Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2019

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 17-23, 2019, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all, cultivating a positive sense of belonging and well-being. For more information about Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, please visit the Board website. … Continue reading

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board will once again be running its Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from November 8 through December 2, 2019. Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas, and highlight in their individual submissions how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. Students may submit entries in the following four (4) categories: Traditional artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)Original song (new song written OR performed by student)Short video (no longer than 3 minutes)Short story … Continue reading

HCDSB Recognizes Indigenous Awareness Month

November is the designated Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). This month, and throughout the school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Indigenous Awareness Month is an opportunity to honour and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and strength of present-day Indigenous communities within our Board, and throughout Canada. To learn more about how HCDSB is recognizing Indigenous Awareness Month, please visit the article on our website. … Continue reading

HCDSB Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario. The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic! This month, HCDSB recognizes the dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in our province, and around the world. To learn more … Continue reading

Loyola Students Set Up Hurricane Dorian Relief Initiative

Grade 9 students from St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School​ are doing their part to support those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful storm to ever hit the Bahamas, leaving 13,000 homes and hundreds of communities destroyed. Students in Ms. March’s Grade 9 Cosmetology class took it upon themselves to begin a Dorian Disaster Relief initiative by making a variety of bracelets to sell to students, staff, and members of the community. Students named this amazing initiative Beads 4 Bahamas. All proceeds from Beads 4 Bahamas will be going toward Samaritan’s Purse, a Canadian non-profit organization providing medical care and supplies … Continue reading

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a … Continue reading

Consent for Information Sharing – Students 18+

Provincial legislation requires school boards to recognize students as adults when they reach the age of 18. As such, students who are 18 years of age or older are deemed responsible for their own education, attendance, and any matters related to discipline. How will this affect me as a Parent or Guardian? Once your son or daughter reaches the age of 18, we are legally required to remove you (the parent or guardian) from our contact lists, and you will no longer receive information from the school or board related to their education, attendance, or any matters related to discipline. … Continue reading

Let Us Know What You Think!

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021, provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that shape us as a school board – who we are, what we do, and why we do it. As the third year of this multi-year strategic plan comes to an end, HCDSB is gathering feedback from the community to monitor our efforts this past year. Members of our community are invited to submit feedback online: http://bit.ly/HCDSB-StrategicPlan-Year3 This survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019. Please note that all information collected … Continue reading

HCDSB Celebrates Catholic Education Week!

HCDSB will be joining school boards across the province to celebrate Catholic Education Week from May 5 through May 10, 2019! Throughout the week, students, staff, parents and members of our community will participate in a variety of events and activities that showcase the importance of our Catholic schools. This year’s theme, ‘Living as Joyful Disciples’, reminds us that our schools exist to help students form and grow as disciples of Christ. The five sub-themes for Catholic Education Week are: Rooted in PrayerLiving in CommunityDoing Justice & Creating HopeJourneying Together in FaithSharing the Good News Students, staff, and families can follow along and … Continue reading

HCCEF Wants Your Feedback!

The Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation (HCCEF) is currently seeking input from the HCDSB community! HCCEF is charitable organization that supports students and families in the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). While HCCEF directs its funds toward our board, it is an independent foundation, governed by its own Board of Directors. HCCEF is asking community members to share their feedback so that they are able to help more students and families in our community. If you have not yet had an opportunity to do so, please take a few minutes to share your feedback through this brief online survey: … Continue reading