School first opened on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1968
St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School in King Township’s community of Schomberg celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Mass and Open House on Monday, May 14, 2018.
The Anniversary Mass was celebrated in the school’s gymnasium by the Most Reverend Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick and Father Paul Hancko of St. Patrick’s Parish. Following Mass, there were greetings from School Trustee, Elizabeth Crowe; Director of Education, Ab Falconi; Mayor Steve Pellegrini; MP Deb Schulte; and inaugural Principal, William Foran.
An Open House featuring student artwork and entertainment by the school’s students followed the mass. Visitors had an opportunity to tour the school and enjoyed light refreshments.
St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School officially opened its doors to students on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1968. Father Arthur McMahon helped to open the school, which was attended by school board members: Peter Van Dyk, Greg McGuire, Basil Hanley, Joseph Tully, and Walter Hasler. The school’s first Principal was Mr. Foran and staff included: Ms. McGoldrick, Ms. Miltenburg, Ms. Witteman, Ms. Smith, Mrs. Van Dyk, and Mme. De Bac.
When it opened, St. Patrick CES had five classrooms, a washroom, a staff lunch room, a general purpose room and an office. Since then, the school has undergone two additions and now includes 15 classrooms, a gymnasium, library and chapel. The school’s location has remained unchanged at 51 Western Avenue and serves over 330 students today. It also offers a Before and After School Program provided by Centered on Children Child Care.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to share in- and help build the many traditions of St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School. The support for students and staff, and the ongoing strengthening of bonds between the school, church and community has made St. Patrick a pillar in the Schomberg community. I am excited to see what the next 50 years will bring for our school,” said Tony Tata, school principal.
Congratulations, St. Patrick Schomberg!