A Message from Director of Education Camillo Cipriano to the Niagara Catholic Community

Dear students and families

Welcome to the first day of what will be another very different – but I sincerely hope rewarding – school  year.

So much has changed since the first day of school last September. Who could have imagined the ways we would have to adapt to learning in new ways? I have heard wonderful things about the ways that our families worked through last year’s very strange middle and ending, and I am confident that we will find ways to find the magic in our current situation this year.

To our youngest students who are starting school for the first time, welcome! You have so much to look forward to in the years ahead, but what I want you to do is find happiness and wonder in every day. Make new friends. Learn new things. Explore, discover and grow in faith.

To students who are graduating this year. I know that this is not the way that you had hoped to see your years of school come to an end. Sports and other co-curricular activities will be different this year, if we are able to offer them at all. So many of the events that have defined Grade 8 and Grade 12 for students across Niagara Catholic may not happen, or may happen in a different way than what you expected. What I want you to know is that we are committed to making sure your graduating year is as special as any other.

To the many students in between, learning in school and at home, I encourage you to challenge yourself in new and different ways this year. Find ways to make new connections, and embrace these times. It may seem like you are losing out on many things, but think about the stories you will be able to tell about how you lived through history.

And to parents, I know this experience has been difficult for you. From the week schools closed in March right up until today, it has been a long, strange, and very often a frustrating journey; particularly these past few weeks. As the father of two daughters, one of whom is still in school, I want you to know that I am experiencing this along with you in my home. I know there have been struggles and disappointments, and I would like you to know that as Director of Education at Niagara Catholic, I can confidently state that I, members of my senior team, our Board of Trustees, staff in our schools and across the system are committed to ensuring your child has the very best education possible. We pledge to be open, responsive and positive in our interactions with you, and compassionate about the challenges your family may face as your children learn in a new way this year.

               In the face of life’s difficulties, let us ask the Lord for strength to remain joyful witnesses to our faith.

                                                                                                                                                                                              ~ Pope Francis




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