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History of St. John Catholic School

In 1866 Reverend Father O'Shea, the parish priest, was largely responsible for forming the first Separate School in Arthur. Classes were held in a log house owned by Mr. Patrick Dreak.

In 1871 a frame school building was constructed near the site of the old Catholic Church. At this time the Sisters of St. Joseph were first engaged as teachers at the school.

In 1874 the old church building was renovated and used as a school.

In 1884 a large brick school house was built under the direction of Reverend Father Doherty.

In 1958 Reverend Father Brick completed many renovations which included a doorway allowing entrance to the basement for the convenience of skaters on the school grounds.

In 1958 Mrs. M. Barry was the first lay teacher hired to teach in St. John School.

In 1963 the fine old building was replaced by a modern four room building plus offices for teachers and principal.

In 1965 two more rooms and a gymnasium were added to the school.

In 1971 the first portable classroom was added to the facilities at St. John School and three more portables were added at a later date.

On Friday, October 13, 1995, St. John students and staff said farewell to 160 Georgina Street and moved into the new school at 315 Tucker Street.

The first day of classes in the beautiful, new building, began on Monday, October 16, 1995.

Mission Statement

The staff of St. John is committed to creating an environment which promotes and supports learning. We appreciate the individual differences of our students. We strive through our Christian example to work with our parent community; we recognize our parents are the students' prime educators. We intend to enhance the self-worth of the pupils entrusted to our care; to teach them to become life-long learners and to strive for excellence; to show them that there is no problem so great that they cannot solve if they use their gifts and talents and the resources of their family, friends, school, parish and Catholic faith.