Faith and Excellence in Catholic Education
Catholic Education in Victoria, BC
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Thank you for considering St. Joseph’s Catholic school for your children.
We feel that choosing your child’s elementary school is one of the most important decisions that a parent will make in a child’s education. Choosing St. Joseph’s is choosing excellence!
St. Joseph’s School is a community dedicated to educating and nurturing the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, and academically. We endeavour to develop faith, respect, responsibility and service in each of our students.
We have a dedicated staff of both new and veteran teachers as well as support staff who believe that Catholic Education is not only the best gift we can give a child but also that it is our vocation. We believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ, and living as true witnesses to the Gospel.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School encourages positive relationships between the home, school, and parish, creating a supportive and nurturing environment for our students to thrive in.
If you are interested in learning more about our school, I invite you to complete the application form and contact us directly. I am happy to meet with all enquiring families to answer any questions you may have and arrange a school tour – please come in and experience the difference!
– Keefer Pollard, Principal
St. Joseph's Catholic School is closely associated with St. Joseph the Worker Parish, whose parish priest is our pastor.
The school celebrates the Eucharist with Fr. Alfredo Monacelli once a month, and many of our students are members of this parish. The school and church collaborate in a number of fund raising events varying from year to year. St. Joseph’s students serve Mass regularly at the parish.
There is a youth group for grade 6 and 7 students organized and supported by Father Alfredo. The goal is to bring youth closer to Christ through activities, games and other experiences that bring to consciousness the love God has for each of us.
We are grateful to all those who went before us, who have left a legacy of Catholic education at St. Joseph's that we continue to build upon.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School came into existence as a direct result of the efforts of St. Joseph the Worker parishioners and the Diocese of Victoria to establish a catholic school for the Burnside-Marigold area of town. Once the parish was established in May of 1962, they set their sights on building a school.
With the promise of support from the Sisters of St. Joseph, as well as the support of the Songhees First Nation and the Department of Indian Affairs, St. Joseph’s Catholic School was completed and opened in September of 1965, offering co-educational classes in grades 1-5. Kindergarten and grades six and seven were added in 1967, realizing the vision of parishioners and the diocese for a Catholic School associated with St. Joseph the Worker parish.
There have been several renovations the early nineties, adding a new block on the second floor for a new grade 7 classroom, as well as a new administrative block, a Computer Lab, and some work-space for teachers. Over the years the teaching faculty have been succeeded by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s who gave way lay teachers, who now comprise 100% of faculty. Without the commitment and determination of those early sisters, the support of the Diocese of Victoria, and the hard work and sacrifice of St. Joseph the Worker parishioners, St. Joseph’s Catholic School would not exist. Thank you, Sisters of St. Joseph, your dedication and sacrifice continues to inspire our vocations to the present day.
Hear From Our Students
Students were asked to write what they liked about our school and what made it special.
All cars entering the parking lot are to proceed down the entranceway and TURN TO THE RIGHT (following the arrows) and continue moving along to the front of the school.
There are TWO Lanes: One to drop off/pick up students & one to continue driving through.
- Please drop off student(s) at the Drop-Off/Pick-Up Zone on the Right side closest to the sidewalk.
- Continue moving forward and merge with the other lanes exiting to the left
- Never park where there are orange cones along the Drop-Off/Pick-Up.
- Parents MUST turn RIGHT on Burnside Road -THERE IS NO LEFT TURN ONTO BURNSIDE ROAD.
**Do not get out of your vehicles unless you are parked in a parking stall
**Continue moving forward in the pickup lane
The Through Lane is the lane to use if parents need to get to the Day Care or Pre-school at the back of the school. Parents picking up students at the rear of the school MUST follow the traffic flow, continuing through the Through Lane to the back of the school – DO NOT turn left upon entering the parking lot to attempt to access the rear of the school – that portion of the parking lot is a one-way exit route to Burnside Road.
Safety of all children is a priority at St. Joseph’s, and following the procedures of the parking lot ensure the safety of all children and parents as they use the parking lot. Parents that do not follow the parking lot procedures will be barred from entering the parking lot.
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