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NICHOLSON CATHOLIC COLLEGE
NICC Logo 301 Church Street
Belleville, Ontario K8N 3C7
Telephone: 613-967-0404
Fax: 613-967-1963
Email: flhpnicc@alcdsb.on.ca
Website: http://nccschool.org
Year: 2012 - 2013
Grades: 9 - 12
Hours of Instruction: 8:20 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
School Community Information
Nicholson Catholic College Principal: Lucy Teves
 
Vice-Principal:
 Mr. Pat Rampp


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Student Services:
Chaplaincy: Jo Belanger
Head Office Administrator: Diana Downey
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Board Information
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Excellence in Catholic Education
151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, Ontario, K7R 4B2

Automated Attendant: 613-354-6257
Receptionist: 613-354-2255
Toll-Free:1-800-581-1116
E-mail: info@alcdsb.on.ca

Director of Education: Jody DiRocco
 

Superintendent of School Effectiveness:
  Terri Slack
Assistant to the Director of Education:  Erin Walker
Tel:  613-354-2255 Ext. 449
Fax: 613-354-0549

Tel:  613-354-2255 Ext. 484
Fax: 613-354-9822
School Identifiers
Patron Saint: Saint Michael
Motto: "Quis ut Deus" ("Who is Like unto God")
Official Tartan: Gordon
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School Mission Statement
 
About Our School
Nicholson Catholic College was originally built as a private secondary school to educate the children of the Catholic community in Belleville and surrounding area. Nicholson was named in honour of Monsignor J. F. Nicholson, the pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, whose help and guidance was instrumental in making the dream become a reality. The school is now a publicly funded secondary school in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

The origins of the school can be clearly seen in the strength of the school community. There is a special appreciation for the religious community of the Sisters of Providence and the many sisters who staffed the school from the beginning. Many parents in the community went to school at Nicholson Catholic College. They hold a deep attachment to the school, and a strong desire to see it continue to thrive and grow.

Facilities:
  • Chapel, Library with computer lab
  • 2 gyms
  • 4 fully equipped science labs
  • Transportaion Lab - housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Cosmetology lab – housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Construction technology lab - housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Hospitality and Tourism Program – housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Stage – opens into main gym
  • Music room
  • Radio Station Studio
  • Closed Circuit Television Broadcast Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Lifeskills Center (program to age 21)
  • ALCVC: Virtual Campus
  • Visual Arts studio
  • International Baccalaureate Centre
  • Resource and Student Success Room
  • Enclosed student green space
Student Enrolment: 600
Number of Staff:
55
Catholic School Council
Chairperson: Karen Brooks-Cathcart
How We Live Our Catholic Faith
Our Belief
The Nicholson community believes that a Catholic high school is one in which the teaching of Jesus Christ are integrated into the day-to-day curriculum and social fabric of high school life. We have many opportunities to pray and demonstrate our Catholic faith including: prayer services, classroom liturgies, daily prayer, and active pastoral team, and opportunities for individual reflection in our chapel.

Demonstrating our Faith
  • NCC demonstrates its commitment to the community by participation in:
    • Outreach programs
    • Christmas Sharing Baskets
    • United Way Campaign
    • Local and global fundraising campaigns
    • Environmental clean up activities
    • Random Acts of Kindness Campaigns
  • Our students help one another through their:
    • Leadership camps
    • Peer helping, mentorship programs
    • Tutoring
    • Mixed grade homerooms
    • clubs, teams and spirit activity participation

Nicholson offers extensive transition supports to new students including a formal peer mentor program, shadow day experiences, dances for students in Grades 7 and 8 and focused Guidance support within both elementary and secondary environments.

Each year, Nicholson welcomes over twenty-five international students who come from Asia, Germany, Mexico, and South American to take courses at the school. They stay with families in our community. Some come to improve their English or experience living in North America. Others plan to pursue Canadian postsecondary opportunities.

By living among us, students learn about our culture, faith and values; these are lessons that we hope will have a life shaping influence which they can carry back to enrich their home communities. In turn, they share their culture, faith and values with the students of Nicholson. We hope that these influences will provide our students with genuine understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
LEARNING AT OUR SCHOOL
Academic Programs
Nicholson offers extensive transition supports to new students including a formal peer mentor program, shadow day experiences, dances for students in Grades 7 and 8 and focused Guidance support within both elementary and secondary environments. Each year, Nicholson welcomes over twenty-five international students who come from Asia, Germany, Mexico, and South American to take courses at the school. They stay with families in our community. Some come to improve their English or experience living in North America. Others plan to pursue Canadian postsecondary opportunities. By living among us, students learn about our culture, faith and values; these are lessons that we hope will have a life shaping influence which they can carry back to enrich their home communities. In turn, they share their culture, faith and values with the students of Nicholson. We hope that these influences will provide our students with genuine understanding and appreciation for other cultures.

Grades 9 – 12: Religion and Family Life Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, French, Geography, History, Family Studies, Business, Arts, and Technological Studies.

