School Life

Agenda Books

In an effort to save costs for families, we are trying new agenda styles.  Kindergarten students do not have agendas, they have communication bags.  Grade 1-6 students will be provided with an agenda.  Homework and important notes will come home in the agenda, which will be used as a communication tool between teachers, parents and students.  The cost for the agendas is $4.00.

Athletics

Students are involved in daily physical activity and school teams that include; soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country running, softball, track and field. For more information please see our Clubs and Sports page.

Attendance Expectations

Punctuality and regular attendance on the part of the student is important to the process of learning. Both the individual student and his or her classmates may be impacted as a result of this issue. Parents will be contacted when late attendance and punctuality become a concern. Board attendance counsellors will be involved if attendance and punctuality do not improve after parent contact has been made by the school.

When your child is going to be absent from school, for any reason, please contact the school at 705-653-1370.

To see the our Board's full Attendance Expectations click here

Co-curricular Activities

Environmental Club, Drama Club, Recycling, Choir, Intramural Sports, Student Government and many more.  For more detail, please see our Clubs and Sports page.

Code of Conduct

Summary of Behaviour Expectations:
  • Participate actively in the learning process.
  • Respect all expressions of the Catholic faith. 
  • Respect all members of the school community as individuals. 
  • Treat all school and bus property with respect. 
  • Treat each other with respect. 
  • Accept responsibility for his/her actions and their consequences. 
  • Complete all school assignments. 
  • Be prepared for class with necessary materials and homework. 
  • Follow the dress code, school policies and procedures. 
  • Attend school regularly and punctually. 
All members of the St. Mary's School Community are expected to follow The High Five rules: 
  1. Be Respectful 
  2. Be Responsible 
  3. Be Safe Hands and Feet to Self 
  4. Be There - Be Ready 
Our Catholic faith is reflected in how we deal with all community members on a daily basis.

Our school provides a safe and inclusive learning environment. To view the Board's  Code of Conduct page click here.

Excellence in Learning

St. Mary's staff consistently focuses on developing strategies to effectively meet all student needs and to improve student learning and student achievement. 
  • Teachers collaboratively review, reflect and plan program based on student data. 
  • Staff share best practices within a Professional learning Community 
  • Staff are presently implementing school literacy and numeracy goals to improve student achievement 
  • Staff are continuing to integrate SMART Board technologies into all the classrooms 
  • All staff members actively follow the Safe School Plan

Living our Faith

We celebrate our faith through: 
  • Monthly school masses with a theme of our Catholic virtue of the month 
  • Daily and school-wide prayer and reflections 
  • Daily classroom prayers and reflections 
  • Classroom prayer tables that features the signs and symbols that are directly connected to the Religion and Family Life curriculum taught at each grade level 
  • Power Point presentation at each mass to guide and encourage student participation in prayers and songs 
  • Catholic Virtues Into Action, A Catholic Virtue is featured school wide each month 
  • A strong partnership exists with community Catholic organizations such as the Kights of Columbus and the Catholic Womens League 
  • Sacramental celebrations of First Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation 
  • Two opportunities a year for Confessions at St. Mary's Church 
  • Advent wreath blessing and Advent activities 
  • Regular classroom visits by our Parish Priest

Social Justice

We continue to serve targeted charities and outreach agencies including:

United Way, Terry Fox, local food bank, MS Read-a-thon, Christmas Family hamper and Toy Drive, Backpacks for Kids, Peace and Development, and Share Lent..