The Little Flower

Spring Issue

Our Administration: Mr. J. Babic, Ms. E. Mastromartino, Ms. I. Faraone,

Ms. C. Robinson, and Mr. M. Marosszeky

A Message from our Principal,

Iolanda Faraone

After an unusually long, snowy and icy winter, Spring has finally sprung! Despite the uncharacteristic cold weather, our students continue to be actively engaged in the academic and extra-curricular life here at St. Theresa of Lisieux. We have so much of which to be proud!

Our grade 9 students wrote their first set of final exams in January, and did exceptionally well. Our grade 10 students confidently wrote the OSSLT at the end of March, after months of preparation. A number of our grade 11 students have served the less fortunate in homeless shelters in Toronto. Finally, our grade 12 students are now completing the last leg of their high school careers, and determining which post-secondary institution’s offer of admission to accept. With our second semester parent/teacher interviews behind us, it is hard to imagine that in less than 2 months our students will write their final exams for this school year! Much has been accomplished over the past few months as our students continue to inspire and amaze us!

Life outside of the classroom has been exciting and rewarding. The Lions have consistently dominated on the field, on the ice, in the pool and on the golf course! Our Senior Boys’ soccer team is the fifth team this year that has made it to OFSAA, and we wish them luck as they travel to Thunder Bay to compete in June. The STL Wind Ensemble traveled to Boston in early April to compete in the Festival of Music music festival and entered in the AA Concert Band category. They received the ranking of “Superior” while locking in 1st place with a score that beat all other concert bands in the AA category. They were also awarded the William D. Revelli Concert band award for being the top overall concert band. Our Spring Concert was a night of musical magic, showcasing our students’ talents in both vocal and instrumental music. Our school took first and second place at the YCDSB Math team competition at Sacred Heart at the end of April…the accomplishments are numerous; the depth and breadth impressive!

In May, STL students will participate in the Horizons Student Leadership conference, which will take place at Father Michael McGivney CHS. The theme of this year’s conference is Going for Gold and the keynote speaker is Olympian Gold Medalist Sami Jo Small. Students will be involved in workshops throughout the day. It promises to be a very memorable conference. St. Theresa of Lisieux will also be hosting this year’s YSCPC Awards evening on May 28th where students and staff from all high schools will be recognized in a variety of categories, ranging from athletic leadership, to character, equity, inspiration and Religious leadership, to name but a few. Our students have so much to be proud of and so much to look forward to!

In the midst of all the wonderful and exciting events and accomplishments, our Catholic faith continues to be at the core of all that we do. As a Catholic Christian community, we continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection which brings to us a promise of new life, both in this world and in the next. Our students continue to demonstrate charity, compassion and dedication to living our faith. As a people of faith, we are continuously reminded of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice and promise of renewal at Easter time.

As we continue to celebrate this most sacred and holy time of our Catholic Christian faith, we are comforted with the knowledge that the resurrection of our Lord is a promise of a new life, of hope. Our STL family continues to mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Adriano Cordovado. He touched the lives of students and staff and was a true personification of the little way, always doing the ordinary with extraordinary love. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

We continue to wish each of you joy and happiness as we progress together in faith this Easter season.

Jesus told Martha:

“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25-26