HFCRD Welcomes Roy Petitfils for 2017 Faith Day

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Roy Petitfils as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Division Faith Day on Monday May 15th and a student Faith Day on May 16th.  Roy Petitfils is an internationally-recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers.   He uses humour, passion, clinical and life experience to help adults connect with teens and teens to know, understand and love themselves.  

The theme for the day is “Blessed, Broken and Shared – Seeing ourselves, our lives and our ministry through a Eucharistic Lens,” which challenges staff to see God, themselves, their colleagues and students as being “Blessed” (gifted, unique), “Broken” (wounded, sinful), and “Shared” (a hunger for intimacy through relationships and service).   The day aims to give staff opportunities to grow in their faith and give them the tools to access more meaning and purpose from Mass, their personal life and their vocation. 

“We are very excited to welcome Roy to our division to spread his positive message with staff,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Each year, HFCRD staff is blessed to have a day of reflection at Faith Day, that we hope helps staff members grow both personally and professionally.”

Faith Day is an annual celebration that brings all HFCRD staff together for a day of fellowship and reflection about their faith journey.  The 2017 Division Faith Days will weave the division’s themes of Fostering Communities of Care: Building Catholic Citizens, Building Healthy Relationships, and Building Ethical Action and The Hands, Feet and Voice of Christ.  These themes are woven into all celebrations, from the school year kick-off mass, to the school-based Faith Days and now to the student and staff Faith Days.  At this year’s Faith Day, the winners of the Art Contest will also be announced.

More information about Roy can be found on his website or in his popular Tedx Talk.

HFCRD Board of Trustees Approve 2017/18 School Calendars

At the April 25th Regular Board Meeting, the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees approved the 2017/18 school calendar.  Decisions about the school calendar were made to best meet student learning needs, as well as the needs of families and communities.  Due to the transportation constraints of having HFCRD transportation being provided by three neighbouring school divisions, multiple calendars are needed once again.

2017/18 Division Calendars can be found on the school calendar page of the division website.


2017/18 Draft Calendar Highlights:

Start Up Dates
-          First Day for Staff August 28th – 3.5 prep days before school starts, 1 day is a staff meeting/PD Day, 1 day is our school year kickoff Mass & BBQ
-          First Day for Students September 5th - after Labour Day

Prep Days
-          K-8 teachers access 6 prep days
-          9-12 teachers access 5 prep days

3 Divisional Days
-          Staff Meeting/Mass/BBQ August 31
-          Faith Day April 20
-          Division Professional Development September 25

Christmas and Easter Breaks
-          2 full weeks + 1 day at Christmas break – 3 full weekends
-          Friday December 22nd is attached to Christmas break in response to the 2016 C2 survey results where teachers said they liked having an extra day off before Christmas break
-          Common Christmas and Easter breaks for all schools

Last Days of School
-          Last day for K - 9 students June 27
-          Last day for 10 – 12 students June 28
-          Last day for staff June 29

- Extended Long Weekends Where Possible
- Southern schools’ transportation (High Prairie, Valleyview and McLennan schools) will be provided by their regular bussing provider.  No contracted bussing is needed.

Know By Heart Video 3 – Knows How to Learn

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) proudly presents the third video in the Know by Heart video series.  This video gives community members the rare opportunity to hear directly from students about the many innovative ways they learn at school.  Teaching and learning are no longer done in one simple method; teachers are challenging themselves to implement creative strategies that reach kids in fun and interesting ways.

 “HFCRD classrooms are dynamic learning environments that appeal to a variety learning styles and this video shows just that,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “We are so pleased to see students getting excited about learning and taking an active role in their education.  The innovative strategies displayed in the video are just a small sample of what’s happening in HFCRD classrooms every day.” 

The HFCRD Learning Coach team, the creators of the Know by Heart video series, collaborated with HFCRD staff to collect video of the many great things happening in HFCRD schools.  This newest video covers the period of time between November 2016 and April 2017.  For more information regarding any of the activities in the video, please ask any HFCRD Learning Coach. 

Previous videos in the Know by Heart video series can be found here: Video 1, Video 2.

Rosary School to Host 11th Annual HFCRD Cultural Hand Games Tournament


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce that Rosary School in Manning will host the 11th Annual HFCRD Cultural Hand Games Tournament on Friday April 28th.  The tournament will include 17 elementary and junior high teams from schools across the division.  Each year, students from across the division form teams and compete in this day-long tournament hosted by an HFCRD school.  This year, we are very fortunate to have the Driftpile drummers at the event, and Devin Belrose as the emcee.

“Our school is very pleased to host this year’s Hand Games Tournament and invite our community to see this traditional First Nations game,” said Rosary School Principal Pat Stokes.  “This event is a wonderful celebration that gives students the opportunity to learn more about First Nations culture.  Students and staff are very excited to participate!”

