CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

This year, the theme for Catholic Education Week was Renewing the Promise. Catholic Education Week ran from May 6-11, 2018. The Blessed Trinity community gathered together to celebrate Mass and participated in a variety of events that reflected the theme.

On May 7, the Catch the Spirit Awards took place at St. Julia’s Roman Catholic Church in St. Catharines. The award is given to the student who exemplifies Catholic values at school, home and in the community. Riley Fyfe, a grade 11 student at Blessed Trinity was this year’s award recipient. During the week, a collection for eyeglasses took place. The glasses were donated to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre. From there, glasses are distributed to those who need them throughout the world. Student Council attended the Student Leadership Symposium at Club Roma where Madison McKinney was elected as Student Trustee for the 2018- 2019 school year. On Thursday evening, Frames of Mind was held. This is a mental health community initiative that showcased art, music, and poetry of our very talented students.

MENTAL HEALTH IN ITIATIVE A SUCCESS

Members of the Blessed Trinity community gathered on the evening of May 10th, for the annual Frames of Mind event, hosted by the BTMentality group. The team’s pilot year had come to a close with this event, as the climax of their initiative to increase positivity and good mental health in the school. The event featured 18 artistic performances varying from spoken word to drum solos. Multiple works of art from classes and student artists lined the entrance to the intimate theatre setting, where performers shared why they chose to take part in their art form. Executive Director of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund, Stacy Elia, gave opening remarks and provided refreshments to the guests. A live feed was broadcast on the @BTMentality Instagram account and is currently archived for community members to view. This was a fantastic night for Blessed Trinity, as the promotion of mental health and wellbeing was a top focus. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our students!

STUDENT COUNCIL EVENTS

On March 23rd, Blessed Trinity opened its doors to the residents of Lincoln Park Retirement Residence. They spent the day with Student Council, helping them to get to know the school community and its

environment. The residents decorated Easter eggs with Student Council, had a lunch prepared by our culinary department, toured the school and the many specialized classrooms, and watched fantastic performances from our talented students in the music and dance departments. It was a truly memorable experience for both the residents and Student Council. This was our second time meeting with the Lincoln Park Community this year and we look forward to many more opportunities to do this again in the future.

During the month of April, Student Council organized a school spirit week. For four days, each grade competed against each other in activities to show their school spirit. The winning grade was awarded an extra out-of-uniform day. The week culminated with our annual Spring Dance. This year’s theme was “Colour Wars” and it was one of our most successful spring dances that we have had in years.

Now as the school year draws to a close, Student Council will be making the most of the days to come. In June, we will have our student appreciation day along with our annual BT Fest. This event will include inflatables and food trucks for the school community to celebrate the end of our outstanding school year.

BLESSED TRINITY ECO -TEAM

It has been a ‘tree-mendous’ year for our Eco-Team here at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School. Our Eco-Team, consisting of a core team of 10 members and 10 auxiliary members, hit the earth running in September by planning an extensive number of initiatives. This is an important year for our team, as we are striving to be awarded a platinum standing for the third time with the Eco Schools of Ontario program.

Throughout Earth Hour and Earth Week, numerous initiatives were introduced. With the tremendous support of our cafeteria and custodial staff, we were able to implement “No Power Hour,” cutlery and straw-free, litter-less lunches, meat-free Fridays and our proudest achievement this year, the implementation of a green bin program throughout the school. So far, we have diverted over 500 pounds of organic waste from landfills by having green bins in all staff workrooms, the culinary room and some washrooms. It is our goal to have green bins in the cafeteria on a regular basis and the remaining washrooms by the end of the year.

This year, our Eco-team was also treated to a wonderful banquet by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in recognition of our Yellow Fish Road participation and numerous beach clean-up efforts through the year. We were proud to be given this distinguished award for our efforts. Blessed Trinity staff and students have united this year to make a difference to our earth, both locally and globally.