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École/Escuela Holy Child is an outstanding community which works together to encourage excellence and the study of languages. Our professional staff is highly committed to strong academics and a Catholic philosophy of education. We have an outstanding reputation in the community.
Through teacher dedication, parent commitment and an outstanding French and Spanish learning environment, we provide our students with the skills necessary to experience success. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education. Together we can make a difference for children.
We look forward to working with you and trust that the school year will be rewarding for students, staff and parents.

École/Escuela Holy Child es una comunidad excepcional que colabora junta en fomentar la excelencia y el estudio de idiomas. Nuestro plantel profesional de profesores está plenamente comprometido a una educación con solidez académica y filosofía católica. Tenemos una reputación sobresaliente en la comunidad.
A través de la dedicación de nuestros profesores, el compromiso de los padres y un ambiente de alto nivel de aprendizaje de francés y español, nosotros proporcionamos a nuestros estudiantes las habilidades necesarias para realizarse con éxito académicamente. Nosotros animamos a los padres a ser parte de la educación de sus hijos. Juntos podemos hacer una mejor educación para nuestros niños.
Esperamos trabajar con usted y confiamos que el año escolar será meritorio para los estudiantes, los padres y el plantel escolar.

À l'École/Escuela Holy Child, nous formons une communauté exceptionnelle d’apprenants et d’enseignants qui collaborent afin d'encourager l'excellence en toutes choses et notamment dans l'apprentissage des langues. Les membres du personnel s'engagent à offrir une programmation de haute qualité fondée sur les principes de la foi catholique. Sachez que nous jouissons d'une réputation enviable au sein de la communauté. Le dévouement des enseignants et des parents de même que le maintien d’un climat favorable à l’apprentissage des langues française et espagnole doivent se conjuguer pour favoriser chez nos élèves l’acquisition de toutes les habiletés requises garantissant le succès. Nous encourageons les parents à s’investir dans l’apprentissage de leurs enfants à la maison, à l’école et dans la communauté. Travaillons ensemble et la réussite nous est acquise. Nous sommes d’ores et déjà assurés d’une l'année scolaire profitable à nos élèves et à leurs parents ainsi qu’à l’ensemble du corps enseignant.


  • Bussing is available for French Immersion students throughout City Centre. For Spanish Bilingual students, bussing is available for central, west and northwest Edmonton.
  • We are centrally located (3 blocks from the legislature building).
  • Government Centre LRT station is located within four meters from our front door.
  • Most downtown city bus routes stop within three blocks of our school. 

Mission Statement


Ecole/Escuela Holy Child is a Christ-centered environment in which students develop the necessary competencies to be successful and ethical global citizens. Languages, culture and faith deepen our sense of community.


Within our Christ-centered school community, students, staff and parents:

  • are motivated to acquire current attitudes, skills and knowledge to see beyond self-interests in order to achieve the school community's success;
  • encourage a safe, supportive school community where we are respectful of ourselves, of others and of the environment;
  • foster independence, self-efficacy, perseverance, resilience through learning opportunities that nurture the child's dignity;
  • value continuous language and cultural development through connection with the local and global community.

Our Namesake

The name Holy Child is one of several titles used to refer to Jesus Christ. As we see in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus himself identified with children: “Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9. 36-37). When we welcome children, we welcome Jesus, and are called to imitate him, responding to life with joy, zeal, and compassion and serving others with humility, patience, and faithfulness. Following his birth, and in obedience to the Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple and revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. 

The Holy Child, Jesus Christ, is the light of the nations. 

Holy Child is celebrated on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple every February the 2nd.

Our Motto

Many languages. Many cultures. United in Christ.


Cross-Country Running Club, Robotics Club, Family Dance, Family BBQs, Annual Bake Sale & Tourtiere Making, Masses at St Joseph's Basilica, Christmas Concert, Strings Music Concert, Student Faith Day.

Lunch Hour activities during the winter months such as Chess Club, Art Club, Pokemon Club, Pythagorus Math Club, Zumba, Yoga, Intramurals, Junior and Senior Choir, Handbell Club, and Free Footie.


  • Out-of-School Care  
  • Wireless connections
  • Smart boards and document cameras in all classrooms
  • Chromebooks, Laptops, iPods, iPads to enhance student learning

Tradition- Past Principals


Mother Mary Antoinette (S. McKinnon), Faithful Companions of Jesus

St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 7


St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 7 becomes Edmonton Separate School District No. 7


1914 - 21

Grandin School Opens

Mother Alice McCaffery

1921 - 22

Mother Francis Douaud, FCJ

1922 - 23

Mother Mary Bernard McAnally, FCJ

1923 - 39

Mother Antoinette McKinnon, FCJ

1939 - 42

Mother Augustine Hochstein, FCJ

1942 - 46

Mother Benedicta Flynn, FCJ

1946 - 67

Mother Patricia Barry, FCJ

1967 - 69

Ernie Turnbull

1969 - 71

Rene Mathieu

1971 - 74

Louis Binassi

1st group of French Immersion students (1973)

1974 - 79

Clément Déry

1979 - 83

Paul Croteau

1983 - 85

Denis Landreville

1985 - 89

Ernest Lefebvre

1989 - 92

Léo Letourneau

1992 - 96

Gilberte Gagné

1996 - 98

Joe Roberts

1998 - 01

Madeleine Lundrigan

2001 - 06

Robert Martin

1st group of Spanish Bilingual students (2002)

2006 - 10

Reny Clericuzio

2010 - 11

Irene Washylk

2011- 16

Lorraine Press

2016 - 20

Lorelei Hironaka

2020 -

Claudia Pederson





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