The public is invited from 10:00am to 1:30pm to watch the teams in action in the school gymnasium.  The public event schedule is as follows:

10:00am Grand Entry

10:30am Tournament Begins

12:00pm Lunch Break

12:30pm Playoffs

1:00pm Awards and Presentations


2017 Kindergarten Open Houses

(March 20, 2017) Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) invites our school communities to our 2017 Kindergarten Open House and Registration Nights.  We invite you to use this opportunity to visit our schools, tour our classrooms, meet our teachers and register your child.  

To be eligible for Kindergarten in September 2017, your child must be five years of age by December 31, 2017.  HFCRD is pleased to offer full-day, five-day Kindergarten in every school, and specialized programming for children with disabilities or delays.  Please contact your HFCRD school for further information.

Download our registration form here.


Good Shepherd School
Wednesday April 5th10:00am – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 8:00pm
9810 – 71st Ave, Peace River    (780) 624 – 3432



Rosary School
Wednesday April 5th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
505 River St SE, Manning  (780) 836 - 3625



St. Stephen’s School
Tuesday April 6th 6:30pm
4301 – 51 Ave, Valleyview  (780) 524 - 3562



École Providence School
Kindergarten Open House and Family Fun Night!
Wednesday April 12th 5:00pm - 7:00pm
3 Ave NW, McLennan
(780) 324 - 3832


St. Andrew’s School
Tuesday, Apr 18th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
4617 – 53 Ave, High Prairie
(780) 523 - 4595



Holy Family School
Thursday April 20th  6:30pm
5002 – 47 St, Grimshaw
(780) 332 - 4550



HFCRD Board of Trustees Approves Bussing Service from McLennan to High Prairie for 2017/18 School Year

At the March 21st Regular Board Meeting, the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees approved the addition of a bussing service for grades 7 -12 McLennan students to St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie.  The service, which will begin in the 2017/18 school year, will provide direct 35 minute service right to St. Andrew’s School.  The bus will have three designated stops in McLennan, and will go directly to St. Andrew’s School daily.  The decision was made in response to community requests from families in McLennan seeking to provide Catholic education for their children.

“The Board is very excited to provide this bussing service for the families of McLennan.  Providing bussing will make Catholic education once again accessible to grades 7 to 12 students in the area,” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “As a Board, we have wanted to provide this service for many years, and we are thrilled to have community support as we begin this new initiative.”

Currently, 6 to 8 families in McLennan have shown interest in the new bussing service.  Other interested families are encouraged to call 1-800-285-8712 for more information and to register their child.  

Congratulations Glenmary Saints Basketball Teams, Ranked 4th and 12th in the Province

Congratulations to the Glenmary Saints Sr High girls and boys basketball teams who placed 4th and 12th at provincials this weekend.  Only 12 teams in the province compete at provincials, so earning spots in the provincial tournament is an achievement in itself.  The players displayed strong athleticism and sportsmanship, and were led by a strong team of volunteer coaches.  Thank you to coaches Brad Harrop, Janice Purcha and Marissa Geldart who coached the girls team, and Jordan Loughlin, and Justin Hicks who coached the boys team.  Having both Glenmary teams compete at provincials is a reflection of the strong athletics program at the school, led by teachers Brad Harrop and Darren Flynn.

The Sr High Lady Saints team competed in the 2A Girls Provincial Basketball Tournament in Three Hills.  The Saints went into the tournament ranked 4th and made it to the bronze medal game, a first for a Glenmary team in the last 30 years.  The Saints had a heartbreaking loss falling 58-56 to the Pigeon Lake Panthers, who were ranked 2nd in the province representing the Central Zone.  The Panthers hit a layup to give them a two point lead with four seconds left in the game.  The Saints tried a half-court shot at the buzzer that fell short.  The lady Saints team ends their season ranked 4th in the province, the highest finish by any Glenmary team in decades.

The Sr High Boys competed in the 2A Boys Provincial Basketball Tournament in Edson.  The team had three close games, but fell short in all three.  Regardless of the outcome this weekend, the boys team had a strong season, played well, and displayed mature sportsmanship beyond their years.  The boys team ends their season ranked 12th in the province which is an outstanding accomplishment!

It was an amazing weekend of basketball, and the Saints represented Glenmary School and Peace River very well both on and off the court.  Congratulations to the players and coaches for another successful season!

HFCRD Students Have Strong Showing at Peace Country Regional Science Fair; Two Glenmary Students Earn Spots at 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Peace Country Regional Science Fair (PCRSF).  HFCRD students from Glenmary School and St. Stephen’s School had a strong showing overall at the PCRSF and all used their unique gifts and talents to create high quality science fair projects.  Although not all projects won prizes, all students worked hard and produced outstanding results.

