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1 10/10/2014Sacred Heart School 1949-20091 Sacred Heart School 1949-2013 A look at our history through the years

2 1937-1949 Fr. John Gilhooley, OMI, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Prince George, dreamed of having a Catholic school. A fund began and by 1945, $5,000 was saved. Fr. John Gilhooley, OMI, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Prince George, dreamed of having a Catholic school. A fund began and by 1945, $5,000 was saved. Encouraged by these endeavors, Bishop Anthony Jordan approached the Sisters of St. Ann to ask if they would come and teach and they willingly agreed. They immediately drew up plans for a convent and school. Encouraged by these endeavors, Bishop Anthony Jordan approached the Sisters of St. Ann to ask if they would come and teach and they willingly agreed. They immediately drew up plans for a convent and school.

3 Spring 1949 Fr. A. MacDonald purchased 10 lots adjacent to the Rectory and Church. Bishop Jordan also contacted the English Oblate Brothers in Montreal and asked their help in the construction. Fr. A. MacDonald purchased 10 lots adjacent to the Rectory and Church. Bishop Jordan also contacted the English Oblate Brothers in Montreal and asked their help in the construction. Brothers Morvan, St. Jacques and Morier arrived and construction began under the supervision of Fr. MacDonald. Brothers Morvan, St. Jacques and Morier arrived and construction began under the supervision of Fr. MacDonald.

4 Oblate Brothers who built the school Br. Edgar Morvan, Bishop Anthony Jordan OMI, Br. Auriele St. Jacques and Br. Raymond Mourier

5 Summer 1949 Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Mary Germaine des Anges, Sister Mary Bridget and Sister Mary Marlena arrived to start foundation work for the school. As neither the school or the convent were finished when they arrived, the Sisters stayed with a parishioner Mrs. A. Van Dyk. Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Mary Germaine des Anges, Sister Mary Bridget and Sister Mary Marlena arrived to start foundation work for the school. As neither the school or the convent were finished when they arrived, the Sisters stayed with a parishioner Mrs. A. Van Dyk.

6 July 28, 1949 Sisters Mary Germaine Des Anges Villemaire, SSA and Mary Eunice Dwan, SSA, pitch in with painting. Sisters Mary Germaine Des Anges Villemaire, SSA and Mary Eunice Dwan, SSA, pitch in with painting.

7 September 6, 1949 The school year commenced in temporary quarters as the school building was not ready. Grades 1 and 2 were taught in the Church basement (22 students) and Grade 3 and 4 were taught in the choir loft ( 20 students). They used tables and benches until the desks had arrived. The school year commenced in temporary quarters as the school building was not ready. Grades 1 and 2 were taught in the Church basement (22 students) and Grade 3 and 4 were taught in the choir loft ( 20 students). They used tables and benches until the desks had arrived.

8 October 6, 1949 The Sisters’ sleeping accommodations were ready and they moved in, however, only with beds, coverings and other possessions. There was no furniture or drapes so they hung blankets for privacy and used boxes for chairs and a plank for a table. The Sisters’ sleeping accommodations were ready and they moved in, however, only with beds, coverings and other possessions. There was no furniture or drapes so they hung blankets for privacy and used boxes for chairs and a plank for a table.

9 October 28, 1949 Classes moved into the school. Classes moved into the school. Fund raising was on-going. The Sisters took in boarders and gave music lessons. Parents, students, the CWL and Home and School Association contributed with funds from various projects. Fund raising was on-going. The Sisters took in boarders and gave music lessons. Parents, students, the CWL and Home and School Association contributed with funds from various projects.

10 October 30, 1949 Founding Sisters: Sr. Mary Germaine Des Villemarie SSA, Sr.Mary Eunice Dwan SSA, Sr. Mary Bridget Keane SSA, and Sr. Mary Marlena Frenette SSA with Fr. Anthony MacDonald OMI

11 October 30, 1949 School Blessing Sr. Mary Bridget Keane, SSA and Sr. Mary Marlena Frenette SSA with Fr. Anthony MacDonald OMI in the doorway.

12 January 1, 1950 The temperature hit 56 below, the coldest day in 30 years. Sr. Mary Bridget Keane got up at 4:30 am to start the coal furnace. It was so cold some mornings she had to break ice in the pitcher to wash her face. The others arose at 4:50 am for prayers, meditations and mass. The temperature hit 56 below, the coldest day in 30 years. Sr. Mary Bridget Keane got up at 4:30 am to start the coal furnace. It was so cold some mornings she had to break ice in the pitcher to wash her face. The others arose at 4:50 am for prayers, meditations and mass.

13 October 30, 1949 Sacred Heart School blessed by Bishop Anthony Jordan, OMI. Sacred Heart School blessed by Bishop Anthony Jordan, OMI.

14 May 28, 1950 First Annual May Procession in Honour of Our Lady held with 61 children participating. First Annual May Procession in Honour of Our Lady held with 61 children participating. Photo taken during May Procession in May 18, 2007 Photo taken during May Procession in May 18, 2007

15 June 15, 1950 First meeting of the Home and School Association. First meeting of the Home and School Association. In September, Sacred Heart School opened with the addition of Grades 5 and 6 classes. There were 105 students registered. In September, Sacred Heart School opened with the addition of Grades 5 and 6 classes. There were 105 students registered.

