St. Peter’s ACHS College School

Local school abuzz thanks to branching out into beekeeping



By Ron Giofu


A local elementary school is abuzz with excitement thanks to a new project.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School, the private school for boys located in Malden Centre, have teamed with Amherst Supply and are bringing bees to the school. Students were busy building two hives last Friday and headmaster/principal Peter Thyrring said they plan on putting them on their 6.5-acre property.

In addition to it being part of their science lessons, Thyrring said the students will also learn about entrepreneurship as they hope to sell some of the honey they collect.

“It’s definitely a new venture for us,” said Thyrring.

Students from St. Peter’s ACHS College School stand with Kevin Meloche from Amherst Supply as they build beehives. The students hope to help revitalize the bee population and sell the honey that they harvest.

Thyrring said he wants the students to learn how to work with bees, something he learned when he was a youth. He said if handled correctly, there is only a small risk of getting stung.

“It’s cool. (The students) take ownership of it,” he said. “They know about different types of bees. This is an ongoing project all year round.”

Teaming with Amherst Supply is a “win-win,” said Thyrring, with the local business helping to donate supplies and labour.

Thyrring said he has discovered at least 12 people in Amherstburg are keeping bees. St. Peter’s ACHS College School hopes to have two harvests of honey this year.

“I think it’s cool we get to take care of bees and take the honey,” stated student Michael Sabbadin.

Greg Sabbadin holds up honeycombs at St. Peter’s ACHS College School. The private Catholic boys school is building beehives and hope to have two harvests of honey this year.

Kevin Meloche from Amherst Supply said he has been involved with beekeeping for about one year. He said he enjoys spreading the word about it and likes getting out into local schools.

“I love getting out there,” he said. “We need to get more bees out in the world.”

People can contact him at Amherst Supply if they are interested in beekeeping. The phone number is 519-713-9318. They are located at 111 St. Arnaud St. in Amherstburg.

For more information about St. Peter’s ACHS College School, visit, call 519-736-2014 or 1-888-832-8121 or e-mail

Amherstburg native starts teaching career at St. Peter’s ACHS College School



By Ron Giofu


St. Peter’s ACHS College School is growing slowly but surely and that allowed an Amherstburg native to get a start on her teaching career.

Ashley Parent, a General Amherst High School and Madonna University graduate, said she met with headmaster/principal Peter Thyrring about working at St. Peter’s and Thyrring accepted. Parent said the combination of athletics and academics appealed to her.

“It’s important to juggle both,” said Parent, who went to Madonna University on a soccer scholarship.

Parent teaches daily at St. Peter’s ACHS before she heads to New Zealand Jan. 13 to further her education. She is open to returning to St. Peter’s when she returns in about a year.

“I want to come back to the area,” she said.

Amherstburg native Ashley Parent, pictured with the students of St. Peter’s ACHS College School, began her career at the private boys school.

Stating that the student-to-teacher ratio at St. Peter’s is “incredible,” Parent said she enjoys working with the 14 boys that attend the private school on County Road 20.

“You can’t get that anywhere else,” she said. “It’s helped them so much.”

Incorporating sports into their daily routine also helps, Parent believes, as it leads to improved grades.

Parent said her mother informed her about the school and she started researching it before she applied. Having sports and academics as important pillars appealed to her.

“It sparked my interest immediately,” she said.

Thyrring liked her enthusiasm and she joined the small, three-teacher faculty.

“They come here ready to work,” Parent said of the students. “They know nothing in life comes easy. The education these boys are going to get is going to be as good as anything they could have imagined.”

Essex MP visits St. Peter’s ACHS College School

By Jolene Perron


Essex MP Tracey Ramsey paid a visit to St. Peter’s ACHS last week, where she sat with the boys for lunch, and answered their questions.

