Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Holy Cross Catholic School Logo.jpg
Address
1085 Woodbine Road
Kingston, Ontario, K7P 2V9
Canada
Coordinates 44°15′28″N 76°35′49″W / 44.25778°N 76.59694°W / 44.25778; -76.59694Coordinates: 44°15′28″N 76°35′49″W / 44.25778°N 76.59694°W / 44.25778; -76.59694
Information
School type Secondary
Motto Once A Crusader, Always A Crusader!
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Founded 1986
School board Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Superintendent Karen Shannon
School number 715298
Principal Michael Faught
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,100
Language English
Campus Suburban
Area Bayridge (West Kingston)
Colour(s) Green and Silver
        
Team name Crusaders
Feeder schools John XXIII Catholic School
Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic School
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School
Website

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (sometimes abbreviated to HC, or HCSS) is a Catholic secondary school located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada offering education for about 1,100 students in grades 9-12. It is one of three Catholic high schools in the city. The principal is Michael Faught.[1]

History[edit]

The school was established in September 1986. It was fully public funded, along with other Catholic secondary schools who also were public funded from 1986-87. The school occupied shared facilities until September 1990 when a new $15 million campus was opened.[2]

Academics[edit]

The school’s success rate for students taking the literacy test for the first time rose from 81% in February 2002 to 93% in October 2004.[3]

Student Council[edit]

Holy Cross has a functioning Student Council whose role is to organize school events, including: dances, spirit days, fundraisers, orientation days, grade retreats, the Terry Fox Run, the pep rally, the honour role celebration and graduation. The Head Boy and Head Girl attend Student Senate meetings, which are held 3 times a year with members from other Student Councils in the Kingston area. At these meetings, each Student Council presents a report on activities underway at the school, as well as the educational wellbeing of their respective school. The Holy Cross Student Council also maintains a Facebook page to keep students informed.

Awards[edit]

  • Faculty of Education of Queen's University Associate Teacher of the Year awards - John Esford for the 1998-1999 school year and Frank Halligan for the 2006-2007 school year.[4]
  • In 2006, Spencer Watson won the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism.[5]
  • In 2001, Oleg Shamovsky was named a $4,500 Manning Young Canadian Innovator, for his project that identified anomalies of the electrolytic oxidation of aluminum, and won the Gold medal in the Senior category of the Physical Sciences Division.[6]
  • In 2014 Ryan Purdy won the Provincial Gold Medal in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Graphic Design (Presentation). Ryan was a member and graduate of the SHSM Specialist High Skills Major focus program in Information and Communications Technology taught by teacher Mr. John Esford.
  • In 2015 Claudia Pawlak won the Provincial Gold Medal in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Photography. Claudia was a member and graduate of the SHSM Specialist High Skills Major focus program in Information and Communications Technology taught by teacher Mr. John Esford.
  • In 2016 Ryan Murray won third place in the Ontario Ministry of Labour Student Video Safety Contest. Ryan was a member of the SHSM Specialist High Skills Major focus program in Information and Communications Technology taught by teacher Mr. John Esford.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • In 2000, the school was one of the winners of the 2000 Panasonic Stop Racism National Video Competition. This honour was won by students Mat Clancy, Jason Pavao, and Communications Technology teacher Mr. John Esford.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jay McKee, hockey player (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL)
  • Jayna Hefford, women's hockey gold medallist (Team Canada)
  • Nathan Robinson, hockey player (Espoo Blues, SM-liiga)
  • Brent Johnson, football player (British Columbia Lions)
  • Mike McCullough, football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jamie Arniel, hockey player (Providence Bruins, AHL)
  • Tim Cronk, football player (British Columbia Lions)
  • Matt O'Donnell, football player (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Chris Gallipeau, Communications Technology (National Post)

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