Our Programs

Faith and Tradition

St. Anne Catholic School is proud of its Catholic faith and traditions. The Gospel values of Jesus Christ permeate every aspect of our daily school life including the curriculum, assessments, instructional approaches and teacher and student resources. In all we do, we strive to provide the best in education through teachings revealed by the Gospel.

Our Catholic schools are authentic communities of faith shared through daily prayer and witness to the Gospel values. Our schools enter into a partnership with their parish and our families to ensure that our children experience education imbedded with religious values preparing them for their journey of faith through life.

Christ centered character formation in our schools is supported and witnessed through:

* Religion and Family Life Curricula
* Special Education philosophy that recognizes the dignity and rights of all students
* Outreach programs within the local community as well as the broader community
* Materials in school book rooms
* Teacher in services
* Religion and Family Life consultant
* Links to local parishes

Safe School

The mission of St. Anne Catholic School is to provide all students with a Catholic education that includes the knowledge, skills and values required to live a meaningful and faith filled life. We are committed to making our school a caring place that is safe for one's faith development and learning.

Every student, employee, parent, parish and community member has the right to learn, work and pray in an environment which is safe.

St. Anne Catholic School acknowledges the importance of actively promoting and supporting appropriate and positive student behaviours that contribute to and sustain a safe learning and teaching environment in which every student can reach his or her full academic and spiritual potential.

Day Care

Le Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique provides a daycare and a before and after school program at St. Anne Catholic School. Implementation of the Pascal Report proposing education beginning at 4 years of age with a seamless delivery model involving ECE (Early Childhood Educators and teachers. The daycare has been established in a strategic position to provide additional support for parents and schools.

Learning with Laptops

Our students and teachers are involved in a number of laptop projects, each sharing the same goals:
• to provide inquiry based learning opportunities for our students,
• to provide equal access to technology and digital tools of the 21st century,
• to provide our students with authentic learning experiences, and
• to foster 21st century skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and teamwork.

Our projects include:

Junior Literacy Writing Project – Grades 4-6
Assistive Technology project – Grade 5/6
One to One Laptop project – Grade 7 & 8

Junior Literacy Writing Project – Grades 4-6
Each school has a mobile wireless cart with 15 iBooks. The laptops are rotated through the Junior classes for inquiry based literacy writing projects.

Assistive Technology project – Grade 5/6
Ninety iBook laptops have been distributed to students in Grades 5 and 6 who will be using the assistive technology features on the laptop such at text to speech support and writing support with word prediction, grammar, and vocabulary support to any word processor to name a few.

Grade 7 & 8 Laptop project – Grade 7 & 8
Student in Grades 7 & 8 are assigned a laptop in September to use throughout the school year. Students use web 2.0 tools and are engaged in inquiry based project learning in all subjects.

Learning with iPads

At St. Anne Catholic School, we feel it is important to link the Board's commitment to technology to the new Early Learning Environments set up for the 4 and 5 year old students. The iPads in the classroom allow for the teachers and Early Childhood Educators to work together to set the students on a very positive trajectory for learning. This project has a two pronged approach with a focus on student learning as well as teacher/ECE efficacy. Not only do the students have an excellent opportunity to learn while playing - one of the six fundamental principals of the ELKP - the teachers and ECEs also have an important tool that helps track assessments, data and growth for each of the students. Through the use of the iPads, the teachers and ECEs have the opportunity to expose their students to a unique way to explore, discover and grow while being able to evaluate and assess the child's progress. The iPad project allows our young students to develop curiosity, creativity and confidence through technology which speaks to the whole Early Learning philosophy of play-based learning. Each Early Learning classroom is equipped with a set of iPads, a MacBook, a printer and a digital camera as well as having access to wireless Internet. All of the iPads have been set up with numerous apps that will allow for maximum student learning.

Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program

At St. Anne Catholic School, we believe that you can't put a price on the education and futures of our young people. Our full day Junior Kindergarten and Early Learning programs provide families with opportunities for children's learning, care, health, culture, arts, and recreation.

St. Anne Catholic School offers young children a Kindergarten or Early Learning experience, both in the Regular and French Immersion programs, building a community of faith and providing rich inclusive learning experiences for all children.

Our Kindergarten Program follows The Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum and is based on the following program components:

• Establishing Caring Communities
• Developing Self Confident Learners
• Facilitating Whole and Small Group Activities
• Supporting Children with Special Needs
• Offering French Immersion Programming
• Encouraging Learning Through Play
• Creating Developmentally Appropriate Programming
• Integrating Religious Education throughout the Curriculum

The Goals of Our Kindergarten Programs:

• nurture the growth of children's knowledge and understanding of themselves and their world;
• recognize the uniqueness of individuals and the development of the whole child;
• provide a safe, inclusive, non-threatening, stimulating environment which facilitates the success necessary for life-long schools
• provide an environment for positive social interactions;
• accommodate the readiness, interest and learning styles of the learner to facilitate learning;
• create a community of faith in the classroom;
• provide an inclusive classroom where children are validated and respected in all their diversity.

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an innovative classroom parenting program which fosters development of empathy in elementary school children. This program has been implemented at St. Anne Catholic School thanks to the efforts of community groups/agencies and individuals.

The goals of the program are:

• To foster the development of empathy
• To help children learn to identify and label feelings and recognize the emotions of others
• To reduce levels of bullying, aggression and violence in children's lives and build peaceful societies
• To prepare students for responsible and responsive parenting
• To increase knowledge of human development, learning and infant safety

Working in partnership with a range of stakeholders in the community, Roots of Empathy builds caring and peaceful societies by reaching children in their classrooms with a fun and engaging program. Through Roots of Empathy, you and your community can help equip children with skills, information and life lessons they can apply to parenting, to the classroom, and to relationships throughout their lives.

Early Reading Intervention

At St. Anne Catholic School, our Early Reading Intervention program provides us with complete plans and tools for a reading intervention program. With this effective program, at-risk students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 get the extra help they need to acquire essential reading skills.

The Early Reading Intervention Handbook includes a manual for volunteers to ensure additional support for young readers who need extra help.

Instrumental Music

St. Anne Catholic School is committed to providing and maintaining a quality Instrumental Music Program for students in grades 7 & 8. Students have the opportunity to learn to play the following musical instruments:

Brass Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone & Tuba
Woodwind Instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Orchestra Bells and Auxiliary Percussion

Instrumental Music classes meet once a week and use their instruments as the basis for meeting Music curriculum expectations. Students also take part in listening and creative activities to further enhance their learning experience in the arts. Twice a year, the Grade 7 and 8 students invite Primary and Junior classes to attend concerts in the Music room where they display their performance skills for an enthusiastic audience. The aim of the program is for students to acquire skills and knowledge in Music while taking part in a diverse range of arts activities. Along with weekly classes, students may participate in band where they join other Grade 7 and 8 students from across the school board in the Sudbury Catholic Elementary Band. This ensemble performs across the city including participation in two local music festivals.

French Immersion and Regular English

St. Anne Catholic School offers an early French Immersion program option which is available to all students. This is a highly successful approach to second language learning in which students receive instruction in French for a significant portion of the day. Students study the same curriculum content as their peers in the regular English program. It is designed to provide English-speaking children with the opportunity to become highly proficient in French as well as in English. There is no expectation that parents of students in the French Immersion program are able to understand or speak French.

An Immersion program means that French is not only the medium in which subjects are taught, but it is also the means of communication between pupils and teacher in the classroom and, as much as possible beyond the classroom.

