St. Peter’s ACHS College School

St. Peter’s ACHS wraps up third annual ball hockey season



By Ron Giofu


St. Peter’s ACHS College School organized another ball hockey season and crowned its champions.

The finals of the ball hockey season were held Sunday at the Libro Centre with The Green Machine downing the Titans 9-1 in the title game. The Faceoff Kings defeated the Wildcats 6-5 in the third place game with Dylan McLean scoring the overtime winner.

The Green Machine came in first place.

The Green Machine came in first place.

St. Peter’s principal/headmaster Peter Thyrring said it was the third year for his school’s ball hockey season with players being from the school and surrounding communities. There were 44 players and they comprised a pee wee/bantam division.

“We didn’t have enough interest in the younger age groups so we did the older age group,” said Thyrring.

Thyrring added it worked out well as it gave older children a chance to play an activity.

There were 12 regular season games for each of the four teams with two playoff games. The season lasted from April through June.

The Titans were the second place team.

The Titans were the second place team.

“The bulk of the players came from Amherstburg but out of the 44 kids, about 10-12 came from LaSalle,” said Thyrring.

Thyrring said they might have had more players if they had accepted those who are older than Grade 9. As it was, he was amazed by the size of some of the players, joking that many were taller than the parents helping to run the league.

Many parents stepped up to run the league, including those who coached as well as others who supported the league. On rare occasions when he couldn’t be in attendance at games, Thyrring said he had little worries due to the support of the parents.

Most valuable players for each team included McLean, Nolan Kipper, Nick Grimaldi and Aiden Bastien.

The Faceoff Kings came in third.

The Faceoff Kings came in third.

Parent/coach Dave Wharram said the ball hockey league gave youth a chance to stay in shape during the off-season from their respective ice hockey teams. The St. Peter’s ACHS College School league offered a chance for players to get exercise in a controlled environment as well as an opportunity to meet other youth.

Players get to work on their cardiovascular exercise by running on the full rink, Wharram added, and that it promotes team effort among the players.

“Healthy body, healthy mind,” added Thyrring. “You can’t stand still. You have to be moving.”

For more on St. Peter’s ACHS College School, phone 519-736-2014 or visit them at Their e-mail is

St. Peter’s ACHS students visit first PM’s final resting place



Special to the RTT


As part of Canada’s 150th Birthday St. Peter’s ACHS College School students visited Former Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald at his final resting place in Kingston, Ontario.

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St. Peter’s ACHS College School students began planning their trip through southern Ontario to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday well over a year ago. The five-day road trip included stop offs at St. Mary among the Huron’s and Martyr’s Shrine in Midland, The Peterborough Lift Locks, Fort Henry in Kingston, and a trek through the 1000 Islands with a stopover at Boldt Castle in the state of New York. The final stop however was in Kingston to visit the grave of Sir John A. MacDonald.

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St. Peter’s students felt that it would be a great tribute to visit our Father of Confederation for Canada’s 150th Birthday. Once there however, students were a bit disappointed seeing a simple grave marker for the man who helped shape and build this great country.

(Photos provided by St. Peter's ACHS College School)

(Photos provided by St. Peter’s ACHS College School)

The drive for this trip was extensive and the distance covered was humongous. The school group, which consisted of students, staff and parents, camped out every night with two nights being in the rain. They cooked their food on open fires and tried to live somewhat like the early explorers of Canada did well over 300-400 years ago.

Overall, the group was thrilled with their trip and is looking forward to their next great learning adventure.


Local school hears back from Queen Elizabeth II’s office



By Ron Giofu


A local school that is writing to world leaders heard back from the first one it sent a letter to.

Students from St. Peter’s ACHS College School wrote Queen Elizabeth II and were thrilled to get a letter back from her Buckingham Palace office. Headmaster Peter Thyrring said they want to start writing top figures in the world and started with the Queen based on her being the constitutional monarch to Canada as well as the fact she just turned 91-years-old.

“When we wrote to Queen Elizabeth II, it was extraordinary because I don’t know anyone else that was doing it,” said student J.T. Langlois. “We’re still in the Commonwealth and she’s Queen of that.”

