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Catholic Education Week shines light on 'nurturing hope'

This week, local Catholic school students will be able to take part in various activities virtually and families are invited to join in
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Catholic school boards across Ontario observe 'Catholic Education Week' from May 2-7. It is a time to celebrate all that is best and most beautiful about the Catholic school system and to give thanks for the gift of a faith-filled education.

The theme for 2021 is 'Nurturing Hope,' which is so fitting considering that it is faith and hope that has provided us with the spiritual nourishment to weather the challenges we have all faced this year.

Throughout the week, schools at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board will take part in various activities virtually, and families are invited to join as well. Here are some of the suggested activities for families:

  • Go for a nature walk and thank God for our earth in all its glory
  • Write a poem about hope
  • Write a letter to family members that you haven’t been able to see in a while
  • Prepare and eat dinner together
  • Plant some seeds
  • Create a message of hope in chalk on your driveway for everyone to see!

Each year, SMCDSB schools participate in a Walk for Social Justice, and this year, families can also take part. Each day of the week has a different focus for families to walk 500+ steps, and then on Friday, May 7 everyone can enter their totals using the online form. 

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will celebrate Catholic Education Week with a virtual Mass on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. All students, families, board staff, trustees, and the broader Catholic community are invited to participate in this celebration of the Eucharist. The link to the virtual mass will be posted at

A special virtual presentation by popular speaker, David Bouchard is also happening on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. David will lean on his experience as an educator, author, parent and grandparent, to explain why reading is key to academic success and that storytelling is a powerful way to influence, teach and inspire. David draws on his own Métis heritage - in a tireless commitment to share his learnings with any and all who will listen. It promises to be a great presentation!

For more information on Catholic Education Week at SMCDSB, visit