Congratulations to Glenmary students Kaitlyn Coen and Salamat Ibrahim who earned spots at the 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair . Both students also won excellence awards and gold medals in their respective categories.  Kaitlyn Coen, a grade 9 student, received the following recognition: a gold medal in the intermediate (Gr. 9/10) Biotechnology, Engineering and Mathematics category,  the Award of Excellence in Biotechnology, Engineering and Mathematics Award, as well as the top prize at the Bears Cave.  Kaitlyn will also be presenting her C-Heater invention at the Innovation Tech Fair in Edmonton on May 4th

Salamat Ibrahim, a grade 7 student, received the following recognition: gold in the Junior (Gr. 7/8) Physical and Chemical Sciences category and the Award of Excellence in Physical and Chemical Sciences.

Good luck to Kaitlyn and Salamat at the 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Regina, SK from May 14 – 20, 2017.


Congratulations to the following Glenmary School students who also placed at the PCRSF:

Grades 7/8 Biotechnology, Engineering and Mathematics
Broenyn Armstrong – Silver
Joel Lefebvre and Joshua Hewko – Bronze

Grades 7/8 Physics and Chemistry
Salamat Ibrahim – Gold

Grades 9/10 Biotechnology, Engineering and Mathematics
Kaitlyn Coen – Gold

Grades 9/10 Physics and Chemistry
Kaitlyn Piper & Morgan Hayward – Silver

The complete list of all PCRSF winners can be found here.


HFCRD warmly thanks the platinum sponsors for their continued support of the PCRSF.  Without their support, the region’s bright young scientists would not get this fantastic opportunity to showcase their skills.  Thank you Baytex Energy, DMI and Shell Canada!


Please Join Us for an Informational Presentation with NET Ministries

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) invites all school and parish communities to join us for an Informational Presentation with National Evangelization Team Canada (NET) on Wednesday March 15th at 6:00pm.  The presentation will be held at the Catholic Conference Centre (10307 – 99 St) in Peace River, and will be broadcasted live on the HFCRD Facebook page (fb.com/hfcrd) for any out-of-town community members interested.  The presentation will include all information about what NET and the iNFUSE Team can do for HFCRD students.  NET is a youth ministry team whose mission is to challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the church.  A NET iNFUSE team may be coming to HFCRD for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years to lead retreats and implement strategies for students in grades six to twelve that build a foundation of youth ministry.  Their goal is to build relationships with kids, and help kids strengthen their relationship with Jesus.  The team could also be heavily involved in local parishes.

“We are very excited to welcome NET to our school division,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “We hope to have the NET iNFUSE team in our schools and parishes to build a foundation of youth ministry that will be sustainable for years to come.  Community members and parishioners who feel passionate about the long term sustainability of youth ministry are highly encouraged to attend.”

The NET iNFUSE team’s ministry to HFCRD youth will be more successful with community involvement to support them.  Community members can support the iNFUSE team by providing host homes and volunteering to assist when needed.

Attendees of the presentation (both in person or by Facebook Live) will be invited to enter a draw for two refurbished laptops.  The presentation will remain on the HFCRD Facebook page (fb.com/hfcrd) so any interested community members can watch the video at any time.  Questions submitted through Facebook Live will be answered during the presentation.

Information about parish NET iNFUSE teams can be found here.  The iNFUSE team will primarily be working in HFCRD schools.

St. Stephen’s School Recognizes PRIDE Values at 4th Annual Awesome Kid Awards

On Thursday February 2nd, the St. Stephen’s School community joined together for the fourth year to recognize awesome kids.  The Awesome Kid Awards is one of many ways St. Stephen’s School encourages positive behaviour for students.  Several years ago, St. Stephen’s introduced the PRIDE values (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Empathy) which have become a staple in the school for promoting positive behaviour.  Students and staff recite the PRIDE values weekly, and posters are hung throughout the school as a daily reminder.  For many years, St. Stephen’s School has encouraged and recognized students who demonstrate PRIDE values in many ways, and the Awesome Kid Awards is one of the ways positive behaviour is recognized.

“These awards are part of our overarching goal of teaching, modeling and developing positive behaviour for students,” said St. Stephen’s School Principal Jodie Chisholm.  “In alignment with our goal of fostering a community of care in our school, we believe rewarding positive behaviour is always more effective than discouraging negative behavior.  Our way of promoting positive behaviour has been very successful, and we are so proud of the Catholic citizenship being displayed in our school every day.”


Every year, each staff member recognizes one student who demonstrates St. Stephen’s PRIDE values with an Awesome Kid Award.  One by one, staff members go in front of the full crowd to read a heartfelt description of why they chose that student to receive the award.  Many tears were shed as staff members described these amazing kids.  Each award winner received a St. Stephen’s water bottle, and a $10.00 gift certificate to A & W courtesy of Pembina.

“Thank you to the staff of St. Stephen’s School for creating this fantastic event that recognizes amazing kids,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “I have had the pleasure of attending this event all four years in a row, and I continue to be amazed by the heartfelt outpour of love and respect from all staff to students.  This event is a reflection of the positive atmosphere in the school."