Friday, 24 November 2017

St. Patrick's Intermediate Blog Nov. 27 to Dec. 1

St. Pat's High School Drops By
It's always great when St. Pat's High School comes to SPI to promote all the wonderful things happening across the street.  On Monday, some members of the choir sang for us and encouraged students to get involved in music.  The arts are so important to the school curriculum that it's great of be a part of promotional visits such as this.  Thanks again for singing for us, SPH!
Brett Ullman Talk
Monday afternoon students had the opportunity to hear speaker Brett Ullman talk about dating. Brett travels around North America giving talks on relevant topics to teens. He is based in Toronto and was once a teacher for a number of years with the Toronto District School Board. Brett talked about the pros and cons of dating and stressed the importance of not feeling pressured by anyone to date.

Grey Cup 2017
To kick off Grey Cup festivities, on Wednesday, some of our students went to TD Place for the opening celebration. Students had a great time hearing speeches about believing in oneself and they listened to some great music and saw some varied dance displays. All this to say...a good time was had by all!

Christmas Hamper Program
Once again this year, homebases will be assigned a family to collect food and other essential items. In addition to helping families in need, Christmas hampers are a great educational tool to teach our students about poverty and social justice.  Every year we have more families requiring assistance than we have homebases; therefore, groups of staffmembers and our School Council have also teamed up to collect. 

Bullying Awareness Week
We had a very successful Bullying Awareness Week at SPI.  A number of activities occurred throughout the week, such as anti-bullying prayers each day, wearing pink in support of anti-bullying behaviour, and handing out cards to friends signifying the importance of healthy relationships.  I spoke to a number of students to solicit their thoughts on bullying and really feel that the message that bullying is wrong and needs to be reported is getting through.

Important Contact Information
Our School Council chair is Stephanie Anderton and can be reached at

Our Trustee is Mark Mullan and can be reached at

Have a great week.

Don Murphy

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 30:  CSPA Presents Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs, 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Thomas D'Arcy McGee Catholic School (please see for more details and to register). 

Tuesday, December 5:  School Council Meeting in Learning Commons 1 at 
7 p.m.

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