Programs supported by our Child and Youth Counselor and Staff:
The FRIENDS for Life program promotes important educational self-development concepts such as self-esteem, problem-solving, psychological resilience, self-expression, and building positive relationships with peers and adults. The FRIENDS program is well-matched to educational goals and curriculum guidelines, and will complement and enhance learning in schools. Children and youth will learn practical and useful skills and strategies for coping with stress and develop emotional resilience that will stay with them for life.
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based program which has shown dramatic affects in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising emotional competence and increasing empathy. The focus of Roots of Empathy in the long term is to build capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting.
The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program is made up of volunteers and their dogs who visit people of all ages and abilities. The program is versatile as they try to adjust to the varying needs of the groups they offer their services to. In many schools the program is helping students cope with stressful situations, anxiety, social skills, and behavioural issues. The program can also be a time to boost student self-confidence and reading ability through their Paws for Reading, where students read to the dog.
PALS (Playground Activities Leaders in Schools) is a peer-led playground leadership program that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, size, or ability. The Halton Region adapted the program to support comprehensive bullying prevention, physical activity and youth engagement initiatives in Halton schools. Developmental Assets® have been added to the program to enhance student skills, experiences, relationships and behaviours that will enable young people to develop into healthy individuals.
Social Skills Groups help students learn behaviors that promote positive interaction with others and the environment. Some of these skills include showing empathy, participation in group activities, generosity, helpfulness, communicating with others, negotiating, and problem solving.
See the Problem, Be the Solution Intermediate Committee: The Halton Regional Police Service, in collaboration with the Halton Region, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and independent schools in the area have joined forces to recognize the importance of creating safe and inclusive communities. The movement encourages Halton Catholic students to spread the message of kindness, respect and healthy relationships. As part of the movement, students are invited to participate in the Halton Catholic District School Board’s ‘See the Problem, Be the Solution’ Contest. Students are encouraged to develop creative work that describes this year’s theme of the contest: Promoting Positive Relationships and Positive Mental Health at Home, School and in the Community.
Robotics Club (Grade 7 and 8):
Students get the opportunity to discover the excitement of STEM while exploring Lego Robotics Mindstorms. Students practice imaginative thinking and teamwork during practices and challenges. It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills and basic STEM applications. This clubs goal is to inspiring the Science and Technology leaders of tomorrow.
Social Justice Committee (Junior and Intermediate):
Students deepen their knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Metis practices and traditions through a Catholic lens. In turn, students use their leadership skills to organize various events for K-8 classes. For example, a Smudging Ceremony, inviting an elder from a First Nations community to share stories about his culture while making connections to our Catholic Faith. Also, students build on their research skills and use the information to create cross curricular activities for the school community. For example, one of our initiatives is learning more about the Talking Stick and teaching classes how to use that tradition appropriately.Co-Curricular Programs