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Director’s Message



April 2018

To all of our students, parents, teachers,
educational assistants, early child educators, custodians, secretaries, central
support staff, vice principals and principals, senior leaders, and to all who
support us in Catholic Education here at PVNC: Happy Easter!

In the gospel for the Easter Vigil, according
to Mark, we hear about  a young man at
the tomb of Jesus, dressed in a white robe, telling Mary, and the other two
women with her, to go and tell the disciples that Jesus, who has been raised,
is going to Galilee, as he said he would, and that they will see him
there.  I am struck by that phrase “go to
Galilee”!  Galilee is where they are
from, where Jesus is from, where it all started. It’s really saying, “Go back
home, take with you everything you have learned, and there, back where you
began the journey, you will meet the risen Jesus.” It means that we are called
to meet the risen Christ in our familiar places, where we are most comfortable,
but where perhaps it is too easy to miss him. It’s easy to feel that we are in
God’s presence in the beautiful celebration of the sacraments, or in touching
encounters with others, or in experiencing the majesty of the mountains or the
quiet of the forest. It’s not so easy to find him in the mundane, the ordinary,
and the everyday stuff of our lives. Yet that is precisely the invitation
extended to the women at Jesus’ tomb, the disciples, and to us. This Easter
season, let us help each other through prayer and encouragement to find the
risen Christ where we often miss him, right beside us.

This spring brings us continued opportunities
for learning and growth. More and more of our teachers and students are
engaging in deeper inquiries into topics they care deeply about. Not only are
they learning deeply, but they are deeply influencing their local and global
communities by setting their learning into action for the good of others. This
spring we are engaging in ongoing consultation: first, through the bi-annual
School Climate Survey for students, staff and parents; and second, through our
one-year anniversary survey about our 2017-2020 strategic plan.  We want to know how we are doing: how you
feel about our schools as safe, welcoming and inclusive places of learning and
what we might need to pay more attention to, and how you think we are doing in
the first year of our new Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities.  Both surveys will be launched in the last
week of April, 2018.  Watch for more
information on these important vehicles for you to exercise your voice and to
tell us what you think.

Of great importance this year is the focus on
strengthening our commitment to Catholic Education in Ontario. This year, we
have been engaged with all of our educational partners in a deep dialogue
called “Renewing the Promise”, an opportunity for all of us to articulate what
Catholic Education means and why our Catholic Schools are so important to us.
We are encouraging all students, staff, and parents to put your names forward
in a show of support for Catholic Education by going to the
website and signing your name as a show of support.  The unique Catholic character of our schools
is so evident in the generous support everyone shows to those in need through fundraising,
service projects, and the critical awareness we have of how important it is to
support and celebrate the life of every person, from conception to grave, in all
circumstances, regardless of where they find themselves on their life’s

May the blessings of Easter and the joy of new life in
our midst be yours. May you experience the joy of the risen Christ in your
home, “in Galilee.”

Michael Nasello, Director of Education