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Provincial Government launched Public Consultation on Ontario’s Education System

On Friday, September 28, 2018, the provincial government launched a Public Consultation on various aspects of Ontario’s education system. The government’s announcement stated:

“We’re consulting with parents across the province to address concerns and get feedback in several areas of the education system.

Feedback from these consultations will help shape decisions in the following areas:

  1. Improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  2. Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding
  3. Improving provincial standardized testing
  4. Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy
  5. Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones
  6. Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis
  7. Developing the first-ever Parents’ Bill of Rights

Consultation closing date: December 15, 2018

2018-10-10T12:56:21+00:00

Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

On Saturday, October 6th, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres will be closed.  The following classes will NOT be offered at any of our program locations:

ALL St. Louis campuses, classes and programs will also be closed on Monday, October 8.

Count your Blessings, Share your Harvest, Enjoy the Parade with your Friends, Family and Community!

Thanksgiving-Weekend

2018-10-05T14:14:01+00:00

In the Spirit of Blessings and Gratitude

As we approach the Thanksgiving weekend, we reflect on those who have given to us.  Let us take a moment to extend an extra special thanks to the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region who has been a tremendous support to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and a terrific funding partner with the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation.  The Catholic Community Foundation has supported high school graduations, chaplaincy programs and elementary school initiatives, as well as St. Louis program needs.

Among the 50 schools in the Waterloo Catholic system, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres has been a humble recipient of a few grants from the Catholic Community Foundation over the years.

We have applied for and received funds from the Catholic Community Foundation mostly for educational resources; money we would not otherwise access to purchase because of Ministry of Education funding restrictions for use of funds toward adult education.

With the Catholic Community Foundation’s generous support, our students have benefitted from the use of:

  • A full-body mannequin (150lbs to simulate the average person’s weight) for our personal support worker students to learn the proper lifting techniques, cleansing, teeth brushing, dealing with prosthetics and other medical needs in a lab setting — all before they go into field placement and onto employment.
  • 2 Brightlinks projectors strategically placed in our adult secondary school credit classrooms for maximum use.
  • Barbering kits to learn the trendiest cuts in the industry for our hairstyling and barber training program.
  • Demonstration cameras and a Brightlinks projector for our culinary arts students to watch and learn professional cooking techniques before attempting themselves.

The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation has specifically supported the establishment of our Student Success Centre with a one-time gift toward Technology Assistive Devices for those adult students with learning challenges. And in the last few years, the Catholic Schools Foundation has shown appreciation to our Culinary Program for their main course preparation at the Bishop’s Banquet, a major Foundation fundraiser.

Just this past year, both Foundations have joined forces to fully support our purchase of a heavy-duty mobile floor lift for the PSW program. This lift would be used for those times when a client may fall out of bed or their chair and need to be lifted back from the floor. The mobile lift tool is expensive and very important to train on, before PSW’s have to use them regularly with patients in long-term care.

We feel the most blessed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region’s generosity and automatic annual bursary funds designated to every Catholic high school and St. Louis.  This significant support we receive each year is intended to help us help our most vulnerable students in financial need.  These funds generally help students by reducing the barriers to fully participate in school activities.  St. Louis has supported dozens of students over the past 5 years with course costs, transportation needs and even basic emergency necessities.

In the spirit of counting our blessings and expressing gratitude humbly, we are careful not to apply for community grants every year.  However, when we have asked, we have received.  Thank you to the Catholic Community Foundation for your generosity of just a little over $20,000 and to the Catholic Schools Foundation for almost $7500. We are truly blessed!

Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region Grants

2013 $5150 2 Brightlinks projectors
2014 $1500 student bursary fund
2015 $1500 + $5601 student bursary fund + Brightlinks projector, document camera for Culinary, mannequin for PSW, barber kit for Hair Program – something for each of our skills training programs
2016 $1500 student bursary fund
2017 $1500 + $2330 student bursary fund + mobile floor lift
2018 $1500 student bursary fund

 

Waterloo Region Catholic School’s Foundation Grants

2015 $2405 Student Success Centre – Assistive Technology
2016 $1000 Bishop’s Banquet gift to Culinary Program
2017 $2330 + $1000 PSW mobile floor lift + Bishop’s Banquet gift to Culinary Program
2018 $750 Bishop’s Banquet gift to Culinary Program
2018-10-02T13:34:19+00:00

What’s NEW after 3 weeks?

Always wanted to learn another language? International Languages Secondary classes have begun. Still accepting registrations for the following evening classes (5:30pm-8:30pm):

  • Portuguese Monday or Wednesday (Kitchener and Cambridge)
  • Polish Wednesday (Kitchener Main)
  • Arabic Wednesday (Kitchener Main)

Ongoing registration for English Language classes.  We offer classes, morning and afternoon, evening and Saturdays. Multiple locations to choose from! Register Monday to Friday mornings.

Secondary School Day Classes are well underway! Struggling?  #dontgiveupupgrade with Core Essentials basic literacy and numeracy support to be better prepared for or get through your math or English credit course. Ask for Dina to find out how.

Upcoming Skills Training Intake Dates:

Visit our webpages for details!

2018-09-26T11:14:35+00:00
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