School Hours: 8:50 AM to 3:25 PM
Grade Distribution: JK to Grade 8
Student Enrollment: 244
About Our School
The school is named after St. Jude, a faithful servant, martyr and apostle of Jesus. St. Jude has traditionally become known as the “saint of lost causes”. His Feast Day is celebrated on October 28. St. Jude School is located in the Westmount area of London with single and some multi-housing. The school population is a blend of socio-economic backgrounds with some ESL students from various nations. The catchment area is south side of Commissioners Rd, West side of Wharncliffe Road; and Bugle Place / Stuvesant and north side of Southdale Road W.
The original building was built in 1964 and consisted of 6 classrooms. An addition of 6 classrooms, library, staff room & gymnasium was completed in 1968. The most recent addition, completed in August 2008, consists of 3 classrooms. The gym has a portable stage and lights and ample storage space. A computer lab is located in the spacious library facility. The lower primary wing, once an open concept, is now 5 separate, enclosed classrooms. A new playground was installed in 2008.
Living Our Faith
There is a strong relationship with the Parish Community and staff of St. John the Divine Church. The youth minister, pastor and any seminarian students assigned to the parish, visit the school regularly. Sacramental preparation and monthly masses are a focus of the faith community and partnership of school, home and church. St. Jude School has welcomed Co-Op students from Catholic Central and Fanshawe College, Child and Youth Care Worker Program for a number of years now. Guest speakers from the community are invited to speak to student and/or parent community on topics and current issues of interest. There is a very active Catholic School Council which works closely with the school providing input, resources and enrichment activities for students.
All students are within walking distance to school, hence there are no school buses. Many parents, however, choose to drive their child/children to and from school.
A Safe Schools Committee exists as part of the St. Jude Catholic School Council. A comprehensive safety plan including, Fire Drill, Evacuation, Lockdown, Search, Weather and Accident / Injury exists at the school. A minimum of two teachers, are certified in Emergency First Aid. A teacher supervision schedule is implemented according to the regulations. All visitors are required to sign in at the office and volunteers are required to wear a badge.