AT ST. JOACHIM CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School opened for the school year 1990-1991 in Ancaster. While awaiting the construction of the new building, the students were housed in three schools, Canadian Martyrs’, St. Ann, and Father Loftus Senior. The original student body of St. Joachim came from the Father Loftus and St. Ann catchment areas. The construction of St. Joachim was completed in February 1991 with approximately 535 students. His Excellency Bishop Anthony F. Tonnos officially blessed the opening of St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School. The name of the school was selected to honour St. Joachim, devoted husband of Anne, father of our Blessed Mother, Mary, and grandfather to our Lord, Jesus, who has shown us the need for religion as the foundation for a happy family. A quilt depicting Mary leaving her parents, St. Joachim and St. Ann and entering a temple where she would receive her education, proudly greets all who enter the front doors of the school.
The nurturing of a vibrant Catholic environment is clearly evident at St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School. The school community is blessed to have a very close relationship with its Church community and be part of St. Ann Parish in Ancaster, located on Wilson Street. St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School community is dedicated to the goal of “Working Together” by having a strong home, school, and parish partnership. The St. Joachim’s Children’s Centre is attached to the school and works well in cooperation with the school to serve the community. This supportive partnership has provided the school with a strong academic and extracurricular programs and an active parent, staff and student body.
Today, St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School continues to thrive, maintaining positive partnerships with the parish and parent community. The St. Joachim Children’s centre continues to flourish. An active Catholic School Council and dedicated staff members working together to maintain high standards and numerous extracurricular activities. The current population of the school is at approximately 410 students, and a staff of about 45. Cooperatively, home, school and parish work to nurture in our students a caring for all forms of life, a love of learning and a strong value system based on our Catholic Faith. All staff members are committed to modelling and teaching our Catholic faith and in developing the whole child. We are dedicated to providing our students with a learning environment that is nurturing, challenging and an extension of the Catholic values that parents instill at home.
At St. Joachim School, we will continue to strive to bring out the best in all our students through living our school motto: "Heart to hand...through Christ...we belong". St. Joachim Catholic School is a warm, caring, Christ-centred place to learn and always striving toward excellence in the Catholic education of our students. We are proud to celebrate and educate the whole child spiritually, academically, emotionally, physically and socially.