St. Peter’s ACHS College School

More players participate in this year’s ball hockey league

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The ball hockey league presented by St. Peter’s ACHS College School has wrapped up for another season.

The final night was last Tuesday night on the main pad of the Libro Centre. St. Peter’s headmaster and league organizer Peter Thyrring said this year’s league went well. He stated there were roughly 70 kids that played this year, up 30 per cent from last year.

“We’re growing again, which is a good thing,” said Thyrring.

Players in the bantam divisions gather for group photos at the Libro Centre July 10.

Thyrring said they always had a bantam division, but were able to re-establish an atom division this year. The coaches and volunteers that helped at the atom level are willing to move up to bantam next year, which he said helps in the running of the league. He credited parents for stepping up and taking a lot of the weight off his shoulders in terms of organizing and running the ball hockey league this season.

The players came mainly from Amherstburg and LaSalle, with some players also coming in from the Harrow area.

“We need other communities to work with us,” said Thyrring. “They need to be part of it.”

The ball hockey league is “definitely on the upswing,” he added, noting they are close to being able to form a travel team and compete with teams in the Ontario Ball Hockey Association (OBHA) from as far as the Greater Toronto Area and Kingston. Thyrring doesn’t see any reason why the league couldn’t grow to have as many as 100-150 male and female players in future years.

“It is growing in this area,” he said. “It’s really cheap. People can afford it. It’s for anyone. Anyone who can hold a stick and run has an opportunity to play.”

Atom players have their photo taken after their ball hockey season concluded. (Submitted photo)

Referees used by the local league were trained at a OBHA clinic in Chatham, Thyrring said, and that allowed them to get a paying job. Some of the players were students from St. Peter’s and that included those in residency.

Players came from all levels of hockey and there were also a group that had never played before. The leading scorer in the atom division was Cameron Tweedall with 23 goals while Aiden Bastien dominated the bantam division with 77 goals.

The league tried to give back to the local economy, Thyrring added, noting that the jerseys were made locally this year.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School student graduates with honours and four academic high school credits

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

When Amherstburg’s  St. Theresa Roman Catholic School closed in June 2012, eight year old Cameron Sinasac vowed that he would return one day and graduate from there.

Well Cameron’s predication came true in August 2014 when the school reopened as an independent Catholic School known as St. Peter’s ACHS College School. To make sure the school would open, Cameron and his family helped physically move St. Peter’s ACHS College School down from Haliburton and Vaughan here to Amherstburg. Cameron was the first student to register closely followed by his older brother Ryan.

When the school opened that September there were only five students. However, by the following June it had grown to six. Over the years the school continued to grow slowly and now it has a student population of sixteen. Six of those students stay in full and part time residency and two of those are from the GTA. Cameron never worried about how small the school was, but was more concerned about what could the school could do for him. I once asked Cameron if it was hard for him to have left his friends. His response was simple. “Yes. However, if people are truly my friends then they will be my friends no matter what school I attend.”

Cameron Sinasac has graduated from St. Peter’s ACHS College School with honours and four academic high school credits. (Special to the RTT)

As time went on Cameron became more assertive and disciplined in his work habits while maintaining his “AAA” hockey commitment. His goal was simple: Be the best that you can be. Cameron has been the Top Academic Honour Roll student since 2014 – for four consecutive years.

For the past two years he has also been named Athlete of the Year. Cameron has travelled with the school all over Ontario and Quebec and skied on the Olympic Mountains in New York State. Cameron dissected a cow’s brain and heart. He thrived in our Music program, took Mandarin class, and was instrumental in winning our school two School Ice Hockey Championships in the GTA. Cameron worked hard and won an award from Amherstburg’ s Royal Canadian Legion School Literacy Competition four years in a row. This past year he scored first in both Literacy and Art. Cameron also became the highest ranked student in the school (Something similar to a Cadet Major). He helped with peer teaching and tutoring and also was a huge asset in helping govern the school. Cameron excelled and overcame the many hurdles that were placed before him daily, such as when he broke his leg in two spots just before Christmas 2016. Even though the leg needed pins to recover, Cameron was back at school after one week in a wheel chair and back to his normal self. However, missing him in hockey for the next four months was really hard on all of us.

By Christmas 2017, Cameron had completed most of the Grade 8 academic program. It was time to let him forge ahead. In January 2018, the school along with his parents decided to let Cameron enroll and try a few high school courses. We all agreed to let Cameron advance as long as he maintained his regular work load at school along with his “AAA” hockey program. Before the end of the school year we knew that Cameron would be graduating with an academic math, English and geography credit as well as Grade 10 academic history credit.

His hard work, determination, presentation and success have amazed many people over the years. Cameron is bound for success and everyone one at St. Peter’s ACHS College School past and present is very proud to have had the privilege of having him attend our school.

Well done, Cameron! Well done!

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 www.achscanada.com, call 519-736-2014 or 1-888-832-8121 or e-mail achscanada@gmail.com.

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.”