Students and staff from St. Peter’s ACHS gathered for a group photo at the end of Essex MP Tracey Ramsey’s visit last week

“It’s good for the kids to know this is who we in the area voted into power,” explained headmaster Peter Thyrring. “They should know her and know what she is about. It’s a very cool and important opportunity.”

Thyrring explained they reached out to have Ramsey at the school last spring, and it was decided that she would come out to see them in the fall. Ramsey said the school was the recipient of their Canada’s Summer Jobs funding, where the local government provides funding for summer students across their riding.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey is greeted outside of St. Peter’s ACHS last week where she sat to have lunch and answer questions from students.

“It’s just about knowing what the students are interested in,” said Ramsey. “I like hearing that they are playing sports with teams up past Toronto, that they are engaged in their studies and really getting to learn what they are focused on here.”

The students asked questions about Ramsey, how she obtained her position in government, about the time she spends on Parliament Hill, and about how the Canadian government interacts with the United States government.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey answered questions from students at St. Peter’s ACHS last week.

“She represents government, she represents us, and it’s a good learning tool. How often do kids get to meet with members of parliament? The kids need to know they have a voice too and maybe one day they will be members of parliament,” said Thyrring. “We are a unique school to the area, we are the only boys school, we are the only type of private school like this so it’s good for her to know too, It’s good for her to know what’s going on in her backyard.”

St. Peter’s ACHS adds Mandarin classes to curriculum


By Jolene Perron


Thanks to a General Amherst exchange student, St. Peter’s ACHS can add Mandarin back into their curriculum for the first time since leaving Vaughn.

When St. Peter’s ACHS was in Vaughn, they had a high school student from China who’d moved there. When their family became involved with the school, they offered to teach Mandarin classes.

“As a school we have to prep our kids for the future,” said Peter Thyrring headmaster at St. Peter’s ACHS. “Half of the world population speaks Chinese or Mandarin, which is huge. You have Cantonese, and you have Mandarin and if you want to do any kind of business in Asia, you have to know how to speak Mandarin or at least the basics. Asian culture is all about respect, so even if you can say simple things like good morning, good afternoon or sorry I don’t speak very good Mandarin, if you can say these things it’s an honor. If you try to do your best to communicate in their language they see it as a sign of respect because they know it’s not our native tongue and for them to know that we are making the effort is a huge sign of respect for them. We have to be progressive, we have to be proactive.”

General Amherst Grade 12 exchange student Victoria Wan has begun teaching Mandarin classes to students at St. Peter’s ACHS. She will continue to teach them until the end of June.

It was a similar situation as to when they were in Vaughn, one of their new parents said she had an exchange student from China staying with her family. Thyrring said their first Mandarin teacher in Vaughn was only a Grade 12 student themselves and was excellent, well disciplined and very well spoken. He said he spoke with Victoria Wan, who was very intrigued by the opportunity.

“English is a big language and my mom wanted me to listen more to English, which lead me here,” explained Wan. “I think Chinese is interesting and I want people to know Chinese. [The students] are good, some of their pronunciation is not great. Chinese is very difficult and it’s different than English, and I hope they can understand some regular Chinese language.”

Thyrring said it would have been foolish of them to pass up an opportunity such as this one. Even if all the children learn is how to say are simple phrases, they have been exposed to the language, which gives them an edge.

Currently, the class is being offered twice a week for one hour to just six of the 12 students in the school, because, Thyrring. explained, they need their kids to work on their academics, so the more advanced kids are the ones who are taking the Mandarin class, whereas the other kids who are not as far advanced will be working on their regular academics to try to bring them up to speed during that time.
“I think it’s such a cool opportunity and for us it’s huge,” said Thyrring. “I think you need to look at the big picture down the road, the company your child may be working for, do they need someone who can speak a little bit of Mandarin, someone who has at least been exposed to it so their company can advance. We need to look at the global economy. We need to look outside the box and I think the only way we can do that is to reach out.”

For more on St. Peter’s ACHS College School, call 519-736-2014.

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

Special to the RTT

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.)