Marymount Academy

Sudbury Catholic Schools Gather Together Virtually to Honour Ash Wednesday

Ashes from Ash Wednesday.

Our Lenten journey begins with Ash Wednesday! We gathered as a system virtually and explored the theme of Nurturing Hope. Throughout the webinar, students participated by completing various readings and prayers and a reflection on Lent was provided by Father Larry Rymes.

We look forward to coming together through virtual services during each week of Lent.

Marymount Students Send 3500 Christmas Cards to the Canadian Armed Forces

Two girls and a mascot hold cards

Students and teachers at Marymount Academy all came together to truly share what Christmas is about; spreading joy and love to everyone.

While this holiday season will be different with COVID-19, our Canadian Forces are always putting themselves in harm’s way to ensure we can spend the holidays with our families. Creating Christmas cards for the Canadian Armed Forces is something we did as a school to share the holiday spirit with them. We are forever grateful for their sacrifices and service.

Christmas is a time when you want to be surrounded by love and family. For the Canadian troops overseas, this must be a very difficult time and although we can’t all understand, we can empathize and help support in any way possible. This year we have decided to create Christmas cards for the Canadian Troops and send joy to them during the holidays. Students have been busy making cards this week and last in hopes of spreading love and cheer this holiday season. The cards will be mailed out this Friday, December 4 to the military headquarters in Belleville, where they will be then deployed to different locations around the world where our troops are stationed. We have come together as a community of students to share in the Christmas spirit as we will be sending 3500 Christmas cards out to the troops.

Ms. Gattoni, the teacher who spearheaded this thoughtful gesture at Marymount shared that “we were truly overwhelmed by the amount of cards students were making. The beautiful and thoughtful messages and warm wishes they included for the Canadian Forces truly demonstrates what wonderful and caring students we have at Marymount.”

Marymount Student received YMCA PEACE Medal!

Milena holds the PEACE medal.

Each year, YMCAs across Canada celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. During YMCA Peace Week, held during November, local peacemaker(s) receive special recognition and a medal at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada.

This year, our very own, Milena Raso, a Grade 12 student at Marymount Academy, was awarded the YMCA PEACE Medal Recipient in the Youth Category.

Milena has been volunteering for 9 years and has been actively involved in raising funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation, Sudbury Hospice Care, Children’s Wish Foundation, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer, Black Youth Helpline and Sudbury Alzheimer’s Society. Milena also founded the Stomach Cancer Fund, alongside her family and in memory of her father.

In March, when her Co-op placement was cancelled due to Covid-19 she came up with a creative idea to earn her credit. During the school closure period, Milena spent hundreds of hours making masks for the Sudbury community donating $5000 to NOFCC (Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer). In addition, with her fundraising efforts, she fully funded two nurse chairs for the Northeast Cancer Centre.
To date, she has raised more than $20 000 for local charities.

“Milena exemplifies the traits and characteristics that makes her the perfect recipient for this award. She is actively involved within the Sudbury community and consistently demonstrates and lives out our Catholic values. The Marymount community is extremely proud of Milena and all Regals, past and present, want to congratulate her on her accomplishment,” said Cassandra Trenbergen, Principal at Marymount Academy.

“We are all very proud of Milena’s accomplishment, she is most deserving of this recognition not only for her years of dedication but most importantly for her genuine spirit of generosity and care towards others,” said Peter Prochilo, Superintendent of School Effectiveness.

We Welcome Submissions to Our Annual Christmas Card Artwork Contest

Nativity Scene

As the weather gets cooler we turn our attention to the Advent season. We are looking for submissions for our annual Christmas card artwork contest. All students Kindergarten to Grade 12 are eligible to participate! Artwork should encompass our Catholic faith and help us to share in the joy of Christmas.

Artwork can be landscape or portrait and can be created in any medium (such as a drawing, painting etc). Submissions can be addressed and sent to the Board office at:

Attention: Christmas Card Contest
165A D’Youville street
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 5E7

OR e-mailed to in a JPG/PNG or PDF format.

All submissions (whether in hard copy or e-mailed) should have the following information included in addition to the artwork:

  • Student first and last name
  • Grade
  • School

Artwork must be submitted by November 20, 2020 at 4 p.m. to be considered for the contest. The Board will choose one elementary design and one secondary design to be featured on our annual Christmas cards which are mailed to our Board Trustees, school administration and community partners. The winning entries will also receive a package of Christmas cards featuring their artwork!

Sudbury Catholic Students Spread Kindness to Seniors this Mother’s Day

Written letter

Students at Sudbury Catholic Schools participated in a
challenge that was posted by Goshenite Seniors Services to create 500 Mother’s
Day cards for seniors in the Sudbury area.

Not being in a physical classroom didn’t stop Mrs. Cimino
and her Grade 1 students at St. David School from coming together to help Goshenite
Seniors Services.

“It is especially important during these difficult times to
provide students with authentic opportunities for them to act as caring and
responsible citizens,” said Mrs. Cimino.

