We have had a very eventful week at Monsignor O'Neil Catholic School! Even though the bus cancellation postponed our annual Thanksgiving dinner to this past week, lots has been happening at our school – cross-country, experiments in the Grade 8 class, and an exciting visit from Holly the service dog!
Our cross-country team headed to Regina Mundi College in London last week for the annual cross country meet. It was a great day, and students had great sportsmanship, cheered each other on, and represented our school really well. We had two-thirds of our school population attend the cross-country meet this year!
Here's an update on the Terry Fox Run – we generated $1,731 for cancer research. What a great team we are here at Monsignor O'Neil!
Grade 8 students in Mrs. Cameron’s class recently conducted experiments that made the properties of science translate into reality. Students were divided into groups and had to create water filters. Then, they took dirty water from a nearby river and poured it in to see if their filters worked. The water came out looking nice and clean! Good job, Knights!
A National Service Dog will be working "hand-in-paw" with our school social worker, Laura Donelan. The Canine Assisted Intervention (CAI) program through National Service Dogs in Cambridge is the first of its kind in Ontario. The program matches specifically bred and trained CAI dogs with professionals who work with children and youth who are experiencing issues of mental health and/or trauma. We are fortunate to be one of the schools who will be participating in this program in the LDCSB. Some noted positive impacts of CAI include: aiding in physical, social, and emotional healing; enhancing motivation and assisting in the healing process by improving mental health and overall well-being; reducing stress levels. Holly the service dog was introduced to our school community at an assembly last week.
We are geared up at Monsignor O'Neil School, with lots of activities behind us already, and lots more to come! We hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.