It had been the cherished dream of past and present Pastors as well as the many parishioners of Star of the Sea Parish to create a parish school to ensure the Christian education for the children of the Parish.
In recognition of the cooperation, hard work and great sacrifices of the many people in the history of our Parish responsible for the fruition of the present school, the school library in Star of the Sea School is dedicated to Father Joseph Franks of happy memory, who did much of the ground work preparation for the present Parish school.
Star of the Sea School had its beginnings in September of 1981 when twenty children were enrolled into kindergarten and grade one in Star of the Sea Centre on Pacific Avenue. In September of 1978 ten acres were purchased for a school site on 24th Avenue in preparation for the development of the school.
A further five acres were purchased in 1984 to allow the timely expansion that would occur in the future. That same year architectural plans were drawn up and work began in the fall of 1984 on the construction of the present school.
The total cost of one million dollars was financed by parish savings, Project Advance and a Parish Appeal launched in June of 1985. Payment of the school was completed in the 88/89 school year.
In March 2001, construction of the Parish Recreation Centre began. It included a gymnasium and multi-purpose meeting area.
In January 2009, construction of the school enhancement project began. It included 8 classrooms, a new library/computer lab, a fine arts room and a new administration wing.
It is because of the dedication of parishioners and parents that worked tirelessly on so many fundraising activities that turned a dream into a reality. The school is indebted to the work of those who have gone before.
The dedication and official opening of Star of the Sea Catholic School took place on September 8, 1985, on our Lady’s Name Day by the Most Reverend Archbishop James F. Carney. The dedication and Offiical Blessing of the Parish Recreation Centre took place on October 19, 2001, by the Most Reverend Archbishop Adam Exner. The dedication and Official Blessing of the school enhancement project took place on March 9, 2010, by the Most Reverend Archbishop Michael Miller.
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