St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School No. 1 Locally In Fraser Institute Report Card

In the Fraser Institute's Annual Report Card released on Ontario's secondary schools, St. Peter Catholic Secondary School is No. 1 locally in the academic rankings, with a rating of 7 out of 10, putting it 222 nationally out of 740 schools ranked.

Crestwood and Adam Scott each scored a 6.7 rating, followed by Thomas A. Stewart at 6.6, Holy Cross at 5.9, and Kenner at 4.8.

The rankings are decided by math and literacy testing among Grade 9 students.

View the detailed report here.

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UPDATED: Peterborough Police Investigating "Threat Of Violence" Against A St. Peter's School

UPDATE: November 24th, 2014  A 14-year-old St. Peter's student has been arrested and charged with mischief and false messages... The full police release...

Special Media Release for Monday November 24, 2014
 
On November 22, 2014 the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service was alerted to an anonymous posting on a social media website, ask.fm, indicating there was going to be a shooting at SPSS on Monday.  The posting did not specify St. Peter Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough or the specific date or time. The posting was circulated to some St. Peter Catholic Secondary School students in Peterborough asking, “Are you going to school?”

As a result of this information our Service began an intensive investigation in co-operation with staff at the Peterborough, Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board. From the beginning of this investigation it was believed this posting was a possible hoax. In consultation with the School Board it was determined that a notification be sent out to staff, students and parents advising of a potential threat for violence and that the school would remain open with an increased police presence.

Regardless of the fact that this was believed to be a possible hoax, The Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service does not accept these types of threats as a mere prank. Extensive resources were used to investigate this posting which caused a public safety concern and ultimately disrupted school activities for the day.

Over the last 24 hours our Service worked closely with police agencies in Europe to identify the subscriber information attached to the anonymous post.

As a result of the investigation, a 14 year old male, who attends St. Peter Catholic Secondary School, has been arrested and charged with mischief and false messages. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act the name of a young offender cannot be released.
 
The School will be working on its own appropriate disciplinary consequences following this incident.
 
Both the Police Service and the Board encourage students to report any suspicious or concerning social media posts to their parents or a responsible adult in order for a full investigation to be completed and to ensure the safety of the citizens in our community.

Police also remind those who are active on social media that ultimately you are not anonymous and there are avenues the police can pursue as well as avenues that criminals can pursue to determine your identity

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ORIGINAL POST:

St. Peter's Principal Sherry Davis has posted an alert to the St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School website notifying staff, students and parents that police are currently investigating a "threat of violence at a St. Peter's school that was posted on a social media site." In the alert, Davis says the investigation so far "indicates that the IP address for the posting originated in Latvia and Peterborough was not specifically identified" but the "safety and well-being of our students and staff is paramount and we take such threats seriously." The police will be at the school Monday (November 24th) as they continue to investigate whether the threat is real or a prank. Read the principal's letter in its entirety below...

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Spotlight: Peterborough Singer-Songwriter Andrea Gauster

Singer-songwriter Andrea Gauster, who attended St. Peter's Secondary School in Peterborough, is now recording her first full length album—it's due out early August—and an Eastern Canada tour will follow in August, along with a CD Release Party at Supermarket in Toronto on August 26th.

Gauster, who is also in med school at Queen's University, explains to PtboCanada how her music career got started:

"I always played guitar and sang but rarely did so publicly (major stage fright)... until my sister asked me to sing at her wedding, for which I wrote my first song, 'I Knew', in 2008. The recording studio Euphonic Sound in Toronto was offering free studio time... I went in to record 'I Knew' so my sister could have a tangible copy of the song.

I met James Pew (my producer) at the studio and he liked what he heard, asked for more, and encouraged me to do an EP with him. My first album Reverie was born! The rest is history."
Gauster, who's back in Peterborough for the summer (when not recording or touring), says it's tricky juggling her music career with school but plans to continue to pursue both. In September, she returns to Kingston to begin her second year of med school but hopes to continue playing live shows within Ontario until next summer when she can tour again.

Here's a promo video that looks at the making of the new album:



And here's this cute song, "Follow Me", Gauster wrote about Twitter that we're totally digging:



[Andrea Gauster back in the studio; Follow Me - Andrea Gauster's Twitter Tune; Andrea Gauster on Twitter; Andrea Gauster on Facebook; Andrea Gauster on MySpace; Andrea Gauster - CBC Radio 3; YouTube - andreagauster's Channel]

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