School Profile

THSS Logo 135 Adam Street
Belleville, Ontario K8N 5K3
Telephone: 613-968-6993
Fax: 613-968-9470
Email: flhpthss@alcdsb.on.ca
Year: 2012 - 2013
Grades: 9 - 12
Hours of Instruction: 8:20 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
School Community Information
Holy Cross Catholic Seconday School Principal: Carey Smith-Dewey

Charlene Landry-Kyte

Attendance Office:
Student Services:
Chaplain: Father Hibbard
Head Office Administrator: Cheryl Hunt


613-968-6993 Ext. 2000
613-968-6993 Ext. 2024
Board Information
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Excellence in Catholic Educationn
151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, Ontario, K7R 4B2

Automated Attendant: 613-354-6257
Receptionist: 613-354-2255
E-mail: info@alcdsb.on.ca

Director of Education: Jody DiRocco

Superintendent of School Effectiveness:
  David Giroux
Tel:  613-354-2255 Ext. 449
Fax: 613-354-0549

Tel:  613-354-2255 Ext. 484
Fax: 613-354-9822
School Identifiers
Patron Saint: St. Theresa Liseux
Motto: Cura et Audax Virtute
Official Tartan:
School Colours: Navy, Blue, White and Maroon
Team Name: Titans
School Theme: Come Follow Me
School Mission Statement
We are all created in the likeness and image of God. St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School is an inclusive Catholic faith community, rooted in the teachings of Jesus. We respect the dignity of each person – body, mind and soul. Each individual is encouraged to choose a pathway with openness to God’s calling.
About Our School
  • Chapel, Library with computer lab
  • 1 gym
  • 4 computer labs
  • 3 fully equipped science labs
  • Transportation Lab - housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Cosmetology Lab - housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Construction Lab - housed off campus at Sir James Whitney
  • Hospitality and Tourism Program
  • Stage - great hall
  • Music Room
  • Closed Circuit Televison Broadcast Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Visual Arts Studio
Student Enrolment: 730
Number of Staff:
Catholic School Council
Chairperson: Daniel VanExan
How We Live Our Catholic Faith
Our Belief
Courage and Service through Virtue

The role of the educational system is really quite simple: to give young people the skills and knowledge that they will need to be contributing members in an every-changing society where dedication, teamwork and lifelong learning are critical. It is also helped that through this process, young men and women will discover their own God-given strengths, talents, and passions so that they can be prepared for a career that is not only suitable and viable, but enjoyable.

At St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School, we are committed to helping each and every student strive toward individual full potential and to fulfill personal goals. We have a variety of customized programs to assist with that successful outcome. We offer specialized courses such as Specialist High Skills Major, Cooperative Education experiences, Credit Rescue and Recovery Programs and Alternate Off-site programming. More importantly, we offer a supportive faith-based environment and a team of caring professionals who work one on one to offer each and every student a personalized timetable and a chance to succeed in reaching personal goals.

Demonstrating our Faith
  • Social Justice Group (J.E.D.I.) - students plan projects relating to poverty, pro-life, visiting seniors, Amnesty International, and missions. Ongoing activities include McQuigge Lodge visiting, Open Door Café lunch program, Skate for Life conference, letter writing campaigns on social issues, support for the Dominican Republic group, assistance for Gleaners Food Bank and Good Baby box.
  • Habitat for Humanity: St. Theresa has chartered campus membership in Habitat for Humanity. Fundraising activities are held each year to raise money for this organization. Students have travelled to South Carolina to participate in the building of housing for disadvantaged families. A partnership with the habitat Re-store in Belleville has recently been established.
  • Student Leadership Groups:
    • Community Service Committee: as a subgroup of J.E.D.I. This committee organizes school events such as, school picture day, team/school jacket sales, Christmas sharing baskets, Santa Claus parade, award night, Random Acts of Kindness week and other special events.
    • S. Unit: this group organizes activities for staff and students to increase school spirit and promote a positive school climate.
    • Intramural Council Executive (ICE): A variety of lunch hour athletic activities such as basketball, soccer, and floor hockey are organized for student participation.
Academic Programs
Our school has a wide-range of programs and facilities to meet the needs of students.

