It is a pleasure to welcome you to the St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School website.
I am excited to serve as the new Principal of St. Agnes School, beginning in September, 2014. I have heard great things about the St. Agnes students, staff and community and I am looking forward to meeting and working with the students, staff, and the parents/guardians and being a part of this wonderful learning community.
One of my favourite quotes is from St. Francis, and it speaks to what is absolutely necessary to help our students grow and develop holistically:
“Preach the Gospel often, and if necessary, use words.”
To me, this means we, as adults, must teach, model, and live the gospel values in all our actions. Students must experience and witness our faith, not only in Religion and Family Life classes, but in the day-to-day life of the school. We will continue to recognize and celebrate these qualities in our students through our many programs offered at St. Agnes School. We are fortunate to be located adjacent to the parish church which allows us to experience a rich faith life with the support of our pastor, Father Aleks.
We are also very fortunate to have a strong volunteer program here at St. Agnes School. Parents and guardians, friends and community helpers all play an important role in helping us at St. Agnes. Support from home, involvement and participation at school, and contributing to the school community are all aspects of the partnerships that keep us true to our board’s vision of our school being “the heart of the community, where there is success for each and a place for all”.
I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful school, church, and neighbourhood community. I am a firm believer that when there is a sense of community, children feel safe and want to be at school. These factors help in creating a positive learning environment for our students to feel success.
I also believe that maintaining consistent communication between home and school is essential in promoting the best learning experience for your children. Please read the monthly newsletters and use our website (http://stagnes.wcdsb.ca/) to keep up to date on events happening at our school. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call at 519-885-3180. I would be happy to speak with you.