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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Process, Process, Process

Setting direction of your school is what most of us due at the beginning of the new school.   Reviewing EQAO scores, report marks, familiarizing staff with your SIP (School Improvement Plan) can be an undertaking. With the learning foundations that are involved take time to meet those learning conditions that are met. How we get there through a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end is the Process.

As educators we need to concentrate on the middle where the learning takes place. When we focus on the learner oriented vs. performance oriented we will see outcomes later with greater success. Not only do students learn, but as educators we learn with them and leaving the impact on the work with others.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Over 500 Principals and Vice-Principals from the province took time out of their summer vacation and attended Technology-Enabled Learning & Leading Institute 2017. It is great to see so many dedicated educators learning two weeks before the return to school.

The main speaker of the event was Jennifer Casa Todd @JCasaTodd. As she shared with us her book Social LEADia: Going Deeper with School Social Media Accounts. Many of her comments resonated with me in my attempt as an educator to promote 21st Century Learning.

This is my fourth summer institute and the movement of educators using Social Media to enhance learning in their schools has grown significantly. Almost of the group as of today vs. about 20% of the group at that time are now using a Social Media platform.

Moving from DigitalCitizenship to Digital Leadership must be modeled through educators. I have met many great educators that use Social Media on-line and in person: George Couros @gcouros, Dr. Alex Couros @courosa, Dr. Brad Gustafason @GustafsonBrad, Lisa Anne-Floyd @lisaannefloyd, and Brian Aspinall @mraspinall. Their abilities to share learning and the opportunities for professional learning using Social Media is tremendous.

Promoting Digital Citizenship happens 24/7 as it improves the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others. As educators we need to share and promote with our students what are appropriate responses, videos, and ideas.

Interacting with our communities on what is happening in our schools should be in real time; making it current and transparent. Either through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Remind, the sharing of video newsletters, live calendars, or sending out information is essential to informing our parents. Being positive, empowering voice, creating a digital footprint, and giving credit when sharing ideas of others is a step in the right direction toward Digital Leadership. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Principal’s Message – Mr. Mark Renaud

I have enjoyed my 6 years here as principal at St. Philip Catholic School. This is a great school community with so many caring people who serve the needs of their children. Through all their involvement in their masses, academics, sports, field trips, and music performances the students here have always demonstrated an excellent attitude, work ethic and values that are Catholic Christian based.

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the entire staff for their superb work and their dedication to all the students.  They are a very hard working group who generously give up their time and energy to make sure that your children have the best education possible and have a wonderful school experience.   Believe me; your children are truly blessed.

I also want to thank our Parent Advisory Council for all their care, effort, time and energy that they have graciously given. The school is in great hands with a new young executive! I am sure you will continue to come together regularly to meet the interests and needs of all the children.

We have had many accomplishments since the fall of 2011:

  • Updated and re-opened playground
  • New outdoor equipment and surface playing area
  • New school team uniforms
  • Musical Instruments – 30 guitars and 30 ukuleles
  • Installation of 16 Chromebooks and tower for each classroom
  • Addition of 5 smartboards
  • Addition of docking cameras, projectors, in each classroom
  • BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – 1st school to implement
  • NPDL – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning – 1st of 4 school to implement
  • Fraser Institute Ranking – 2014 1st  in the Bd
  • Social Media  - 1st school to implement - Twitter, Remind, Video Newsletters
  • Maker Space – 1st school - conversion of library with addition of robotics, lego,
  • Rosary Apostolate Group -  monthly visits
  • Parish Ministry Team – weekly visits
  • Monthly Virtues and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • St. Philip’s Track Day
  • Student Wellness Council
  • Retention Rates - 70% attending our Catholic High School – St. Patrick’s

Building relationships and creating a learning culture of trust produces a more rewarding work environment. Whenever people feel like they can reach out to one another for help and support, individuals begin to operate as teams. Schools that encourage these qualities of collaboration also see growth in school culture, student outcomes, and job satisfaction. Success begins when we first create an environment where people know why they come to work, how their roles are defined, and what they can do to develop their strengths. St. Philip Catholic School is that learning culture of trust.

When you are trusted to share your talents you always give your heart and soul to something you love doing. For the past six years, the St. Philip Catholic School community has allowed me to do this, and I thank you!

We will cross paths later in our journey either out in the streets, at the arena, or in social media.  We can’t always see where the road leads, but god promises there’s something better up ahead we just have to trust him…Isaiah 49 references, “I Will Not Forget You” as

You Are Engraved In the Palms of My Hands”