Students at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Sarnia have prepared uplifting and inspiring messages of hope and encouragement, which will be broadcast on Blackburn radio throughout Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Week, both of which occur the week of May 1st.
The theme for Catholic Education Week 2023 is We Are Many, We Are One, which aligns with the
St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s focus on inclusion and equity for all. During Mental Health Week, we also recognize the challenges to personal and spiritual well-being, which have been aggravated by the global pandemic.
“Throughout the year, our students have explored various ways to support their own mental health, while also looking to inspire others to keep a positive, healthy attitude in their daily lives,” says Daniel Cicchelli, Grade 7/8 teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School.
“As a school community, students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 have worked collaboratively to create these messages with the understanding that they have the capacity to have an impact on others in our school and beyond,” says Mr. Cicchelli.
Branded as ‘mindful messages’ the public service announcements were recorded by the students and produced by Blackburn, to include an announcer extro, which credits the students with “…encouraging hope and positivity in our community.”
“I want to thank George Hayes and the great staff at Blackburn Media for helping us to share these positive messages with the community,” says Kerri Jordan, Principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School. “This experience has also provided our students with an opportunity to extend our learning beyond the classroom. What a tremendous partnership!”
“Thank you to the students and staff at Holy Trinity Catholic School and to Blackburn Media for helping us to recognize Mental Health Week and Catholic Education Week in this innovative and effective way,” says Scott Johnson, Director of Education. “These ‘mindful messages’ are also an expression of our Catholic Graduate Expectations, which challenge students to articulate the fundamental values that underpin Catholic education in Ontario. Well done students!”