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Halton Catholic Students Achieve Great Things at Skills Ontario Competition

From May 1-3, 2017, the Halton Catholic District School Board was thrilled to send 18 elementary and 12 secondary students to the Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Earlier this year, students who advanced to Skills Ontario achieved top marks at the Halton Skills Competition, held in March of 2017.

Skills Ontario is Canada’s largest skilled trade and technology competition, offering a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their outstanding skills in a chosen field of study. Over two and a half days, they share their talents in front of educators, family, friends and prospective employers.

Winners are awarded with gold, silver or bronze medals, and some students receive monetary awards and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Congratulations to our elementary students who competed in the following categories:

  • LEGO Robotics (St. Paul Catholic Elementary School)
  • Technology Challenge (St. Mary Catholic Elementary School)
  • TV and Video Production (St. Peter Catholic Elementary School)
  • Green Energy Challenge (St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School)

Our Intermediate Robotics team (Liam Boyle, Anthony Fuca, David Colterman and Matthew Clement) from St. Paul Catholic Elementary School successfully took home a bronze medal at the competition.

Students in secondary school also competed in the following categories: Architectural Design, IT Network Systems, Graphic Design, Carpentry, Robotics and Control Systems, Photography, Cabinet Making, Refrigeration, Hairstyling and Coding.

Congratulations goes out to all secondary students, as well as Adam Farrow of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School who won bronze at the competition in Architectural Design.

All teams had a fantastic day and represented our Board and their respective schools admirably. A special thank you goes out to our coaches for their time, effort, and dedication in making these opportunities available for our students. ​

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St. Paul Junior Lego Robotics Team Wins at Provincials!

Congratulations to the St. Paul Catholic Elementary School ​junior Lego Robotics team that earned Gold at the Halton Skills Competition on April 9th​, 2015. Earlier this month, the team moved forward to earn a Bronze medal at the Skills Ontario Competition on May 4, 2015!

At the provincial level, the junior team members participated in several challenges that included applying their knowledge of how to use reflected light intensity, how to use a variety of touch and ultrasonic sensors to program their robot, as well as using their mathematic skills to carry out tasks. Teams were also required to write a quiz based on programming scenarios.

During the Halton Skills Competition, junior team members programmed their bot to complete seven tasks – from following a line, to dropping basketballs into nets using an arm designed by the team. The unique activities coordinated by the students, as well as their knowledge of programming and strong collaborative skills resulted in excellent finishes for the junior team at the local and provincial level!

Congratulations to the St. Paul junior team for an excellent turnout at the Skills Ontario and Halton Skills Competitions! Special thanks to Coach Jen Thompson for her leadership and guidance in working with both the junior and senior teams at the school.​