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St. Francis Catholic School was established as our Board's second French Immersion centre in September,1988 with an opening enrolment of 119 Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Given its unique character and size in the initial year, it was deemed opportune by both administration and staff to formulate a philosophical perspective for the school. This framework would hence identify our school's fundamental mandate, aspirations and goals. Our mission statement, therefore, serves as a common reference and guide that will assure continued commitment to: meaningful learning, excellence in instruction and professional growth.

School Colors - blue and white
School Mascot - the Dolphin
School Prayer - Prayer of St. Francis - Prayer of Peace

Catholic Dimension

"Jesus, for His part, progressed steadily in wisdom and age, and grace before God and men." (Luke 2:52)

As partners with the parents and parish, in the spiritual formation of our students, the school's religious dimension will be expressed through the celebration of Catholic values in word, example and sacraments. The values of our Catholic faith are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Acceptance, sharing and cooperation will mark individual behaviors. Harmonious personal relationships and ready availability will attest to the Gospel message of Christian love and will contribute to an ambiance of accord, welcome and warmth within our school community. We, at St. Francis, strive to develop within students the necessary life learning tools of communication, problem solving, decision-making and creativity. We try to recognize, enhance and encourage each student to develop his/her unique gifts.

We walk as one toward faith, knowledge and wisdom.

Immersion Character

Every occasion, both within and beyond the classroom will be used to sustain and encourage the school's immersion character. The teachers will provide excellent models of French and English expression. They will urge the students to use the second language at every given opportunity. Aspects of French culture, tradition, music and custom will be incorporated into curriculum units where possible. When feasible, French language experiences beyond the classroom will be promoted. It is recognized that second language learning is most effective when both duty and dialogue are meaningful, relevant and real. In addition to the acquisition of language, positive attitudes towards the language and to those who speak it will be nurtured and developed.


It is recognized that children are the essence and purpose of our school. Each child is regarded as special and unique. As such, meaningful learning opportunities will be provided which respond to each child's particular needs and individual learning style. Within a caring and supportive atmosphere, the teachers and support staff will undertake to initiate educational activities and experiences which contribute to the on-going development of each child's spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth. Our student-centered philosophy expresses itself in many ways but most especially in our continued striving to recognize God within each of us.

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~ Board News ~

2018/2019 School Calendar Now Available(Posted:4/19/2018)

At the February 27, 2018, NPSC Board meeting, the School Year Calendar was recommended and approved by the Board of Trustees. The school year will begin on Thursday, August 30, 2018 for staff and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 for students. The school year will end on June 28, 2019 for both students and staff. This recommendation has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Please see the attachment below for more information. We would like to thank all parents, community members and staff for their participation.

Student Transportation(Posted:8/7/2018)

Due to the dynamic nature of student transportation, school transportation routes may change from year to year, including route numbers, stop locations and times of service. Parents/guardians are responsible for verifying your child's information is up to date and accurate.

Please click the "read more" link below for more information about how to update your child's information, access stop locations, times of service and more.

~ School Activities ~

A number of student-centered and family-focused activities take place during the school year. In addition to building school spirit and strengthening the home/parish partnerships with the school the following activities help supplement academic expectations and foster personal growth.

  • Daily and monthly recognition to acknowledge the effort to speak French at school
  • Monthly recognition of the students who demonstrate our Catholic Virtues
  • Family BBQ night
  • Concours d'art oratoire
  • Book Fairs
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Haleyfest
  • Christmas Turkey Dinner
  • Mass and paraliturgical celebrations
  • Carnaval
  • Summer Playday
  • Winter Electives
  • Field Trips
  • Green Club
  • Choir Club
  • Cross-country Running  Club
  • Festival of Song
  • SK Graduation
  • Grade 6 Farewell
  • St. Francis Idols
  • Year-end Student Recognition Ceremony
  • Summer Literacy Bags