St. Peter’s ACHS College School

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.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School wins Brampton Beast tournament

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

A local school has represented itself well at a recent hockey tournament.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School was invited to the third annual Brampton Beast Hockey Tournament and came away with the gold medal in Tier 2 of the tournament. The 12-team event was last week and featured schools from the Toronto-area with the Amherstburg-based school returning to it for the first time since they left Haliburton and located a school in town.

St. Peter's ACHS College School celebrates after winning the Tier 2 title at the Brampton Beast  hockey tournament. (Submitted photo)

St. Peter’s ACHS College School celebrates after winning the Tier 2 title at the Brampton Beast hockey tournament. (Submitted photo)

The team went 3-1 over the two days of last week’s tournament and avenged their only loss in the finals. St. Peter’s ACHS lost to St. Agnes earlier in the tournament but beat them 2-1 in the finals in a game that went to overtime.

St. Peter’s received their medals on the ice just prior to the Brampton Beast’s ECHL game. The Beast are one of the farm teams of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.

“The kids were quite excited about that,” said headmaster/coach Peter Thyrring. “This was a huge deal for them.”

The team was mainly Grade 7 and Grade 8 players but some in Grade 6 due to the small size of St. Peter’s ACHS College School. They were bolstered by the return of Cameron Sinasac, who suffered a broken leg playing in a game near Christmas.

An ACHS graduate and current Beast defenseman Reggie Traccito was helpful to the current St. Peter’s squad, including helping to coach one of the games. Thyrring said Traccito lived for three years at the school when it was located in Vaughan.

Being around a professional hockey player like Traccito was a positive experience for the current team, Thyrring added.

“The kids thought it was a unique opportunity,” he said.

Brampton Beast defenseman Reggie Traccito helps coach the St. Peter’s team at last week’s Brampton Beast tournament. St. Peter’s won the Tier 2 championship. (Submitted photo)

Brampton Beast defenseman Reggie Traccito helps coach the St. Peter’s team at last week’s Brampton Beast tournament. St. Peter’s won the Tier 2 championship. (Submitted photo)

St. Peter’s ACHS College School only had 11 players for the tournament but won their second major tournament in the last two years of being in Amherstburg. Thyrring was proud of how they played, adding they were back at school the next day after arriving home last Thursday at 2:40 a.m.

Because they won at the Tier 2 level this year, Thyrring pointed out they will have to play in Tier 1 next season.

A lot of people think St. Peter’s is simply a “hockey school,” but Thyrring said they only have hockey sessions once per week.

“It’s what we do with that hockey,” he said.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School welcomes boys from Amherstburg and surrounding areas to join them, he added.

“We’re the little school that could,” said Thyrring.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is located at 6101 County Road 20 in Malden Centre. Their phone number is 519-736-2014.

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

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

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.