The York Catholic District School Board’s newest school, Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School held its Solemn Blessing and Official Opening on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Guardian Angels CES is located at 200 Lawford Road in Vaughan and serves the newly developed north Vellore Village neighbourhood. Students in the school’s attendance boundary reside north of Major Mackenzie Drive, south of the Humber River, and between Pine Valley Drive and Weston Road.
Guardian Angels CES features several energy saving devices and systems throughout the school including a high-efficiency boiler, a centrally controlled Energy Management System, exterior sun shades above windows that reduce heat and glare in classrooms, occupancy sensors that will turn off lights when a space is unoccupied, water bottle filling stations, and more.
The school incorporates many 21st Century technologies including interactive whiteboards in classrooms, as well as iPads and Chromebooks to provide interactive and blended learning.
“Our students and staff are blessed to be able to learn and work in this modern school facility,” said Diana Candido, School Principal. “We have a supportive parent community and it was a blessing to officially celebrate the opening of this facility together. I thank everyone who held make our solemn blessing and official opening such a success!”
The Solemn Blessing and Official Opening was a two-part ceremony. The first part was a liturgy led by Father John Borean of St. Clare of Assisi Church. The school’s primary choir sang, “we are the Church,” to start the ceremony and members of the school’s community participated in the liturgy. Father John Borean blessed the crucifixes from all of the school’s classrooms, then went from room to room in the school while a group of students performed a liturgical dance to the song, ‘Angel.’
The second part of the ceremony featured remarks by local dignitaries including: School Trustee, Maria Marchese who also emceed the event ; Chair, Elizabeth Crowe; and Ward Councillor Rosanna DeFrancesca. Director of Education, Patricia Preston; School Superintendent, Donna Hackett; a representative from the Ministry of Education, Bob Stones; and the school principal, Diana Candido also addressed the audience. Representatives from the Architect and Contractor who built the school presented symbolic gifts to Principal Diana Candido. Grade 4 and 5 students demonstrated their creative skills during a ‘shadow presentation’ called, ‘Angel of God,’ and the primary students closed the ceremony by singing the school song.
Following the ceremony, there was an open house, cake and refreshments for guests. Overall, it was a special ceremony that welcomed Guardian Angels CES as the 104th school in the York Catholic family of schools.