Dear BCA Families,

As we enter the Christmas season our Chapel this week focused on Advent. Christians throughout history have celebrated this season of spiritual preparation with Advent readings—short Bible passages read during the lighting of the Advent wreath.

This time of reflection invites us to remember the reason for the season: the eternal Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Christians have observed the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day as a special time to prepare their hearts.

Grade 5 students Luc and Josh lit the first advent candle and read Bible verses. There are four candles and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent.

  • Week 1: Hope (or promise)
  • Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)
  • Week 3: Joy (or peace)
  • Week 4: Love (or adoration)

Following the lighting of the Advent candle and Bible readings we enjoyed singing Christmas carols. We were able to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our SOTA students as we listened to them perform. Miss Jaclyn is part of SOTA, and sang a beautiful song. Madame Makonnen presented the Scripture passage in Isaiah that the whole school will learn during the month of December.

  • JK – Grade 4 students will learn Isaiah 9:6 and
  • Grades 5 – 8 will learn verse 7 as well.

At our Christmas Family Night (December 20th starting at 6:30 p.m.) these verses will be recited by students.

Student Spotlight

Grade 6-8 Community Service Week Grade 6-8 students took part in community service week this week visiting many local organizations to lend a hand. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn first-hand about these organizations who help those in need. Thanks to our many parent volunteers who came out to lead the student groups and help with the baking. Student baked goods were donated to Mission Services of Hamilton and to Next Door Social Space.

What a great learning opportunity for our students during this season of giving. Above, right, some boys are baking for Mission Services men’s shelter.

Mrs. Matter submitted Grade 7 student Noel’s excellent story, “Great New Food”

Are you tired of coming in second on the podium? Have you been training like an Olympian but still can’t get a new personal best? Do you watch other athletes eat the same things as you but still seem to do better? Have you become so frustrated that you are about to give up and become a couch potato? Don’t despair, we have the answer for you!

The ocean is a mysterious place full of magical creatures. We at BASA are excited to share our discovery, a new fish called Vicora, that is sure to become the new superfood. It is overflowing with healthy nutrients including Vitamin C and all of the Vitamin B’s. It is rich in protein and most importantly it has a unique nutrient called zoompa. Zoompa accelerates your muscle growth and allows you to train longer and harder. Eating Vicora will let you leave your competition in the dust.

With Vicora your sprint will feel like a jog. No longer will you watch everybody beat you but instead you will fly past them straight to the winner’s podium. Eating Vicora with Zoompa in it will give you that extra boost you need. Don’t miss out, add Vicora to your diet today. It will change your life!

Special Visitors to JK/SK Classes

Kindergarten student enjoyed a visit from some local firefighters to go along with their studies of community helpers.

Senior Program – Soap Box Racers

As a final project senior program students designed, created miniature models and tested them for speed, stability and steering before building their soap box racers. Their final test was to race the cars. The entire student body as well as many parents came out to cheer on the student racers! Thanks to teachers Mr. Cope and Mrs. Struyk for leading students in this project.

Showing Local Love Via Fundraising

Grade One Student Bentley Climbs all 1,776 Steps of the CN Tower and Raises Needed Funds for Others

On Saturday November 24th before sunrise, Bentley along with his dad Robert completed the UP2018 United Way CN Tower Climb! With a very enthusiastic and charged line-up of participants, Bentley and Robert paced themselves and climbed all 1,776 steps to the top of the CN Tower. Bentley’s time was 29 minutes and 13 seconds, while Robert followed one second behind. Their cumulative efforts raised $2,598 to help our communities rise from poverty to possibility. Way to go!

Engaging students beyond the classroom empowers them to make a real world impact and learning is more meaningful and the content sticks.

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School is proud to offer its 2nd Annual “MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL CAMP”

Monday, March 11th to Friday, March 15th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Development Camp will focus on introducing young student athletes, both novice and advanced (Grades 4-8), to the individual fundamentals required to play the game of basketball. The camp allows players an opportunity to work on their skills in non-competitive drills as well as game situations. Campers will also learn offensive and defensive skills and the footwork associated with both. Most importantly, students will develop positive mental health and greater levels of self-esteem.


Notre Dame Health & Physical Education Teachers, Coaches & Student Athletes.


Complete the Registration Form and include a cheque for the appropriate amount payable to Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School or pay online at Please return the completed registration form and cheque or Receipt from School Cash online to the main office at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.


If there are any inquires, please direct them to Mr. David Montoya, Department Head of Health and Physical Education at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary school.

E-mail at
School at 905-335-1544
Mobile at 226-972-4871