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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Celctic Canadian Heritage



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Celtic Canadian Heritage Month

March 2017
The Celebration of Celtic Canadian Heritage Month brings to mind the values of faith, family and courage to which all of us with or without a Celtic background appreciate.
Catholic Education in Canada is linked to the evolution and persistence of individuals and religious orders with a strong Celtic background, that have impacted the TCDSB from the inception of The Common School Act, clause 19 of 1850,  that created schools for Roman Catholics, to present day practices.
The TCDSB Community Relations Department in collaboration with St John Catholic School, celebrated Celtic Canadian Heritage Month Mass and Expose on March 8th, 2017. Mass was celebrated by Fr. John Newton (of Welsh and Irish descent) followed by school performances that included St. Anselm Catholic School, St. Denis Catholic School, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School and St John Catholic School.
Superintendents John Wujek and John Shain provided greetings and and remarks by way of participation in the celebration.
Through a fusion of educational elements, students, alumni, staff, parents, and community representatives engaged and learned about Celtic Heritage.  The variety of presentations and performances showcased equity and inclusive education through history, geography, dance, music, songs and cultural attire. The event culminated with the Cèilidh! -(pronounced Kay-Lee –(Informal party where any number of people can gather to dance and hear the Ceilidh band play)
In addition, students received the opportunity to commemorate outstanding achievements and contributions of Celtic people in Canada and around the world. 
The Organizing Committee appreciates and values the participation of all performers, staff and volunteers who made this year’s event a great success.
St. John Celebrates Canadian Heritage Month

St. John students
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