Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

About the division

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is Saskatchewan's largest Catholic school division. We serve approximately 15,000 students in six high schools, 37 elementary schools and two associate schools. As well, we co-manage Humboldt Collegiate Institute with Horizon School Division. Our schools are located in Saskatoon, Humboldt, Biggar and Viscount. We employ more than 1,900 full- and part-time teaching, service and support staff.

A complete list of schools can be found on the Our Schools page. A map with the locations of our Saskatoon schools is also available there.

Please note that:

• An open boundary policy allows parents to enrol children in the school of their choice.

• We welcome children and families to our schools with the understanding that students will participate in all faith-based activities, including prayer, liturgical celebrations and religious education. 

• Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools operates on funds received from provincial government grants and local taxation. There are no tuition fees for students living within the boundaries of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.

Though Catholic education has existed in Saskatchewan for more than 100 years, our division continues to adapt for the future and implement innovative programming. At the same time, we continue to offer students a unique, faith-filled perspective that teaches them they have the ability to make the world a better place.

 

Mission

The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Board of Education unveiled the division's new mission statement at the start of the 2009-2010 school year.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools: a welcoming community where we nurture faith, encourage excellence in learning and inspire students to serve others, making the world a better place.

We love because He first loved us.

-1 John 4:19

 

Vision and Belief Statements

 
We are Rooted in Faith,
Growing in Knowledge,
Reaching Out to Transform the World.
 
Rooted in faith

 

We see God in all things

Gospel values: Love and respect

We see God in all things, especially our students, who are created by God and loved by God. We teach children how they can encounter God in everyday life.

 

A Catholic school is a community of faith, hope and love

Gospel value: Community

At their Catholic school, children meet and experience Jesus. They learn from caring, committed staff who seek to give students a sense of belonging. We continue the teaching, healing and guiding work of Jesus.

 

Our faith is living and growing

Gospel value: Faith

In our schools, mind, body and soul are nourished. Staff and students cultivate their faith in many ways: through prayer, scripture study, liturgical celebrations, retreats and faith instruction. Our actions and relationships with each other reflect our faith.

 

Growing in Knowledge

 

We strive to have each student attain academic excellence, based on each one's God-given talents

Gospel value: Hope

Catholic education helps all children as they seek to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Academic excellence is pursued while maintaining a concern about the development of the whole child.

 

Students discover how their faith is part of learning and of life

Gospel value: Courage

We strive to see and learn about God in each part of the curriculum, not just religion class. Our faith is at the heart of understanding who we are and our place in the world. We are wiser for it.

 

Our young people grow in freedom and responsibility

Gospel value: Reconciliation

We have the freedom to choose our path in life, to choose right from wrong, to build up or tear down. We educate our students about the responsible use of this freedom. We are most free when we accept and extend God's love to the world.

 

Reaching out... to transform the world

 

All are welcome, especially those most in need

Gospel value: Justice

We reach out to all. Catholic educators see it as their mission to welcome all of God's children, especially those who are struggling to find their way.

 

We reach out to transform our world

Gospel value: Service

Through our encouragement and example, our students become people who feel a sense of responsibility to change the world for the better. As people of faith, they ask what they can do to bring Christ's message of peace and justice to their neighbourhoods, their communities and beyond. We help them find answers to this question.

 

Click here for a printable PDF version of our Mission, Vision and Belief Statements.

 

 

Celebrating Catholic Education

This 2005 essay, written by former Director of Education Jerry Zimmer, outlines the distinct role of Catholic education in Saskatchewan. Read it here.

 

Prepared for the Catholic Centennial Celebration, these vignettes relate many interesting events in the history of the Catholic church and the Catholic school system in Saskatoon and area - from the story of St. Paul's Church to Father Mahoney's dating service.

Read the stories.