After community consultation, surveying parents, and learning about the life of St. Teresa of Calcutta and the process for her canonization, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools’ Board of Education has endorsed changing the name of Mother Teresa School to École St. Mother Teresa School.
In 2014, the school became a dual-stream French immersion school (offering both English and French-immersion instruction). In September 2016, the school’s namesake was canonized and officially recognized as a saint.
Both events sparked conversations about what to do with the schools name. The school community was unanimous that École (French for school) should be added, but evenly split on whether to add Saint or not.
On June 10, members of the school community joined principal Guy Werbicki to present to the board. After careful consideration and discussion, the board endorsed the name change on June 24. Trustees agreed that adding École was necessary to reflect the French-immersion instruction. They also stated that the Catholic church offers no greater honour than to bestow the title of Saint on its members, and is therefore fitting that the school name reflect that honour, and the virtuous life of St. Teresa, to inspire future generations.
St. Teresa’s feast day is September 5.