News at a Glance

Principal’s Message

Chaplain’s Corner

  • Ash Wednesday
  • What is Lent?

Guidance News

  • What’s Happening
  • Student Activities
  • Class of 2018 Info.
  • Co-Op Job Fair Light

Important Dates

Friday, February 2
P.A. Day Monday,

February 5
Semester 2 begins

Wednesday, February 7
Me to We Assembly (Period 2)

Monday, February 12
Japan Trip Info. Night for Parents (6:30 p.m.)

February 13-15
Grad Photo Retakes

Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 15
Semester 1 Report Cards sent home with students

Monday, February, 19
Family Day (no school)

Wednesday, February 21
Graduation Meeting

Wednesday, February 28
Civvies Day (Pink shirt day)

Principal’s Message
by L. Bellini

The month of January is always a bit quieter, and this January proved to be no different. As we started to wind down the semester, students and staff shifted their focus to final culminating activities and final exams.

Looking back to just before the Christmas break, our school raised $1361.90 that went to the Cambridge Fire Fighters Christmas Basket Fund. As well, 27 families were supported with groceries and/or gifts to make their Christmas just a little brighter. Great work Mustangs! We are taking our values and putting them into actions.

To help out our newest Mustangs, SAC hosts a Cookies and Cram at the end of January. Cookies and Cram is an event that invites all grades nines to the Learning Commons after school to help them study and organize themselves for their first sets of exams. Great work SAC, and thanks for helping out our grade nines!

On January 18th, we were made aware that our very own Jules Campbell has been selected to receive the Leadership Award at the 2018 Gay-Straight Alliance Conference. Congratulations Jules. You make Doyle proud by living out our school’s Christian vision of being accepting and welcoming to all.

For a fourth year in a row, Lauren Fulop and her Leadership class hosted the Special Education Jubilee to a number of high schools from our district. The Mustangs welcomed students from Resurrection, St. Mary’s and St. Benedict. Ms. Fulop’s students planned great activities for the Community Living students in the gymnasium. Great work Ms. Fulop and to your students for hosting a memorable day for these students. Looking forward to next year’s jubilee.

As we move into the new semester, we are asking for your assistance regarding the school uniform. Please enforce with your child(ren) the need to wear the school’s uniform properly. We are finding students coming to school without the proper uniform pieces or wearing the uniform improperly. For example, girls are rolling up their shorts or boys are not wearing the proper t-shirt (plain white, black or grey crewneck t -shirt) under their uniform top. It would go a long way if you would speak with your child(ren) and reinforce the school’s expectation regarding the uniform.

Finally, Semester 2 starts on February 5th. On Monday, students will report directly to their semester 2, period 1 class to start off their new semester. Please note that Report Cards will be distributed on Thursday, February 15th.

As always, the Administration Team is always available if you should have any questions or concerns.

Lou Bellini

Chaplin’s Corner
by J. Goncz

Ash Wednesday- Wednesday Feb 14th

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

This year the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, coincides with Valentine’s Day. Last time this happened was 1945. At a deeper level both days have a similar message of love: Lent, being a time of really looking at our lives and seeing where we can be more united with God who loves us; and Valentine’s Day when we turn in sharing love with each other. Lent is a time for more prayer, leading a simpler life with less stuff, being less self-centered and more generous in our words, thoughts and deeds, and Valentine’s day invites us to direct those deeds to others.

When the Ashes are placed on our forehead in the Sign of the Cross, we are choosing to put aside all of our ego, our wants, our possessions, our demands, and open ourselves up to God’s love.

May these 40 days of Lent bring us closer to our loving and merciful God, and help us to enter into a deeper, personal relationship with Jesus.

About Lent

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the day when all Christians have their foreheads signed with ashes in the form of a Cross, or ashes are placed on top of their heads. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Under current canon law in the Western Rite of the Church, a day of fast is one on which Catholics who are 18 to 60 years old are required to limit food to a single meal and have two snacks, so long as these snacks do not add up to a second meal. Children and those with medical conditions and those who perform physical work are excused from the requirements of fasting. A day of abstinence is a day on which Catholics aged 14 or older are required to abstain from eating meat. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. Starting with Ash Wednesday, Lent continues over the next 40 days (excluding Sundays), ending on Holy Thursday. The word “Lent” comes from the Old English word for spring, the season when Lent occurs each year. This is something unique to the English language. In almost all other languages, its name is derived from the Latin term Quadragesima, meaning “40 days.” The 40-day period has its traditions in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, it refers to the period Jesus spent in the desert before his final days of ministry and Passion. Therefore, it is fitting for Christians to imitate their Lord with a period of prayer and fasting to prepare for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday, Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil of Resurrection) and Easter Sunday.

“ ‘For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning;’ [Heb 4:15]. By the solemn 40 days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (CCC 540) – The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Guidance News
by T. Rosario

Course selection for the 2018/2019 School Year will be due by FRIDAY MARCH 2, 2018.
Guidance Counsellors will be meeting with classes at the beginning of Semester Two and we will be introducing myBlueprint which is the new forum we will be using for Course Selection! STAY TUNED!


Attend the Grade 10 Family Night 2018 at the University of Waterloo on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:30- 8:30 pm. “If you’re in Grade 10 and planning to attend university, you and your parents are invited to learn what you can do now to prepare.” To register and for more information, visit this link HERE.


  • Remember to check your OCAS and OUAC account regularly! It is your responsibility to check your academic information!
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE hours are due May 1st. If they are not submitted, you will not graduate in June!!!!
    • A reminder to continue seeking out scholarship opportunities!! For example, here’s an upcoming scholarship opportunity: if you qualify for OSAP, have an average over 70%, and if you’ve been highly involved in the school and/or community, come to Guidance to speak to your counsellor by February 8! We can only nominate two students. For additional scholarship information, visit HERE.

Community Service Resources:

There are a number of senior students at Monsignor Doyle who have yet to begin their community service hours or submit the hours they have completed. Parents/Guardians, we need your support in encouraging your children to seek out the wonderful opportunities available in our community. Students are invited to check out the volunteer board outside of guidance for present volunteer opportunities and/or they can visit the school’s website HERE to check out volunteer opportunities. A reminder: without these hours, students will NOT be able to graduate.


Graduates who are expected to graduate with a Red Seal can go to the link HERE to view scholarship opportunities at related colleges and universities that they may be applying to.

SHSM students can begin booking certificate training sessions for Semester 2 right in February when the semester begins. Don’t forget to sign up for specific trainings that you need!! Also, once you sign up, remember that you need to attend!! If for whatever reason you can’t attend, please make sure to email to let her know. Don’t forget to follow @doyleguidance for important updates. GOOD LUCK WITH SEMESTER TWO START UP, MUSTANGS!

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