What are the school’s hours of operation?
Morning Bell – 8:45 a.m.
Afternoon Dismissal – 2:50 p.m.
Does St. Mary’s offer bus service?
Yes! We have two busses – one serving the Chilliwack/Rosedale area and the other serving Sardis and Promontory. User fees are very reasonable – 1 child using the bus to and from school = $50/month. Family Rate (2 or more children) is $70/month.
Catholic Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese follow the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in all areas. Health and Career Education is taught with a specific Catholic focus and although we teach our faith formally on a daily basis, the faith is integrated into all areas in authentic ways. French is part of the curriculum for all grades (KG to Gr 7)
Regular school Masses, parish priests visit our classes at least once a week, sacramental preparation, opportunity for frequent reconciliation, Christian-based annual musical, advent prayer service, Lenten prayer services, community outreach projects
What kind of fundraising does St. Mary’s School do?
Our Parent Association (a sub-committee of the Parish Education Committee) is responsible for organizing fundraising and other school activities. The committee works hard to come up with fundraising ideas and activities that not only raise money for our school but also focus on building “community”. We do not sell chocolate bars, books, stickies, wrapping paper etc., instead, our fundraisers are designed to be FUN-raisers ! We have a number of very popular events that our families look forward to each year.
A sense of “Community” in the school is high on our list of priorities! We have class reps that keep our school families informed of upcoming events and we have a high rate of parent participation in the school. Our school year begins with a “Welcome Back Barbeque”, we have family movie nights, Games Night, Dinner/Dances, Monte Carlo Night, Ladies Spring Salad Evening and a Crib Tournament. There is always something exciting happening in the school!
What kind of extra-curricular activities does St. Mary’s offer?
Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track and Field, Peer Helpers.
What about Fine Arts?
Each year, St. Mary’s School performs a musical in which every class in the school takes part; ; French is part of the curriculum for KG through Grade 7; Choir is open to students from Grades 3 – 7.