May 18, 2011
For Immediate Release
St. John Fisher school celebrates 50 years of excellence in Catholic education
On Friday, May 27, 2011, St. John Fisher Catholic Elementary School will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
St. John Fisher was the first Catholic school in the Bramalea area of the former Chinguacousy Township.
To commemorate this significant event, the school will be hosting an evening of celebration that includes a Mass at neighbouring St. John Fisher Parish, celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop John Boissonneau and Father Alfred Grima, followed by an open house and refreshments at the school. Inspired by the school’s motto, Learning in God’s Light, the school will be decorated by its students. The St. John Fisher school Glee Club will also perform, and a commemorative photo and video exhibit will be on display.
Former students, staff and community members are welcome to attend, share in the festivities, look back on 50 years in the Bramalea community, and look ahead with hope and anticipation for the future.
WHAT: St. John Fisher Catholic Elementary School’s 50th Anniversary
WHEN: Friday, May 27, 2011
WHERE: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mass at St. John Fisher Parish, 300 Balmoral Drive, Brampton
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Open house at St. John Fisher School, 330 Balmoral Drive, Brampton
The school first opened its doors in 1961 to 90 students, at a nearby recreation centre property on Avondale Blvd. Students and staff were housed in rented portables and the wing of a factory. To meet the increased demand for a Catholic school and church in booming Bramalea, the Catholic board, along with the Archdiocese of Toronto, purchased land to build St. John Fisher school and church, on Balmoral Drive. When the new school building was opened in 1962, it consisted of four classrooms and an office.
Today, St. John Fisher school continues to be a cornerstone of Catholic education in Bramalea and is also home to the St. John Fisher Neighbourhood Learning Place, which delivers early childhood programming to the surrounding community, through community partnerships.
St. John Fisher Catholic Elementary School is proud of its tradition of excellence in Catholic education and has a current enrolment of 463 students. It is a member of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, which is one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Ontario.
Media Contact: Paul Gastaldin, Principal, St. John Fisher Catholic Elementary School
Julia Seeratan, Communications Officer
(905) 890-0708 ext. 24278