On January 31st, Saint Francis Xavier High School hosted a Liturgy and Blessing Ceremony for the New Wing Addition to the school. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast presided over the Liturgy in the school chapel. The chapel was filled with several board personnel including Chairperson of the Board, Ms. Elaine McMahon, Director of Education Ms. Denise Andre, Superintendent Mary Donaghy and Superintendent Fred Chrystal. We were blessed to also have in attendance Mayor Jim Watson, representation from the Ministry of Education, as well as several community partners including the school council chairs and several student representatives.
A plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the entrance to the new wing. Principal John Pedari gave a tour of some of the contemporary classrooms including a multi-purpose room and the spacious new Grade 7 art room, which is adorned with samples of the wonderful artwork the students have produced. Mr. Pedari spoke about how innovative and functional the space is and how students are deepening their learning in the new collaborative space.
All were welcome to enjoy refreshments in the atrium which were handmade by the students of the hospitality class. We would like to thank all those who were in attendance and contributed to the ceremony. A special thank you to Ms. Pasqua and the Vocal Rush choir for their beautiful singing during the blessing, and Ms. Kozowy for the delicious food prepared by students in her hospitality class.
Michael Raso is the Vice-Principal at St. Francis Xavier High School.