St. Edmund's School is the oldest Catholic School on the North Shore, having opened in 1911. At that time the school was run by the dedicated Sisters of the Child Jesus, along with lay teachers and support staff. Originally, the school had 57 students from grades one to twelve. Today, we have almost 200 students from Kindergarten to grade seven. Although the school is nearing its centennial, the mission of St. Edmund's has changed very little – we still focus on the importance of building a faith community.
Historic St EdmundsOur patron saint - Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury - was a model of devotion and academic achievement. When he was old enough to go to school he was sent to study at Oxford. When he was about 20 years old, he went to the University of Paris. Eventually, he taught at both his Alma Matter and Oxford University. While he was Archbishop of Canterbury he firmly defended the rights of Church and State against corruption. He was canonized in 1247 only 7 years after his death. At our own St. Edmund’s in North Vancouver we are establishing our own proud tradition of Catholic Education.
In the early days of our school, we were operated entirely by St. Edmund’s Parish. Today, school fees and partial funding from the Ministry of Education cover the school’s operating costs (although the parish is responsible for the school’s capital costs and provides a subsidy each year). St. Edmund's School is a member of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA) and is issued with Group 1 classification by the BC Office of Independent Schools. Our school follows the prescribed B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum with the addition of the Archdiocesan religion curriculum.
As a Catholic school we share in the mission of the Church and believe that Christ's teaching must be "lived" as well as "taught". Based on this belief, we strive to infuse our religious character into the daily life of the school.
Welcome to the St. Edmund’s Elementary School website – please feel free to explore what our school has to offer. We have approximately 200 students from Kindergarten to Grade 7, and are located in North Vancouver adjacent to St. Edmund’s church. Our school is a member of the Catholic Independent Schools and part of the Archdiocese of Vancouver – we are committed to Catholic principles and proud to be part of a faith community.
Please see the Final Newsletter for 2013-14 here.
The following events will be coming up when school begins. For a more complete agenda, please see the school calendar on the right.
- August 8 - A public Information Session will be at St. Edmund’s School Gym from 5 to 7:30 pm, regarding the McEvoy Park Project.
- August 27 - Girls Volleyball Clinic (Gr. 4-7) 9:30 am
- September 2nd - First day of school full uniform. Dismissal 10am
- September 3 - First full day of school
- September 12 Mass of Enrollment 9am
- September 16 - Meet the teacher 7pm
- September 19 - Back to School BBQ
- September 22 - No School Staff retreat
- September 26 - Grade 3 prayer service
- September 26 - Individual Photo day
- October 3 - Walkathon 12:30 Dismissal
Please also see the 2014-15 Year Overview.
At St. Edmund’s Elementary, we want to ensure that your child’s school experience is a happy one. We will be diligent in creating a Christ-centred environment that stimulates personal development, stresses academic achievement, and offers students a well-rounded extra-curricular program.
If you believe that what you see in our website would suit your son or daughter, then please contact us for more information. A promotional pamphlet for our school can be downloaded here, and you can also access an application form. We look forward to working with you in nurturing a love of faith and learning in your child.
The Catholic School shares in the mission of the Church to proclaim and build the Kingdom of God. As a faith community, we are committed to excellence in Catholicity and in all areas that promote the development of the whole child to his or her full potential. Our focus is to develop Christian leaders, responsible citizens and life-long learners.