The Joy of Sport

In the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, we learn that everything has its time. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” As it was over 2000 years ago, or 57 years ago in 1965, the year in which The Byrds wrote a song based on this same Bible verse, we witness that the time for sports has returned to Saint Oscar Romero CSS.

Students are participating in a Spring Football League, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Badminton, and Tennis. Coinciding with Easter that has just passed, we are truly witnessing new life within the school through sports.

According to the English proverb, April showers brings May flowers however, living in Canada, we also witnessed some snowfall in the month of April. Now in the month of May, we see Romero’s new field blossoming with the addition of new sod. As the weather gets warmer, hopefully the field, and the outdoor learning classroom, becomes a location for community formation.

Whether we gather to celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday, watch a Football or Soccer game out on the field, or cheer for our Home team in the gym, we can be reassured that the Romero is a place where being a ‘Caring Family Member,’ is deeply important.

Nick Saban is the Football Coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He has been quoted as saying, “Don’t ever miss the opportunity to say, “Good job”. As the Athletic Director, I would like to say, GOOD JOB! – to the Coaches and Players, to the Teachers and Students, to the Administration and Staff. Let’s keep the momentum going and make next year an even better year for Sports at Romero.


Photography By: Phoung Le (Visit Phoung on Twitter)

Sport: More Than a Score Card

This past Friday, Romero Raiders Football players and coaches stormed the field for their first game in 715 days. As one of the team’s Assistant Coaches and also the school’s Athletic Director, I found the day to be full of so many positive emotions. Not only were the players excited to be on the field after COVID has thwarted sports last year, but the sense of community in the school building and at the game was tremendous.

As participation in sport comes back to secondary schools this school year, students are highly motivated to be involved with team activity. Through sport, students learn life skills such as goal setting, time management, cooperation, and sportsmanship. Although some schools have chosen not to participate, Principal Carey has taken a bold step to allow sports at St. Oscar Romero this year.

The decision has paid dividends with students from all sports teams actively coming out to practice every – before and after school. The commitment shown by players is a testament to the spirit that exists here at St. Oscar Romero.

As a new staff member, I am proud to be a part of a staff that truly cares about its students and each other. I truly believe that the upcoming months will offer so much more for all involved with sport.

Below is a video of Principal Carey sharing some reflections before the the big game that took place this past Friday.

Stay tuned for more sport news as the year progresses.

There’s plenty to share: Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer and more!