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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History And Tradition
 
St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School was founded to serve the increasing population of the Bloor - Dufferin Catholic community. In 1984, the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) asked the Sisters – Faithful Companions of Jesus – to establish a secondary school under the leadership of Sister Bonnie Moser. St. Mary’s occupied the J.J. McGrand Elementary School building, located in a quiet residential neighbourhood.
 
In keeping with the religious order’s spirit and desire to educate the whole person, St. Mary’s has been guided by the idea "that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10).  Thanks to the Faithful Companions of Jesus, St. Mary’s carries on the tradition of nurturing the lives of all young people, bringing to them a distinctive Christian presence.
 
Philosophy of the School
Educators at St. Mary’s are nurturers of life and joyful messengers of hope and love, bringing the promise of Jesus: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
 
The school community provides a stimulating and supportive environment, challenging each student to develop to his/her greatest potential.   All educational programs and activities emphasize the formation of the whole person – intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. The Christian education of youth is a privileged opportunity to form apostles – enabling persons to experience Jesus, as they direct their gifts towards the service of others, for the transformation of society.
 
Our belief in the success for all students frames our programs, initiatives, and celebrations.  It is the recognition that all students have the potential to succeed that motivates the staff and students of this unique community.