Anniversary event featured Mass, a School Presentation and a Gallery Walk
St. Monica Catholic Elementary School in Markham celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The milestone celebrations began with morning Mass celebrated at St. Justin Martyr Church by the Most Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Msgr Vis Vlasic and Fr. John Pak. Following Mass there were brief remarks by Chair, Dominic Mazzotta and Superintendent of Education, Laura Sawicky.
Dignitaries, including school board officials, clergy, local politicians and current and former school staff, and members of the Catholic School Council enjoyed a luncheon at the school, before the official School Presentation marking the occasion took place in the afternoon.
The School Presentation included remarks by Principal Ida Evans, School Trustee, Carol Cotton, Director of Education, Ab Falconi, Deputy Mayor of Markham and Ward Councilor, Don Hamilton and Alan Ho. This was followed by several student performances including: Grade 3 and 7 students playing the recorder; student Karissa K. playing Beauty and the Beast on the clarinet; the school’s Chamber Choir singing Be a Candle of Hope and Listen to the Rain; student George F. singing Lean on Me; students Sullivan C., Evan P. and Aiden I. playing Syncopated Song on the recorder; students Jocelyn B., Estelle C., Romina C. and Jayna O. playing Gavotte on the recorder, and student Heather L. wrapping up the student performances by singing The Greatest Love of All. Student Angus L. read a closing prayer in French before Principal Evans invited everyone in attendance to view the many art displays set up around the school.
The school thanks all of the special guests, parents, and community members who attended for helping to mark the milestone occasion.
About St. Monica CES
St. Monica CES first opened its doors to 187 students in the 1993-1994 school year, under the direction of its inaugural principal Paul Game. Today, St. Monica serves 429 students in JK – Grade 8 and is known internationally for its strong academic program. The school offers a wide variety of activities including several sports teams, choir, a thriving student council, a Luke 4:18 Social Justice Committee, and an engaged and motivated Eco Club. St. Monica CES is supported by an engaged and dedicated Catholic School Council.