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

St. John is a Roman Catholic School that provides education for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight.

We are a Catholic School community dedicated to providing a faith centred school environment that will encourage students to reach their full potential academically and socially and who understand the gospel message of social justice and peace.

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The front of the school building.

How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students

Children need a safe, secure environment in which to learn and develop. We strive for a very positive school culture in which students with differing strengths and needs feel comfortable. In our school, on a daily basis, the message of the Gospel is lived out by our Christian values. We do this:

  • By building our school life on Gospel values and Catholic doctrines.

  • Through example and the religion, family life and peace education programs.

  • Through a strong sacramental program and meaningful liturgical celebrations.

  • By providing opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills.

  • By providing opportunities for students in higher grades to work with younger students and their teachers, (shared reading programs, for example).

  • By providing peer mediation, mediation forum and “bully-proofing” programs.

  • By backing our code of conduct with clearly defined consequences.

  • By encouraging students to develop strategies for problem-solving, taking responsibility for their own behaviour and by using confident students as role models in pro social skills groups.

  • Through media literacy and the involvement of public health, police and community service educators to develop in students the awareness of:

  • The impact and influence exerted on them by others

  • Responses based on Christian values and informed decision making

  • By encouraging a response to the needs of others by making fund-raising, food drives and community service part of our school year

  • By involving parents who, led by the parent teacher community: strongly support our efforts, provide initiatives and share a leadership role in the partnership of educating their children.

Our students bring individual abilities, needs, attitudes, interests and learning styles to the learning process. We provide for these by:

  • Identifying individual student needs through classroom assessment.

  • Modifying existing programs to suit individual needs.

  • Bringing concerns for students' needs to our school-based support team.

  • Providing individualized programs to respond to student needs.

  • Identifying students as exceptional through the identification placement and review committee process and establishing special education programs and services for such students.

  • Formalizing a school plan for the incorporation of technological learning into our school curriculum to give opportunity to students to apply math and science principles to everyday activities.

  • Expanding our technology-based learning programs and building up our technology resources.

  • Continuing to extend our school computer literacy plan to take advantage of our existing computers and peripherals, expanded this year with computers acquired through parents in the community.

A significant number of enrichment and extra-curricular activities are offered both inside and outside school. These programs include:

  • A variety of school excursions and overnight trips.

  • Vocal and instrumental music concerts and festivals.

  • Musical and dramatic performances, both in school and in the community.

  • Academic tournaments and festivals which include chess and the spoken arts.

  • A very successful program of athletic events and tournaments which include soccer, volleyball, hockey, basketball, cross-country, track and field and softball.