Friday, August 28, 2009

Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School

This week’s Spectator Literacy Project was facilitated by Vanessa Georgiades and Krzysztof Gumieniak.

Full School Name: Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School

School Information:
Principal: Sara Cannon
Grades offered: Grade 9 – Grade 12

127 Grays Rd
Stoney Creek, ON
L8G 3V3

Main Contact: Krzysztof Gumieniak
School Phone: 905-664-3383


Artwork by Ashley Giudice, Grade 12

Artwork by Frank Filice, Grade 12

Photo by Cynthia Nguyen, Grade 11

Artwork by Isabel Knez, Grade 12

Artwork by Justin Picone, Grade 12

Artwork by Katherine Belitski, Grade 12

Artwork by Petra Srdic, Grade 12

Artwork by Stefania DeMartino, Grade 12

Cardinal Newman celebrates Charles Darwin
Cardinal Newman Science students


Charles Darwin is one of history's most famous scientists, one of the few scientists whose name is well-known to the general public. But how much do you really know about him, or about why he's so famous?

The CN science department held a 200th birthday party for Charles Darwin on Feb.12 – complete with birthday cakes. Science students participated in The Beagle Scavenger Hunt – a school-wide search for clues and conclusions based on Darwin’s epic 5 year journey around the globe. Grade 12 biology students designed and created board games based on Charles Darwin’s life and work. Grade 11 students even had the opportunity to interview our very own “Mr. Darwin” on the morning announcements!

As a follow-up, His Excellency Bishop Bergie will be talking to the grade 12 religion and biology students about the Church’s position on evolution and Darwin in April. No doubt it will be an exciting discussion to look forward to.

But you may ask yourself – why Darwin? By celebrating Darwin we are celebrating human curiosity and ingenuity – Darwin’s work is a testimony to science; an appreciation of verifiable knowledge that has been acquired solely through observation, inference and deduction. As Darwin himself said: “There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

The life of a soldier
The “Me to We” Group

“I don’t want to go to school! Why can’t I just stay home today?” These are often the comments that escape the mouths of students as they wake up early in the morning and prepare to begin yet another day of school. To them, school is a waste of time that could be spent on “much better things.” But to others, having the opportunity to go to school would be like winning the lottery.

Imagine, instead of waking up to a healthy breakfast, a warm shower, and a home-made lunch, you wake up to the sounds of gunshots, but do not understand what is going on because you are only a child. You are dragged up off the floor where you sleep by men in uniforms who burst into your small home that does not even have clean running water. They carry large loaded weapons, take all of your family away or kill them, and just like when you were a small child and got separated from your parents in the store, you are confused, scared, and alone. Your only options are to die, or join the uniformed men as they offer you protection with frightening threats.

This situation is the harsh reality for many child soldiers throughout the world. Children are often targeted as they are vulnerable. Although governments try to eliminate these militia groups (if there even are governments present in the regions) they are often helpless. The problem is most visible in Africa, but is also present in several Asian countries, parts of Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration programs have been established in many countries to help former child soldiers return to their communities. However, they lack funding and adequate resources. The United Nations has raised global awareness on the abuse of child soldiers. In 2002, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was passed, which prohibit governments and rebel groups from deploying children under the age of 18 in any form of armed conflict. February 12th has also been deemed Red Hand Day, in order to commemorate all of the child soldiers who have died.

It is up to us to take a stand against this injustice and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. For more information on child soldiers and how you can help, visit or; and remember – “Be the change you wish to see!”

Holly Hlacar, Grade 11


Newmanites may be known for their talent in sports and academic excellence, but what many don't know is that inside those CN walls there are sparks of creativity and innovation waiting to be released through the prized CN Yearbook. The 2007-2008 Epsilon theme, appropriately titled “Yesterday and Today” was inspired by Beatlemania.
What better way to capture the full impact of our experiences at Newman than through the example of The Beatles’ impact on popular culture during the 1960s!

