St. Matthew Overview
Heart of the Community, Success for Each,
A Place for All
Matthew 19:26: “With God, all things are possible”
St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School was opened and blessed on September 24, 1995 in the rapidly growing east end of the City of Waterloo. Our first students were those who had formerly been enrolled at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Agnes Catholic schools.
In his welcoming address, Director of Education Bill Brown said that this new school was a “fine building but … really nothing more than a shell of brick and steel.” Indeed, it was the human element – parents, parish, staff, and students – that combined to create an authentic and faith-filled learning community whose mission was to bring Christ to the world. “The real challenge,” he continued, “lies ahead, to make St. Matthew a place where there is laughter and joy, dedication and commitment – a place where children want to be, and where parents want their children to be.” St. Matthew continues to be the heart of the community, success for each and every child, and a place for all.
Our patron saint is the evangelist, St. Matthew, whose feast day (September 21) we celebrate annually praying that he intercedes for and guides us to a closer relationship with God. St. Matthew is often represented as a winged man. His is a powerful story of conversion and redemption that continues to inspire our community. Our mascot is the Wildcat whose tenacity is reflected in many of our school activities.
St. Agnes Church is St. Matthew Catholic School’s parish community. We have been ably served by the parish and its pastors. The parish team provides strong school support collaborating in the celebration of liturgies and sacramental programs. Along with St. Luke and St. Agnes Catholic Elementary Schools, St. Matthew’s continues to benefit tremendously from a vibrant church/home/school relationship.
Presently, St. Matthew Catholic School has fifty plus staff members serving more than 400 students. St. Matthew Catholic School has a powerful sense of tradition and of being in a welcoming and inclusive community. A focus on excellence, competition, and fun, has led to a litany of student activities and successes. Our athletes have brought home numerous distinctions in all sports and activities.
Our School also reflects the technological and business-focussed community in which it lives, partnering with RIM and the University of Waterloo to form the WCDSB’s first Lego Robotics Team – area champs for 2010.
St. Matthew Catholic School is active and creative community member. Our commitment to professionalism is reflected in our partnership with several faculties of education. Hundreds of teachers have been trained by this staff.
The St. Matthew Catholic School community has always remembered its connection to the local and global community and responded generously and consistently throughout the years.
Some famous graduates include Erin Scherrer (nationally ranked figure skater) and Paul Lehmann (advisor to Premier McGuinty).
God has indeed blessed St. Matthew Catholic School. Through his Grace and the collective commitment of students, staff, parents, parish, and community, it’s fair to say that the words of Director Brown have borne fruit. St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School has truly become, “a place where children want to be, and where parents want their children to be.”