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Katherine Therrien Elementary School

Our Mission:

We are committed to providing a Christ centered environment that engages and inspires life-long learners to reach their full potential.

Our Vision:

To ignite all learners in becoming risk takers and critical thinkers prepared to serve with compassion, guided by the teachings of Christ.

Parish Information:

  • Parish Name- St. Edmund
  • Parish Priest- Father Patrick Baska
  • Parish Information- Address: 13120 116 ST NW  Phone: 780 455 8592

 

Sacramental Preparation:

Information regarding sacramental preparation will be published here as it is made available by the parish.  All sacramental preparation is done by contacting the parish. Preparation sessions are held at the church.

Religious Education:

All of the Schools in the Edmonton Catholic School District use a Religious Education Program that is prescribed by our Alberta Bishops and provided through the National Office for Religious Education in Ottawa. The Program ranges from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve, and offers students with an overview of our Catholic faith as well as grade specific themes.

 

Our Parish Namesake: St. Edmund

St. Edmund traces its name back to the first pastor of the parish, Father Edmund Gaborit s.c.j. The parish was named after his patron St. Edmund of Abingdon.

St. Edmund, the eldest of four children, was born in 1170, in England. Shortly after his birth, he became extremely sick and was thought to have died, however, on being baptized, he immediately recovered. He appeared to be an ordinary child except for the fact that he felt drawn to long periods of prayer.

At the age of twelve, Edmund went to Oxford to study and eventually returned there to teach in the areas of mathematics and theology. He received his doctorate and was later ordained a priest. In 1234, he was named Archbishop of Canterbury and was reputed to be a man of virtuous life who experienced heavenly visitations.

His uncompromising stand for justice brought him in conflict with King Henry III, and he was forced to flee to France where he spent his time writing and preaching.

Edmund died on November 16, 1240. So many miracles occurred after his death that he was proclaimed a saint within six years.

Our School Namesake: Miss Katherine Therrien

Miss Katherine Therrien was born in Compton, Quebec in 1906, she travelled west with her family and settled in Brosseau, Alberta. She began her teaching career in 1922 in a one room schoolhouse when she was only 16 years old. For the following 18 years she taught in several small towns in northern Alberta. Miss Therrien was often the only staff member at the school. She taught grades one to nine in one classroom. Her responsibilities went far beyond the teaching of the students. Miss Therrien hauled water to the schoolhouse, built the fire to keep them warm, cleaned and even put the storm windows on the building. Her one year salary was the grand sum of $900. In 1944 she received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and began teaching with the Edmonton Catholic School District.  In 1955 she was appointed the Supervisor of Elementary Education. Miss Therrien spent many years in various administrative positions. Her teaching career lasted over 40 years. In 1972 Katherine Therrien retired from Edmonton Catholic Schools with the title of Assistant Superintendent. In 1976 this very school was named in her honor. In her honor we are a school of hope, celebrating God's gifts and looking to Jesus as our role model.

Miss Therrien was recognized several times for her dedication and love of children and learning. In 1976 she gave the keynote address at the formal opening of Katherine Therrien School.  Later she was admitted to the Canadian College of Teachers and the Education Society.

 

Celebrations:

Dates of school events and celebrations can be found using the following school link: www.katherinetherrien.ecsd.net

Social Justice Projects:

Water Well Inauguration in San Antonio Nicaragua - Katherine Therrien.pdf