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IB Celebrating!!

February 3, 2015

Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School has completed the final stages of accreditation and will be the first school in Guelph to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB), joining a growing global community of nearly 4,000 schools in 150 countries. Students will be able to take the IB Diploma Programme starting in September 2015. The exciting news was received on the eve of Principal Holly Conway’s retirement. The timing could not have been better so that all those who invested in getting us to this point in the journey could celebrate together!

Students from both Catholic and public schools will be welcomed into the program. It fits perfectly with our commitment to delivering student focused and faith-based, inclusive education. IB is a holistic form of teaching that gives students the skills, knowledge and outlook needed to succeed in the 21st century, both here, at home and in the wider world.

Learning goes well beyond the classroom. The unique and innovative IB approach that focuses on problem solving means students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs. Students are able to participate in international conferences and educators work with their peers internationally to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.

Simply put, “IB Celebrating!” 🙂

For more information on the program, contact Principal Richard Olson, IB coordinator designate | 519.822.8502 x 101307

What Is Your Unique Gift?

January 26, 2015

“You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit, namely,
that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.”
Ephesians 3:20

Each one of us is given the privilege and responsibility of being a steward of God’s grace. Principals, support staff, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, parents, teachers, students, – everyone is called upon to use their unique gifts in enriching the lives of others. This stewardship in action involves the giving and sharing of gifts; nurturing and sharing of God’s love and life.

The New Year is a good time for reflection. In what ways are you called to be a steward of God’s grace? What is your unique gift? Celebrate it and give it away!

A Christmas Prayer

December 12, 2014

She was five, sure of the facts, and recited them with slow solemnity,

Convinced every word was revelation.
She said;
They were so poor they had only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat
and they went a long way from home without getting lost.
The lady rode a donkey, the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady.
They had to stay in a stable with an ox and an ass
but the Three Rich Men found them because a star lighted the roof.
Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep but not feed them.
Then the baby was borned. And do you know who he was?
Her quarter eyes inflated to silver dollars.

The baby was God.
Sharon's Christmas
And she jumped in the air, whirled round, dove into a sofa,
and buried her head under the cushion
which is the only proper response to
the Good News of the Incarnation.

By John Shea, The Hour of the Unexpected

Joy to you this Christmas!


Light For The World

November 30, 2014

We are now in the beginning of Advent. Advent is a special time to renew our awareness of Christ’s coming to us as divine light. Do we recognize this radiant presence in everyone we encounter?  What encounters will you have this day, this week, this Advent season, in which others will know they are a divine spark?

Our Inaugural Meeting of the Board will be hosted Monday, December 1, 2014. On behalf of us all we welcome the newly formed Board of Trustees:  Marino Gazzola, Vikki Dupuis, Sebastian Dalbo, Joe Tersigni, Andy Finoro and Cassandra Choronoboy along with our student Trustees: Jonathan Parkes, Ryan Fazzari, Madison Hooper and Will Medeiros. Trustees will elect a Chair and Vice Chair as part of the organizational meeting.  At the same time, we are deeply grateful for those who have served before them; most recently, Father Dennis Noon, Jim Coffey and Steve Redmond, who have all taken great care to be good stewards of Catholic education. We wish you Godspeed.

The Parent and Student Information Night for the International Baccalaureate Program, Guelph’s first, was a HUGE success. If you were not able to make the information session, contact any member of the Administrative team at Bishop Macdonell. Registration packages are due December 16th. And… be sure to tell at least two friends about this exciting pathway possibility!

This Advent season be radiant! Let your light shine!!


Living in the Flow of Grace

November 24, 2014

What a privilege it was to join together with staff from across the district, to share stories about how God’s grace comes to us as we are; where we live, work and play. A special thank you to those who comprise the Spiritual Development Day Committee for your efforts to create a meaningful and enriching day.

God gives us his grace willingly and abundantly for this journey. It renews, edifies, and encourages us in our vocation. As we begin the journey towards the start of the Advent season, may God’s gentle grace permeate our heart and soul and all our thoughts and words and deeds…especially in those times when the world is silent.


IBelieve. IBelong. IBecome.

November 16, 2014

Guelph’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is starting at Bishop Macdonell CHS and the excitement is mounting!  The International Baccalaureate program is an internationally recognized high school diploma that inspires and empowers students for the 21st century.

We are looking for students in grades 7-10 with a passion for learning and who are interested in viewing the world through a global lens. Students from the Catholic and public school systems are welcome.

Parents/Guardians and students welcome.

Learn More & Register.

November 25, 2014, 7pm

Bishop Macdonell CHS, 200 Clair Rd W, Guelph 519.822.8502 x 101307

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

This week marks the beginning of Bullying Awareness Week.  Awareness is an important first step in recognizing this issue while prevention and intervention are also important components.  Across our district and over the course of the school year our staff, students and families are helping to shape our Catholic Community as one that is defined by the sense of belonging that all members of the community experience. It is deeply rooted in recognizing the dignity of every human person. In other words, we are called to help every individual to become the person God intended he/she to be.  Our children and youth need to be supported in the development of a strong moral compass that is offered to them through their on-going faith formation.  Our staff also participate in formation activities, which will be the work of our Spiritual Development Day, Thursday, November 25th.  We ask for God’s abundant grace on this gathering, to nurture the faith of those entrusted with the Christian development of our children and to open our minds, hearts and hands in service.

Make a great week.


Blessed are the Peacemakers

October 24, 2014

We were all shocked and saddened by the events that occured in our Nation’s Capital. During times like these we are reminded of the tremendous example and sacrifice of our men and women who serve in order for us to experience freedom and to keep us safe and secure. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have been impacted by these events and to those who serve our country with dignity and valour every day. Our flags across the district are flying at half staff. As a Catholic community we join together in prayer for those affected by this tragedy.  (Prayer adapted from prayer by Thomas MacDonald).

Dear Lord,
As we come to terms with the events  in our Nation’s Capital,
Let us turn our hearts and minds towards the good found only in You.
Be close to those who mourn.
Embrace our grieving nation.
Protect those who go in harm’s way to save others, and those who sacrifice themselves to safeguard our nation.
Convert the hearts of those who seek destruction, and banish from the world the darkness that allows such hate to fester and grow;
Let Your love rain down upon us, and let Your peace flourish on the Earth;
Let our every word and action be a reflection of You.
All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Peace be with you.