School Hours: 8:55 AM to 3:30 PM
Grade Distribution: Grade 5-Grade 8
Student Enrolment: 237
About Our School
St. Mary School is the home of the Choir and Orchestra Program for the London District Catholic School Board. The school draws children from across the District and our students enter at the Grade 5 level, remaining at St. Mary School until the end of their Grade 8 year. The Choir and Orchestra Program was established in 1967 and was originally housed at St. Peter School, beside St. Peter's Cathedral, in downtown London. St. Mary is very proud to continue on with the original mandate of the program: to train students to be active members of their Catholic parishes throughout our District, serving leaders in Music Ministry. Our program is accessible to all students of our School District entering Grade 5, based on their ability to demonstrate an aptitude in Vocal music and their strengths in academics and learning skills.
The curriculum offers core subjects in keeping with the Ontario Curriculum. The Vocal and String program are the focus of the music curriculum throughout the four years that a student attends St. Mary School. The school provides a wide variety of opportunities for performance at all grade levels, including concerts, string ensembles, music festivals, stage productions, workshops with guest artists, and community outreach. Students also take part in school liturgies within our school and in many of our Diocesan parishes. Our goal each day is to support one another in the welcoming environment of a Catholic school community and to improve learning, with a focus on the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations in all that we do.
Our school provides learning space for all areas of curriculum, including separate classrooms for the study of Vocal music, String music, Science and Visual Arts. Our gymnasium is well-equipped for a full Physical Education, Drama and Dance program for all students and the stage is fitted with appropriate lighting and sound. String instruments are purchased and maintained through the fundraising efforts of the parent community.
Living Our Faith
St. Mary School has a proud history of community involvement with many of our "out-reach" programs that assist others. Our school believes in giving our time and musical gifts back to the community. Our choirs perform at retirement facilities and hospitals. All of our classes are also committed to supporting community charities that include St. Vincent de Paul, Right to Life, Terry Fox and Jesse's Journey. We also provide annual funding for the Holy Childhood Association, assisting children in need around the world. Our students know and understand the meaning of the motto "Children Helping Children".
Our St. Mary School choirs lead the music at many Parish Masses throughout our Diocese on many Sundays throughout the school year. As part of our school mandate, we are dedicated to the training of our students in liturgical music in order that they might become contributing members of their own parishes as choristers, cantors, conductors and musicians in the years to come. Our message to one another each day is to be Christ for others and to look for Christ in everyone we meet.
All students within the city of London either car-pool or use city transit. All county students are provided with school bus transportation to and from St. Mary School.