Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at PVNC! I sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed a summer of rest, warmth and rejuvenation. We enter this new school year with renewed hope, encouragement, and excitement that all of us will continue our work together, ensuring that every student and every staff member will rise to embrace and live out their God-given gifts with confidence, joy, and a deep sense of belonging. That is my hope and prayer for each of us.

As we begin the new school year, we mourn the loss of a beloved retired Director of Education, Peter Roach, who died on August 17, 2018 at the age of 87. Peter served as director from 1975 to 1991. During those years he ushered in a number of important and lasting initiatives here at PVNC such as the implementation of junior kindergarten and French immersion, and the integration of students with special needs, to name a few. Mostly, Peter will be remembered for the kind gentleman he was, for going out of his way to help people and for making every employee, parent and student feel welcome at PVNC. He will be missed but his wonderful legacy lives on.

Despite what may appear to be a changing landscape in education, our priorities in Catholic schools remain the same. In the recent Pastoral Letter “Renewing the Promise” from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (2018), we find encouragement to continue to listen with faith and humility, and to ask how the Spirit of God is calling us to respond to today’s challenges and opportunities. Those challenges and opportunities are many and varied, and are at the same time personal, communal and professional. The Catholic School community has a unique role in supporting staff and in forming students to be able to respond to those challenges and opportunities, each in his or her own unique way. In the pastoral letter, the Catholic School community is described as:
    •  a community that accompanies,
    •  a community that builds relationships,
    •  a community that encourages engagement and instils hope,
    •  a community that forms joyful disciples.

“Catholic schools are places where children may find solid and enduring values to give hope, meaning and purpose to life through an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship and the certain knowledge of God’s unwavering love provide a firm place to stand in shifting times. The promise is that true encounter with Jesus can and does take place each day in schools. Together we renew that promise by continuing to strengthen our schools as communities that exemplify the good news in word and deed.” (p.15)

Let us be resolved in our commitment to each other and to Catholic Education: to accompany each other and our students on this journey, to build authentic relationships, to encourage each other in our mutual commitment, to instil hope and find joy in all that we do. I look forward to another great year at PVNC.

Michael Nasello, Director of Education