French Second Language, Extended French studies:
  • Core French courses provide students with fundamental communication skills in French and an understanding of the nature of the language and its culture.
  • Extended French courses develop students’ French language knowledge and skills and provide an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture in Canada and around the world.

Other:
Our school offers a broad range of Experiential Education Opportunities: Students can earn credits through experiential experiences called Coop. Students will explore occupations and career interests through participation in real workplace experiences.

Coop education is an important element of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program (OYAP) training.

Nicholson offers three Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) opportunities:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Transportation
  • Communication Technology

Apprenticeship is a method of training in which employers train workers to become skilled workers through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is for students who have career plans to become an apprentice in the skilled trades. During secondary school, students will begin the theory and hands-on-experience required for apprenticeship while completing high school credits. The hands-on experience is obtained through the coop program.

The Algonquin Lakeshore Technology Center (at Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf): The Algonquin Lakeshore School Board and Sir James Whitney School have formed a partnership in order to provide technological training for their students. Course offerings include Health and Personal Services, Hairstyling and Aesthetics, Transportation, Design, Manufacturing and Construction Technologies. These courses are offered off campus in two credit blocks. Nicholson is expanding the broad number of community partnerships to support experiential learning for students of all grade levels to build bridges to Apprenticeships, College programs and University programs

The Life Long Learning Center (Eastern Campus – Cobourg, Ontario)
Students interested in the construction trades may apply for this program which prepares students who are interested in becoming a certified brick and stonemason, cement finisher or construction craft worker. After the five-week pre- apprenticeship program students are placed in the field of their choice and embark on their apprenticeship journey.

Dual Credit: School + College + Work
The Dual Credit Program provides secondary school student with the opportunity to earn up to 4 dual credits by participating in apprenticeship training and College courses. While enrolled in college dual credits you will earn both high school and college credit s for successfully completing a course at the college.

International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificate programs:

Considered “Education for Life”, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is offered at 1597 schools in 122 countries worldwide. The philosophy of this program is that of a well-rounded education. This rigorous and academically demanding program is designed for highly motivated university-bound students. Considered by many to be unequalled university preparation, the IB allows students to develop into hard working, self-directed learners with good research, study and writing skills. At Nicholson, students work towards the diploma program in grades eleven and twelve.
Co-Curriculum Program
Athletics:
Crusader athletes are known for being dedicated, enthusiastic and skilled competitors who always demonstrate a sportsmanlike attitude toward the opposition.

NCC has a strong athletic program, now 30 teams represent Nicholson in Bay of Quinte sanctioned sports. Men’s and women’s teams are presently running in:
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Skiing
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • Curling
  • Golf
Men’s Baseball, Women’s Gymnastics and Co-ed Cheerleading are also available to N.C.C. students.

To date, Crusader teams have captured over 130 Bay of Quinte Championships as well as 50 C.O.S.S.A. Championships. At the provincial level, Nicholson’s athletic teams have captured numerous O.F.S.A.A. medals including: 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze in Gymnastics; 1 Silver and 1 Bronze in Swimming; and 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze in Basketball. The school has also been very proud to host O.F.S.A.A. Championships in Basketball (4), Volleyball (1) and Golf (1).

Clubs and Activities:
Involvement in any school or community activity will help students earn points towards one of the school letters. The School Letter Recognition Program attempts to encourage involvement and reward participation. It has become a very popular award at the annual awards night ceremony and one that many students strive to achieve.

School Events:
This year, 2010 will see alumnae from five decades come to Nicholson in May to celebrate 50 years. Two very successful reunions of the St. Michael’s – Nicholson Catholic College alumnae have been held previously in 1978 and 1991.

Notable graduates of NCC include Robert Allore, 1973, Mary Paterson, 1982, Marc Crawford, and Leona Dombrowsky, 1976, our current Minister of Education.

A Canadian Film Festival will be held at NCC this year with screenings of 6 Canadian films selected for viewing by Grades 11 and 12 students from NCC and St. T. Workshops will be facilitated for participants after each film, hosted by those directly involved in the making of the film. This initiative is made possible by a partnership with Reel Canada and will be linked to the Information and Communications Technology Secondary High Skills Major as a Reach Ahead experience. Students will work with the professional crew of Reel Canada to manage all technical aspects of this production.

A Provincial Women’s AA Secondary Basketball Championship will be hosted at NCC.

A day of Aboriginal Art and Culture will be celebrated at NCC with students and staff spending a day with Shannon Thunderbird.
HOW WE KNOW WE ARE SUCCEEDING
Assessing Student Progress
The results from the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics for the applied and academic courses are displayed at the top of the page in graphs. Students who achieved level 3 or 4 met provincial expectations.

EQAO Grade 9 Applied Math results
NICC Gr. 9 Applied Math Results

EQAO Grade 9 Academic Math results
NICC Grade 9 Academic Math results

The results from the EQAO Grade 10 Ontario School Literacy Test (OSSLT) are presented next. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.

EQAO Results – Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test: Percentage of students who passed the test
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
School 92% 90% 92% 88% 92%
Province 84% 85% 84% 83% 82%