St. David CSS Students Win $5,000 Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Grant for Reception House

It’s very true when we say our #WCDSBAwesome @WCDSBNewswire schools “welcome the world”!

Two years ago, Maroush was a newly-arrived government assisted refugee at Reception House Waterloo Region. On May 29, 2018, she and her St. David CSS project partner Shealynn, presented their $5,000 Youth Philanthropy Initiative Award (YPI) to Reception House!

Every year, our WCDSB Newcomer Reception Centre (@WCDSBNewcomer) welcomes dozens and dozens of newcomer students into our #HeartOfTheCommunity school system. Much of that work is done in partnership with Reception House.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to community-based social service charities each year — 100% decided by thousands of high school students in the program’s school-based philanthropy project. YPI is offered free of charge to secondary schools, with one major enrolment requirement: it must be provided inclusively to all students across a grade level, as a marked project within any mandatory course. YPI currently works with secondary schools in Canada, Scotland, New York City and Northern Ireland.

May 30th, 2018|

17th Annual Links FORE Learning Golf Classic – Thursday, August 23

The annual Links FORE Learning Golf Classic is one of the signature events each year for the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. This year’s tournament on Thursday, August 23 at the Conestoga Golf & Country Club, marks the 17 annual edition of this not-to-be missed WCDSB gathering.

CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Proceeds from the tournament help the Foundation fund activities in its three focus areas:

  • supporting program enhancements important to our Catholic education community but no longer viable through Government funding
  • supporting equity and opportunity for all our learners
  • supporting the Faith component of Catholic education

May 25th, 2018|

Nine WCDSB Schools Earn “Healthy Schools” Certifications

Waterloo Region, ON – Nine Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools have been awarded “Healthy Schools” certifications by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA)Four WCDSB schools received Healthy Schools certifications in 2016-17.


  • St. Benedict CSS
  • Resurrection CSS
  • St. Joseph CES
  • St. Elizabeth CES


  • St. David CSS
  • Holy Rosary CES
  • St. Margaret of Scotland CES
  • St. Nicholas CES
  • St. Michael CES

Quick Facts

  • Participating schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School This process guides a school community through planning and implementation of a range of activities for a selected priority health topic. The process is annual, repeating each school year, and flexible for all communities across Ontario to sustain year over year. School teams focus on one of the following six health topics:
    • Physical Activity
    • Healthy Eating
    • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
    • Growth and Development
    • Mental Health
    • Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours

While a healthy school community aims to promote health in all six of the interconnected health topics, selecting a priority health topic based on each school community’s needs and assets helps focus the work of the school team. By focusing on one health topic comprehensively across as many of the five Foundations for a Healthy School areas as possible, schools are better positioned to have a deeper impact on their broader school communities.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and five adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

– 30 –

For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer

(519) 578-3660 |


May 18th, 2018|

O Canada Challenge

Show us your “True Patriot Love”

You could rock a solo or get together with some friends to record your new version of O Canada and submit it as part of the O CANADA CHALLENGE. Your recording could be part of the new WCDSB album “True Patriot Love” to be played at our schools in September.

Submissions due Monday June 11th through the Google Form

This challenge is open to all WCDSB students!


Download the O Canada Poster


May 11th, 2018|
Go to Top