Canadian Martyrs Overview

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School
“Home of the Crusaders”

The Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School community began gathering in the fall of 1967, and officially opened in our current building in September of 1968.

Among the earliest Europeans who came to the New World were the Jesuits from France. History has recorded the earliest explorations of these missionaries who came to this country to preach the Gospel. A group of these priests became known as the Canadian Martyrs. Such men as Father Jean Brebeuf, Isaac Joques, Noel Chabanel, Rene Goupil, Anthony Daniel, Charles Garnier, and Gabriel Lalemant, gave up their lives in the service of Christ. In naming the school, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board formally recognized the work of the Jesuits, not only from the standpoint of their place in Canadian history, but in their efforts locally. Truly, the children of this school have a proud heritage!

Canadian Martyrs was the fifteenth Catholic school to be built by our Board. The school sits on 6.62 acres and its initial enrolment was 150 students. On May 2, 1993, a re-dedication was celebrated honouring the school’s 25th Anniversary. The current school year (2016-2017) marks our 49th year, and Canadian Martyrs now serves 316 children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We continue the great tradition of service, spirituality, creativity and academic excellence. If you were to walk through the halls, you would see our school theme come to life. Again this year, we continue to focus on how we can “Live F.A.R.E. always!” Showing our Faith in Jesus Christ, Acceptance of others, Respect for our school community and those within it, and Empathy towards our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, is so important to our staff, students and community members. We recognize our students for their efforts through weekly F.A.R.E. draws and our monthly F.A.R.E. assemblies.

The staff at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary school, have high expectations of one another and of our students. Academic achievement is paramount and we believe in the education we deliver. Students demand the best from us and we work hard to deliver what we believe is every student’s right. In turn, our staff expects students to be engaged and responsible for their learning and the overall culture of the school. We receive tremendous support from our active School Council and greater parent community.

The Canadian Martyrs staff works hard to offer many programmes and extra-curricular activities. We believe in providing opportunities for our students to ensure they are well rounded and their needs are being met. Throughout the day, students may be involved in Strong Start Reading, Coding Club, Math Club, various language clubs such as French and Spanish, Art Club, Games Club, Homework Club and a vast number of athletics. Our Crusaders represent us well in the community at various events and tournaments. Our students look forward to our annual F.A.R.E. World Cup soccer tournament where the entire student body is placed on mixed age soccer teams and engage in team building activities and a tournament.

Through our high expectations for our students, the many extra-curricular opportunities that are offered and the wonderful partnerships that we have with St. Anthony Daniel Parish and our larger school community, we are confident that our Canadian Martyrs Crusaders are equipped with the necessary tools to fulfill our mission and become “…disciples of Christ…who realize their full potential to transform God’s world.”