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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Ecole St. Mary. This is truly a wonderful school community. We have amazing students, with incredible and supportive families. Our staff is professional, caring and goes above and beyond to support students.

Ecole St. Mary is a dual track school, which makes us unique in Lethbridge. We serve 387 students, from Early Learning to Grade 6. We have an English track, French Immersion, First Nation Metis and Inuit Education for all. Our support services include a School Counsellor (FSLC,) a Family First Facilitator, and English as a Second Language support. We focus on French Language learning and Leadership, with faith at the center of all we do.

The 2022-20223 school year looks to be one full of fun, education and a long awaited return to ‘normal’ after the last couple of years of pandemic response. I do hope though, that we don’t return to simply ‘normal.’ I hope that move to something better than normal. Over the last few years we have learned some big things, some good things and a lot of new. We also have the ability to look back to see what has worked well and served us well in education over the years. With all the pivot points and changes, we have learned so much. That is the lovely place we are in education right now. We learn from the past, look toward the future, and build a world and a system wherein we do what is best, with innovation, creativity, where we can prepare our students for the future.

This year we have field trips and group gatherings back on the calendar. Religious celebrations, liturgies and masses. Fun events such as the Welcome Back BBQ, the Terry Fox Run, Christmas Concert, outreach in the community, fire hall visits, educational field trips. We are welcoming back some other big events that we have not been able to participate in for a few years, such as Grade 6 Camp and our well known Carnival. We are very much looking forward to reintroducing these ESM traditions.

We have some new things on the horizon, such as a shift in our reporting. We are moving from the old style report cards, where we report on what has already been done, to showing progress and learning throughout the year. This is new for staff, and families, so we hope that we can learn together and share your child’s learning and learning experience with you as the year progresses.

Ecole St. Mary is a wonderful place to be. There is always a lot going on. We are unique, we are diverse and there is no better place to be. Our students are kind, polite, and demonstrate Christian values.

It is going to be a great year! As a team, with students, parents/guardians and the staff here at ESM, we are so very much looking forward to working with you, your child and your family to create a wonderful learning experience that is rooted in faith, based on sound research, where every child is cherished and supported to reach their full protentional. We endeavor to communicate and support our families as we journey together.

We are so delighted and we feel very blessed, that you have entrusted your child to our care for their education. From all of us at Ecole St. Mary, thank you!


Kiera Bouchard
Principal/Directrice Ecole St. Mary

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