REGINA — Mercy, indigenous people, and students were themes as more than 1,000 teachers and staff of the Regina Roman Catholic School District gathered in Resurrection Parish Sept. 30 for the opening mass of the school year. Archdiocesan administrator Rev. Lorne Crozon was the main celebrant.
Crozon’s homily focused on the teacher’s role in the life their students and encouraged them to use the Holy Spirit to guide them in their work. “The power of the gift of the Holy Spirit is in all of us.”
The opening mass is an annual event serving as the official opening of the new school year. New teachers and staff are made conspicuous with their blue T-shirts. The choir is comprised of teachers and staff brought together specifically for the mass and under the direction of music teacher Kelly Magnusson, and there are short welcoming talks from the director of education Domenic Scuglia and board chair Frank Flegel.
Scuglia joined Regina Catholic schools May 28 and officially took over as director Aug. 1 when formeer director Rob Currie joined the Ministry of Education as an assistant deputy minister. Scuglia described the results of a couple of strategic planning sessions held over the summer with the board and staff and displayed the one-page poster that outlines the division’s vision and mission statements and four main strategic goals.
It was a special moment for two new Grade 1 students, Meredith Toth and Cullen O’Halloran, who were presented with a framed copy of their art work that adorns T-shirts to be given to all students entering kindergarten this year. Kindergarten students last year were asked to draw something that represents the division’s motto for this year: Go Make a Difference and Love your Neighbour as Yourself. K-PreK co-ordinator Monique Wahl, religious education co-ordinator Miles Meyers and communications co-ordinator Twyla West judged the entrants.
Scuglia and Wahl introduced the children following mass.