Schools across the York Catholic District School Board will celebrate Catholic Education Week from May 4th -8th by hosting a series of special events, including a Province-Wide Mass, which will be held on May 7th.
The theme for Catholic Education Week is Exploring Paths of Joy. The week recognizes the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to the community, the province and the country.
A literacy festival in support of ShareLife, anti-bullying events, Music Monday, school plays, and open houses will be among the many activities taking place during Catholic Education Week.
A new student-led component, the first-ever Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day will also take place on May 7, 2015. Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day is being organized by the Catholic Board Council of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. In addition to the province-wide mass, the day includes a special video featuring Premier Kathleen Wynne; Humanitarian and founder of L’Arche Daybreak, Jean Vanier; television hosts; actors; an NHL player; Catholic school students and others appreciative of the Catholic education system.
The video was created by Student Trustees Joe McLeod of the York Catholic District School Board and Quinn Scarlett of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.
“Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day provides students with a great opportunity to celebrate our Catholic faith. In addition to gathering for Mass, students will participate in a number of activities related to world hunger, which we know, is a cause dear to Pope Francis,” said McLeod. “We are also encouraging students to Tweet photos from their respective schools to #OCSYD15, so that students can share ideas and connect with one another right across the province.”
YCDSB elementary schools are also hosting several special events to celebrate Catholic Education Week. St. Raphael the Archangel CES in Maple is hosting a three-day “Meet the Authors Literacy Festival” that will showcase student writing through exhibits, oral presentations, as well as through the use of 21st century digital technologies. The festival will be a celebration of children's literacy and learning and is in support of Catholic charity, ShareLife.