Director's Annual Report to the Community 


Paula Dawson 

Paula Dawson,
Director of Education


A Message From Our Director

I am delighted to share with you the 2012-2013 Director's Annual Report to the Community, highlighting some of the many accomplishments we experienced across our school district last year.

A number of initiatives were undertaken during the 2012-2013 school year as the Halton Catholic District School Board worked towards acheiving its strategic priorities and commitments. Wonderful things are happening in schools across our system - this report provides a snapshot that captures just a few. The real testament to our overall success is evidenced through the many individual achievements celebrated by our students and staff within our school communities. The tremendous success we have enjoyed as a school district would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff, complimented by the vibrant and active partnership with parents and parishes, and supported by the invaluable contribution of volunteers within our communities. 

I look forward to sharing the learning journey as we continue to build on the strong foundation of Catholic education in Halton that has served us well over the years.  With a focus on achieving, believing, and belonging, we will continue to provide our students with the tools for realizing their academic potential, while instilling a life-long commitment to our faith, and to the community.  

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About Our Board

Our Mission

The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with home and Church, is dedicated to providing excellence in Catholic education by developing Christ-centred individuals enabled to transform society.

Our Vision

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, providing exceptional education, while nurturing the call to love and to serve.

Our Strategic Plan

In June, 2010, the Halton Catholic District School Board adopted a multi-year strategic plan, which was developed in consultation with trustees, staff, parents, students and community members. Fulfilling the Promise: Strategic Directions 2010-2015, identified specific outcome measures, and three broad areas of focus – Achieving, Believing, Belonging.

Our Strategic Priorities

The multi-year strategic plan established the following broad priorities:
I. We will enhance school effectiveness in order to improve student achievement;
II. We will strengthen the distinctively Catholic character of our schools and programs; and
III. We will build capacity with all educational partners to improve levels of service and support to schools.

A series of strategic commitments were developed to support the achievement of our strategic priorities. To help guide the process, the Board identified the 2012-2013 System Priorites as essential developmental steps to achieving our strategic commitments.  

The following are just a few examples of some of the many initiatives that were undertaken across our system during the 2012-2013 school year as we worked towards acheiving our strategic priorities and commitments. The 2012-2013 Outcome Monitoring Reports provide a more comprehensive overview of the strategies undertaken within a Results Based Accountability framework.

Achieving

With a focus on Achieving, the Board continued to pursue its strategic priority to Enhance School Effectiveness and Improve Student Achievement.

21st Century Teaching and Learning

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We continued to build familiarity and initiated the implementation of a comprehensive 21st Century Teaching and Learning Blueprint to guide K-12 planning for all programs. 

The HCDSB 21st Century Learning Teaching and Learning Initiative explored 4 domains: Curriculum, Learning Environment, School Staff, and Community.

 

Some of the strategies employed were:

  • The development of curriculum plans related to digital citizenship, and critical thinking skills were implemented;
  • Blended and elearning opportunities were expanded for both staff and students;
  • An increase in Information Technology staff;
  • The network infrastructure was upgraded in our schools;
  • High-capacity wireless technology was installed to accommodate between 8000 and 9000 active devices.

EQAO Assessments

As we focus our efforts on Assessment and Instruction, EQAO scores are one of the ways in which we can measure the ongoing success of our students. The most recent EQAO results confirm that Halton Catholic students continue to do exceptionally well in comparison to the provincial standard.

View Overall Results:
Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (Grades 1-3)
Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (Grades 4-6)
Grade 9 Mathematics
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Individual school results may be accessed on the EQAO website at: www.eqao.com.

Believing

With a focus on Believing, the Board continued to pursue its strategic priority to Strengthen the Distinctively Catholic Character of our Schools and Programs.

Walk with Jesus

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On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, all schools participated in the Walk with Jesus event. Walk with Jesus is an annual system faith experience offered to our students, staff, and parents during Catholic Education Week.

Over 1200 students walked en masse to Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, carrying their school banners and school crosses as a symbol of their faith and solidarity. His Excellency, Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton, presided at the Mass following the walk.

The initiave raised funds to support local, national and international charitable endeavours.

 

Belonging

With a focus on Belonging, the Board continued to pursue its strategic priority to Build Capacity with all Our Educational Partners.

Halton Catholic Parent Conference

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, the Halton Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC), held its annual Parent Conference, an opportunity for parents to participate in presentations and discussions on key educational and faith topics of interest to parents. 

CPIC is a parent-led advisory committee of the Board, consisting of parents, staff, and trustees who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.

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A Budget to Support Student Needs

At its June 19, 2012 Regular Meeting, the Halton Catholic District School Board approved the 2012-2013 Budget Estimates in the amount of $320,273,832. New initiatives for the 2012-2013 school year included: an increase to improve Information Technology (IT) infrastructure for schools, as well as additional staffing for the expansion of the Early Learning Full Day Kindergarten Program, the opening of St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Oakville in September 2012, and increased student enrolment. Click here for a complete list of the Board's Financial Reports.

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