Our School

Exterior of Father Fénelon school

At Father Fénelon Catholic School, we are called to celebrate and nurture the God-given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ. We recognize our call to love and serve from our Master teacher Jesus Christ, and we are committed to creating a Catholic learning community under the protection of Mother Mary.

The Catholic Graduate Expectations are our foundation as we strive for academic excellence and the acknowledgement of those who achieve it. We recognize God as the source of all life and actively work to focus on social issues within our local and global communities.

We celebrate the diversity within our community with a collaborative approach to learning, in cooperation with parents, the Catholic faith community, and other organizations that recognize the value of our mission. Within the context of Catholic teaching and Sacramental living, our school community strives to demonstrate respect and reverence for all life, thus nurturing a safe, Christian environment for the entire school community.

2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar

Our Board's 2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar is now available. Please subscribe to our school calendar webpage to receive the latest updates and emails on upcoming events and activities happening at school.

Child Care services

We are pleased to partner with the YMCA to provide before and after school care at Father Fénelon Catholic School. Call our child care partner at 289-923-1687 to learn more about our services.

School hours

Our school hours are as follows:

9:00 a.m. - Entrance Bell
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch
3:30 - Dismissal

History of the School

In September 2013, Father Fénelon Catholic School opened its doors as a new school community welcoming members of the former communities of Holy Redeemer Catholic School and Our Lady of the Bay Catholic School. 

Fact Facts

Num. of Classrooms: 18
Rated Capacity: 409
Child Care: Yes
Community Facilities: No
Parish: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Our Mission Statement

With Jesus Christ as our inspiration, we come together to create an inclusive learning environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development of our Catholic Learning Community.

School colours

Our school colours are orange and black.

Patron Saint

Father Fénelon Catholic School named after an educator who gave up a life of wealth and comfort to become a priest and missionary.

The Durham Catholic District School Board recently approved the consolidation of Holy Redeemer and Our Lady of the Bay Catholic Schools. Following that, a community consultation process involving staff, students, families and the Naming of Schools Committee took place, and the name Father Fénelon Catholic School was chosen for the school, effective this September.

Father Fénelon is marked in the board's history as the first educator to set foot in the Greater Toronto Area, and is credited with establishing the first Catholic school in Ontario on the shores of what is now known as Frenchman's Bay. 

School prayer

God our Father, keep us safe at Father Fénelon Catholic School. Guide our hands, feet and voices as we use our special gifts to follow your Son, Jesus. Let us make our school a peaceful place, where everyone is welcome, and friendship and knowledge grow. May we continue in the footsteps of Father Fénelon as faithful servants of Jesus and good examples to others. Father Fénelon, Pray for Us

Philosophy

As Catholic educators, we live according to our Father's code and to lead our students, by example, to live the basic truths of the gospel message. This is an awesome, yet inspiring challenge which we share with the parents of our young men and women.

Children learn what they live. Each day we have the opportunity to teach our students:

  • to love by the way we love;
  • to be generous by our generosity;
  • to be passionate by our compassion; and
  • to be forgiving by the way we forgive.

However, a person cannot give what he or she does not have. Unless we are living the Gospel message, we cannot lead our students to do so.

There are many hallmarks of a Catholic educator, including:

  • Prayer - The challenges of our vocation, and indeed life in general, are great. To meet them we need to follow Christ's advice that we "ask the father in My name". Each Catholic educator has a duty to expose students to his or her particular style of prayer in order to assist students to recognize the value of prayer in daily life.
  • Eucharist - Parish, school, and staff liturgies provide opportunities to celebrate our faith. Our example can testify to the Eucharist as a joyful source of strength and community building.
  • Social Justice - This is the heart of the Christian message, that we "love one another as I have loved you". As our brother's and sister's keepers, we must be concerned about the aged, the poor, the oppressed, and any other marginalized group - both at home and abroad.

Links

Below are links to resources to help you achieve success while at Father Fénelon Catholic School.

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns.

Principal: Mike O'Neill
Vice-Principal: Melissa Vickery
795 Eyer Drive
Pickering, ON  L1W 2K2
Phone: (905) 839-5409
Fax: (905) 420-9906

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