Our programs are designed to develop well-rounded students who have the academic, artistic, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual self-confidence to achieve their potential and make the world a better place.
Read about all our programs or click below to skip to the program that interests you.
Preschool | Junior Kindergarten | Religion | French | Music | Physical Education | Electives | Learning Assistance, Special Education & English Language Learning | Extracurricular | Community Outreach | Kids Who Can
A safe, secure, predictable and loving early education environment that offers your child the opportunity to explore, experiment and experience the world around them.
Through play-based learning, your child will develop artistically, cognitively, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.
- Fine and gross motor skill development
- Cooperation and sharing with peers
- Science themes and experiments
- Fun Family Phonics program
- Music and movement
- Arts and crafts
- Food exploration
- Outdoor play
- Monthly field trips
- Scheduled gym time
- Library time
3 year old Preschool: Tuesday & Thursday mornings
4 year old Preschool: Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings
Building on the skills learned in Preschool, our Junior Kindergarten program prepares your child for Kindergarten by developing a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, fine and gross motor skills, and creative expression. To be eligible, students must turn 4 years old by the end of the calendar year in which they begin Preschool 4.
4 year old Junior Kindergarten: Monday - Friday mornings.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd teaches your child the truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic Church. The program is focused around Scripture and the Liturgy of the Church and helps children build a relationship with Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd.
Twice-weekly French classes begin in Kindergarten.
The primary program is centered around themes such as colours, numbers, the body, seasons and animals.
The intermediate program is a gesture based approach called Histoires en Action!. All vocabulary and grammar is taught with the support of gestures from the teacher and presented in a story or play format that is performed at the end of the year.
Our gesture-based approach engages students in learning new vocabulary orally and kinesthetically leading to increased fluency.
Histoires en Action! ensures an extensive vocabulary is learned and reviewed with class, group and partner oral and written activities.
We encourage musical expression and foster a love for playing, experiencing and enjoying music. Our music curriculum combines modern methods with exposure to classical artists, and offers an extra curricular choir option for students in Grades 2-7, and a band elective for students in Grade 6 and 7.
Intermediate classes play recorder and ukulele, while all students participate in choral singing, music theory, and exploration of many musical instruments.
Our Christmas musical is an annual highlight for students, faculty, staff, parents and our parish community. While all students participate and perform, Intermediate students fill cast roles where they'll build confidence by learning and applying skills such as public speaking, performance standards and teamwork through evangelization and service to the Saint Mary’s School and parish community.
"Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord"
- Ephesians 5:19.
All students participate in at least 30 minutes of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). We believe in getting kids moving, and that when the body is quieted through exercise, the mind can focus better.
Every week begins with a school-wide run on a supervised route around the neighbourhood (weather-permitting) or a 30-minute aerobics session in the gym.
Students also participate in sports such as volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, and dodgeball in gym class, and a wide variety of sports teams run throughout the year for the more competitive student.
Each semester, students in grade 6 and 7 choose one of two electives.
Art engages the mind in creative expression and experience, while expanding a student's sense of identity and community. Students work individually and collaboratively to apply, combine, and arrange artistic elements, processes and materials using ideas inspired by social, cultural, historical and environmental context.
Students will choose an instrument and learn to play alongside the theory of music. Band fosters a love of music, a feeling of achievement, and promotes self confidence and expression. Other skills learned include enhanced coordination, time management, organization, social skills, teamwork and listening skills and a stronger sense of responsibility.
Through theatre games and activities students will explore dramatic forms, conventions, and techniques, and collaborate with one another to build confidence and trust as an ensemble. They'll be introduced to a variety of dramatic forms (e.g. improvisation, tableau, role-play, mime, reader’s theatre) and perform drama for specific purposes and audiences.
Technology teaches students about the most common platform for productivity in education, G-Suite. Word processing (typing), and basic coding are also learned, and the skills garnered in the technology elective culminate in each student creating their own blog by the end of the course.
