St. Anne Kitchener Overview
Saint Anne Catholic School in Kitchener was opened and dedicated on August 17, 1948 by Monsignor J.A. O’Brien of Hamilton. The “ultra-modern” school for the time was designed as an eight room school with 4 rooms completed upon opening. Additions were added to the building in 1954, 1960 and 1964. The most recent addition, a new gymnasium, began the summer of 2011 and completed in 2012. The school has housed as many as 650 students in the past and is currently at 435 students enrolled in JK-8.
The first Saint Anne School Council was formed in 1954 and has been a significant part of the school ever since. Parents and the valuable community in the East Ward have always made Saint Anne a great place to learn and grow as a child. Their greatest contribution was the transformation of the school yard in our Greening project. Parents, students and staff came together to create a playground that continues to inspire schools from around the province. Our parents support our efforts in the classroom and beyond to provide the best faith based education possible. Saint Anne, together with the parents and parish, form a strong working community that depends on each other to be the Heart of the Community. The home, school, parish triad has strengthened the overall sense of community and we continue to develop this relationship as our community grows and changes.
Over the years the staff at Saint Anne’s has embraced the use of the“Imagine a School without Bullying” Framework. Not only does the school teach anti-bullying curriculum, but it also aspires to be proactive in creating a positive school environment where each person is respected, valued and welcomed into our community. Students are taught the skills they need to solve problems and have a voice. Together with the parents, we work to help our students learn how to be effective communicators, responsible family members, respected community members and lifelong learners. Each year Saint Anne adopts a theme for the year. This year the Theme is “People of Love”. Past themes have been “We Grow, Nous Grandissons”, “Shine”, “Always room for one more”, “Be the Change”, “We Believe”, and “Peace is Power”. Each month a different virtue is emphasized, taught and celebrated. Our hope is that our students leave Saint Anne’s with a solid foundation to be to responsible citizens who actively help those in need and develop a relationship with God to help guide them along life’s journey.
In September of 2010 we became among the first schools selected in Ontario for the Full Day Kindergarten program. Creating an open and accepting environment for all learners is the cornerstone of Saint Anne. Staff work to create an environment that is open to taking risks and being yourself. Through our Imagine framework we create a proactive teaching environment that allows students to make mistakes and clearly learn from them. Saying sorry is not just words but an action. We learn what it means to be sorry and how to forgive our classmates. Our faith is the core of what we teach and our students learn skills that will allow them to be positive members of their own community – transforming our school and community into a world that echoes the teachings of Jesus. Students are offered many opportunities to be leaders in the school. This is evident with our Social Action Team, Kindergarten helpers, Intramural leaders, PALS leaders, Hot lunch leaders, Milk leaders, ECO Team and much more.
Bilingual education is alive at Saint Anne School! In the fall of 2015 Saint Anne became one of the selected pilot schools to offer French Immersion starting in Grade 1. The program was very successful and well received and we now have a growing French community. We also continue to offer daily instruction in French starting in grade 4 as we strive to enable all our students to communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, one of Canada’s official languages. At Saint Anne’s French is not only a subject which is taught but it is also embraced as a language and a form of communication between students and teachers both within the classroom and beyond too.