Holy Name of Mary College School

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Holy Name of Mary College School
Holy Name of Mary CS logo.gif
2241 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8
Coordinates 43°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 type Independent School
Motto Brilliant minds, compassionate hearts, inspirational leaders
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1964; reverted to Independent school in 2008
Head of School Marilena Tesoro
Grades 5 to 12
Enrollment 222;[1] capped at 500
Language English
Area Mississauga
Colour(s) Blue, Gold         

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.[citation needed]

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."[5][6][7]

On Sunday November 1, 2009 Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins presided at the Blessing and Celebration of Holy Name of College School and students.[8] 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.”[9]

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  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "About Us". Holynameofmarycollegeschool.com. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Felician Sisters". HNMCS website. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Holy Name to remain open". Mississauga.net. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  6. ^ [3][dead link]
  7. ^ "Faculty Required for September 2011". HNMCS website. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  8. ^ "School Blessing". HNMCS website. November 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Duke Of Edinburgh". HNMCS website. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

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