St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School
|St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School|
|353 Ontario St.
Clinton, Ontario, N0M 1L0
|Type||Separate Catholic School|
|Motto||In alis aquilae
("On eagle's wings")
|Religious affiliation(s)||St. Peter's Roman Catholic Parish, Goderich|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||600 (in 2009)|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue and Burgundy|
|Mascot||Eagle, Eagor the Eagle|
St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School (also referred to as St. Anne's CSS or stannes) is a Catholic high school in Clinton, Ontario. It is noted for its sports teams and exceptional grades that are usually at or above the provincial expectations. It serves students from grades nine to twelve. The motto of St. Anne's is "in alis aquilae" which is Latin for "on eagle's wings". This motto is taken from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 40 of the Bible.
St. Anne's was built in the town of Clinton. Construction began in 1995 and when the school opened; only 139 students were enrolled. These students came from all over Huron County, including Clinton, Goderich, Bayfield, Wingham and Blyth. The enrolment for the year of 2009 stood at about 600 students. The school was built to fill a void in the county due to the lack of French and faith-based education. St. Anne's is also a rural school and as such, it fills a unique need of catering to those who wish to enter agriculture. St. Anne's is the only French-Immersion Catholic high school in the county.
The school is under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ministry of Education and is part of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB). St. Anne's is one of the two high schools in the board.
St. Anne's is a uniform school, the only in the region and school board. Though there are no other schools in close proximity that are uniform schools, the vast majority of Catholic schools in Ontario are uniform schools (there are only two none-uniform schools, one being the other high school in the board, St. Michael Catholic Secondary School, which is phasing in uniforms). The uniform consists of:
- Khaki and navy shorts
- Khaki and navy pants
- Male kilt
- Blue blazer
- White shirts
- Blue cardigan
- Navy Pants
- Khaki skirts
- Female plaid kilts
- Plaid jumpers
- Burgundy cardigan
- White French-cut shirts
- Female Tie
- White and blue long-sleve polos
- White and blue polos
- Blue V-neck sweaters and sweater vests
- Zipper sweaters
St. Anne's is part of a larger family of schools in the area. The elementary schools which act as "feeder schools" include and are limited to: St. Mary's School in Goderich, St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School in Clinton, St. James School in Seaforth, Precious Blood School in Exeter, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Mount Carmel, Sacred Heart School in Wingham, and St. Boniface School in Zurich. St. Michael's Catholic Secondary School is the other high school in the school board. It serves Perth County and is located in Stratford. It is considered the counterpart of St. Anne's and is often St. Anne's rival in regards to sports and academics. Even with this friendly rivalry, St. Anne's and St. Michael's work together in many aspects.
St. Anne's and the other schools in the board are all Catholic. The families are generally members of the Roman Catholic Church in the Dioceses of London. However, students of all other faiths are allowed in the school but must respect the Catholic aspect (this is why most students are of Christian denominations). All students must take a religion course each school year. To graduate, students need four religion course credits. This course is offered in both French and English.
St. Anne's is part of several parish families within the Diocese of London: St. Peter's Parish, located in three worship sites including Goderich, Clinton and Kingsbridge; St. Boniface Parish, Zurich; Sacred Heart Parish, Wingham; Precious Blood Parish, Exeter; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Mount Carmel; St. James Parish, Seaforth. The Priest from this parish is the Priest of the school.
The Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations are integrated into every subject area and made explicit in every course that students take throughout their educational journey.
St. Anne's has numerous sports teams and clubs. The most popular sports team is the boy's rugby and hockey team. These teams have gone on to provincial tournaments and been successful in many regards. For female students, the field hockey team is very popular and is always successful during their short season in the spring/summer. All of these teams have made it on to OFSAA.
St. Anne's sports teams include:
- Cross-country running
- Field hockey
St. Anne's has numerous clubs and groups. They include:
- Concert Band (More Advanced)
Includes a variety of band children.
- Junior Band
- Rock Band
- Jazz Band
- Chess Club
- Dramatic Arts Club
- God-Squad (A group of students devoted to intensifying the school's faith)
- A Habitat for Humanity team
- The Mathletes
- Me to We (a division of Free the Children)
- Prom Committee
- Students for Life (Anti-abortion group)
- Students for Social Justice
- The Talon (the school's newsletter team)
- Writers' Guild (Creative writing; the motto of the group is: The first rule of Writers' Guild is don't talk about Writers Guild)
- Yearbook Committee
- Robotics Club
- Science Club
St. Anne's has a large and productive Student Cabinet (the student government, akin to a Student Council) which is made up of students in all grades. Student Cabinet is the chosen name, as it is a Westminster-styled Student Parliament. Cabinet members are referred to as "Ministers". Elections are held every spring with the exception of the grade nine representative who is elected before the Canadian Thanksgiving (elections usually take place late September for Grade 9).
Student Cabinet is in charge of numerous agendas including dances, some fundraisers, school spirit and community involvement. Each member of Student Cabinet has their own portfolios relating to their elected position (e.g. the Ministers of Arts and Culture are in charge of the Coffee House, a talent show held each semester). There is a staff advisor on Student Cabinet along with the Principal, who do have the power to veto any motion that Student Cabinet passes. They are to act as a sober second mind, ensure all activities are safe and to represent the staff of the school.