Our School

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At St. Josephine Bakhita 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 P.R.Y.D.E. Learning Centre to provide before and after school care at St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School. Call our child care partner at 905-626-7880 to learn more about our services.

School hours

Our school hours are as follows:

8:40 a.m. - School begins
10:05 - 10:20 a.m. - Morning recess
11:25 a.m. - 12:25 a.m. - Lunch
1:50 - 2:05 p.m. - Afternoon recess
3:10 p.m. - Dismissal

Patron Saint

Our patron saint is St. Josephine Bakhita. Josephine was born in Sudan in 1869, she knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery. She bloomed in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta," which means "Our Black Mother." Josephine Bakhita was beatified on May 17, 1992, and canonized on October 1, 2000. Pope Benedict XVI has referred to St. Josephine Bakhita as a "model of hope for the twenty - first century".

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 St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School.

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns.

Principal: Mariah O'Reilly
51 Williamson Drive East,
Ajax, ON  L1T 0B4
Phone: 905-686-5324
Fax: 905-686-2430

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