Our School is Named after St. Anne
Scripture does not tell us anything about the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition tells us that their names were Joachim and Anne. The name Anne means "grace", while Joachim means "the Lord will judge". Tradition also says that Joachim and Anne took their daughter to the Temple in Jerusalem when she was very young. They understood that Mary was a very special child, so they dedicated her to God.
We do know that Joachim and Anne have been honoured in the church from early Christian times. By looking at Mary, their child, we can figure out several things about them. They must have set the example that Mary followed to become the loving, gentle, faith-filled, courageous woman she was- the perfect woman to bear and raise the Son of God.
Whether or not Joachim and Anne are the real names of Mary's parents, the couple were holy. Heroic ones who faithfully prepared for the coming of the Messiah.
Because Joachim and Anne were the grandparents of Jesus, they are the patrons of grandparents.
History of Our School
St. Anne Catholic School is one of the newest schools in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. It opened in January of 1993. It has the capacity of 15 classrooms. It also houses Growing Together Daycare.
Presently there are 15 classrooms from JK – 8. Importantly starting in September 2014 we will be part of the FDK program and all of our JK/SK classes will be full days every day.
It is a dual-track school with both French Immersion and English classrooms.
Philosophy of the School
St. Anne's is a Grade JK to Grade 8 School directed by the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. Finding God in all things, educators at St. Anne's are nurturers of life and joyful messengers of hope and love; bringing to those whom they are sent the promise of Jesus:
"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10)
The school community provides a stimulating and supportive environment, challenging students to develop to their greatest potential, with special care for those deprived in any way. All educational programs and activities emphasize the formation of the whole person; that is, intellectual, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development. Educating for responsible citizenship and working for peace that does justice are core foundation principles.
The Christian education of youth is a privileged opportunity to form apostles for the marketplace; enabling persons to experience Jesus, and directing their gifts towards the service of others, for the transformation of society and the building of the Kingdom.