EQAO results mostly good news for Niagara boards


Niagara’s two big public school boards have scored higher than the provincial average in most standardized tested categories. This week, Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office released assessment results for Grade 3 and 6 math and literacy assessments, Grade 9 math and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. It’s the first time all EQAO assessments have been released at the […]

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Niagara Catholic looking at $500,000 surplus

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While it flirted with a $700,000 surplus, Niagara Catholic District School Board now expects to wrap up 2015-16 about $500,000 in the black. It set a $256.9-million budget for the past September-to-August school year. Giancarlo Vetrone, superintendent of business and financial services, told school trustees Tuesday the surplus came from planned delays in system priorities. A mild winter also left […]

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Notre Dame School’s Graduate Sabrina D’Angelo in quarter-finals at Olympics


Goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo enjoyed a successful return to the soccer pitch, and on the world’s biggest stage in women’s soccer. The 23-year-old Welland native, facing an opponent for the first time in more than two months, backstopped Canada to a 3-1 victory over Zimbabwe in qualifying-round action at the Olympics Saturday in Sao Paolo, Brazil. D’Angelo was told she would […]

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Something’s abuzz in Niagara Parks’ legacy garden

Siar Esckendari from Saint Paul Catholic High School, Destiny Lacasse from Notre Dame College Catholic School in Welland and Niagara Parks School of Horticulture student Dacia Daley show off a new bee house at the prairie legacy garden at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.

There’s a little bit of history in a new feature at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Wood from a centuries-old tree was incorporated into the final design of a new bee house in the Legacy Prairie Garden located next to the Butterfly Conservatory. “It came from a 500-year-old oak tree at Stamford Green,” said Charlie Hunter, superintendent of gardens, the […]

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Students in Need Sponsorship


The Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education has a mandate with emphasis on providing financial assistance to students whose families may have some difficulty from time to time in providing essentials for school life that do not qualify for government funding. There are many examples that fall under this category. They include food for wholesome nourishment, the need for proper clothing […]

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Niagara Catholic (NCDSB) helps kids at Niagara Children’s Centre


Pina Palombo is grateful to Niagara Children’s Centre for 14 years of care and instruction it has given her and her daughter Isabella Taraba. “They have been with us from Day 1,” she said, adding it helps her and her family deal with the physical and social challenges Isabella faced. “They gave us the tools to do the things we […]

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Loretto students raise $450 for Fort McMurray wildfire victims


When Melissa Lococo learned of the fires sweeping through Fort McMurray, Alta., last month, she couldn’t fathom how families who were forced out of their homes were feeling. The same goes for the students in her Grade 1 class at Loretto Catholic Elementary School. “We just wanted to do something,” Lococo said. That’s because the teacher had decided to show […]

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