Catholic Schools Week is an annual event that builds an appreciation of the educational achievements and spiritual benefits of attending a Catholic school. It acknowledges all the teachers and students who work in these schools, and celebrates the opportunities that Catholic Schools have to offer.
This year, IHMS celebrated Catholic Schools Week from Monday, February 13 to Friday, February 17. During the first 4 days (Friday was a holiday for the students), the student council and staff organized a fun group of activities.
The week started off on Monday with students designing and colouring bookmarks immediately after morning announcements. In addition, students began decorating and colouring a door mural for their classroom door based on the same theme used in the Annual School Tea – ???Everyone Grows???. Finally, on Monday at lunchtime, the student council held a cookie and milk sale in the gym. Cookies were brought from home by the grade 7 and 8 students, and then sold for 25 cents each.
Tuesday was Valentine???s Day, which was also a NUT Day (No Uniforms Today). Students were encouraged to come to school dressed in red and white. A lot of students exchanged Valentine???s day cards, especially in the younger grades, but since IHMS is trying to promote healthier eating in the school, passing out candies or chocolates was prohibited.
On Wednesday, the door murals that each classroom made up was judged at the end of the day.
On Thursday, there was a 2:00 p.m. assembly in the school gym. Students from different grades represented their classes by participating in a series of activities that were sponsored by the Manitoba Milk Producers. Since the Manitoba Milk Producers donated all the prizes for the event, all the games had a milk theme to them.
Friday, February 17th, the last day of Catholic Schools Week, was an inservice day for the teachers at St. Joseph???s Church on Andrews Street.. While IHMS teachers (and teachers from other Catholic schools) were busy attending the inservice, students had a day off from school. Since the following Monday was a holiday – Louis Riel Day – it was a long 4 day weekend for the students and a great way to finish off a fun and exciting week!