Holy Name of Mary College School

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Holy Name of Mary College School
Holy Name of Mary College School Blue Logo.jpg
2241 Mississauga Road

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Coordinates43°32′32″N 79°38′17″W / 43.542109°N 79.638063°W / 43.542109; -79.638063Coordinates: 43°32′32″N 79°38′17″W / 43.542109°N 79.638063°W / 43.542109; -79.638063
School typeIndependent School
MottoBrilliant minds, compassionate hearts, inspirational leaders
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Founded1964; reverted to Independent school in 2008
Head of SchoolMarilena Tesoro
Grades5 to 12
Enrollment222;[1] capped at 500
Colour(s)Blue, Silver         

Holy Name of Mary College School, located in Mississauga, is Ontario's only independent Catholic school for girls Grades 5 to 12.

From a 25-acre setting[2] Holy Name of Mary College School offers a liberal arts education and follows a non-semester system. With the exception of certain Open courses, such as Music and Physical Education, all courses are offered exclusively at the Academic level and educate girls to university-entrance standards. Vocal music is a key focus at Holy Name of Mary College School;[3] the school has three award-winning choirs. Holy Name of Mary College School is the sister school of St. Michael's College School, a private, Catholic all-boys school in Toronto.


Both Holy Name of Mary College School and Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School trace their origin to the original Holy Name of Mary School founded on 7 September 1964 by the Felician Sisters as a private school for girls. In 1972, the school entered an agreement with the local school board that students in grades 9 and 10 would be publicly funded. In 1987, Holy Name of Mary became a fully funded Catholic secondary school.

The Felician Sisters and St. Michael's College School co-founded the independent Holy Name of Mary College School.[4] In September 2008, Holy Name of Mary reopened as Holy Name of Mary College School, an independent, Catholic all-girls school.[5]

2008 enrollment figures were very low, however the school community rallied and the school remained open. Father Joe Redican, CSB, and President of St. Michael's College School stated, "there has been incredibly strong community support expressed for the vision of an independent Catholic girls’ school, and specifically for the incredible work the current school is doing in educating the wonderful young women who currently attend."[6][7][8]

On Sunday November 1, 2009 Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins presided at the Blessing and Celebration of Holy Name of College School and students.[9] The Holy Name of Mary College School choir and students from St. Michael's College School provided the music at the mass. Guests included Felician Sisters, Trustees, teachers, alumni, and clergy. The ceremony included a Papal Blessing for the school.[citation needed]

Duke of Edinburgh Award[edit]

On Saturday, November 27, 2010, 78 participants from across the GTA and Ontario were presented with their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by Marc Kielberger, co-founder of Free the Children, at a ceremony held at HNMCS. Jill Hermant, Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award said, "We are appreciative of all the support HNMCS is providing the Award on this occasion, over and above the stellar programme they run themselves."[10]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ "About". holynameofmarycollegeschool.com. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  4. ^ "Felician Sisters". Felician Sisters of North America website. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  5. ^ Stewart, John (2007-06-01). "St. Mike's takes over Holy Name". Mississauga.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  6. ^ "Holy Name to remain open". Mississauga.net. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  8. ^ "Faculty Required for September 2011". HNMCS website. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  9. ^ "School Blessing". HNMCS website. November 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  10. ^ "Duke Of Edinburgh". HNMCS website. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-01-13.

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