and green.

Staff and students took part in Franco- Fun Day: a day dedicated to celebrating French language and Franco-Ontarian culture! Here are just a few ways our schools joined in on the fun:

  • St. Charles College students were treated to a live concert by Steph Paquette!
A man plays a song on-screen.
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School staff and students got into the spirit by wearing white and green in honour of the Franco-Ontarian flag.
a collage of students and staff wearing white and green.
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School students participated in a workshop by Ariko. They loved learning how to play the spoons and learning the dance steps. They listened to the song Mon beau drapeau and discussed the meaning of the Franco-Ontarian flag. The students then drew their own flag while listening to les chansons à répondre!

Sudbury Catholic District School Board Lowers Flags in Honour of BC Residential School Victims


The Sudbury Catholic District School Board joins communities across Canada in honouring and praying for the 215 Indigenous children whose bodies were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk-emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory. 

To honour their lives, flags at all SCDSB schools and board buildings will be lowered for nine days (May 31-June 8) – a total of 215 hours to represent each of the 215 children. As a sign of our collective mourning, the Board will also be participating in the National moment of silence at 2:15 p.m. today as we honour and acknowledge the children who never returned home.

“Today, we honour the lives of the 215 Indigenous children who will not be coming home. It is a heartbreaking tragedy and while there are no words to truly express the deep mourning those impacted are experiencing, we humbly offer our prayers that they and their families will find healing. We also acknowledge the pain and trauma this brings to all Indigenous peoples across the country, and we recognize the need for ongoing truth and reconciliation. May God continue to watch over the 215 souls and their families,” said Michael Bellmore, Chair of the Board of the Trustees for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.

“All Sudbury Catholic District School Boards schools and facilities are standing in solidarity with communities across Canada in honouring the 215 Indigenous children. While it is indeed an unspeakable tragedy, we send continued prayers and healing to all those affected and to the Indigenous communities in the Sudbury area and across the country. We have lowered all flags for 215 hours and will join the National moment of silence at 2:15 p.m. As a system, we are also wearing orange shirts on Wednesday, June 2 and will unite in a collective prayer service as a reminder that every child matters,” said Joanne Bénard, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.


What do these three young men have in common?

They just submitted their video to smash a world record!

Skills Ontario is excited to announce a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt event. We would like to invite everyone to participate in making history by helping them to break the record for Largest Online Video Chain of People Passing and Using a Screwdriver!

The call went out yesterday to Sudbury Catholic staff and students to help Skills Ontario. Both staff and students have been eagerly participating.  Kent MacNeill, remote learning teacher assigned the challenge to all his grade 7 & 8 science students!

Anyone of any age, across the province can join the fun!  Skills Ontario’s minimum goal is to receive 251 individual video submissions.

In order, to secure the record please make sure all guidelines are followed,  refer to the   Educational Guide & Attempt Guidelines and video. For additional information, refer to: Guinness World Record Attempt 2021

All participants must sign a photo/video release form when uploading their video. Participants 18 years and younger must have a parent/guardian sign the form.

All participants will be added into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 20 $50 prizes!

Deadline to submit is June 2nd 2021!

Join Us and Learn How to Be Future Ready With XELLO!

The Parent Involvement Committee is very pleased to once again to support virtual learning sessions throughout the winter and spring.

XELLO is an engaging university/ college and career readiness software that unlocks every student’s potential by opening their eyes to future possibilities and equipping them with skills and resources for the future. In this session hosted by XELLO,participants will explore and learn more about the many tools and features of this platform, and how XELLO can be used to support students and parents as they navigate secondary and post-secondary opportunities.

Don’t miss out, register HERE!

Sudbury Catholic Schools Appoints Second Student Trustee for a Two-Year Term

Student Trustee Jack Gouchie

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Gouchie as a Student Trustee for the 2021-2023 terms. Jack is currently a Grade 10 student at St. Charles College. He will join fellow Student Trustee Kylie MacGregor in September 2021 and represent student voice at the Board table.

Prior to St.Charles College, Jack attended St. Andrew Catholic School and Holy Trinity Catholic School. Throughout the years, he has participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities. He has been a part of various sports teams including basketball, baseball, hockey, volleyball, curling and badminton. He also serves on student council, he was an active member of the elementary band and has participated in multiple St. Charles College canned food drives.

Outside of school, Jack also participates in hockey, baseball and lacrosse and is currently a Grade 6 Piano and Grade 7 Theory student with the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is an active member of St. Andrew’s parish and assists as an altar server. He hopes to pursue a career in sports administration in the future.

