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School History And Tradition
St. Martha Catholic School first opened its doors in September 1971. The neighbourhood was experiencing a great population growth, thus the school building was quickly filled to capacity and numerous portables had to be brought on site.
By September 1974 it became necessary to establish an annex at the nearby Calico Public School, so as to alleviate the overcrowding at St. Martha School. In 1976 the annex became St. Blaise School.
Over the next two decades, as the school-aged children graduated, enrollments in the area declined. In 1994, almost as if to complete the cycle, St. Blaise School was closed and its students returned to St. Martha School.
In 1996, St. Martha School commemorated its 25th anniversary with special celebrations.
St. Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, lived in Bethany. It seems that the family frequently received Jesus as a guest in their home. As Martha served Jesus food so was she nourished in the Holy Spirit. When her brother Lazarus died, St. Martha pleaded with Jesus to raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus did as she requested because of St. Martha's faith in him. Following St. Martha's example, we have tried to develop a community where we enrich the lives of others with knowledge, love, justice and the Bread of Life.