Holy Name of Mary College School
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|Holy Name of Mary College School|
|2241 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8
|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; capped at 500|
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 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; 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. In September 2008, Holy Name of Mary reopened as Holy Name of Mary College School, an independent, Catholic all-girls school.
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."
On Sunday November 1, 2009 Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins presided at the Blessing and Celebration of Holy Name of College School and students. 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.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
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.
The school's principal,Margaret DeCourcy, remarked, “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has become an important pillar in the education of young women at HNMCS as it is designed to encourage the qualities of self-reliance, initiative, self-improvement and personal responsibility. Students who achieve this Award become active, healthy and involved in their community, which is essential for their future and the future of our communities.”
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.”
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