Laudato Si’ a challenge for Catholic schools

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - John Kostoff sees Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: on Care for Our Common Home as a calling for Catholic educators to foster a sense of environmental responsibility rooted in religion.

“This is really a challenge that Pope Francis is presenting,” said Kostoff, director of education for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

Students introduced to hands-on renewables

TORONTO - To encourage his students to start thinking about the environment of tomorrow today, technology teacher Joe Ferro has brought renewable energy into the classroom at Neil McNeil High School.

An early start to learning about the environment

TORONTO - The youngest students at James Culnan Catholic School are getting the opportunity to connect with nature as part of their daily life at school.

Unique program connects Canadian Church, schools

Pre-Vatican II babies remember it as if it were yesterday: Who made you? God made me? Why did God make you? To love Him in this world and to serve Him and be with Him in the next world.

Helping students see the light

TORONTO - Since its inception four decades ago the Famous PEOPLE Players blacklight show has toured the world several times and been featured in films and documentaries. Now the show’s inspirational message of acceptance and inclusion is being taken into classrooms.

Respected educator Kostoff stepping down

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - After spending the better part of four decades with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, John Kostoff will soon be saying goodbye.

Basilian future looks to the past

TORONTO - The 200-year tradition of Basilian education is taking a new path into the future — a path first walked by the disciples Jesus sent out two-by-two to connect with the villages of Galilee and change the world.

School, community centre to consolidate under one roof

TORONTO - The Toronto Catholic District School Board and Villa Charities are entering a unique partnership to build a new state-of-the-art shared facility that will house Dante Alighieri Academy and the Columbus Centre.

TCDSB trustees vote down motion to delay sex-ed implementation

TORONTO - A motion calling for the province to delay implementation of Ontario's controversial new sex-ed curriculum in Toronto Catholic schools has been defeated.

TCDSB project aims to mend poor relations with First Nations

TORONTO - In the province’s largest and most urbanized Catholic school board, efforts are being made to mend the wounds caused by Indian residential schools.

Revised religious ed curriculum approved

For the first time in 20 years six- and seven-year-olds are getting new religion textbooks, their teachers are getting new lesson plans and parents are getting new ways of helping kids in religion class.

Student strike has minimal effect on Catholic schools

TORONTO - As thousands of parents pulled their children from school for a week in protest of Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum, it seems the majority taking part are from the province’s public schools.

TCDSB focused on family

[This article updates and corrects a previous version.]

TORONTO - The province’s largest Catholic school board will place an extra emphasis on the family next September as part of its multi-year strategic plan.