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Early Beginning of the Catholic Schools in Kelowna
This text is an edited version of a document from the Archives of the Diocese of Nelson, in the files of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax.
The Sisters of Charity of Halifax arrived in Kelowna, August 29th, 1938. Though parishioners were most generous with support, funds were very low. As an answer to this problem, the Sisters decided to open a kindergarten. In the fall of 1939, the seed was planted which would in time grow to the building of three schools in the Kelowna area.
In this year, 2018 “Homecoming: Blast from the Past” we are celebrating 79 years of the Catholic schools in Kelowna. During this celebration, we wish to express a grateful “Thank You” to the Sisters who planted the seed without any blueprint of where or what this seed would produce. So to: Sisters Gertrude Marie, Evelyn Marie, Mary Bride, and Mary Bernadette a grateful “Thank You” that will continue to be lived by ALL who have been and are a part of the life of these schools.
Chapter Two : The Catholic Schools Grow
Kindergarten opened in 1939 with three students enrolled: Alice de Pfyffer, Sheila Moss, and Margaret McCormack. By January 1940, Kindergarten class numbered nine, and four music pupils. In the fall of 1940, 22 students registered and more space was needed so the convent was enlarged and was known as the "Convent School". Growth continued. By 1946, it was necessary to open a classroom in the Parish Hall. School opened in September with 123 students. For the first time there was a grade 8 class.
The First Grade 8 Class
Marie Gruber, Marie Deering, Patsy West, Lerta Mc, Margaret Koenig, Willie Gramlich, Rosie Bulach, Mary Ann, Joe Lavery, Marlene Heinrich, Connie Kaufmann, Rose Schn, Marjorie Mussatto, Adeline Eberle, Otto Bulach, Michael Tutt, Howard Sloan, George Poitras
Chapter 3: The Last Chapter in the Brief Account of the Catholic Schools Growth in Kelowna
The last chapter is an outline of the growth of our Catholic Schools in Kelowna from 1939-2018. From 1939-1950 elementary classes were taught in the Convent and St. Joseph's Hall.
The first St. Joseph's School was built in 1950 with 155 students enrolled. In 1995, some elementary grades moved to the old Immaculata High School on Sutherland Avenue which is now joined to the new St. Joseph's which opened in 2017-2018.
The first High School classes began in 1960 in the new Immaculata High School on Sutherland Avenue. The new Immaculata Regional High School on KLO Road opened in 1995.
Our Lady of Lourdes in West Kelowna opened in 1994/1995.
Our Homecoming "Blast from the Past" is an opportunity to celebrate and to give thanks to the many who have been and are active members of the Catholic Schools' community. It is your faithfulness, hard work, sacrifices, and cheerful involvement that have made these schools vibrant places where our faith is an integral part of academic learning. The Sisters of Charity of Halifax planted the seed that we continue to water and tend. "But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold." (Matthew 13: 23).
October 9th, 2015
Blessings to our school family and the community beyond for a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. School is closed Monday, October 12th, and will re-open on Tuesday, October 13th.
May 20th, 2015
HURRAY! DON’T MISS OUT! TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!
The Immaculata Open 2015 promises to be another great day of golf, fun, friends, and a great banquet! This year’s event will once again be hosted at the Pinnacle Course at Gallagher’s Canyon with a banquet to follow in the Gallagher’s Canyon Clubhouse. Included in 2015 are2 CHANCES TO WIN A CAR with a hole in one, tee gifts, banquet prizes, closest to the pin competition, farthest drive competition, the list goes on…
The Open 2014 sold out, so don’t miss out! It’s going to be a great day!