School Hours: 9:10 AM to 3:45 PM
Grade Distribution: JK to Grade 8
Student Enrolment: 425
About Our School
Jean Vanier Catholic School welcomes over 425 Catholic elementary students in the Westmount community of southwest London, Ontario. We are privileged to be part of St. John the Divine and St. George Catholic parishes. We are a community of learners who are dedicated to nurturing excellence in education with a faith that is rooted in the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Jean Vanier Catholic School was named by a unanimous vote of the London and Middlesex County Roman Catholic School Board on November 15, 1971. The original school was completed in 1973 and opened that year with eight classrooms, a library, administrative offices, a general-purpose room and a kindergarten. The official blessing and dedication of the building took place on December 14, 1975 and was officiated by Most Rev. J.M. Sherlock, Bishop of London.
The school is situated on a 2.6 hectare (6.35 acre) site and occupies 2775 square meters (29, 860 square feet) of space. In the 1974-1975 school year an addition was added comprised of four classrooms, a kindergarten room and a multipurpose music room. In 1985, a further addition of a Developmental Education Centre was added to accommodate a system program for Special Needs students. A renovation and construction project to modify and update the school was completed in January 2008. This project resulted in a beautiful new library/resource center and added space for six new classrooms within the building. The Ontario Early Years Centre and London Children’s Connection is located within the building and provides wonderful supports for families within the community.
The school features 20 classrooms, a gymnasium, a newly renovated library and computer lab. Two outdoor play and sports fields provide space for fun and sports.
Living Our Faith
The staff and students at Jean Vanier Catholic School have many opportunities to pray and demonstrate their Catholic faith. These include school-wide and classroom liturgies, the celebration of the Sacraments of first Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Our Student Parliament provides outstanding leadership to nurture and support opportunities for the children to raise funds for charities. Our particular focus on fundraising within this academic year will support the following charities: Canadian Charity for Southern Sudan, L’Arche London, Terry Fox Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Jesse’s Journey Foundation.
Students attending Jean Vanier Catholic School who live East of Wonderland Road, North of Commissioners Road and West of Farmington Way are transported to and from school by school bus. Currently we operate five buses.
The safety and well being of all members of the Jean Vanier Catholic School community is of paramount importance. We implement a Safe Arrivals Procedure for school attendance. The Safe and Healthy Schools Committee guides all of our safety initiatives.