St. Peter’s ACHS College School

Three former St. Peter’s ACHS students sign Jr. A contracts

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This was another banner month for St. Peter’s ACHS College School as three more former students landed Jr. “A” hockey contracts. Nicholas Aromatario (Toronto Patriots), Myles Cook (Elliot Lake Wild Cats) and Christian Monachino (Aurora Tigers) are looking forward to playing this upcoming hockey season.

“Our school family could not be happier and proud of their accomplishments” said Peter Thyrring headmaster at St. Peter’s ACHS. The hockey success rate for the small school here in Amherstburg continues to grow. Other former ACHS alumni also landed some sweet hockey opportunities as well such as Connor Cruickshank (Trenton Golden Hawks) a former ACHS camper and staff who also signed an OJHL contract. Former St. Peter’s ACHS student

Reggie Traccitto with the Brampton Beast (ECHL – Farm Team of the Montreal Canadiens) renewed his contract for this upcoming season.

Justin Peca (right) is working his way up the coaching ranks. Jean-Paul Iaboni is at left.

Justin Peca former ACHS teacher/staff (Former Pro-Player, Team Canada and Jr. Coach) also just signed a contract to be the new assistant coach for the Brampton Beast. Justin is also regarded as one of the top developmental coaches for minor players in all of Canada and at present time is preparing the North York Rangers Minor Midget “AAA” hockey team for their upcoming draft year.

“It takes a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance to go this far. I am fortunate that St. Peter’s ACHS College School was there for me.” said Nicholas Aromatario.”They really pushed me and prepared me for what could possibly lay ahead.”

“Attending  ACHS benefited me tremendously and has contributed to my growth as a student athlete. As an ACHS student, I learned the importance of discipline, time management, and independence.” said Myles Cook.

Several weeks ago numerous high calibre minor players from the GTHL came to prepare for their training camps. Matteo Morettin an OHF finalist last year stated “I really love these ACHS camps. I have attended here for the last four years and so have many of my friends. It really prepared me for my team training camp this year. When I got back our coach was really happy with my progress.” (St. Peter’s student Deven Bastien is happy to practice with Matteo Morettin and Joseph Rotilio just two of the elite GTHL hockey players who players who stayed at St. Peter’s ACHS School this past summer.)

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



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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.