Message from the Principal

Welcome, Aanii, Bonjour

It gives me great pleasure, as principal of St. David Catholic School, to welcome you to our new official school website. This website has been prepared in the hope that it will become for parents, students, and visitors, a valuable source of school news and timely information.

This website has been developed to enable everyone to become familiar with our school community, as well as our policies and procedures that are basic for the smooth functioning of our school.

Our school staff is committed to building strong positive relationships with all our students, families and community members. We take great pride in providing a safe and secure learning environment, while offering a wide array of exciting and challenging academic programs and supportive school environment that builds student confidence and well being. Our entire staff is committed to establishing a school environment that allows our students to flourish and to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Together, as a community, we continue to provide all St. David Dragons with the best education possible! In order for this to happen, we feel it is important to have open, frequent communication between home and school. This website is one more way to communicate with you.
Thank you for visiting our school website and remember - visitors are always welcome to contact us for more information about our school! Stop in for a tour and meet the Dragons!

Dawn Wemigwans,

About St. David

St. David School opened in September 1944 at 350 Jean Street in "The Donovan".   At that time, it served "The Donovan" and "Little Britain" whose population was a microcosm of the Canadian mosaic. The population was comprised of Canadians of the following ethnic backgrounds: Croatian, Serbian, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Irish, French, Lithuanian and British. Today the multi-cultural flavour of the Donovan remains but the mix now includes First Nations  and Metis families.

The first principal of St. David School was Sister Corona of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The school housed both French and English students. The original building is the centre part of the school at the Jean Street location. In 1950, an addition was made to the school. The first floor, which today houses the administration offices, was added. Later on the gymnasium, change rooms and washrooms were added.

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is currently in the process of rebuilding a new St. David School in a different location in the Donovan.  The new school is scheduled to open September 2013.   At this point, community consultation has been scheduled for spring 2012 as well as a working committee has been struck.

Today the school has a student body that reflects the ethnic diversity of the community it serves. The geographic area St. David serves today has also been expanded to include the "Flour Mill" which is the centre of Sudbury's Francophone population. It is also interesting to note that over 40% of St. David School population is now comprised of First Nations children. Ojibwe as a Second Language is now offered as part of the curriculum to any students who opt for it – all are welcome.

St David offers a full range of exciting educational opportunities from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, including a balance of extra curricular opportunities, academic challenges and community supports.
John Roderguiz, former vice principal of St. David School and former Mayor of the Greater City of Sudbury, left a legacy of visual story telling on the walls of St. David.

If you stroll around the inside of St. David school, you will be struck by the colorful murals and portraits which tell the story of Canada from pre-Columbian to the present. These murals highlight major historical events which helped to shape Canada as we know it today. The portraits on the walls show the men and women who have made significant contributions to Canada's history. Each mural is titled and described in labels placed at eye-level beside it. The school has many murals and portraits on the wall.   Stop in and let our walls “talk” to you!

David's Peace Garden was created as a community project with staff, students, parents and various funding / volunteer partners.  Originally, trees were planted along the north and south boulevards of the current school, with a variety of northern species being utilized.

Following this effort, was the strategic placing of limestone benches around the schoolyard to take advantage of existing and developing shade areas. In addition to providing the students with a place to sit and rest, the benches provide students a place to admire nature. These benches were crafted from Manitoulin Island stone, containing the fossilized remains of many plants and animals indigenous to the locality in eons long past, and as such may be used by science classes as well.

Additionally, six large concrete planters have been installed in the schoolyard, filled with soil and planted with tulips to bloom in the spring and then an assortment of colourful annuals, perennials and vegetables. Many students from several grade levels assist with planting, weeding, watering, and maintenance of these planters, taking great pride in their work.

Many classrooms take advantage of our growing program and the students continue to plant seeds, nurturing them and watching them grow on classroom windowsills before transplanting them to the out-of-doors, a first time experience for most of our urban students. Some success was achieved when a display of Sweet Peas and Morning glory graced the chain link fencing in another area.

The Dearness Conservation Committee and school Green Team maintain their commitment to helping everyone discover the wonders and joys of the natural world around them as well as helping to build our understanding and appreciation for the environment that we all must share.

It is our hope that through the care and concern of dedicated partners we can continue along our course at our new school location.

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