St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School (Cambridge)

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St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
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50 Saginaw Parkway
Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 5W1
Coordinates 43°23′28″N 80°18′05″W / 43.3912°N 80.3014°W / 43.3912; -80.3014Coordinates: 43°23′28″N 80°18′05″W / 43.3912°N 80.3014°W / 43.3912; -80.3014
School type Public, Separate
Motto A Celebration of People
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
School board Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Principal Dan Witt
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1800[1] (September 2008)
Language English
Area St. Patrick Parish, Cambridge
Campus type Suburban
Colour(s) Blue, White and Gold             
Mascot Benny the St. Bernard
Team name Saints
Feeder schools St. Joseph Elementary School
St. Elizabeth Elementary School
St. Peter Elementary School
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School
St. Margaret Elementary School
Christ the King Elementary School
Mother Teresa Elementary School
St. Michael Elementary School
Clemens Mill Public School

St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School is a Catholic high school in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. St. Benedict CSS has approximately 1800 students from grades 9 to 12, and is part of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. It is informally referred to as the "Home of the Saints". The school motto, "A Celebration of People" signifies the school as a welcoming, inclusive community.

St. Benedict offers a wide variety of academic, athletic and technical programs. Every morning from 7:40-8 am, they offer the Breakfast Club Program where students who do not have time to eat a healthy breakfast are welcome to enjoy cereal, granola bars, fruit, eggs, pancakes, etc. Also offered is the "brown bag" program where students can grab a paper bag in the atrium with an apple, a slice of cheese and a juice box inside for later consumption.

The school website offers a broad range of information, including school news and daily "Ranger" announcements. Parents and students can also access homework information by using "ClassNet", a service provided by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The school has an amazing variety of extra-curricular activities such as the RISK tournament(as an event by the Games Club), Chess team, Robotics Club, DECA, Science Team, Anime Club, Tech Crew, etc. The student council(otherwise known as SAC) is a group of students with potential leadership skills looking to evolve the school community through various events like the Fall Fair, BBQ Fun Day and seasonal assemblies. The school helps out with a variety of charities throughout the year with Thursday mission collections dedicated to a different cause each week. The students also partake with the Cambridge Firemen Christmas Basket and Food Drives during the seasons of giving. During the Haiti crisis, over $10 000 was raised and last year, the school's first Relay for Life event raised over $42 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

St. Benedict has many student run or student found clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to get involved with the extra-curricular activities available at school, including the annual play, bi-annual musical, participation in the Sears Drama Festival (Dramafest), the multiple clubs for miscellaneous subjects and its many sports teams. Certain teachers are known for their participation in clubs and the formation of, Paul Riso and Andrew Renner in particular run or help many students set up clubs or other extra-curricular activities.

St. Benedict has a very close relationship to a brother school in Japan where Japanese students come visit the school for a week in Canada approximately every 2 years to experience the different lifestyle and culture. An annual Colombian exchange program has formed during recent years along much of the same principles.

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