St. Peter’s ACHS College School

St. Peter’s ACHS College School loses 5-1 in semi-finals

 

 

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St. Peter’s ACHS College School travelled to Orangeville this past week to compete in the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board’s prestigious Beacon Cup Hockey Tournament.

After being champions of Dufferin/Peel and Caledon at the grade 4-6 level last year, it was a big adjustment competing this year against veteran and well seasoned schools at the grade 7-8 level.

To make it even more challenging for the young grade 6-7 team was the fact that at around Christmas time the team’s captain (Cameron Sinasac) received a vicious sprain and multiple fractures while competing for Chatham. Losing such a high calibre player for the season put a massive dent in the team’s armour and ability to compete.

The St. Peter’s ACHS hockey team with only nine players and a goalie won their first game beating St. Thomas More 5-3. An hour and a half later St. Peter’s ACHS took on St. Agnes losing 1-0. In the third game St. Peter’s ACHS lost 3-1 against St. John the Baptist. However, by finishing third St. Peter’s ACHS advanced into the quarter finals.

The following day, St. Peter’s ACHS would have to play against St. John Paul II. This school was top loaded with grade 8 “AA” players from the Caledon Hawks. St. Peter’s would take a physical beating and were scored on first. By the second period St. Peter’s had gained control back and took the lead 3-1. Midway through the second St. Peter’s lost J.T. Langlois due to an injury leaving the team with only 8 skaters. By the time the game was over, St. Peter’s had won 5-1 proving that team play, control and good tactics were superior over pure might.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School advanced to the semi-finals of the Beacon Cup Hockey Tournament.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School advanced to the semi-finals of the Beacon Cup Hockey Tournament. (Submitted photo)

In the final game St. Peter’s would once again go up against St. John the Baptist. By the beginning of the second period the referees asked if the St. Peter’s ACHS team wanted mercy by running the clock.    (The thought and reasoning was that St. Peter’s ACHS would be slaughtered by having such a small bench.) The team refused and shortly thereafter scored their only goal in the game. St. Peter’s would end up losing 5-1.

The St. Peter’s ACHS hockey team showed true grit and played awesome though out the tournament. Many people talked about and supported the little school from AMHERSTBURG. Both coaches, parents, and players from opposing teams came into the dressing room after games commending St. Peter’s ACHS payers for their outstanding performance and determination.

The following players and goalie are to be commend for their effort and a job well done. Joseph Giordano, Deven Bastien, James O’Neill, Nicholas Messina, Joseph Rotilio, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram, Jackson Cole, T. J Langlois, J.T. Langlois, and Kaden Campbell. Everyone at St. Peter’s ACHS is so very proud of you.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School prepping for Remembrance Day

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local school has been gearing up for Remembrance Day since the school year began.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is polishing up on their history in preparation for Friday’s Remembrance Day service but the students at the all-boys private school state it is more than just for Remembrance Day.

“We started working on Remembrance Day at the beginning of the year,” said Cameron Sinasac.

Deven Bastien said they do so to ensure they have the knowledge of what Remembrance Day is but to know what the sacrifices veterans made all year round.

Peter Thyrring, headmaster at St. Peter’s ACHS College School, said the school does a lot of work in teaching students what types of sacrifices were made by soldiers. He said they have made such trips as heading to the Hamilton Air Museum, Base Borden and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

“It’s easy to talk about poppies and Flander’s Fields,” said Thyrring. “Most kids don’t even know where Flander’s Fields is.”

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is prepping for Remembrance Day and uses actual war memorabilia as part of their lessons. Front row: Deven Bastien, Zander Deschamps, Michael Blais. Back row: Alistair Hardman, Beckham Sawchuk, headmaster Peter Thyrring, T.J. Langlois, Kaden Campbell, Cameron Sinasac, J.T. Langlois.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is prepping for Remembrance Day and uses actual war memorabilia as part of their lessons. Front row: Deven Bastien, Zander Deschamps, Michael Blais. Back row: Alistair Hardman, Beckham Sawchuk, headmaster Peter Thyrring, T.J. Langlois, Kaden Campbell, Cameron Sinasac, J.T. Langlois.

Thyrring said students are taught about conflicts ranging from the Boer War right up through the War on Terrorism. He said there are two sides to every war and that students learn the bad and good on both sides.

“They are taught there are many sides to these wars,” he said.

One-third of the school’s history curriculum is devoted to Remembrance Day, another third about Canadian history and the other third on world history. He said they dine at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 at least once per month, talk to veterans whenever they can and learn about people who fought.

The school has decommissioned weapons, videos and historical materials they learn from, including records of soldiers who died in battle.

“We don’t want people to get forgotten,” said Thyrring. “We try to do as much as possible.”

 

Remembrance Day parade   Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 is hosting the annual Remembrance Day parade and service at the cenotaph this Friday.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and is scheduled to follow the same route, which goes east on Murray St., north on Sandwich St. S., west on Richmond St. and heading down into the Navy Yard Park to the cenotaph.

Following the ceremony, the parade will head south down Dalhousie St. to the Legion.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomes Vaughan hockey teams for camps

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of hockey teams from the Toronto area came into Amherstburg last week for camps put on by St. Peter’s ACHS College School.