The aim of the French Immersion program is to:

• provide a quality educational program the meets the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum both elementary and secondary
• function well in a French -speaking community
• develop and refine student's ability to communicate naturally in French using a wide range of vocabulary
• help students understand and appreciate Canada's francophone heritage
• expand students' knowledge of the language through the study of francophone literature ( secondary)

By the end of the four-year program in secondary school, students will:

• participate easily in conversations and discussions
• be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instructions

Student Success Program

Our student success strategies address student needs . Teachers are given the opportunities to come together to discuss student achievement and to learn collaboratively how to engage students more effectively and to further develop their repertoire of teaching strategies. Student engagement has been a very important part of our dialogue around student learning.

Breakfast Program

Breakfast Clubs of Canada is a national organization dedicated to providing services and funding for community-based school breakfast programs. They are able to do this with the help of individual and corporate partners, all committed to the cause of feeding our children's future. Good nutrition is vital to the health of children and yet, many of them go to school on an empty stomach. Studies show that undernourished children do not concentrate as well as their peers, have higher levels of absenteeism from school, and lower self-esteem. School breakfast programs help to level the playing field for these children, giving them an equal chance to grow and flourish throughout life. Our school, with the support of Breakfast Clubs of Canada and The Human League, offers a breakfast program. All students are welcome. All of our nutritious breakfasts include food from at least three of the four food groups. On the days in-between, we offer "Breakfast a la Carte," where a cart of simple foods including fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal is delivered in every classroom.

Math Challenge

Students from grades 5 through 8 can participate in Math Challenge. These children, in groups of three, need to work cooperatively in order to solve challenging math problems. The teams then compete against many other schools within our Board. Each division ( grades 5 & 6, and grades 6,7 and 8) will have five challenges starting in October and ending by May. The top three teams are announced by June of each year.

Trash Troopers

Grade 7 French Immersion students, led by Mr. Guénette, take on the challenge of composting, recycling and maintaining the cleanliness of the school grounds. In January 2005, St. Anne School won a Vermi composter for participation in “The Cleanest School Yard Program” sponsored by the City of Greater Sudbury. The composter has approximately 1 pound of red worms who work hard at decomposing organic materials. We will soon see and use the rich nutrient soil to plant pine seedlings from Mme Shonwise’s French Immersion Kindergarten class.

Dearness Conservation

Mr. Guénette and some students from grades 7 and 8 oversee the school’s energy conservation efforts. (School Board project).

Carnival Days and Play Days

Held at special times throughout the year.

Caught You Doing Something Good

This school incentive program is aimed at recognizing the students who perform acts of kindness or of good citizenship in the school.

Forgot my Lunch Program

Childhood/Enfance provides the school with food for the students who forget their lunch at home.

Bully Free Classroom Program

Grade 6 students meet weekly with the principal for this program aimed at helping students deal with bullying.

Literacy and Numeracy Days

Special days are planned to entice students into the world of Literacy and Numeracy. Special guests are often invited to read and students enjoy a variety of stories as they rotate from class to class. They also delight in the variety of related activities which teachers provide. We all love those days, but one of our favourites has to be "Grandparent Literacy Day". Grandparents join us in the classroom to read to and listen to their grandchildren read. They then join together with friends and grandchildren for a cup of tea, a little treat and a lot of good company. "Literacy is not for the fortunate few. It is the right of every child." (Bouchard and Sutton, 2001, pg 3). Another favourite is the “100th Day of School” where many numeracy activities are enjoyed. Thanks to St. Anne teachers, parents, and the community for working together to make this happen for our children.

Theme Days and Spirit Days

St. Anne Angels participate in Crazy Hair Day, Wear Something with Polka Dots, You are my Sunshine - Wear Something Yellow Day along with many other specialty days throughout the year.

Poetry Competition

The poets at St. Anne School enter many contests throughout the school year and enjoy sharing their successes with classmates and family.

Oral Communication Competition

Every second year, the students from grades 3 to 8 can participate in this competition at the school level. Winners move on to the School Board Level Competition.


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