16 October 22, 1950 First Annual Rosary Procession held. First Annual Rosary Procession held.

17 December, 1950 First Annual Christmas concert held, despite an epidemic of the mumps! First Annual Christmas concert held, despite an epidemic of the mumps!

18 January 3, 1951 Bishop Jordan consecrated and celebrated the first mass in the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Bishop Jordan consecrated and celebrated the first mass in the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel.

19 September 1951 Sacred Heart School added a Grade 7 class. Sacred Heart School added a Grade 7 class. September, 1952 September, 1952 Sacred Heart School added Grade 8 class. At that time 160 students were registered. Sacred Heart School added Grade 8 class. At that time 160 students were registered.

20 Sacred Heart School 1951-1952

21 September 1953 Sacred Heart School opened with 172 students registered and the school was beginning for get too small. Sacred Heart School opened with 172 students registered and the school was beginning for get too small. June 1954. Original Grade 4 students graduated from Grade 8. There was no option but to go on to public high school. June 1954. Original Grade 4 students graduated from Grade 8. There was no option but to go on to public high school.

22 1955 The cafeteria was converted to a classroom for Grades 1 and 2. The cafeteria was converted to a classroom for Grades 1 and 2. In 1956, plans were drawn up to construct the Auditorium, incorporating 3 high school classrooms in the basement. In 1956, plans were drawn up to construct the Auditorium, incorporating 3 high school classrooms in the basement.

23 1957 Due to increased registration, Grade 1 and 2 were discontinued and Grades 7 and 8 moved to the basement of the newly constructed parish hall (auditorium). Due to increased registration, Grade 1 and 2 were discontinued and Grades 7 and 8 moved to the basement of the newly constructed parish hall (auditorium). October 6, 1957 Auditorium is blessed by Bishop O’Grady, OMI. October 6, 1957 Auditorium is blessed by Bishop O’Grady, OMI.

24 1958 School opened for Grades 4 to 7 with an enrolment of 139 students. School opened for Grades 4 to 7 with an enrolment of 139 students. Tom Taylor is the first Frontier Apostle for Sacred Heart School. He comes to teach the Grade 8 class. Tom Taylor is the first Frontier Apostle for Sacred Heart School. He comes to teach the Grade 8 class.

25 1960 Students of Sacred Heart School started to fundraise for something special for the new cathedral that was going to be built. Students sold hundreds of World’s Finest chocolate bars. Students of Sacred Heart School started to fundraise for something special for the new cathedral that was going to be built. Students sold hundreds of World’s Finest chocolate bars.

26 September 31, 1960 The students had raised a total of $600.00 to help pay for the new 8’ foot corpus for the new church. It was made of a light wood and hand carved from Italy. The students had raised a total of $600.00 to help pay for the new 8’ foot corpus for the new church. It was made of a light wood and hand carved from Italy.

27 1962 School opened from Grades 1 to 8. Grades 9 to 11 move to St. Mary’s School. School opened from Grades 1 to 8. Grades 9 to 11 move to St. Mary’s School. 1962-1965 1962-1965 Student registration increased from 230 to 279 students. Student registration increased from 230 to 279 students.

28 1968 With the reduction of women entering the religious orders in the 1960s, the Sisters of St. Ann regretfully announced that they would be leaving as of the end of the school year in 1969. With the reduction of women entering the religious orders in the 1960s, the Sisters of St. Ann regretfully announced that they would be leaving as of the end of the school year in 1969. During their 20 year period of administration the school grew from 47 to 290 students. 3, 389 students passed through their loving and capable hands. During their 20 year period of administration the school grew from 47 to 290 students. 3, 389 students passed through their loving and capable hands.

29 September 1968 The Presentation Brothers graciously take over the operation of the school. The Presentation Brothers graciously take over the operation of the school. Brother Mark Fitzpatrick is the new principal. Brother Mark Fitzpatrick is the new principal. The brothers reside at the hostels at Prince George College until the Sisters of St. Ann moved from the convent in the summer of 1969. The brothers reside at the hostels at Prince George College until the Sisters of St. Ann moved from the convent in the summer of 1969.

30 1968-69 Grade 3 Mrs. Fowlie and Ms.Valerie Delahunty

31 October 1968 School Council is formed. School Council is formed. Photo taken of Sacred Heart School parents in 2009. Photo taken of Sacred Heart School parents in 2009.

32 August 1969 The Presentation Brothers take up residence at Sacred Heart School. Brother Mark Fitzpatrick, Brother Leopold Prud’homme and Brother Neri O’Sullivan start preparing for the operating of the school. The Presentation Brothers take up residence at Sacred Heart School. Brother Mark Fitzpatrick, Brother Leopold Prud’homme and Brother Neri O’Sullivan start preparing for the operating of the school.

