Faith and Excellence in Catholic Education
Catholic Education in the Alberni Valley
We are committed to sharing the values Jesus modelled. Learn more about us.
This year’s school theme: “Seeking truth, healing and reconciliation."
To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6.8
Together we are making a difference for children in the Port Alberni Valley.
We are the youngest of the 5 Island Catholic schools. We opened in September 2005 with a population of 37 students in grades K – 7. We had 3 classrooms with 4.24 teachers. We have grown to 5 divisions, 110 students, and a teaching staff of 7 and support staff of 6. There is a wonderful, happy spirit between staff, students, and parents. St. JPII is a special place to learn and grow.
Parishioners, volunteers, the Knights of Columbus (Alberni and Parksville/Qualicum), the CWL (Alberni and Parksville/Qualicum), our sister schools, the Diocese of Victoria, the Parent Support Group, and the Local School Council, all contribute to the success of St. JPII. Many of these people continue to give and to share on a regular basis to assure the continuance of Catholic education in Port Alberni. Their efforts and generosity are most appreciated.
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Safety is an important aspect of St. JPII. There is staff supervision of students before and after school. A classroom teacher supervises the children outside for their 15 minute recess in the morning and two educational assistants supervise the students during their noon hour play outside between 12:00 and 12:40 p.m. There are two people on duty wearing a reflective vest and carries a knapsack containing a first aid kit, walk-talkie, and other essentials. Extra curricular activities that are held during the noon hour are supervised by teaching staff and parent volunteers.
Our school building is equipped with a PA system in the classrooms, hallways, washrooms, and extra rooms such as the library and gymnasium. This speaker/microphone system enable messages to be sent throughout the school for information and/or emergencies. There are phones in every room. We have video recording cameras in the school and we have policies in place for utmost security. Everyone working in our school has a current criminal record check.
Fire drills, earthquake drills, and internal lock downs are practiced and rehearsed regularly. Emergency kits and comfort bags are kept in each classroom. Also, we have earthquake kits stored in a secure location outside our school building. Several staff members have first aid certificates.
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