Last Updated: Tuesday - 01/04/2011
February 12, 2001
Northside school celebrates in faith
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — Katherine Therrien Elementary School held a religious mini-conference Jan. 31 to highlight its 25-year anniversary.
Principal Irene Washylk beams proudly at her 200 students when she tells them about their school.
And the students smile with as much enthusiasm and pride as their principal while singing at the closing ceremonies of the mini-retreat.
"We usually don't have this type of thing for the younger students," said Washylk. "I think this is the best place to start something like this, it's a perfect age. Their little open minds are so ready for knowledge."
The school in northwest Edmonton is named after a former assistant superintendent who spent more than 40 years as an educator.
Focusing on the theme, All Children are God's Children, the retreat was a day of speakers and workshops on faith issues. On the list of speakers were Father Mike Dechant and Brother Dan Dionne of St. Charles Church, Msgr. Don McDonald, vicar general of the Edmonton Archdiocese, and Father Myron Pyszcz of Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church.
"There (were) stories about sharing . . . spirit through song," said Washylk. "There were talks on being special."
There was even a parent session with Dechant who spoke on the role we play as "fingerprints of God. God leaves a little bit of himself in all of us.
"The theme that brings us here today is the circle of hope . . . the point of a day like today is to create a circle of hope for our children."
Known as the school of hope, it was without saying that the students ended their day of workshops and talks by making hope boxes, "so we can put things that we hope for in it," said Cassie McLeod, 6.
She wasn't sure what "hopes" she would be putting into her box, but the first-grader was keen to have one.
"You put good things in it," she said, not even taking a break from decorating her box to look up while she made the comment.
During the closing ceremonies, Cassie and her schoolmates received metal crosses that they will put into their boxes.
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