Centennial history book now available

After Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, work began on a book to highlight some key points in the division's 100-year history, with the hope of providing readers with a deeper understanding of the struggles endured by the determined pioneers who established a Catholic school district in Saskatoon and then helped it survive through many turbulent episodes.

And so, Celebrating a Century of Faith and Learning: A History of Saskatoon's Catholic Schools 1911-2011, was born. As well as recounting the division's early years, it includes a look at each high school's history and also examines the evolving classroom - from chalkboards to smartboards.

This beautiful 240-page full-colour book features nearly 200 photos from the school division's past century. Copies are only $10 and are available from main reception at the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board office at 420 22nd Street East.

Year-long celebrations mark 100th anniversary

It was a year of celebrating, singing, praying, planting trees, sharing talents, discovering history – and more.

Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools marked its 100th anniversary. The division's first-ever day of school occurred on September 5, 1911, when three teachers and 69 students began the school year together in the basement of St. Paul's Church. One hundred years later, staff and students remembered that day with a liturgy and tree-planting at their schools.

The slogan for our anniversary was "Celebrating a Century of Faith and Learning."

Throughout the year, we've heard our centennial song – "Let's Celebrate!" – ring out at a variety of events. We are indebted to teacher Paul Bourgeois for writing it. Along with the tree-planting, other special events have included:

  • a speech by Bishop Murray Chatlain who reminded us to appreciate our Catholic schools, which are communities of forgiveness, of caring and of prayer;

  • division staff sharing their talents during a February performing arts showcase and at a visual arts showcase at the Centre Mall;

  • World Catholic Education Day, where schools presented 100 ways that staff and students have been reaching out to change the world;

  • Centennial Mass and 1911-style picnic for families at the Forestry Farm;

  • sealing of time capsules at each school.

"We are so proud of this milestone," said Diane Boyko, chair of the GSCS Board of Education. "Not only have we tried to remember our past, we have looked forward to our future – because we know families need and appreciate their right to choose Catholic schools."