Ascension Of Our Lord Secondary School opened to students in 1977 as a middle school. When Fr. Nolan, pastor at Our Lady of the Airways Paris, asked the Sisters of Notre Dame in Montreal to staff the school they obliged; hence, five Sisters assisted at the school and at the board office between 1978 and 1983.
Ascension was expanded, largely because the board received new funding after the province decided in 1984 to fully fund Catholic secondary schools. The school added grade 11the first year and grade 12 and grade 13 in the following years. In 2005, the building was demolished and a state-of-the-art building opened in January of 2006 on a new site, across the field. The school was able to offer students greater course selection and, as a result, greater opportunities. Ascension celebrates its diversity and embraces its family-like atmosphere, which is possible with a population of 850 students.
Ascension has had strong parish ties. Food drives are held throughout the year to help the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of the Airways. It does fundraising to support Share Life ministries. In 1998, Ascension’s students and staff put on a talent show to celebrate Our Lady of the Airways church fiftieth anniversary. The school’s logo, a stylized drawing of Jesus ascending to heaven as three disciples watch, represents themes of community, growth, spirit and celebration and the triumph of Christ. The logo was designed by an Ascension teacher to commemorate the opening of the new building. At the heart of ascension is a beautifully designed chapel and the focal point of the chapel is a massive 8 foot by 15 foot stained glass image depicting the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. It was designed by Ascension’s Communication Technology teacher and was constructed by the school’s principal (Herman Viloria) and a team of staff members. The face of Christ is arranged in various colours to symbolize the diversity in the community and that, through the great mystery of the incarnation, we are all the human face of Jesus Christ.