Milena Raso, a grade 11 student at Marymount Academy is
currently enrolled in the Specialized High Skills Major for Non-Profit
Industry. She too jumped at the opportunity to bring positivity to members of
our community.

“I am very blessed to have my grandmother living with me and
listening to her stories about not having technology and other modern-day
conveniences. It shows me how life has changed. Hearing it first-hand, rather
than from reading it in a textbook makes it much more real to me. I think it’s
important for youth to be more active in caring for our elders and realize that
we have a lot to learn from them,” she explained.

Cards will be sent directly to Goshenite Seniors Services who will distribute
them over the weekend.

Girl sits at her computer

Student Senate Fundraises for Australia!

Student Senate gathers in their funraiser t-shirts

On Wednesday, February 26th, Student Senate members from all four Sudbury Catholic secondary schools helped wait tables at Tony V’s restaurant to raise funds in support of Australian bushfire relief. In addition to cash donations, a percentage of proceeds from meal purchases will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal to provide food, clothing, and essentials, and recovery support to individuals and families in need. The students raised a total of $1220 ($500 from the restaurant and $720 in cash donations). Thank you to Tony V’s for supporting this fundraiser event!

Three SCDSB Schools Selected as Semi-Finalists in OCSTA Short Video Contest

SCDSB is proud to announce that three schools have been recognized as semi-finalists in this year’s OCSTA Short Video Contest!

Congratulations to St. David School, Marymount Academy and St. Charles College.

Voting is now open! Follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Go to the Together in Faith Website

Step 2: Follow the instructions to register online

Step 3: Once logged in, select the video and click ‘Vote for this video’

You can vote in both the elementary and secondary categories from now until December 23, 2019. Voting portal and full instructions can be found at the following link:

Sudbury Catholic Schools Honoured by Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario

Staff stand together.

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has been honoured by the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario. Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School was awarded the Michael Carty Award for their project ‘Inspiring and Developing Christian Leaders.’

Staff engaged students, inspiring them to complete campaigns to better the local and greater community. Students were encouraged to take the lead and complete projects throughout the year. The Student Council brought the school together to organize student groups in ‘villages’. The Villages worked together to create monthly competitions and fun days.

This year also marked the school’s 7th Annual Memorial Walk, where staff and students gather together to remember specifically a staff member and student who passed away, as well as all those in our lives whom we have lost. Students were able to raise over $2000 to support our students in need and community projects. The school hopes to continue the program through Leadership Training with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, fundraisers for their sister school in Tanzania and more student led projects.

The school is thrilled with the success of this initiative and how the school community came together to support local causes.

“The goal of the inspiring and developing Christian leaders project was to align our culture to our vision and values of the school. It also involves a lot of work with parents. Staff and students. Receiving this award not only recognizes their hard work over this past year, but it also allows them to continue their work into this school year,” said Cassandra MacGregor, Principal of Bishop Alexander Carter.

The Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario has also honoured four secondary students as Catholic Student Award Recipients:
• Julia Gardener: Bishop Alexander Carter C.S.S
• Annika Renaud: St. Benedict C.S.S
• Amy Godin: Marymount Academy
• Katelyn Pichette: St. Charles College

“We are very proud of our secondary students for being honoured by the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario,” said Joanne Bénard, Director of Education. “We know that each of them will go on to accomplish great things in the future and we look forward to hearing about their next adventures.”

Sudbury Catholic Schools Help Make Winters a Little Warmer!

Members of student senate stand with their coats.

The Student Senate at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board has helped make winter a little warmer for our community! Throughout the month of October, the Student Senate spearheaded a campaign to collect gently used winter coats in all sizes. The Senate, which is comprised of 15 secondary students, also encouraged other schools to participate in this initiative.

Together, Sudbury Catholic Schools collected 436 coats and winter accessories, surpassing last year’s number of 200 coats and winter accessories. Working with Derek Cashmore of Cooper Equipment Rentals, the coats will be donated to those in need throughout the Greater Sudbury community.

“The Student Senate are seen as leaders and innovators not only in their schools but across the Sudbury Catholic District School Board,” said Amanda Barry, Teacher Facilitator of the Student Senate. “They are truly difference makers and I am honoured to work alongside them year after year.”

“It was amazing to see our schools all come together and support such a wonderful cause,” said Ryan Scarpellini, Student Trustee and member of the Student Senate. “We are excited to continue to grow the campaign year after year and continue to make a difference in our community.”

Marymount School Comes Together to Kick Off Annual Canned Food Drive

Students and staff enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch with all of the fixings.

Marymount staff and students came together as a school community to celebrate and give thanks in the first annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. The event highlighted an awards ceremony for past and present students and served as the initial launch of our canned food drive in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. All students and staff enjoyed a catered lunch by Regency Bakery for the low price of a non-perishable food item.

“What a great opportunity for our Marymount community to come together, break bread and make new memories,” said Lori Holden, Principal of Marymount Academy. “It is also a beautiful way to kick off our annual canned food drive, with every student donating to an amazing cause.”

As the Marymount Food Drive ramps up, students may be visible within our community, and we encourage community members to give generously to those in need.

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