Recognizing Our School Leaders

Recognizing Our School Leaders
Posted on 05/05/2022

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2022, Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together, reminds us that publicly funded Catholic education is a call to service.  Regardless of our position or our responsibilities, it is a calling to bring the message of Jesus Christ into the lives of those who we are privileged to serve in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

There will be many opportunities this year as we celebrate Catholic Education Week in person, as well as virtually, to recognize the many blessings that the gift of Catholic education affords each of us. During this week, it is fitting to express my thanks and gratitude to the people who work collaboratively and collectively to provide our staff and students with a strong, vibrant workplace and faith-based education in a safe and caring environment.

Each day this week, I am honoured to express my appreciation in the form of “thanks” to all those who play an integral role in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board family.

As Principals and Vice Principals, you have shaped the conditions for our teachers and students to learn and succeed in a faith-filled environment. “The God of all grace will restore, support and strengthen you.“ (1 Pt. 5:10) Thank you for continuing to set high expectations for our students and educators throughout these challenging times and for providing ongoing support for the mental health and well-being of all members in your school community. 

Our Clergy have also found creative ways to lead and guide us on our faith journey. On-line prayer services and Masses have enabled us to remain connected with our local parishes; true examples of faith in action and being companions on the journey. Together in faith, our home, church and school relationship continues to be fostered and enhanced through our interconnectedness with our clergy. “Be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!” (Joel 2:21)

God bless you for the work you do every day. It is such an honour to be on this journey with each of you. Let us renew our desire to approach what may be presented to us both confidently and with peaceful hearts.