Pope John Paul II Catholic Elementary School is a beautiful K to 8 elementary school located in north-west Oakville. Our doors opened six years ago in 2006. With the recent boundary review, we now have a population of approximately 720 students and are anticipating future growth as we implement the full day early learning kindergarten program in September 2013. Pope John Paul II is a vibrant Catholic learning community committed to developing the whole child - spiritually, academically, and socially - in partnership with the home and our Parish.
Student Success Programs
We are fortunate at Pope John Paul II to offer varying programs in support of our students' success. Using data generated by our school staff, we provide specific, targeted intervention in the areas of literacy to support struggling students, both during the school day and in after-school programs. We are grateful to enlist the support of our dedicated parent volunteers who help us run the All-Star reading program that further supports reading instruction for our primary students.
Pope John Paul II Catholic elementary school hosts of a variety of both academic and non-academic programs, ranging from the afore-mentioned All-Star reading program, literacy intervention programs, after-school learning support programs, assistive technology programs, social interaction programs offered via our child and youth counsellor.
Clubs are an important part of school life at Pope John Paul II Catholic School. We are grateful to our dedicated staff and parent volunteers who give of their time and expertise to offer a variety of opportunities to our students. Some of the clubs we have at PJP II include the photography club, the school choir, student voice, the primary and junior games club, the recycling and green teams, intramural soccer club, the Spanish Club, the Battle of the Books clubs, to name just a few. Depending upon the time of the year, a host of opportunities exist for our students and they are always encouraged to get active and get involved in the life of the school. It is a well-known fact, the more opportunities that are available for our student and the more students take advantage of these programs, the more engaged in school our students become. Parents are most welcome to present ideas and opportunities for various clubs - we always welcome your time, enthusiasm and expertise!
Before and After School Programs
The YMCA of Oakville offers its before and after school daycare program at Pope John Paul II Catholic School. This program offers daycare in one of our classrooms and/or stage area, allowing parents to drop children off at school in the care of the YMCA staff as well as offering care for after-school hours as well. Interested parents should contact the YMCA staff at 905-845-5597, extension 338. More info can also be obtained from the YMCA web site at www.ymcaofoakville.com.
As with all schools within the HCDSB, Pope John Paul II staff analyze our various sources of school data such as our annual EQAO (Education Quality Accountability Office) data, our benchmark assessment data and our classroom data to determine our areas of strengths and weaknesses. Recently, we have faired quite successfully in our grade three EQAO assessments with scores at or above the provincial standard: 83% in reading, 90% in writing, and 83% in mathematics; as well, our grade six data indicates very strong performance in reading, writing and mathematics, with scores at or above the provincial standard: 82% in reading, 84% in writing, and 69% in mathematics. As was the case province-wide, results also indicate that an area for further focus this year will be in mathematics, particularly addressing problem-solving and mutli-step problems.
Pope John Paul II has become a leader in the area of environmental stewardship. Our community strongly values care for our environment through the active promotion of litterless lunches and proper disposal of waste via the blue bin and green bin programs. We are proud of our efforts with our environmental stewardship through our schools "Green Team" and "Recycling Team". A special thank you goes to all our families who help us reduce, reuse and recycle at Pope John Paul II Catholic School.
Parent Community Involvement
Active and vibrant schools capitalize on the talents, time and energy of parent volunteers. Pope John Paul II Catholic School is proud of the many volunteers who assist in a myriad of ways within our community. As mentioned earlier, we have parents energetically running our All-Star reading program, assisting our at-risk students with their reading fluency and comprehension. We are always seeking more volunteers to assist in many ways at our school. We have one of our parents who serves on our Catholic School Council acting as our parent volunteer coordinator - if you wish to volunteer at the school, please contact the main office at 905-827-8894 and we will forward you information on how to get involved in the life of your child's school. It's rewarding in so many ways! If you would like to forward an agenda item for consideration at a School Council meeting, please send an email to: email@example.com
St. Matthew Parish
School Council Members
Pope John Paul II Catholic School Council members for the 2011-2012 school year include (in alpha order):
Mrs. DeLuca McLellan Mrs. Del Monte (co-chair)
Mr. Mamer (co-chair)
Mrs. Morgado Mrs. Murray
Staff representatives on our school council include:
Mrs. Morrissey and
All council info and meeting minutes can be found on our school web site.
Director of Education
Michael W Pautler
Oakville Trustees - Mrs. Alice Anne LeMay, Mr. Anthony Danko, Mr. Ed Viana and Mr. Paul Marai
This year our grade 7 & 8 student body have the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program which focuses on ways in which students can lead and serve in the school community. Students work closely with the school staff to provide a greater voice to our students about the daily operations of our school. We look forward to many positive initiatives and outreach programs by our student leaders.
The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, providing exceptional education, while nurturing the call to love and to serve as a people of faith, living out God's plan.
The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with home and Church, is dedicated to providing excellence in Catholic education by developing Christ-centred individuals enabled to transform society.
Our Governing Values
At the Halton Catholic District School Board we know that:
- our school community exists to foster and exemplify Catholic values;
- the education of our students is a necessary investment in society;
- education is a lifelong process that fosters the worth of the individual;
- education is a process involving a partnership of students, home, school, Church and community;
- the education of everyone toward their fullest potential creates a better future;
- an effective learning environment fosters in each student a sense of unique value, self-esteem and importance to society;
- dedicated teachers and staff ensure a positive and caring learning environment enabling students to reach their full potential;
- the ability to understand, manage and direct change is essential to success; and
- we are accountable to the community for the effective management of our resources.