Brampton - In its entire history of 40 years, Holy Name of Mary has been a term school.
Over the last 14 years, on numerous occasions, the issue of semestering Holy Name of Mary has been raised and has been opposed by parents, students and some teachers. It has also been defeated at the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board level, when the trustees still had power. Since the passing of Bill 177, the Board administration has gained power over these issues and is railroading this change trough, for their own benefit. Thus bypassing the democratic process. None of the points that have been raised in the past (ie. level of students that struggle, enrolment, academic achievement) are valid, as they have all been proven false.
There is no concrete proof that changing from a term based system to a semester system will improve academic achievement. Also, the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board cannot guarantee that this change will improve any aspects for the education process at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School.
On the topic of Catholicity, it is interesting that in a Catholic School Board, whose main claim for existence is the adherence, promotion and nurturing of the Catholic Faith, we find instancesAt Holy Name of Mary we have been blessed with a perfect trinity of a Catholic, all-girl and term school. As the saying goes "If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it."
of half-truths, back-room politics and the failure to act transparently.
Please come out on Monday November 8th, 2010 at 7pm to the Catholic Education Centre at 40 Matheson Boulevard West in Mississauga, where a Board Administrative report will be presented in favour of making this change as well as a delegation OPPOSING this change.