Learning Assistance, Special Education & English Language Learning
We support every child's individual learning needs. Children receive specific support based on the goals outlined in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
We provide high quality learning support services which may include:
- Speech and Language services
- Psychological Education Assessments
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Other programs as required to meet IEP goals
With a focus on SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bounded) goals and consistent intervention, our students are empowered to achieve their full potential.
"We have different gifts according to the grace given to each of us."
- Romans 12:6-7
Our school is a safe and supportive environment for children with special needs.
Our Educational Assistants are caring, knowledgeable and experienced faculty members. They'll ensure that all students receive equal access to our high standards of education while ensuring their individual academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs are supported.
Every child is unique and we'll develop a program that brings out the best in your child. We seek to support while ensuring the dignity of each person who walks through the halls of Saint Mary's School.
English Language Learning (ELL)
International students come to Saint Mary's School from around the globe to be immersed in the english language, while integrating completely with a diverse and welcoming community.
ELL provides newcomers a strong English language education, focusing on speaking and understanding English, reading comprehension and all the mechanics of writing - grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, vocabulary, and sentence and paragraph writing.
The ELL department takes pride in reinforcing students in their eagerness to learn English at our school. They strive for success and usually attain this goal when they come to Saint Mary's.
Knights of Reading (Grades K- 3, October - May): Home reading program.
Reading Link Challenge (Grades 4-5, March - April)
UBC Science Challenge (Grades 6-7, February - May): Competition at UBC in May.
Odyssey of the Mind (All grades, January - April): Team members work to solve a "Long Term" problem, which they create, produce, practice and then present at competition in the spring. 1-2 times per week, after school.
Christmas Musical (All grades, tryouts late September): Monday - Thursday rehearsals at 7:30am, cast roles open to intermediate grades.
Choir (Grades 2-7, September - June): Singing at school masses and special occasions, practice once per week at lunch.
Track and Field (Grades 2-7, April - June, tryouts in March): Twice per week. after school.
Soccer (Grades 4-6, Fall): Boys and girls teams. Practices at lunch, one game per week, after school.
Cross Country (Grades 2-6, September-October): 1-2 practices per week at lunch, 3 meets per season.
Volleyball (Grades 4-6, November - January): Boys and girls teams, practices at lunch.
Basketball (Grades 4-6, February - April): Boys and Girls teams, practices before school and at lunch.
Karate (Grades 1-7, Fall and Winter to be confirmed): Practice Wednesday after school, registration required.
Altar Server Club (All grades, September - June): Once per week at lunch.
Games Club (Grades 4-7, September - June): Once per week at lunch.
Being stewards of our faith is important, and we're committed to performing acts of service in and around our community.
Students brainstorm their own ways to help, and put their ideas into action – such as singing at retirement homes, holding food drives and baking for the homeless.
Kids Who Can
Kids Who Can answer the question How will you make a difference in this world? and put their ideas into action to start solving the world's problems. The "Kids Who Can" is a service club run through the grade 6 class.
They fundraise through...
- Car washes
- Bake sales
- Freezie sales
- Babysitting, art projects, textiles, made slime, and more.
They give their time...
- Yard work
- Child minding
- Picking tomatoes
- Making puppets for an orphanage in Haiti
- Performing at local hospitals and seniors homes
- Shopping for Christmas hampers
- Providing the Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast
...and support individuals and organizations in need.
- "Adopting" children from around the world, including: Pauline Salas (Philippines), James Mwende (Kenya), Thiago Gonzalea (Paraguay) and previously, Sagar Babari (India), who exited the program thanks in part to our aid.
- Supporting charitable organizations: Operation Smile, BC Children's Hospital, local animal shelters, Chalice (a Catholic charitable organization), Carribean Children's foundation, and more.
Connected with the study of government, Kids Who Can elect a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, hold regular meetings, and make decisions democratically.
The Saint Mary's community is full of powerful young people passionate about the opportunity to create positive change in our world.