In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
May 30, 2017

St. Andrew's Regional High School May 2017 Update

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by Andrew Keleher, Principal

Victoria’s annual Diocesan Youth Conference, hosted at St. Andrew’s, was held this past weekend with the theme More than a Feeling. This year marks the 14th installment of the DYC and our special guest was Mrs. Leah Perrault from the Diocese of Saskatoon. I had the pleasure of spending time with Leah at a recent Administrators’ retreat. Our students very much appreciated her message and caring touch. 

The DYC kicked off at school with Turnaround Day, our whole school retreat, on Friday, May 26. I spend a lot of time on marketing for Island Catholic Schools, and one question that often gets asked of me is “what makes our school unique?" Turnaround Day is part of what makes St. Andrew’s exceptional and so I encourage all of our students to be remember what they heard from Leah and their fellow students, many of whom gave talks or reflections, or performed or were otherwise involved throughout the day. Thank you to Mr. Brock and his team for organizing another great Turnaround Day for us.

Congratulations to our student athletes in track and field, badminton, sailing, senior girls’ soccer, and golf. These students have been or will be contending in City, Lower Island, Island, and Provincial Championship competitions this month. Thank you to all of the coaches, parents, and staff involved in working with these student athletes.

A job well done to our music students for their performance at our Spring Fling concert. The choir, concert band, and jazz band impressed all those in attendance, and dazzled with both a choral and instrumental version of their acclaimed version of Loch Lomond. It was truly special and as I said at the event, soul-moving. I would like to offer a special thank you to the music students from the Class of 2017 who are nearing the end of their performing time with us. Thank you for your involvement over the years. Thank you as well to Mr. O’Reilly for his dedication to music education at St. Andrew’s.

Welcome and congratulations to our newest council member on the Local School Council of St. Andrew’s Regional High School, Mrs. Kat Bussanich. Kat was named to the Council at last week’s Annual Public Meeting and now begins a three-year term. She has had past Council experience at St. Andrew’s Elementary and St. Patrick’s Elementary. Welcome aboard, Kat!

I would also like to bid a fond farewell to Council member Mrs. Joanne Chan, who has served for the last three years and has been a key contributor at the table. On behalf of the school community, thank you very much for your contributions, Joanne, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Paul Szczur for his seven years of service to St. Andrew’s Regional High School. Fr. Paul has shepherded us through his ministry, our school Masses, on school retreats, and with his generous spirit. As Fr. Paul departs to spend more time with his parish—Our Lady of the Rosary in Langford—I am grateful for his guidance to St. Andrew’s and to Island Catholic Schools. Fr. Paul, thank you.

At this time, I would like to welcome Fr. David Hogman to St. Andrew’s as our new school chaplain. Fr. David is of course no stranger to us and I know we will see him often with Sacred Heart Parish—his home parish—in such close proximity. Fr. David is always willing to come to the school, speak to classes, and be involved. Fr. David, welcome!

To all of you, I extend goodwill on the road ahead. Remember to pause when necessary and to appreciate the beauty and blessings all around us.

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