At the June 5, 2012 Regular Meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board, Trustees approved the name St. Mary Catholic Elementary School for the new Catholic elementary school in Oakville, formerly referred to as West Oak Trails #5.
Named in honour of our Blessed Mother, the name St. Mary is in recognition of the very first Catholic elementary school to open in Halton. The Halton Catholic District School Board traces its roots back to 1856 when the founder Robin Smith and Father Morgan Rex-Ryan founded St. Mary’s School to establish education programs for Catholic children in the town of Oakville. At that time, St. Mary’s school was situated on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church on Reynolds Street. The original building was eventually demolished in order to make room for a growing parish community. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our model of Love and Mercy, who intercedes with her Son Jesus for us, her children on earth. Mary serves as the perfect example of motherhood for our modern world.
Earlier this spring, and in accordance with Board Policy I-15 – School Name Selection, the Board established a sub-committee to initiate the school name selection process and bring forth a list of recommended names to the school community for input. Subsequent to the consultation process, the Board received a proposal from the associate parish for the school, asking that the Board consider an additional name. The sub-committee reconvened to further review the responses that were put forth by all stakeholders, and at the May 1, 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board, Trustees approved a list of three possible options which included feedback from both the school community and parish. The approved list of names was submitted to Bishop Douglas Crosby for his consideration and approval.
In a letter to the Board, Bishop Crosby stated that although his personal preference was the third option, he felt that each of the possible names were worthy and historically significant. He further stated that he would be supportive of the Board of Trustees’ selection of any of the three possible options. St. Mary Catholic Elementary School was the first option of the three that were submitted to the Bishop.
St. Mary Catholic Elementary School will open its doors to students and staff on September 5, 2012, led by Principal Carol Hryhorsky. Questions regarding school operations should be directed to the school principal at 905-632-4814, ext. 5090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. School construction updates are available on the Board’s website at: http://www.hcdsb.org/Schools/Construction/WestOakTrails5/Pages/default.aspx.
Construction of the school began in December, 2011. The school’s architects, Snyder & Associates, designed the school building to accommodate 589 students. The school is situated on a 2.8 ha (6.93 acre) site west of Bronte Road on Colonel William Parkway between Dewsbury Drive and Richview Boulevard in Oakville. The school building is a two storey facility with a total gross floor area of approximately 5,840 square meters (62,800 square feet).