Resurrection Catholic Secondary School has recently celebrated the school’s 25th Anniversary. Resurrection was born out of the “ashes” of St Jerome’s High School and continues to serve the community and to live out its Mission Statement: Learning to meet the challenges of the future; Growing in our Catholic faith; and Building a better community. The Congregation of the Resurrection founded St. Jerome’s in 1864 and in September 1990 when St. Jerome’s closed, a new high school opened. Its name honours the Resurrection of Christ and the Congregation of the Resurrection and is a tribute to the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Resurrection who were pioneers of Catholic education in our region.
Resurrection has become one of the most prestigious Catholic secondary schools in our Province. We boast academic excellence, artistic expression beyond measure, technical skill expertise, athletic supremacy and most importantly we care for each other, our neighbours and our fellow human beings. Resurrection students continue to achieve excellence in EQAO results, Skills Canada, business (Financial Literacy and DECA), computer science, robotics, electric motor car, mathematics, science, and writing competitions. The school has produced major musical and theatrical productions each and every year including holding key leadership roles in the two board-wide major musical productions, Les Misérables and 42nd Street. The arts department offers experiences in vocals, band and visual arts and are always strong contributors to the annual K-W ‘Brush Off’ event. The Resurrection Phoenix are one of the top high schools in the province for athletics. Our field hockey team has captured the Ontario crown five out of the last six years, the track and field team continues to capture both team and individual provincial championships and most recently our football team has captured their second OFSAA Bowl. Resurrection fields every team that our District offers and thanks to the efforts of our coaches and athletes are perennial power houses in most sports.
The students and staff of Resurrection continue to learn, grow and build into the twenty-first century to meet the challenges of the future. At Resurrection, we are a community committed to learning excellence, in an inclusive environment, where all students’ gifts are welcomed and appreciated.
Most importantly, Resurrection is a proud Catholic high school which infuses the gospel values each and every day. Resurrection works alongside the student to help each one with their own faith journey and has a strong social justice and outreach program where we have developed partnerships within the region, province and global community. The initiatives that Resurrection Catholic Secondary School continues to be involved with (including Toonies for Terry Fox, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Warm for Winter, Dominican Republic Encounter, Into the Cold, Weekly Missions and the Lenten Campaign for Haiti) are all initiated by our student leaders. Resurrection has built a strong tradition in the area of social justice and living the Gospel daily is the hallmark of who we are.
Resurrection has had another busy start up offering a supportive transition to our newest Phoenix. The Head Start Program, which ran from August 25th to the 30th prior to the school year, helped to reduce the anxiety of more than 50% of our grade nine students. The Co-Curricular Fair allowed every grade nine class an opportunity to find out about all the clubs, teams and initiatives that will be taking part this year. The grade nine week was capped off with a full family barbeque followed by our ‘Neon Niner’ dance.
We had a full school participation in the Terry Fox Run/Walk where the students and staff at Resurrection ‘FUN-d’ – raised over $1600 for Cancer Research. The full community also just recently raised countless boxes of food for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive which will be donated to our local Food Bank. The Resurrection Community celebrated our opening mass presided over by our Spiritual Advisor Father Toby Collins.
Resurrection continues to be very proud of our students’ academic achievements. We are one of the leaders in the region with regard to the EQAO Literacy and Numeracy results. October 20th we will be conducting an On-line version of the Provincial Literacy Test. Based on the strong support we are receiving once again from our Literacy team and our entire staff we are confident our students will excel. Resurrection continues to medal at both the regional and provincial level in a variety of competitions involving Creative Writing, Computer Programming, Robotics, Canada Skills, Mathematics, Science and Business. Resurrection produced countless academic scholarship winners once again this year and in particular Andrei Tudorancea, was the Regional Winner of the first ever St. Jerome’s Legacy Scholarship.
‘Awesome 80’s Prom’ is the theatrical production that auditions are currently being held for and will be showcased in February. The musical department will be travelling to Boston this year to participate in their annual competition. Live Art will be on display this November as a way to promote Visual Arts, Video Production and Cosmetology. We have two groups of students off to France this year, the first on the Vimy Ridge trip and the second on our own French Department’s trip to Paris and the surrounding areas.
Resurrection is a perennial power house in Athletics in our Region and has become a household name in the province in a variety sports. Resurrection offers every sport that our District puts forth along with numerous intramural activities for every student in our school. Resurrection is the OFSAA Champions in Track and Field, Field Hockey and Football and that was just this past year!
Finally, we are very proud and thankful of our wonderful staff who work collaboratively to help our students Learn, Grow and Build their body, mind and spirit through our Catholic Social Teachings and the Gospel values at the heart of our daily work.