Welcome back to a new and exciting school year! We trust that everyone has had a lovely summer and time to relax with friends and family. “GIFT- Growing In Faith Together” is the theme for Yellowknife Catholic Schools from 2013-2016. Our faith grows as we grow and is enriched by our relationships with others, our learning and our life in community. Over the next three years, we will focus on five aspects of our growth in faith. Our faith is rooted in the Word of God and in Jesus Christ, nurtured through the sacraments and our relationships and celebrated by coming together in prayer to celebrate the wondrous gift of our faith and the strength of faith that comes in community.
Part of our mandate, as a Catholic school system is to help students entrusted in our care to grow spiritually. For the first year, we will be focusing on being “Rooted in Faith”. By being rooted in faith it is our hope that each and every one of us will grow to be the best that we can be. The children that have been entrusted to our care are all a special “GIFT” from God and we are blessed by having them a part of our lives.
Our promise to you is to always work towards the goal of providing the best possible educational program to your children, an education that allows them to grow in all aspects of their well-being. As parents you play an integral goal in making this happen and we invite your input at any time.
Our school year will begin for staff on Friday, August 23rd with Dr. Suzanne Stewart, who will speak on Intergenerational Trauma and the effect on learners and learning. The day will end with staff celebrating Mass together at St. Patrick’s Church. Monday, August 26th staff from Education, Culture and Employment share information, with staff, on the Educational Renewal taking place followed by school based staff meetings.
K-8 students will begin school on Tuesday, August 27th with registration taking place for high school students. Classes for grades 9-12 begin on Wednesday, August 28th. For those students wishing to get ahead of the lineups, Guidance Counselors are on duty beginning Wednesday, August 21st. Simply contact the school to set up an appointment.
This year brings an exciting new opportunity to students who would like to go further in learning the French language. Weledeh Catholic Schools is offering a Late French Immersion program beginning at Grade 7. Spaces are still available if your son/daughter would like to try out this unique experience. Simply contact the school at 873-5591 to register.
We look forward to another great year!
Claudia Parker, Superintendent
He took a little child and put it among them; and taking it into his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." (Mark 9:36)