The private boys elementary school, located in Malden Centre, welcomed the Vaughan Panthers last Sunday through Thursday and an older group, the Vaughan Rangers, the previous Friday through Saturday. The players became familiar with St. Peter’s headmaster Peter Thyrring when his school was in the Toronto area and were thrilled to play for him again.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School held a pair of camps at the Libro Centre last week with teams from Vaughan.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School held a pair of camps at the Libro Centre last week with teams from Vaughan.

“We love his coaching and he coaches us the best… except for our regular coach,” said Roan Oliva of the Panthers.

Oliva’s teammates also raved about Thyrring, who is nicknamed “Ty.”

“Teamwork is the most important thing,” said Robert Coccari.

The players said they received off-ice as well as on-ice training and ate and slept at the school. A chef even came in and prepared meals for the students. Nicholas Messina called it “a great way for us to bond.”

“It’s lots of fun,” Coccari said of the camp.

“Ty treats us like family. I would suggest sending kids to ACHS. He treats you like you’re his own kids,” said Oliva.

Hockey players from Vaughan came to Amherstburg last week for a camp put on by St. Peter’s ACHS College School.

Hockey players from Vaughan came to Amherstburg last week for a camp put on by St. Peter’s ACHS College School.

Thyrring said ice time in Amherstburg is much lower than in the Toronto area, estimating it is as much as half the cost of some rinks. Parents who came down from Vaughan liked what they saw.

“This is a great facility,” Sergio Oliva said of the Libro Centre. “Some of our top end facilities don’t look like this. By the looks of it, they are having a good time.”
Sergio said it was a “great bonding experience” for the players and said the training was done well.

“(Thyrring) runs a good camp,” added Bryan Basler, the team’s usual head coach. “They are getting good training sessions and good developmental sessions.”

Elite GTHL hockey players hit the ice in Amherstburg

 

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Elite hockey players from the GTA at the “AAA” and “AA” level travelled  for over five hours to attend St. Peter’s ACHS College School Mini Hockey Camp this past weekend.

Just as last summer there was a waiting list for players to come to the mini-hockey training camp here in Amherstburg, there certainly was even a bigger waiting list this year. Players arrived just after 10 p.m. Friday night for their ice time at the Libro Centre. The ice session was strictly a full out scrimmage to get warmed up for the four hour on ice work out that was scheduled for the next day.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School hosted a hockey camp at the Libro Centre last weekend.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School hosted a hockey camp at the Libro Centre last weekend.

“I waited for this minicamp all year” said Vaughan Panthers captain Nicholas Messina. Players Joseph Ianello and Jesse Copolla from the Mississauga Reps. “AAA”  could not contain themselves to get on the ice and get back to St. Peter’s ACHS College School for the many other minicamp scheduled activities.

“This is the best camp ever,” said Joseph Rotilio and Evan Lucchese. “We really like coming to St. Peter’s ACHS.”

Peter Thyrring, head of St. Peter’s ACHS College School, could not have been happier with the interest and turn out that was generated this year. Players this weekend attended from the Vaughan Panthers, Sun County, the Mississauga Reps, Chatham Cyclones, North York Rangers, Vaughan Rangers, LaSalle Sabres and the Amherstburg Stars.

The school is expecting an additional three teams in August with this minicamp being the precursor.

Local student first to graduate from St. Peter’s ACHS College School in Amherstburg

 

 

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Ryan Sinasac was St. Peter’s ACHS College School’s first student to graduate from its new location here in Amherstburg, with the graduation being last Friday.

It was a tough road for Ryan over the past two years, noted headmaster Peter Thyrring. The work load was heavy and very challenging at times.

“Ryan has come so far,” commented Kyle Flood, a local area resident and teacher at St. Peter’s ACHS College School. “He has really done well.”

Ryan Sinasac is the first graduate of St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg. From left: Cameron Sinasac (another St. Peter's student), father Duane Sinasac, Ryan, mother Christine Sinasac. (Submitted photo)

Ryan Sinasac is the first graduate of St. Peter’s ACHS College School in Amherstburg. From left: Cameron Sinasac (another St. Peter’s student), father Duane Sinasac, Ryan, mother Christine Sinasac. (Submitted photo)

Ryan is a gifted artist who really developed his talents while at St. Peter’s ACHS College School. This past fall, Ryan won our local Legion’s art competition for Remembrance Day. Ryan’s artistic talent and effort might have even already landed him a Grade 9 art credit towards his high school diploma. (His work is currently under review in Toronto.)

Ryan’s work is further under review for a possible music and physical education credit.

“This school has really helped our son,” commented parents Christine and Duane Sinasac. “We would recommend this school to any parents who want their kids to get ahead.” “For us it was worth the investment.”

The Sinasac family also have a second son at St. Peter’s in Grade 6 named Cameron. At the graduation Cameron was awarded the “Top Gun Award” for Highest Academic Achievement overall. In his second year at St. Peter’s, Cameron began to excel in the grade six program. By March, Cameron had begun a large part of the grade seven curriculum. Cameron’s goal is to graduate like his older brother with high school credits in hand.

(St. Peter’s with its interactive approach has students working at their own level and speed allowing for greater academic success.)

After the graduation dinner Ryan actively played the trombone at the schools second concert of the year. Other award recipients at the graduation included Noah Duggan who received a Music and Athlete of the Year award.