School Life

Agenda Books

The Parent Council continues to supply agendas for our students to use to assist in communications between their theachers and parents/guardians.

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: 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.

Personal Appearance - Expectations

Students are expected to dress in clean, neat, and practical clothing appropriate for the learning environment. Good judgment is the criteria for acceptable dress; this is particularly true during warm weather months.

Shorts and skirts must be longer than the child’s fingertips.

Sexist, racist, and drug and alcohol related clothes or violent slogans are not acceptable.

Outside shoes are not to be worn in the classroom and are to be left neatly in the hallway.

Indoor running shoes are to be worn in the classroom and gym.

If staff decide that a form of footwear is unsafe for an activity a student will be asked to bring in more appropriate shoes

It is recommended that items left at school be marked with a form of identification.

Basketball style tops must be worn with a t-shirt/undershirt underneath.

No undergarments should be visible.

All shirts must have shoulder straps two fingers wide (Grades 4-8).

Stomach and backs should always be covered.

Jewelry will not be worn during physical-education classes or during team sporting events.

Students wearing inappropriate clothes will be asked to change and/or have their clothing turned inside out.

Students without clothes to change into will be given clothing from the lost and found.

    • 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: 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..