Holy Name of Mary Catholic School was officially opened on October 15, 1962. The original school consisted of three classrooms and accommodated students in Grade 1 to Grade 8. In 1968, a fourth classroom and a gymnasium were added to the school. A kindergarten class became part of the school in 1971. A library was constructed between 1985 and 1986. In the summer of 1994, a four classroom addition to the school was completed. The school currently has five classrooms which range from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. A classroom is currently being used for French as a Second Language instruction. There is also a fully functional computer lab in the school.
Many of the families that attend Holy Name of Mary are descended from the original settlers of Marysville. New families have been moving into the area over the past several years. Parents and grandparents actively participate in events at the school by volunteering their time. There are always several volunteers to assist with the events such as the Christmas Dinner.
Change is a part of our daily lives, especially in our dynamic Catholic educational system. At Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, we respect our traditions and yet we recognize the importance of keeping up to an ever changing global community. In the classrooms, our teachers are dedicated to implementing the curriculum using innovative instructional techniques and resources. Computer technology is used to support and enhance the learning of the students.
The students have been involved in many social justice projects. This year our school wide focus is to assist the Ladybug Foundation. Every month there is a Terrific Kids assembly hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Picton. Our students also participate in the Random Acts of Kindness week. The junior and senior students participate in the annual public speaking contest. The students will have an opportunity to showcase their talents at our spring talent show.
Father Dale Wright is an active member of the school community, visiting the school and holding monthly Masses for the children. The students take a leadership role in the Masses through their participation as readers, gift bearers and members of the choir. Father Dale and the teachers take an active role in preparing the students for the celebration of the Sacraments. The Grade Two students will receive the Sacrament of First Communion while the Grade Seven students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The sense of community at Holy Name of Mary Catholic School becomes readily apparent when one visits the school or attends a special event. The family ties and friendships that exist in this rural community create a positive feeling of belonging.