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The Bruin Bulletin

St. Josephine Bakhita CES News

Welcome to the first edition of The Bruin Bulletin!  This weekly news bulletin will keep our community up to date on everything new and exciting taking place at St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic Elementary School – opening this September.  We will update parents and students on the progress of the school building, invite you to information nights taking place this spring, and provide you with the information you will need as we move closer to opening our doors in five short months.  Beginning next week, only subscribers to St. Josephine Bakhita’s Newswire will receive this bulletin, so please visit https://stjosephine.wcdsb.ca/ and subscribe if your children will be attending our school in September.

Our Patron Saint – St. Josephine Bakhita

Our school is named after a truly inspiring individual – St. Josephine Margaret Bakhita (1869-1947).  She is the patron saint of human trafficking and her personal story of suffering, forgiveness, hope, resilience, strength, and love for God will be an inspiration for our students, faculty, and broader school community.  She was known for her charismatic personality, gentle voice, and generous smile.  St. Josephine Bakhita was Beatified in 1992 and Cannonized (declared a Saint) in 2000.  She is the first Black woman to receive this honor in the modern era.

St. Josephine Bakhita CES Website – Check Us Out and Sign Up for Newswire!

We now have a school website!  Visit us at https://stjosephine.wcdsb.ca/ .  We will continue to update the website in the coming weeks and months with all the information you will need.  Please make sure you subscribe to ‘Newswire’, located at the bottom of the webpage.  Simply type in your email address and you will receive a confirmation email.  Once you confirm your subscription, you will receive the electronic information we send out via Newswire – such as our weekly Bruin Bulletin!

St. Josephine Bakhita CES is on Twitter – Follow us!

If you have a Twitter account – please follow all the #WCDSBawesome things taking place at our school!  You can find us at @stjbbruins or on our school’s website.

 

Our Mascot and School Colours – Welcome to Bruin Country!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our school mascot survey!  We received a lot of great ideas but had to choose only one mascot/school nickname – we are…The Bruins!

For those curious – a Bruin is a Brown Bear.  We are working with a creative team that includes Chuck Temple (illustrator for the best-selling children’s book series ‘Brady Brady’) to create our mascot/logo.

Our school colours will be light blue, yellow, and white.  To get a better idea, here is a mock-up of our school’s athletic jerseys.

Have a GREAT week and stay tuned for more information in next week’s edition of The Bruin Bulletin!

By |2023-04-05T10:22:24-04:00April 5th, 2023|NewsWire|Comments Off on The Bruin Bulletin

Waterloo Catholic District School Board Names New Elementary School

Trustees name new Kitchener Catholic elementary school after Saint Josephine Bakhita.

Trustees selected the name for the new Catholic elementary school currently under construction in Kitchener at the February 27th Board meeting. The name was selected from a shortlist which was vetted through a thorough stakeholder consultation process. The new elementary school in the Huron Brigadoon area of Kitchener will be named Saint Josephine Bakhita.

“Seeing the sun, the moon, and the stars, the beauties of nature, I asked myself, ‘Who is the owner of all these beautiful things?’ and I felt a great desire to see him, know him, and pay him homage.” – Saint Josephine Bakhita

“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we welcome students and families from the Huron-Brigadoon community to the newest elementary school in the Waterloo Catholic DSB, Saint Josephine Bakhita,” said David Lynch, Principal of the new school. “Saint Josephine Bakhita is an exemplary choice after whom to name our school.  She is the patron saint of victims of human trafficking and her personal story of suffering, forgiveness, hope, resilience, strength, and love for God will be an inspiration to our students and the broader school community.  We can’t wait to open our doors in September when Saint Josephine Bakhita Catholic Elementary School will become the heart of the community, where each student meets with success, and where all are welcome.”

Saint Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), was Beatified in 1992 and Canonized (declared a Saint) in 2000.  She is the first Black woman to receive this honour in the modern era.

By |2023-03-20T09:59:52-04:00March 20th, 2023|NewsWire|Comments Off on Waterloo Catholic District School Board Names New Elementary School
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