“I am thankful to have been given the opportunity as Student Trustee. It is through my experiences with the Board that I have met a variety of students from different schools. This has sparked my interest in advocating for students and becoming more involved in student governance. I hope to be a strong and influential voice for the Sudbury Catholic student body,” said Jack Gouchie, appointed Student Trustee.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is our pleasure to welcome Jack to the role of Student Trustee. He is an active member of the St.Charles College community and has a true passion for student involvement,” said Michael Bellmore, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. “We look forward to having him sit at the Board table in September along with fellow Student Trustee Kylie MacGregor.”

Canadian Parents for French Offering Programs This Spring


Canadian Parents for French Ontario is offering free French virtual programs for students from Grade 1 to 12 funded by the Ministry of Education from May to August to support French as a Second Language students.

Click the link below for more information about this exciting opportunity!

Free French Virtual Programs

Join Us and Learn What Influences Vaping and Cannabis Use!

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The Parent Involvement Committee is very pleased to once again to support virtual learning sessions throughout the winter and spring.

This presentation will look at what influences the use of vaping and cannabis, with vaping as a form of cannabis use, as well as a substitute for cigarette smoking. Dr. Bassis has been a licensed Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1982, practicing in the area of clinical psychology. He is a member in good standing of the Ontario PsychologicalAssociation, AAPB, and the American Clinical Hypnosis Society. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology & Human Behaviour from United States International University, San Diego,California in 1972 and has been in private practice since 1989.

Don’t miss out, register HERE!

Stay tuned for more information this upcoming session!

May 19 – 5 Steps for High School Success: Broadening Student Horizons Through the Exploration of Xello and Specialized Secondary Programs in the SCDSB.

Join Us and Learn How to Stay Safe Online!

The Parent Involvement Committee is very pleased to once again to support virtual learning sessions throughout the winter and spring.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the cyber security industry, Danny Pehar has become one the industries foremost experts, providing awareness to Fortune 500 companies, working with the FBI cyber task force and providing cybersecurity content through Forbes magazine and Global Television.In this session, Danny will teach you how to protect yourself, your colleagues and your family from the threats and vulnerabilities brought on by the digital age. You will laugh,learn and be empowered to know you can make a difference.

Don’t miss out, register HERE!

Stay tuned for more information about these upcoming sessions:

  • May 12 – Vaping and cannabis use with Dr. Edward Bassis
  • May 19 – 5 Steps for High School Success : Broadening student horizons through the exploration of Xello and specialized secondary programs in the SCDSB

Difference Makers: The Sudbury Catholic District School Board Recognizes This Year’s Winners for the Chairperson’s Award

Collage of three winners

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Chairperson’s Award. All three individuals have demonstrated a strong commitment to Catholic education and to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment focused on ensuring the success of all students.

Nancy Bellemare-Perron is a teacher at Holy Trinity School who has made a true impact on her students. Through her teaching, she has provided students with opportunities to learn and engage in several community initiatives and understand the importance of supporting others in our community. Nancy provides a safe and caring environment for all who enter the classroom and goes out of her way to make students and parents/guardians feel included, engaged and motivated. She embraces innovation in her teaching, and tailors lessons and activities to match learning needs, providing support wherever it is needed for both students and parents/guardians alike.

Megan Murphy is the Principal of St. Albert Learning Centre and the current Remote Learning School. She provides a welcoming environment to all who enter the school and motivates her staff to continue to help students overcome obstacles to reach success – whatever that means for them. She continually promotes other teachers in their endeavors to obtain grants for experiential learning opportunities and supports and encourages teacher innovation that will enhance student learning. Through her recent role of Principal of the Remote Learning School, Megan has also helped facilitate a virtual learning environment that is engaging and focused on student success.

Jennifer Petahtegoose is an Indigenous Language Teacher at St. Charles College. Jennifer embodies the Board’s vision of being leaders in learning and faith completely and is seen as a leader in her school. Jennifer challenges her students to get involved in peaceful initiatives such as water walks and other social justice activities. Through her role, she facilitated the school’s first Indigenous studies student club and instituted the Red Bird drumming program. She provides rich programing through guest speakers with Elders such as Vince Pawis and Chief John Beaucage and is a founding member of the SCDSB Indigenous Education Advisory Committee. She has participated and assisted with the school’s Antioch Retreats and is a regular Extraordinary Minister of Holy Eucharist. Faithful and kind, Jennifer is well respected by the entire St. Charles College community and is selfless in her vocation.

“We are very proud to announce this year’s winners of the Chairperson’s Award. As in past years, we are privileged to be able to honour and recognize three individuals who truly embody our mission and vision as a Board and are seen as difference makers, innovators and trailblazers,” said Michael Bellmore, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Each year, our committee has the tough, but important job of choosing honourees from the numerous applications received. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are grateful to all who nominated individuals this year, and we thank our recipients for their continued service and commitment to Catholic education.”

This year’s award winners will be recognized alongside last year’s winners in a special virtual recognition event to be held later this Spring.

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