Principal's Welcome Message
It is with a great sense of pride and happiness that I assume the position of Principal of Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. This school has been part of my life for close to 40 years. As a student, supply teacher, teacher-coach, and now principal at this beautiful new facility, I have had the opportunity to grow and learn alongside my fellow students, teachers, principals and lifelong friends through my own personal journey.
It is a great honour to have the confidence of this school community as we move forward in time and build upon our proud history and forge ahead with new initiatives and programs to support student learning. Our Bishop Ryan graduates have worked in various capacities in our community including: educators, priests, doctors, lawyers, judges, members of Parliament, homemakers and Deputy Prime Minister to name but a few. Our graduates are as proud now as they ever were. The fabric of our community is one of Christian love and compassion, a great thirst for knowledge and a willingness to help the downtrodden in our local and international communities. The Bishop Ryan spirit lives in the halls, classrooms, auditorium and gymnasium.
We are all blessed to be part of the Bishop Ryan legacy and to create a new history as we move forward. One of the programs that the school community will be initiating this year is the D.R.E.A.M.S. Project. D.R.E.A.M.S. stands for Dominican Republic Education and Medical Support and is a program in which our students and teachers engage in a mission trip to the Dominican region of Ocoa where they live among the poor for one week and assist them by building homes, schools or other facilities. It is in living with the poor that we realize many important lifelong lessons. This will truly be a life altering opportunity for our students and staff. It is my hope that we will be able to provide many D.R.E.A.M.S. opportunities for our Bishop Ryan Community.
Bishop Ryan will also be launching their first ever Robotics Team which will be competing at the Waterloo Regional Competition this coming March 2015. I am very excited about the academic and experiential opportunities for our youth as they work with teachers, University engineers, and parent mentors to building a robot which will be ready for competition by the end of February 2015. We will be applying many of the concepts from computer programming, electronics, mathematics and science during the building of robot #5406! This process has already begun and will help to transform Bishop Ryan in this technological age.
As the times change and technology alters the way we do things some things will never change. Bishop Ryan will always be the school “Where faith, pride and effort promote excellence.”
May God continue to bless Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School and our proud, staff, students and parents!
Emidio Piccioni, Principal, Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School