Wynne, Oliphant back at St. Monica’s for Christmas concert

Second year for local reps to celebrate at North Toronto school

BE MERRY: Premier Kathleen Wynne paid one of the Catholic schools in her riding a visit at its Christmas concert Dec. 19.

St. Monica’s Catholic School was paid a visit by two heralds again at its Christmas concert Dec. 19.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Don Valley West MP Rob Oliphant spoke to the audience of 500 students, parents and parishioners gathered at St. Monica’s Church on Broadway Avenue.

School principal Vincent Tanzini said it was the second year in a row for the premier and MP to visit the students.

THE MINISTER: Don Valley West MP Rob Oliphant said he felt at home at St. Monica’s Catholic Church on Dec. 19.

They were entertained by the Junior Concert Band, who opened with “Santa’s in the House” and “Jingle Bells,” and classes from junior kindergarten to Grade 6. The Wind Ensemble (Grade 8) wrapped up the event with their rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.

The Christmas concert was a culmination of a three-year pastoral plan focusing on family, parish and school.

“The school has had a strong tradition of celebrating Advent with a mass and Christmas concert,” Tanzini said, adding this was his fifth as the principal of the school.

Students were involved in every aspect from emceeing to program design. Grade 6 student Paul Perilla painted the Christmas tree for the program.

The event ended with a raffle, the proceeds going to purchase new folding tables for the school.

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