St. Nicholas Overview
St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School in Waterloo was built in 2001 and continues to be a vibrant model of progressive and accountable education, which endeavours to serve and support a large student population. We are a faith-centred community of life long learners who celebrate and model the vision of our patron, St. Nicholas, in “We Are God’s Gift To Each Other”. Annually, our school community faithfully supports many charitable causes in our region such as the Terry Fox Run and the Mountain of Love Campaign.
Currently, our enrolment is 420 students (JK-8) drawing from a catchment area characterized by two existing subdivisions. Our students are taught and supported by a school staff of close to fifty who take pride in their dedication and efforts to provide an environment of learning, centred on student achievement and the overall spiritual and emotional well-being of all our students. The school enjoys a vital partnership with the parish of St. Michael, through sacramental programs and youth ministry along with the overall faith development of our students.
St. Nicholas CES has an effective, proactive Catholic School Council, which meets regularly throughout the school year and holds annual fundraising events to assist with student activities, school renewal initiatives, sacramental programs, the purchase of valuable teaching and learning resources, resource acquisition in our library and the less fortunate in our community.
The students of St. Nicholas CES enjoy a wide variety of activities- system and school level athletic competition, intramural and extracurricular activities, service projects, interest clubs, choir and retreat excursions to the Mount Mary Residential Retreat Programme and Camp Brebeuf, and other local destinations within our region.
We are proud to have a Social Justice Team made up of faith inspired students who are committed to organizing social justice initiatives in our school. Notable projects, past and present, include raising funds and awareness for Haitian relief, Syrian Refugee Fund, Nickels for Nepal, Marillac Place and our food drives for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Michael Parish.
Our St. Nicholas CES students and graduates truly embody the spirit of our Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and go on to further contribute these gifts in their life long journeys.