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July 2017

Principal's Message from: Rocchina Antunes

What a remarkable journey this year! We have come to the end of another school year with humble gratitude for all of the blessings and accomplishments that have been bestowed upon our school community.

I’d like to recognize our Grade 12 Graduates on the completion of four years of high school and take a moment to share some of the achievements of this graduating class. In this class of 375 graduates, 217 are attending University, 128 students will be attending Colleges and 30 students have signed on as apprentices or have been hired for full time employment due to their exemplary work in their cooperative education placements.

We are also extremely proud of our students who have been accepted into the following post-secondary programs:

  • 5 of our Graduates have accepted offers to York University’s Schulich School of Business
  • 2 of our Graduates have accepted offers into Rotman Commerce Program at University of Toronto
  • 2 of our Graduates have accepted offers into the Engineering Program at University of Toronto
  • And 2 of our Graduates have accepted offers into the Health Science Program at McMaster University.

The accolades continue. Our Graduates have also accepted offers to College programs in:

  • Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Business
  • Animation
  • Construction, Plumbing, Heating and Air
  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Restaurant and Culinary
  • Nursing, Child and Youth Care, ECE and Social Services.

Furthermore, 15 of our students graduated with a red seal on their diploma to indicate that they have successfully completed all of the requirements in the Specialist High Skills Majors Program in either Business or Athletics. Lastly, 191 of our graduates are being recognized as Ontario Scholars, and 176 of our graduates have achieved Honour Roll status!

Graduates, “May God’s blessing follow you all as you find new journeys to travel. May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams. May God’s gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow. May your hearts and lives always reflect God’s love and truth. And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day.”

As we look forward to the upcoming school year, we are excited to welcome our new Grade 9 students to our St. Jean de Brebeuf family. The Grade 9 Orientation Day will take place on September 5th. It is a special day dedicated to our Grade 9 students. An information letter will be mailed home outlining the agenda for the day. We wish our new Grade 9 students a relaxing summer and look forward to meeting them all in September.

To the rest of the staff and students, enjoy your summer break and thank you for your positive contributions to our school this year. As you start your summer holiday remember to take time to be still and to find God’s voice in your life. In the busyness of your life, it is important to not loose sight of your life purpose, which is to be a GOOD person and to bring joy to your life and to others around you.

I would like to thank the following staff members for their excellent work this year in supporting students: J. Sharpe, D. Raponi, P. Palma, T. Battaglia, E. Collins, M. Pasqua, H. Cheng, S. Mascarenhas, D. Paolone, A. Racco, O. Talarico, A. Cardone, M. Tropiano, M. Scarpitti, G. Arduini, M. Cerullo, A. Telfer, L. Mazzone, Aldo D'Alfonso, and S. Dorman. I wish you much success as you move on to other schools. Best wishes to E. Insante, Custodian, who retired this year. Welcome back to E. De Luca, S. Fuda, N. D'Amelio, and S. Martelli. Also welcome to the new staff J. Di Gasbarro, N. Cultraro, M. Paschakis, D. Di Panfilo and to our new Lead Custodian, O. Papasardaro.

Enjoy your summer and a well deserved break. See you in September.

St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School is a Learning Community called to educate the mind and nurture the soul with Jesus Christ as inspiration. Success in academics, development of character, and dedication to service will be be achieved with support from the home, church and school.