Left, three students in uniform listening in class. Middle, two students in uniform taking notes in class. Right, a student in uniform making crafts in class.

About Us

At Holy Rosary Catholic School, we pride ourselves on the strong partnership that exists among the home, the school and the parish.

Our Mission

Holy Rosary Catholic School is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity, with respect for themselves and the world around them. At Holy Rosary Catholic School, we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.

Two teachers and a group of students posing for photo at a classroom

Grade 1 students Participating in the Shoebox Project​​

At Holy Rosary Catholic School, we believe:

  • In the worth and dignity of every person.

  • In the critical role that our Catholic schools play in promoting Gospel values, social justice, environmental responsibility, human solidarity and the common good.

  • That high standards and expectations foster greater achievement.

  • That people thrive in a safe, healthy and compassionate environment.

  • That teaching is responsive to individual needs.

  • That teaching and learning should be rooted in research and evidence.

  • That each of us shares responsibility for creating collaborative communities of learning.

  • That equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusivity are integral to the Catholic community.

  • That the 21st century fluencies of digital literacy, creativity, innovation and collaboration are essential.

How We Meet The Diverse Needs Of Our Students

Holy Rosary Catholic School contributes to the formation of our children in their faith life. In partnership with the home and parish, our students grow in knowledge of prayer, scripture and Catholic teaching.

The following initiatives and activities represent some of the ways we intend to serve our local Catholic school community:

  • Partnership with parents and the local Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC).

  • Liturgical celebrations are held at Holy Rosary Parish throughout the year as well as in the school.

  • French Immersion beginning in Junior Kindergarten.

  • Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation​.

  • Faith in action by raising Global Awareness (charitable activities such as: Penny Drive, Halloween Candy Drive, Lenten Gifts, Angel Foundation).

  • Student Council.

  • Locally based and City Excursions are offered to all grades.

  • Outdoor Education and city trips, such as Teen Ranch, Mansfield, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Camp Olympia.

  • School performances.

  • Athletics.

  • Vocal & Band programs.

  • Intermediate and Junior W5H.

  • Intramural sports activities.

  • Partnerships with community groups to offer school performances, Dance workshops, Drama workshops, Karate demos, Lego program, etc.

  • Participation in Junior Achievement, The Learning Partnership and Prime Mentors.

School History and Tradition

Holy Rosary Catholic School is located next to Holy Rosary Church in midtown Toronto. Both the school and the church serve a dynamic and diverse community that includes neighbourhoods of varied socio-economic strata as well as people from many ethno-cultural backgrounds.

The cornerstone of the original Holy Rosary Church was laid on May 8, 1892. At that time, a large Irish Catholic community was settling in the St. Clair-Bathurst area. The original school was built in 1921 and had an enrolment of 83 students in its first year. Additions to the original school structure were made in 1963 and 1973.

Holy Rosary is named after "Our Lady of the Rosary", whose feast day is celebrated every October 7. The Rosary is also known as the Psalter of Mary because 150 Hail Marys correspond to the number of psalms in the bible. The Rosary is a form of prayer originating sometime in the 12th or 13th century, in which fifteen decades of Hail Marys are recited using beads as counters while meditating on a sequence of Mysteries associated with the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 2003, Pope John Paul II added 5 mysteries to the rosary which honour additional moments in Christ’s life. These new mysteries are called the mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries.

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