|THE GRADE 9 EDUCATIONAL TOUR is a long-standing École Holy Cross tradition. During the first week of October, Grade 9 students and supervising teachers travel to Montréal, Ottawa, and Québec City.This provides the students a chance to practice their French in an authentic context, make curricular connections and experience the culture and history of eastern Canada. Some of the highlights include visits to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of History, the Royal Mint of Ottawa, Notre Dame Basilica of Montréal, the Musée Pointe à Callière, the residences of the Governor General in Ottawa and Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, Sainte-Anne de Beaupré Basilica, Montmorency Falls and a celebration of Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory.|
| THE GRADE 7 BIRCH BAY OVERNIGHT CAMPING TRIP is an annual event that takes place during the first week of school in September. Students participate in rock climbing, archery, horseback riding and zipline activities. They explored the low ropes course and organized a game of soccer. As École Holy Cross welcomes students from many feeder elementary schools, this is a great opportunity for our new and returning Grade 7 students to get to know each other outside the classroom setting and start new friendships.|
| March is MOIS DE LA FRANCOPHONIE ALBERTAINE (Alberta Francophonie Month). At École Holy Cross, we celebrate the French language and culture through song, dance, and art throughout the month of March. We welcome the many francophone visual and performing artists who present workshops for the students. Past presenters include Doris Charest, Virginie Rainville, Steve Jodoin, Macha, Circofables, and La Girandole.|
|PINK SHIRT DAY aims to build awareness of bullying and to promote healthy relationships. It began in 2007 in Nova Scotia and has since spread across Canada. École Holy Cross students are invited to wear a pink shirt on this day to send a message of support, kindness and compassion.|
|The ARTIST IN RESIDENCE workshops allow students to express their creativity while developing their art skills. Over the years, the students have participated in watercolour painting workshops, mixed media workshops, and workshops from Indigenous artists. Past presenters include Virginie Rainville, Doris Charest, and Barbara Derrick.|
| École Holy Cross students participate in ORANGE SHIRT DAY which takes place each year at the end of September. This day commemorates and honours the experiences and loss of the thousands of children who were placed in residential schools. It is recognized annually as a way to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and to affirm that every child matters.|
In 1995, the Canadian House of Commons officially recognized February as BLACK HISTORY MONTH in Canada. During the month of February, we honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. Black History Month is a time to learn about the many Black Canadians who helped shape Canada into the culturally diverse, compassionate, and inclusive society it is.
| Young Readers' Choice Awards and Bataille des bouquins nominees are presented annually for our students by Edmonton Public Library. These are English and French children’s choice book awards which always promise some very interesting reading! The titles for both programs are available in the École Holy Cross library.|
| École Holy Cross elementary students take part in an annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT presentation. Our community looks forward to this event where our students are able to showcase their amazing talents!|
École Holy Cross students in participate in the Rocks and Rings workshops during the winter months. Unique indoor curling equipment is used to provide a true curling experience, without requiring ice. Each class begins with a workshop in the gym - drills, relays, and team-building activities to introduce the sport of curling, and students may also take part in an interactive curling bonspiel. What a great way to introduce students to a new sport!
| Alberta Musical Theatre Company presents an annual musical that students look forward to. École Holy Cross students have enjoyed musical recreations of popular fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk.|
| During the winter months, our students benefit from our partnership with the Canora Community League. We appreciate that we are able to share their skating rink for our students' SKATING enjoyment.|
The TERRY FOX SCHOOL RUN takes place at the end of September. École Holy Cross staff and students participate in this important fundraiser to support cancer research. Our "Toonies for Terry" campaign is always well-supported by the community.
| READ-IN WEEK takes place each year at the beginning of October. Students enjoy books read by parents, community members and other special guests. This events celebrates the importance of literacy in our lives.|
November is CANADA CAREER MONTH, where we celebrate the amazing talents and skills of all Canadians. It is a time to explore the jobs of today and the careers of the future. Grade 9 students have the opportunity to participate in TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY at the beginning of November. Many Grade 9s take part in this annual event for career exploration by spending the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host, where they experience and learn about the world of work.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION SUNDAY is celebrated annually and is a wonderful way for us to show our support of publicly-funded Catholic schools. Staff at École Holy Cross school is grateful for the opportunity to provide faith-based education to our students. We are thankful for the parents, families, priests and parishioners who are committed to supporting Catholic Education.