News & Events
Mar 8, 2013
Ground Breaking Ceremony Great Success
March 8, 2013 Victoria, BC—Bishop Richard Gagnon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria is pleased to announce construction has started for the expansion of St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Saanich.
The Diocese did an extensive review of its Greater Victoria schools and created a long-term Catholic Schools Plan. The review was prompted by the need for seismic upgrades and other building improvements at all schools, as well as insufficient capacity for current and future enrolment.
Today’s Ground Breaking Ceremony celebrates the beginning of construction to amalgamate two Island Catholic elementary schools: St. Joseph’s and St. Andrew's. The student population from both schools will be accommodated at the expanded St. Joseph's school or St. Patrick's school.
The Ceremony was attended by Diocesan staff, co-principals Simon Di Castri and Keefer Pollard, children and teachers from both schools, student representatives from St. Andrew’s Regional High School, parents, representatives of the Sisters of St. Ann, who helped provide funding, as well as many others involved in the project.
“As the Catholic Schools Plan evolved, we formulated a vision that included amalgamating St. Andrew’s Elementarywith St. Joseph’s School. This vision has become a reality. With this amalgamation comes renewal. We will be doubling the size of St. Joseph’s to accommodate the amalgamation, and upgrading the current school to meet seismic standards,” said ICS Superintendent Joe Colistro in his opening remarks.
“We work towards a new future on this site; we thank the Lord for his many blessings and we ask for his continued blessings on this project. This marks a big step forward in “building strong foundations for a bright future,” said Bishop Gagnon in his remarks earlier today.
Catholic schools follow the curriculum established by the BC Ministry of Education, within a Christian context, plus a full range of electives in fine arts, sports, technology and more. “Catholic schools help students excel by providing exceptional learning opportunities that stimulate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and Christian teachings and values,” said Bishop Gagnon.
For more information contact Connie Dunwoody at (250) 514-0822 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.