OUR LADY OF THE PRAIRIES NOW AND THEN
École Our Lady of the Prairies School is located in the Callingwood Community. Students have come to the school from Callingwood South, Lessard, Westridge, Willowby and Oleskiw communities. École Our Lady of the Prairies School opened in 1982. The Good Shepherd Starter School, that had begun the year before, was moved to this location.
Since the French Immersion program was added in September of 2003, the students come from south of 87 avenue and west of 170 street.
In the early days of our country, pioneer families migrated from other lands to find new homes on the Canadian prairies. They brought with them very few possessions but a strong Catholic faith and a deep devotion of Our Lady.
Times were very hard for them, yet they never lost hope. Faith in God's Providence and the Blessed Virgin's intercession saw them through the worst trails and difficulties. The pioneers had many simple and beautiful ways of honoring the Blessed Mother. To keep alive and to promote and spread this devotion to Our Lady and her Divine Son, a foundation was established in 1957. "Our Lady of the Prairies" was chosen as a simple and natural title that would bring the prairie people closer to one another. Our Lady of the Prairies day is celebrated on March 21st.
Mission Statement & Vision Statement
At Ecole Our Lady of the Prairies we foster a Christ-centered life where our children collaborate, explore, and communicate as 21st Century learners.
We inspire in our children a sense of humility, fairness, and open-mindedness to support their:
- Love of God and Jesus
- Bilingualism and appreciation of our community's multi-cultural mosaic
- Journey as engaged and ethical learners who will become global citizens
- Critical thinking skills
- Love of learning
- Social Justice awareness
- Desire to celebrate success.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church website
http://www.caedm.ca Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
The Holy See- Vatican