York Catholic schools hold special events to commemorate Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Wheel artStudents, staff, and community members from Catholic schools across York Region will mark Remembrance Day by paying tribute to war veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces through special events and activities, including school assemblies, visits from veterans, dramatic presentations, and liturgies on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Below is a small sample of some of the Remembrance Day tributes taking place across the York Catholic District School Board.


St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School to mark Remembrance Day
St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in Aurora will celebrate Remembrance Day with assemblies at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. for its students and staff. The assemblies are being coordinated by the Arts Department. The foyer of the school will host an art installation and the assemblies will include a dramatic performance, and dance and vocal performances. The assemblies will be followed by a moment of silence at 11 a.m.


Our Lady of Good Counsel CES to mark Remembrance Day at Town Hall
The student body of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Elementary School in Sharon will participate in the East Gwillimbury Remembrance Day celebration at Town Hall. The students will recite John McRae's poem, In Flanders Field, as well as sing a French song entitled, Une Colombe to honour our veterans and those who have paid the supreme sacrifice for our country.


St. Brother Andre CHS to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and Canadian Armed Forces
The Remembrance Day assembly at St. Brother Andre Catholic High School will focus on the recent tragic events of the soldiers who died in Quebec and Ottawa. The school community will reflect on what that means for us as Canadians, and also why we commemorate Remembrance Day. The assembly will also include a contingent of air cadets and army cadets who are students at the school. They will bring flags up to the stage. Following prayers and spiritual readings by students, the school will hear an address by Captain McFarlane. The entire school will also reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day during a minute of silence while the Last Post is played. The MC for the assembly event will be Steve Swan, Department Head of Canadian and World Studies.

Remembrance Day Recognition Assembly at St. Patrick CES in Markham
St. Patrick CES in Markham will be holding a Remembrance and Recognition Assembly on November 11th beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the school gym. Parents and other family members are invited to attend. The assembly will include presentations by two of the school’s classes to highlight the Catholic virtue of “justice” and Catholic character attributes. Students from each class will be recognized for demonstrating these qualities. There will also be a presentation of poppies, recitation of In Flanders Fields and a moment of silence.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Remembrance Day Ceremony Followed by Mass
San Lorenzo Ruiz CES in Markham invites the San Lorenzo Ruiz school community to its traditional Remembrance Day Ceremony including: the singing of the National Anthem by the school’s junior choir; a reading of the poem, In Flanders Fields; a minute of silence; playing of the reveille; reflections and prayers for peace; and the singing of Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Students will be given poppies to wear and will be engaged in the laying of wreaths to commemorate the day. The Remembrance Day ceremony will be immediately followed by a celebration of the Mass focusing on a message of peace. Students will bring symbols representing the significance of Remembrance Day to the altar during Mass.

Remembrance Day Liturgy at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School will be celebrating a liturgy for Remembrance Day on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in its school gym. The school’s junior students will lead the school community in prayer and reflection. The school welcomes its parent community to join in remembering.


Remembrance Day Reflection Assembly at St. Joseph CES in Richmond Hill
The Grade 8 students of St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill will help its school community reflect upon the meaning of Remembrance Day through a liturgical and dramatic presentation in the school gym. The entire school community is invited.

Students to Lead Remembrance Day Activities at Corpus Christi CES
On November 11th, Corpus Christi's Luke 4:18 Social Justice Committee will gather its school community for an assembly of Remembrance, awareness and reflection. Students have worked hard to prepare a presentation for the school community that includes history, prayers and an inspirational PowerPoint presentation themed on the idea that “peace begins with us.” Students have also been collecting donations from poppy sales and writing poems and essays, as well as designing entries for a Remembrance Day Poster/Poem/Essay contest.


Major Guy Janssens to speak to Father Bressani students about Canadian Peacekeeping efforts
Father Bressani Catholic High School in Woodbridge will host a special Remembrance Day event featuring Major Guy Janssens of the Canadian Armed Forces. He will speak to the school’s staff and students about the current state of affairs of Canadian Peacekeeping efforts. The school’s Remembrance Day celebrations will also include a presentation of the Canadian flag by student Cadet Felicia Di Girolamo, a presentation by the school’s drama council, and a wreath ceremony and trumpet performance of The Last Post.

Remembrance Day assembly at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School
St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS will mark Remembrance Day with a school-wide assembly for its entire school community. There will be a prayer service and the school’s choir and instrumental music students will perform. There will also be a presentation of “Remembrance of Soldiers” throughout history that will be shown while the choir performs. Taps will be played by students and the school will spend two minutes in silence to honour Canadian fallen soldiers.

Remembrance Day Peace Celebration Week at St. Joan of Arc in Maple
Students and staff at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Maple will spend the week of November 4-11 reflecting on peace and remembering Canadian fallen soldiers. A variety of video presentations will be shown during lunch periods during the week leading up to Remembrance Day in the school’s cafeteria. The videos highlight themes of Remembrance, and some of the videos are student productions. On Remembrance Day, there will be a 20-minute school wide audio presentation over the PA stem, conducted by staff and students representing various departments within the school.

Remembrance Day presentation at St. Joseph the Worker CES in Thornhill
St. Joseph the Worker CES will present a special Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday, November 11th in the school gym. The junior division staff and students will honour all those who have died serving our country and all those presently serving in Canada’s Armed Forces. The junior students will present a dance assisted by a group of St. Elizabeth regional arts dance program students on the theme of peace. There will also be a dramatic presentation by the Grade 5 class and a paraliturgy. All members of the school community are invited to attend.

Remembrance Day and Recognition Assembly at St. Stephen CES
St. Stephen Catholic Elementary School will be holding its Remembrance Day and Recognition Assembly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the school gym. Parents and other family members are invited to attend. The ceremony will include reflections and prayers for peace, inspirational presentations, and a trumpet performance of The Last Post, which will be followed by a minute of silence. The assembly will conclude with the recitation of the poem, In Flanders Fields. Symbols of peace will be displayed on the stage. After the ceremony, students from each class will be recognized for demonstrating the Catholic virtue of “compassion.” All students will close the assembly singing by the Patriotic Song.

Remembrance Day Memorial Service at St. Veronica CES
Staff, students and parents will come together at 10:40 a.m. to commemorate Remembrance Day in a special memorial service at St. Veronica Catholic Elementary School in Woodbridge. The school’s students will lead the memorial service that honours the sacrifices made by our veterans and the school community will pause for a minute of silence at 11:11 a.m.

On Tuesday, November 11, staff at the school board’s Catholic Education Centre will also host their annual Remembrance Day liturgical service at 10:30 a.m., and observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to remember.