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J. J. Bowlen is a place to grow - intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. The quality academic, arts, and athletics programs and the varied interest clubs and activities offered at J. J. Bowlen provide a diverse and rich school curriculum in a caring Christian environment. The staff at J. J. Bowlen are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and to together “celebrate our gifts”. 

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

We are very much looking forward to the wonderful year ahead, one filled with learning, faith, and fun! We are of course well into our preparations and share some important information below:

Tuesday September 3, 2019                                   

Grades 8’s - AM Only Our Grade 8 students will be expected for our regular 8:15 a.m. registration. They will meet with their homeroom teacher, get to know their classmates, and begin the transition from summer to school. Activities/items will include reviewing expectations & routines, locker assignments, textbooks, schedules, etc. They will be dismissed at 11:07 a.m. which is the normal time for the end of our mornings.  

Grade 9’s - PM Only – Our Grade 9’s will get yet another day to sleep in as they won’t be expected in their Homerooms until 11:55 a.m. They too will meet with their homeroom teacher, get to know their classmates, and begin the transition from summer to school. Activities/items will include reviewing expectations & routines, locker assignments, textbooks, schedules, etc. They will be dismissed at 2:42 p.m. which is the regular time for the end of our school day.  

 Wednesday September 4, 2019     

Grade 7’s Only – This is a very special day for our Grade 7’s as they make that important transition into a new school. They will meet with their Homeroom Teacher and begin building community with their classmates. Activities/items will include touring the school, reviewing expectations & routines, locker assignments, textbooks, schedules, and much more. Perhaps they’ll even spend a bit of time outdoors!

 Homeroom lists will be posted throughout the school.

 Thursday September 5, 2019                    

Grades 7, 8, & 9 – This first Thursday will be a non-flex day with students in their homerooms building community with their classmates and teacher. With all Teachers instructing their Homeroom in Religion, Health and an academic core, students can expect to hit the floor learning today! As in the past, this will be our early dismissal day at 11:48 a.m.

Friday September 6             

Grades 7, 8, & 9 – This will be a regular full-day Friday.

Transportation – During this opening week, ETS and Yellow School Busses should be running on their regular school schedules. 

Supply Lists These are posted on our school website under “School Information" and "School Supplies" which you can find in the left hand column. 

School Fees These too are posted on our website under “School Information” and "School and Transportation Fees" in the left hand column.

Finally, kindly note that our office reopens on Monday August 26. Our Meet the Staff Night will be on Thursday September 19 @ 7:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing you then or at another time over the coming weeks and months.

Kevin S. McGoey, Principal -

Strong Catholic Identity

J.J. Bowlen is a junior high school of approximately 500 students located across the street from St. Dominic Savio Parish, helping to foster a strong relationship between the two. Our parish priest, Fr. Joseph Vadassery, participates in the life of the school. Students have regular opportunities to visit the church and participate in religious celebrations.

We offer students the opportunity to grow mentally, socially, physically and spiritually.  In addition to our quality academic programs, we also have an outstanding complementary program including fine arts courses. We offer a variety of interest clubs and diverse athletic teams.  Our caring, Catholic atmosphere will help each of you develop to your full potential.

The staff at J. J. Bowlen are dedicated to providing learning opportunities, encouragement and guidance.  With the support of your parents, plus your own hard work and positive attitude, your educational experience at J. J. Bowlen promises to be rewarding.

We are pleased to offer a Student Support Team at J. J. Bowlen which is committed to helping all students be successful. These professionals will support all students, no matter the need or circumstance:

  • Learning Coach
  • Student Advisor
  • Family School Liaison Worker
  • STAY Advisor
  • FNMI Liaison

J.J. Bowlen Plan for Continuous Growth 2018-19

Our Mission

With Jesus as our model, J.J. Bowlen Catholic School nurtures the heart, mind and spirit by engaging students to achieve their potential and develop their gifts. 

Our Namesake

Our school is named after the Honourable John James Bowlen, the first Roman Catholic to represent the Crown as Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. J. J. Bowlen, was born in 1876 in Prince Edward Island. In 1906, he moved his family out west and began what was to be an extremely successful life as a rancher and politician. By 1920, Bowlen owned the largest horse ranch in Canada.
J. J. Bowlen had an active political career. Elected in 1930, as a Liberal MLA for Calgary, he was one of only six opposition members to remain elected in the Social Credit landslide of 1935. He held office until 1944, serving his constituents in the Alberta legislature for 14 years.
In 1950, J. J. Bowlen was appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. He died in office in 1959 and is buried in St. Joachim’s cemetery in Edmonton. During his life, J. J. Bowlen received many honors, held numerous executive positions and was actively involved in service clubs such as Kiwanis, Elks and Knights of Columbus.
At J. J. Bowlen Catholic Junior High School, we strive to live up to the example set for us by our namesake. He is a Catholic role model for the students and staff of our school. His active life embodies the qualities of hard work, determination and service to others and he reminds us of how to celebrate our gifts.
To find out more about J. J. Bowlen visit the Alberta Legislative Assembly’s website at: