St. Clement Overview
St. Clement Catholic School has existed as a beacon of Catholic education for many students and families in Wellesley Township within Waterloo Region for over a century and a half. The school is located in rural St.
Clements – 10 km north of Waterloo. Our catchment area encompasses Wellesley, Heidelberg, Linwood, Hawkesville, Bamberg, and St. Clements. We have close to 200 students and 21 professional staff members in various capacities to support students.
The school has a rich history. It was opened in 1855 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2005. The original 1855 log school house was destroyed in a fire. An impressive two storey, four room school was constructed next to St. Clement’s Catholic Church in 1904. An additional two rooms were added in 1958. In 1969, the older two storey four room school house was demolished and then replaced with the present day, two storey main building containing eight more classrooms, main offices, library, technology room, gym, staff room and boiler room.
Our Catholic School is named after St. Clement, Pope and Martyr. St. Clement was the fourth Pope of the early Roman Catholic Church succeeding St. Peter, St. Linus and St. Cletus. Like Peter, whom he knew personally, St. Clement was one of the earliest Christian writers. A famous letter of his, written to the Christians of Corinth, encouraged them to reconcile their differences and to live in unity and peace. St. Clement is the Patron Saint of stone cutters and sailors and his feast day falls on November 23rd. Our school strives to honour this great saint in its Catholic teachings and in all our school activities by working and playing in harmony with one another.
The school celebrated its 150th anniversary during the 2005 – 2006 school year. At this memorable event, a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by The Most Reverend A.F. Tonnos. The anniversary celebration spoke volumes about the kind of school that it has been since first opening its doors in 1855. The celebration involved not only students, staff and Board officials, but also parents, families and the clergy.
The school is proud of its Catholic tradition and strong sense of family and community. The school community is characterized by school, home, parish and members of the community truly looking out for each other by responding whenever needed. We are fortunate at St .Clement School to have a vibrant, active parent community, who in partnership with school staff lead numerous events which benefit the students at our school. We are grateful for their support to work in the best interest of students.
Our school motto “where each one counts”, embodies our Catholic school graduate expectations with the knowledge, skills, values and actions we expect our learners to achieve. Through the outstanding collegial work and commitment of our staff, parents and parish, the children who attend St. Clement Catholic School are blessed with an excellent educational opportunity. In addition, our school is committed to social justice initiatives which encourage all school members to support worthy causes and projects locally and internationally.
At St. Clement Catholic School, a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment is provided for our students so that they may work and grow to their full potential. A focus on continuous learning is reflected in the belief that all students can learn and succeed. A high priority and emphasis on technology and differentiated instruction to support student learning is recognized by all staff members. Also, a multidisciplinary approach is common practice at St. Clement to support students academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually to ensure their success not just in school but in life.
Over the years, St. Clement School has become known for its unique culture and history, for the spirit activities as offered by student council, for its acceptance of the challenge to maintain high student levels in literacy, numeracy and for its many sports and athletic activities. St. Clement Catholic School is a treasure indeed – one to hold, one to cherish.