St. Joseph Overview
“Building a Just and Caring Society”
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School is located in the Preston area of Cambridge, near the intersection of the Grand and Speed Rivers on a beautiful piece of land that includes a walking trail, soccer fields and a baseball diamond. The school first opened its doors in 1959 as part of the Galt Separate School Board. St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School started as a junior high school complete with uniforms and lockers. An addition was added to the school in 1967 that saw the construction of a kindergarten room, a resource centre, and five new classrooms. St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School has existed in several formats over the past 51 years. It has been a junior high school, a kindergarten to grade six school, and finally a junior kindergarten to grade 8 school. The school currently hosts a total of 10 classrooms, approximately 30 staff members, and 230 students. At one point the school was home to three portables and an additional 100 students. The enrollment is presently climbing thanks to new community builds in the Preston area. We also offer an extended day program with before and after school care provided by our Early Childhood Educators.
The St. Joseph staff are truly lifelong learners. They model for students the importance of continual growth and development of skills through innovation and inquiry. Our students are afforded a wide variety of programs and extra-curricular activities to develop students’ 21st century global competencies. Examples include: French as a Second Language; Skills Canada club and competitions in robotics and wood working; EcoSchools certification and integration across the entire school community; Healthy Schools certification, focus and education for both school and home; utilization of Chromebooks across the grades; Google Apps for Education and D2L integration in all classes; and, interactive whiteboards in all learning spaces utilized by both staff and students. Our school community is truly a 21st century learning environment!
Our focus on the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations is a visible, daily practice. From bright and vibrant murals in our main foyer to student created announcements and bulletin boards, our school motto of WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? is tangible and relevant. St. Joseph staff and students walk the talk. We offer special education programs, a Nutrition for Learning Program, Strong Start, pastoral team, EcoSchools team, Healthy Schools team, PALS, countless community connections with St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, school liturgies and masses, and a social justice club.
The St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School Council is a hard-working and supportive group that has raised countless funds to support school projects. In addition they have provided valuable advice to school principals, donated countless volunteer hours and have always advocated strongly for Catholic Education.
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School has developed a strong relationship with St. Clement Parish. Together, the school and the parish form an effective team that works diligently to actively support the faith life of the community. The St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School community is dedicated to Catholic education and supports the work of all individuals who strive to enhance the cause of Catholic education. On May 2, 2010 our school community celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Joseph Catholic School with a mass at St. Clement Church followed by an open house at the school. Many former students, parents, teachers, principals, support staff and trustees came together to celebrated the proud tradition of St. Joseph Catholic School. We look forward to our next 50 years!