Principal’s Welcome Message
I am honoured and very grateful to God, Senior Administration and the Board of Trustees of the HWCDSB for the opportunity to welcome you and your families to St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in Hamilton! As Principal of St. Ann Catholic Elementary School, I would like to acknowledge that the last six months have been a challenging time for all of us. But September 2020, brings hope and promise for better times ahead. Having Christ in the centre of our lives enables us to overcome obstacles that seem overwhelming and together we can conquer all our fears and move forward in creating a Catholic school community that serves one another to create a positive learning environment for all. I want to welcome all of our new students and their families to our community. On behalf of all of the staff, we pray and hope that this year will bring spiritual growth, social, emotional, and physical well being, and academic success through our partnership and hard work with our parish, families, and peers.
Preparations for this September have been like no other year. Through the support of Public Health and all HWCDSB employees, our custodial staff have done an amazing job in preparing the school to support the unique COVID-19 safety measures. I am pleased to report that the school looks incredible and all of the safety measures are in place to support students and staff. I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all members of staff who have worked so diligently this summer to prepare their classrooms and planning materials to ensure an excellent start to the year. The classrooms are ready to welcome the students and the entire school is shining thanks to the efforts of our cleaning and custodial staff and the creative efforts of our teaching and support staff.
We will continue to strive for excellence in behaviour choices and academics and I know that each student will flourish academically according to their individual strengths and needs and grow closer to Jesus under the spiritual guidance of our staff and parish. I know that the staff of St. Ann Catholic School looks forward to working with all community members in creating a Catholic school that is safe, respectful, caring and one that exemplifies servant leadership.
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s philosophy of “Each Belongs” guides our decisions and actions to bring Christ’s example of inclusion to reality each day. Evidence of this will be seen among all interactions between students, staff and parents and exemplified best as part of the everyday interactions within the school. I look forward to sharing in the nurturing of this inclusive approach working in the partnership of school, family, church and community.
We are a unique school in the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, as we have both the Roman and Byzantine Catholic Rites in our school. Each day, our students from the Hamilton-Wentworth Ukrainian Community spend the first 30 minutes of the day in Ukrainian Heritage Language classes. We proudly also run the TLC program that supports technological learning for students within the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board from around our city.
We anchor our work within a Catholic community in which our children can be challenged to live up to the mission of our school as they grow through this school year to Live, Love, and Lead like Christ. I look forward to meeting all of you, our parents /guardians as we work through the many exciting opportunities that await us in the year ahead.
Yours in Catholic Education
Mr. J. Curto
Principal, St. Ann Hamilton Catholic Elementary School