St. Paul's Roman Catholic School Division was formally established in 1911 at the request of Catholic parents who desired that their children receive a Catholic faith-based education. From a modest beginning of 69 students in the basement of St. Paul's Church, the school division now encompasses over 17,000 students in seven high schools, 43 elementary schools, two associate schools, and a high school tutorial program.
Following school amalgamations in 2006, the school division grew to include Biggar, Humboldt and communities surrounding Saskatoon. Since that time, it has maintained its legal name of St. Paul's RCSSD # 20 and has also adopted a common name of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS).
Catholic school divisions were created in the cities of Martensville in 2010 and Warman in 2014. Each of these divisions then amalgamated with GSCS shortly after their formation.
Nicholas was born in the third century to wealthy parents who believed in God and taught Nicholas, their only child, to follow God too. Nicholas loved God from the time that he was a young child; he prayed, fasted, and went to Church regularly. When Nicholas was still young, his parents died, leaving him an orphan. His uncle, also named Nicholas, was a bishop, and he took care of his nephew and helped him to follow Jesus. Nicholas's parents had left him an inheritance when they died, and he used this money to help the poor whenever he could. He would give this money and other gifts in secret, because he did not want people to thank him but only to praise God for the gifts they had received. His uncle, the bishop, made Nicholas a priest, and then Nicholas became a bishop too. The younger Bishop Nicholas was very well loved by the people he served. Everyone knew how much he loved God, how very generous he was, and how many miracles were performed through him by God’s power. Nicholas became a saint long before the Church created a formal process for naming saints (canonization). His feast day is December 6, and Nicholas—the patron saint of children popularly known as Santa Claus—remains a beloved saint in the both Eastern and Western rites of the Church.