St. Gregory Catholic School educates approximately 700 students per year in classes ranging from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8. We have an amazing staff and administration who goes beyond the classroom daily to recognize that it is the whole child whom we are educating. Each child is unique and brings his/her own special gifts, abilities and interests as well as his/her specific needs and style of learning. Our school is formed by Catholic beliefs, traditions and teachings.
METHODS AND APPROACHES
We begin with a strong focus on the core curriculum with much adjustment for individual needs. Teachers used varied approaches and teaching strategies to reach the different learning styles: teacher directed lessons, group project and individual work, and much use of manipulatives. More specific needs are addressed through individualization of instruction or modification of work expectations, modified homework assignments, assistance interpreting and writing tests. Teachers in the primary grades use a four-block approach to teach reading and writing. The blocks include writing, word study, guided reading and independent reading.
Many modifications result from ongoing colleague consultations as well as more formal program review by our school-based support team. Where necessary more specialized needs may involve programming with our special education staff, guidance teacher or regional child development personnel.
Extended French is offered to students for grades 5 to 8.
Special theme days such as 100th day celebration (grade 1), olympic day, winter carnival, program related excursions serve to extend and reinforce learning.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of artistic experiences beyond the classroom by attending theatrical presentations both in the school and the community. They include plays, musical presentations and storytellers whose themes complement or are a continuation of the programs. As well, to enhance the Science and Technology curriculum, we bring in outside educators such asSCIENTIST IN THE SCHOOL who present the various grade levels with age-appropriate hands-on science experiments.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
There are a large variety of senior and junior school athletic teams. There is a student councildrawn from grade 7 and 8. Its major function is to promote school spirit through sponsoring activities as well as suggesting school directions and sharing input on student related issues. Students participate in community events such as non-perishable food drives or community service projects.
Our code of behaviour focuses on developing respect and concern for people and property, be it oneself or others. Staff and students seek to express this respect and concern in all we do and say. Our code emphasizes consequences that promote conflict resolution and dialogue with students, staff and parents with the primary intent to develop self discipline. We strive to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment.
We try to infuse all we do with a faith dimension. Our life and faith is a gift to be shared for the good of others. Careful attention is paid to the liturgical year with many opportunities to celebrate the church seasons both in the church and school celebrations. Pertinent prayers or reflections are often an integral part of the morning announcements especially during Advent and Lent.