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HCDSB Students Demonstrate Their Skills

During the months of April and May, over 200 students from our High School and

Elementary School panels took part in the Halton and Ontario Skills Competitions.

On April 5th, students competed in the Halton Skills Competition at Robert Bateman

High School. Halton Skills is an event where students from Grade 4 – 12 from the Halton

District School Board and Halton Catholic School Board demonstrate their technical

skills in a friendly but competitive environment. This year was the 27th for the event.

This year, Ascension Catholic Elementary School became the first HCDSB school to

serve as a host site for the competitions.


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Students in both elementary and secondary from across the Board took part in

competitions ranging from culinary skills, to carpentry to LEGO robotics. HCDSB teams

performed incredibly well with 32 students receiving medals.


Also of note, this was the first year for students to take part in a robotics demonstration

as an extension of the MInistry’s CODE Robotics initiative. Approximately 30 primary

and junior students from the HCDSB were given the opportunity to share what they

have been learning in their classrooms to a panel of observers. All of our students

embraced the opportunity to demonstrate their God given talents in a challenging and

rewarding environment.


Students who received medals at Halton Skills move on to Ontario Skills which is a

province wide skills competition held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 2nd-3rd. Ontario

Skills includes students from across the province who received medals at their Boards’

regional competition. Ontario Skills also supports Pathways planning with exhibits from

colleges, trades, OYAP and the workplace. As part of the events at RIM, the Student

Success team facilitated 10 busloads of HCDSB students to go and observe the

competitions and to immerse themselves in the Pathways information presented

throughout RIM Park. All in all, approximately 500 HCDSB students experienced

Ontario Skills in varied forms.


HCDSB students returned from Ontario Skills with 4 medals — 3 Silver (Secondary) and

1 Bronze (Elementary). Congratulations to all of our student competitors and a special

thank you to the staff who dedicated their time, effort and mentorship to our teams.




Celebrating Women at the 10th Annual Women as Career Coaches

On March 27, 2014, female students and staff members from Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary School attended the 10th annual Women as Career Coaches, hosted by the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC).
The event served as an opportunity to celebrate women who are role models to female youth, and to inspire all women to follow their dreams through their career paths. As part of the evening, attendees were able to interact with women in diverse roles and listen to their inspirational stories. In addition, speakers and mentors provided young women with information involving the link between industry, education and community involvement.

Staff members and mentors; Rita Langill and Anne Putica, as well as the 34 Bishop Reding students were inspired by the female representatives and numerous career pathways highlighted at the event.
Speakers during the night included a welder/fitter technologist, a hair salon owner, an anthropologist studying gibbons in Thailand, and Maria Nestoras; winner of Canada’s Handyman Challenge! The evening was capped off by an appearance by Becky Kellar; four time Olympic gold medalist with the Canadian women’s hockey team, complete with all of her medals.

The Women as Career Coaches event was thoroughly enjoyed by all students and staff members representing the Halton Catholic District School Board. The overarching lesson of the night left a lasting impression, and consisted of the idea that following your passions will lead to greater opportunity. Thank you to the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) and our liaison; Joan Powell for organizing this amazing event!​​​​​​​