Students from St. Peter's ACHS College School show material they received back from Queen Elizabeth II's office.

Students from St. Peter’s ACHS College School show material they received back from Queen Elizabeth II’s office.

“It’s very cool to write to the Monarch,” said Deven Bastien. “It’s like writing to Donald Trump if they think he’s important.”

“Her writing back to us was very important,” added Timothy Langlois. “Once she’s gone, she’s gone. She’s of major importance. To get a letter back from her office was amazing.”

Kaden Campbell stated that Queen Elizabeth II has an extensive background including her training as a driver and mechanic during World War II.

“The amazing thing is not just anyone can say they got a letter from Queen Elizabeth II and show it,” said Campbell. “We can.”

Queen Elizabeth II is currently the longest-reigning Monarch in the world.

St. Peter’s ACHS student finishes second in Ontario in Legion literacy contest


By Ron Giofu


A student from St. Peter’s ACHS College School finished second in Ontario for his age group thanks to a poem he wrote.

J.T. Langlois took second in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command poetry contest for his poem entitled “Not Too Long Ago.” He won the Remembrance Day literacy contest put on by Legion Br. 157 and the poem kept moving its way up the chain before it landed in the Ontario Provincial Command contest.

Langlois, a Grade 7 student, competed against Grade 8 and Grade 9 students.

“It’s good,” he said of his provincial performance. “It would have been better if I had gotten first.”

Langlois was pleased when he received the word last week of his provincial success but said it is important to recognize that veterans made many sacrifices so that the rest of the nation could have its freedom.

“They sacrificed for us,” said Langlois. “It’s important for us to give back to them. They gave up their lives for us.”

Langlois said he put over a month into writing the poem and is hoping to have it published.

“It’s very time consuming but it was worth it,” added St. Peter’s ACHS headmaster Peter Thyrring. “I really think all schools should jump on board. It’s been a great learning exercise.”

J.T. Langlois of St. Peter’s ACHS College School holds the certificate his poem won in the Legion literacy contest.

J.T. Langlois of St. Peter’s ACHS College School holds the certificate his poem won in the Legion literacy contest.

The poem reads as follows:


Not too long ago evil people rose to power

This led people to die off hour by hour

Terror was rising and so was the tension

Yet our soldiers stood strong without any question.


They fought bravely for freedom

For their families and friends

Their courage under fire was much to commend


On November eleventh, eleven o’clock

We remember many of the lives that

Were damaged and lost

We try to stand still just to remember

To respect all who battled for peace


I pray that one day all wars will come to an end

So that I can live a long life

Free in our land.

St. Peter’s welcomes students visiting from other areas



By RTT Staff


A local private school opened its doors earlier this month and welcomed visiting students from out-of-town schools.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomed two students from Haliburton, one from Vaughan and three from Newmarket for five days. One student, according to headmaster Peter Thyrring, came by himself from Haliburton including taking the train from Toronto to Windsor.

“A number of them have been here three times,” said Thyrring, with some former ACHS students. “I find it interesting they keep coming back.”

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomed students from Haliburton, Vaughan and Newmarket for a visit. They are pictured examining a cow heart.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomed students from Haliburton, Vaughan and Newmarket for a visit. They are pictured examining a cow heart.

Students undertook their regular lessons and that included looking at actual cow brains and a cow heart during a science class.

“It’s fun and it’s a nice change from our old school,” said Tyler Smith.

“I think it’s a bit more challenging than my other school,” added Nicholas Haslam. “I like it here because it gives me a challenge.”

Jonathan Kang said Thyrring “is always on task” and “always focused” and that makes the students want to work hard.

James O’Neill was the student who took the train down by himself, stating he did it because he enjoys coming to the school and learning from Thyrring.

Thyrring added that another visiting student – Xavier Dulong – helped move the school two years ago when it relocated to Amherstburg.

“His family has always been supporters of the school,” said Thyrring.

Current student Deven Bastien said it was great having the out-of-town students visit the school, saying it helped give “a new learning experience” and also allowed the students attending St. Peter’s on a regular basis a chance to meet new people.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said.