33 September 1972 Brother Leopold O’Mahoney takes over as Principal of Sacred Heart School. Brother Leopold O’Mahoney takes over as Principal of Sacred Heart School.

34 1975 Brother Ivan Verba arrives in the Diocese of Prince George and serves a total of 18 years. Brother Ivan Verba arrives in the Diocese of Prince George and serves a total of 18 years.

35 1976-1977 Grade 4 Mr. Harry Holwell

36 1977 Brother Peter Shymko arrives in the Diocese of Prince George and stays until 1984, when he is transferred to Toronto. Brother Peter Shymko arrives in the Diocese of Prince George and stays until 1984, when he is transferred to Toronto.

37 1983 Brother Ivan Verba takes over as Principal. He will serve in this position until 1992. Brother Ivan Verba takes over as Principal. He will serve in this position until 1992. In 1985, Brother Joseph Wichrowski arrives to take up teaching duties. In 1985, Brother Joseph Wichrowski arrives to take up teaching duties.

38 1987-1988 Grade 3 Mrs. Lillian Fowlie

39 December 1988 Brother Gerard Despathy arrives to teach and remains on staff for 9 years. Brother Gerard Despathy arrives to teach and remains on staff for 9 years.

40 November 1990 Due to a $150,000 arson fire in the Principal’s office, the brothers are forced out of residence for about six weeks. Due to a $150,000 arson fire in the Principal’s office, the brothers are forced out of residence for about six weeks. Some classrooms were also relocated to different places during the restoration process. Some classrooms were also relocated to different places during the restoration process.

41 1993 The last Frontier Apostle teacher at Sacred Heart School was Miss Nuala Power. The last Frontier Apostle teacher at Sacred Heart School was Miss Nuala Power. A number of Frontier Apostles worked as teachers at Sacred Heart School from 1958. A number of Frontier Apostles worked as teachers at Sacred Heart School from 1958. Their contribution to the Parish and the education and direction they so willing imparted to the many students immeasurably added to the talent and commitment of the teaching staff at Sacred Heart School. Their contribution to the Parish and the education and direction they so willing imparted to the many students immeasurably added to the talent and commitment of the teaching staff at Sacred Heart School.

42 June 1994 Mrs. Lillian Fowlie retires from teaching at Sacred Heart School for 34 years. The longest serving teacher at the school. Mrs. Lillian Fowlie retires from teaching at Sacred Heart School for 34 years. The longest serving teacher at the school. Here Mrs. Fowlie is presented with a silver plate from Br. Peter Shymko to commemorate her dedication to Sacred Heart School. Here Mrs. Fowlie is presented with a silver plate from Br. Peter Shymko to commemorate her dedication to Sacred Heart School.

43 September 1994 The Presentation Brothers relinquish the administration of Sacred Heart School after 26 years. The Presentation Brothers relinquish the administration of Sacred Heart School after 26 years.

44 1994 First lay principal of Sacred Heart School is Mr. Terry Wilson. First lay principal of Sacred Heart School is Mr. Terry Wilson. He remains principal from 1994- 2002. He remains principal from 1994- 2002.

45 1995-1996 Grade 7 Miss Marion Whitty

46 August 17, 1997 The Presentation Brothers leave the diocese in order to facilitate the opening of a new community in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Presentation Brothers leave the diocese in order to facilitate the opening of a new community in Knoxville, Tennessee. In a presentation in June 1997, Mr. Terry Wilson said “ In a very special way we are sorry that the Presentation Brothers are leaving us. Their contribution to Sacred Heart School is simply immeasurable. They gave of themselves to educate and develop each child under their care.” In a presentation in June 1997, Mr. Terry Wilson said “ In a very special way we are sorry that the Presentation Brothers are leaving us. Their contribution to Sacred Heart School is simply immeasurable. They gave of themselves to educate and develop each child under their care.”

47 2002-2009 Mr. Kevin Harnish is principal of Sacred Heart School. He moves back to Nova Scotia to be near his family. Mr. Kevin Harnish is principal of Sacred Heart School. He moves back to Nova Scotia to be near his family.

48 October 2009-June 2010 Sacred Heart School welcomes a new principal, Mr. Michael Gaal. We were happy to have him join us for this school year. Sacred Heart School welcomes a new principal, Mr. Michael Gaal. We were happy to have him join us for this school year.

49 2010-2012 Sacred Heart School welcomed Sr. Irene Baker. Sr. Baker had previously been the principal of Immaculata School in Burns Lake from 1980-83. Sr. Baker finished at Sacred Heart School to begin her retirement. Sacred Heart School welcomed Sr. Irene Baker. Sr. Baker had previously been the principal of Immaculata School in Burns Lake from 1980-83. Sr. Baker finished at Sacred Heart School to begin her retirement.

50 September 2012 Ms. Rebecca Gilbert is our new principal at Sacred Heart School. She comes to us with a personal connection to our school. We are so happy to have such an energetic and committed principal to our school. Ms. Rebecca Gilbert is our new principal at Sacred Heart School. She comes to us with a personal connection to our school. We are so happy to have such an energetic and committed principal to our school.

51 Sacred Heart School 2008-2009


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