The Beatles album art was used as inspiration for layouts and pages throughout the yearbook and no small detail was missed as the dedicated yearbook committee incorporated the vision of The Beatles to make it their own. It was definitely “a hard day’s night” for the members of the committee as they devoted long hours going well into the summer months, not to mention their commitment throughout the year by snapping photographs at school events and getting to know the student body.

To attract more people to the committee, members spread the word about their year-end tradition: all the creators buy food, break a coconut and end up staying at the school until the wee hours of the morning to finish. The Yearbook Committee’s efforts have certainly pulled through as the 33rd Epsilon acquired a second place rating in Canada.

The one I write about
Lisa Skrtich, Grade 11

I know we have nothing in common
I am somehow comfortable with this fact
I am so scared to put my heart in your hands
Because I am afraid you will not keep it intact.

I am not saying I want to give you my soul
Or will love you with all my heart
This is not that type of poem
I just want us to have a fresh start

I hate to see you miserable
When I think I could make you happy
I hate when you ask me for relationship advice
I have no idea how I ended up as your ‘go-to’ buddy

I just wish you would make up your mind
And put my heart to rest
Work out what you need to work out
And hopefully it will be for the best

I wish you could know how much you mean to me
Without me having to tell you
You are the one I dream about
You are the one I write about, too

Newman’s own ZINE magazine
Julia Brucculieri and April Buordolone, Grade 12

It’s said that April showers bring May flowers. However, we here at ZINE believe that the month of April brings with it the Easter Bunny, lots of chocolate, Good Friday and church on Sunday. Throughout this Easter time, we must remember the reason for the season. Trying to keep up the promises we made for Lent is a good way to keep ourselves on track both spiritually and mentally.

This month’s issue is sure to impress. We were able to speak to Juno nominated Canadian hip hop artist, Shad, as well as Hamilton’s own Slides. The success and response to the ZINE has been overwhelming within the school community, and things can only get better. The committee is planning a pasta night/art auction fundraiser that will raise money for the magazine itself as well as skate4cancer, an organization based in Toronto that is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. The ZINE team is looking forward to the event, and it is sure to be a great one. With the hard work and dedication put into the project, it will no doubt grow into something huge.

ZINE would not exist if it were not for the support of our administration – principal Sara Cannon, and all of the vice-principals, especially John Pusztay. Also, without teacher advisors Vanessa Georgiades and Krzysztof Gumieniak our meetings would not be possible. Be sure to look out for the next issue – it will not disappoint!

Catholics on Tour!
Louisa Matozzo, Grade 10 and Jonathan Turner, Grade 12

Amazing, spectacular, stupendous! These words cannot even begin to describe the phenomenal experience that began on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, when students from local Hamilton high schools embarked on a journey to France and Italy for the 2009 Lourdes Pilgrimage. A total of almost 75 students from Cardinal Newman, Bishop Ryan, St. Thomas Moore, and St. John de Brebeuf left Canada to experience this renewal of faith. Truly, the experience of a lifetime!

The main focus of our pilgrimage was to visit Lourdes in southern France. This place is where Saint Bernadette was visited by the Virgin Mary. Today Lourdes is remembered for the water that comes from the spring that miraculously sprouted from the grotto when the Virgin Mary told Saint Bernadette to wash in the muddy water of the grotto. The water still flows clean and pure today from its original spring and pilgrims from around the world, like us, gather to drink this fresh water, bottle it for friends and family back home, and to be immersed in the baths of Lourdes.

But our journey did not end there. From Paris to Lourdes, Florence to Assisi, and Rome to Lanciano, we had a lengthy itinerary that was extremely quick paced. We marveled at DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Colosseum, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Vatican, all the while thinking, when will we have a chance to see this again? As the trip progressed, friendships and bonds were created, as well as a sense of belonging within the group that showed how our lives were truly transformed by this experience. Although we became tired and weary during our travels, our faith remained the main focus. We participated in masses and prayer services in Rome and at Lourdes. Together, we strengthened and deepened our faith.

We wish to thank the teachers who took time away from their families to take us and our fellow students to these marvelous places. Grazie, Merci, and Thank you!

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