People of Faith: Putting “Faith in Action”

On October 23, 2017 – at schools and administrative sites across Waterloo Region – the staff and Trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools officially launched WCDSB’s year of “Faith in Action”.

This marked the beginning of the third and final year of the Board’s 2016-18 Pastoral Plan. In 2016, the focus in our schools was centred on what it means to be #PeopleOfLove. In 2017, the focus shifted to being #PeopleOfHope. In 2017-18 the focus has been on being #PeopleOfFaith.

Throughout the current school year, a special cross has been making a pilgrimage from school to school across Waterloo Region. The journey began at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener during special Eucharistic celebrations presided over by the Most Rev. Bishop Douglas Crosby and the Very Rev. Con O’Mahony. The first stop on the special journey was St. Brigid CES in Ayr. To date, the cross has visited 18 WCDSB schools, and their associated Parishes. The journey will continue in September, 2018 – concluding at the end of November, 2018, with the cross having visited each of WCDSB’s schools. The cross will spend this summer in the foyer of the Catholic Education Centre.

Coinciding with the pilgrimage of the cross, has been a special project in which one WCDSB school per week has been spotlighted on the Board’s website, demonstrating in their own unique ways how People of Love and People of Hope, working together in community, create Faith in Action. Schools will continue to be featured until the end of November, 2018.

The special videos created by each school have been featured in the “What’s new in our Catholic schools” section of the Board’s website homepage:

You can follow along by following the Board on Twitter at @WCDSBNewswire, and/or by signing up on our NewsWire instant news service. Look for the subscription box on the website homepage.

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June 29th, 2018|

Support Catholic Education: Make Sure You’re “Ticked”

YOU may have changed address in the last few years — but your Catholic school tax support probably didn’t follow you. That means, while you may think you are a registered Catholic school supporter, you may not be! So, it may be time to get “ticked”.

Here’s some important information about how you can help keep our schools #WCDSBAwesome:

Make Sure Your School Support Designation is “English Separate” (Catholic). It’s a powerful message in support of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools & Catholic education.

When you designate yourself as an English Separate school supporter, you help promote a strong political voice through your elected representative (Trustee) in ensuring your rights to a Catholic education for the young people in our province. In Municipal School Board elections, only Roman Catholic school supporters may vote for Catholic School Trustees. The Direction of School Support also determines the number of Catholic School Trustees to be elected within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

All Catholics are eligible to support Catholic education – not just those with children in school

You don’t have to have children in school to direct your school support to Catholic education. In Waterloo Region there are more people who DO NOT have children in school than DO have children in school. Their support is vital to the continuation of our Catholic education system. It is an investment in our future and all Catholic ratepayers are partners with Catholic educators in this investment.

Have you moved?

Even if you have been a Catholic school supporter in the past, the designation DOES NOT follow you when you relocate. Every time you move, it is essential that you re-declare yourself as a Catholic school supporter.

How to verify your registration as an English Separate school supporter?

  • Check the assessment section of your Tax Bill or Property Assessment Notice
  • Check your Voter Information Card received during a municipal election year.

What to do if you are NOT registered as a Catholic school supporter, but want to designate your support to Catholic Education:

If you are NOT registered as a Catholic school supporter, but want to designate your support to Catholic Education you need to fill out the Application for Direction of School Support.

When a Roman Catholic and a Non-Catholic are jointly responsible for the payment of property taxes — either directly through ownership or indirectly through the payment of rent — a Catholic School Support Lease is required. This lease is simply a technical tool designed to give the Roman Catholic the sole right to determine the school support of her or his residence.

When you have updated your forms, you have two options:

  1. Return the forms to your child’s school.
  2. If you do not have children attending school, drop your forms at your nearest WCDSB school – or drop them at (or mail them to) the WCDSB head office: 35 Weber St., W., Kitchener, ON, N2G 4G2.

If you have any questions, please contact the Waterloo Catholic District School Board at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2355.

June 29th, 2018|

Resurrection CSS Student Wins Gold @ Skills Canada National Competition

During the week of May 7-9, 2018, a total of 19 WCDSB secondary school students competed at the Provincial Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Center.

Skills Ontario is Canada’s largest skilled trades and technology competition. More than 20,000 spectators watched more than 2,000 of the brightest young people from across the province compete in one of 67 skills contests.

Two WCDSB students won medals in their competitions:

Samantha Parsons, Resurrection C.S.S. – GOLD Medalist – Job Interview

Andy Le, St. Benedict C.S.S. – SILVER Medalist – Hairstyling

Samantha would go on to represent Ontario from June 1 to 6, 2018 at the Skills Canada National Competition, in Edmonton (see further below).

Congratulations to all the WCDSB Skills Ontario competitors!

At the Skills Canada National Competition, secondary school and college students, as well as apprentices in skilled trades and technologies were tried, tested and judged, showcasing their talents in 44 contests across six industry sectors in front of crowds of thousands.

Samantha Parsons, a Grade 11 student from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, competed in the Job Search category of the Employability sector. As part of the competition each student was interviewed based on a specific career, and completed job search challenges and activities over a two-day period.

“I entered the competition at the Regional level because I felt it would provide me with the opportunity to enhance my writing and interviewing skills. It was amazing to have the opportunity to represent the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as part of Team Ontario at the National level. The competition was an incredible experience that allowed me to improve my skills while meeting like-minded students from across the country.”

~~ Samantha Parsons

Rosemarie Brenner, Skills mentor and College Cooperative Education Program (CCEP) teacher from WCDSB, worked with Samantha, mentoring her for the competition as well as accompanying her to Edmonton.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is proud