By Mike Pearson, News staff
Students at St. Mark believe in the power of a Catholic education.
Using the hit single I believe, by Nikki Yanofsky, students in Grades 1 to 8 were recently awarded first place in the 2013 Faith in Our Future short video contest, as selected by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association.
As part of the OCSTA’s Faith in Our Future campaign, the association asked students to create a two-minute video that shares perspectives on Catholic education and its impact on student’s lives.
“We have masses, we sing songs, we say prayers.... We have liturgies because we need to get together and remember all the things that we need to do,” says student Hanna Gagne in the video, now available on YouTube.
Vice-principal Mike Mielko, who helped to produce the video, said the project was an opportunity for students to express their creativity while refecting upon their school experiences and spiritual life.
“The goal for us was to show the Catholicity of our our school and the involvement with (students’) faith and how their faith is integrated with their school life,” he said.
About 45 students were involved in the video in some capacity, including speaking on camera and acting. The video was skillfully filmed and edited by parent Frank Zochil.
Student Alessandro Buccella likes attending monthly masses at the school and celebrating student achievement at award assemblies.
“I like the school because it’s a friendly school. You can meet a lot of friends, and principals and teachers,” Alessandro said in an interview.
“I like the fact that we all gather together and have masses for even the smallest things,” said student Mackenzie Vandenbosch. “I like how we do liturgies and awards at ceremonies because I feel that if someone gets an award, everybody should know that that person is succeeding in their school abilities.”
Grade 1 student Isabella Cinelli appreciates the school’s caring sense of community.
“I like the school because of the principals and the teachers and because of the assemblies,” she said.
As Mackenzie explains, the wide range of extracurricular activities also enhances student life.
“The thing I like about St. Mark school is that you have all of these different sports teams that you can try out for,” she said. “If you don’t make flag football you can try out for student scouncil, or basketball or volleyball as they come into season. That way, everybody gets a chance.”
The OCSTA selected a total of six winning videos in elementary and secondary school divisions.