Grades 9 – 12: Religion and Family Life Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, French, Geography, History, Family Studies, Business, Arts, and Technology Studies

French Second Language: Extended French studies
  • Core French courses provide students with fundamental communication skills in French and an understanding of the nature of the language and its culture.
  • Extended French courses develop students’ French language knowledge and skills and provide an understanding and appreciation of francophone culture in Canada and around the world.
Our school offers a broad range of Experiential Education Opportunities: Students can earn credits through experiential experiences called Coop. Students will explore occupations and career interests through participation in real workplace experiences.

Coop education is an important element of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program (OYAP) training.

St. Theresa’s offers three Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) opportunities:

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Communication Technology
  • Transportation Technology
Apprenticeship is a method of training in which employers train workers to become skilled workers through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is for students who have career plans to become an apprentice in the skilled trades. During secondary school, students will begin the theory and hands-on-experience required for apprenticeship while completing high school credits. The hands-on experience is obtained through the coop program.

Dual Credit: School + College + Work The Dual Credit Program provides secondary school student with the opportunity to earn up to 4 dual credits by participating in apprenticeship training and College courses. While enrolled in college dual credits you will earn both high school and college credit s for successfully completing a course at the college.

St. Theresa C.S.S. also has an off campus Tech building on the grounds of The Sir James Whitney School. Mechanics, cosmetology and Co-op programs are taught in the building, as well as off campus facilities are used to house various other enrichment events.

Academic Awards students strive for include:

  • Honour Roll Designation
  • Certificate of Distinction
  • Ontario Scholar
  • Academic Subject Awards
Co-Curriculum Program
Boys Sports

Fall Season
  • Junior and Senior Soccer
  • Junior and Senior Volleyball
  • Cross Country
Winter Season
  • Junior and Senior Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Varsity Hockey
  • Down Hill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Curling
  • Swimming
Spring Season
  • Junior and Senior Rugby
  • Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Girls Sports

Fall Season
  • Junior and Senior Basketball
  • Varsity Rugby
  • Cross Country
Winter Season
  • Junior and Senior Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Varsity Hockey
  • Down Hill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Curling
  • Swimming
Spring Season
  • Junior and Senior Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Clubs and Activities:
There are many clubs and organizations within the school community. There are four main groups which keep events running for the student body. These four groups are known as:
  • “The Four Pillars” they include: ICE (Intramural Council Executive), JEDI (Social Justice Group), Student Council (formally S-Unit) and Broadcast.
Other than the four main groups there are many other organizations and clubs such as:
  • Band, Choir, Dance Team (Jr. & Sr.), Drama Club, Green Team, Habitat For Humanity, Reach For The Top, R.I.C.K. (Book Club), Ski Team, Travel Club, Titanium (School Newspaper), Board Game Society, Renaissance Historical Society and Yearbook.

Drama Productions:
To date St. Theresa C.S.S. has produced several major productions, including:

  • The Sound Of Music The Musical
  • Blythe Spirit
  • Leader of the Pack
  • Charley Brown
  • Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (St. Theresa C.S.S. Version)
  • The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre
  • Times of Trouble: A 60’s Musical (An Original Written Play)
Involvement in any school or community activity will help students earn points towards one of two school letters. The School Letter Recognition Program encourages students’ involvement and participation in various activities. It has become a very popular award at the annual awards ceremony and one that many students strive to achieve.

Special Events:
Every year the Renaissance Society of St. Theresa holds a conference, celebrating a unique element of Canadian Culture. These conferences have been acclaimed for hosting famous guest speakers such as author Frances Itani, Ministers of Government and other distinguished guests.
Assessing Student Progress
The results from the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics for the applied and academic courses are displayed at the top of the page in graphs. Students who achieved level 3 or 4 met provincial expectations.

EQAO Grade 9 Applied Math results
Grade 9 Applied Math Results

EQAO Grade 9 Academic Math results
Grade 9 Academic Math Results

The results from the EQAO Grade 10 Ontario School Literacy Test (OSSLT) are presented next. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.
EQAO Results – Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test: Percentage of students who passed the test
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
School 86% 94% 79% 87% 86%
Province 84% 83% 82% 82% 83%