About École St-Sacrement

Bienvenue à l’École St-Sacrement

Welcome to Blessed Sacrament

École St-Sacrement (ESS) is a Roman Catholic, French Immersion elementary school (K-7) with over 200 students, situated near Vancouver General Hospital in an historically French-Canadian neighbourhood next to Vancouver’s only Francophone church, Paroisse St-Sacrement. Parents participate actively in various school events and/or routine duties, logging 40 hours per year. Belonging to the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese, Blessed Sacrament emphasizes educating the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually. For more information, please, click on the Admissions tab above.

L’École St-Sacrement est une école Catholique Immersion Française de la maternelle à la septième année avec une population de plus de deux cents élèves. L’école est située près de l’hôpital général de Vancouver dans le voisinage historique des Canadiens-Français à côté de la seule église Catholique francophone de Vancouver, la Paroisse St-Sacrement. Les parents de notre communauté participent activement dans les divers événements scolaires et/ou aident dans des travaux routiniers en participant quarante heures ou plus par année scolaire. L’école fait partie des écoles Catholiques indépendentes du diocèse de Vancouver. L’École St-Sacrement offre une éducation globale en mettant l’emphase sur le côté spirituel, emotionnel, physique et intellectuel de l’enfant. Pour de plus amples renseignements, cliquez sur la tabulatrice inscriptions (admissions) en haut de la page.

We are very happy that our child has had the opportunity to grow and learn joyfully at such a wonderful school with excellent teachers. – ESS Parent

I love ESS because it’s more than just a school; it’s a caring community where parents, educators, and students unite like family. From celebrating successes to lending a helping hand, the strong sense of community at ESS truly embodies the spirit of ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ It’s a unique and nurturing environment where everyone rallies together for the betterment of our children. – ESS Parent

MISSION/PURPOSE (WHO WE ARE)

We are a community of students, educators, families and parishioners, committed to instilling passion for learning, love of French and dedication to our Catholic Faith.

OUR FOUNDING SISTERS

École St-Sacrement was founded in 1954 by Soeurs du bon Pasteur. The Sisters had a strong commitment to providing quality education rooted in the values and principles of our faith. Their dedication and vision have left a lasting legacy in our school’s history.

OUR COMMUNITY VALUES

  • Love, kindness and compassion
  • Building close supportive connections
  • Cherishing our culture, history and traditions
  • Taking care of our common home
  • Fostering resilience, confidence and adaptability in our children

Blessed Sacrament school exists to serve Catholic families who choose a French Immersion experience for their children. Religious, French-speaking Sisters originally staffed the school; currently,  all teachers and Educational assistants are bilingual.

Students come from throughout the greater Vancouver area to learn the French language and culture and integration of the French language into all aspects of their lives.

Blessed Sacrament Parish plays a significant role in the faith formation of the students in the school as it extends the French language into all aspects of parish and school life.

Blessed Sacrament School follows policies and procedures as outlined by the CISVA.

Our parish education committee works to ensure that, at the local level, policies are respected and adhered to.

We strive to ensure that all students are safe, accepted and respected.

We acknowledge the land on which we gather isthe traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, includingterritories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  

As a community of Catholic educators at Blessed Sacrament School, we strive to develop the potential of each child within a structured learning environment and to share our faith and our French cultural heritage with our pupils so that they become fulfilled, responsible members of society through:

MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

We wish to foster a love and knowledge of our faith and inspire a practice of compassion and interdependence.

INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

We believe in the natural enthusiasm of each child. We call upon this enthusiasm so that each child

will desire to learn on his or her own.

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We desire to foster each child’s love for family and respect for the teachers and schoolmates. We

wish to develop in each child a positive self-image so that he/she may feel confident, secure,

valued and cared for.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

We hope to prepare each child for life and society by teamwork, mutual help and sharing.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

We care for the health of each child through team sports, games, physical education classes and

good nutritional habits.

FRENCH IMMERSION

As a Catholic French Immersion school, we offer children the opportunity to learn to communicate in French at school and in society. Our aim is to help each student develop oral and written fluency in French while learning about French heritage.

Communicating in French at all times during school hours is essential for the success of our French Immersion Program. Each classroom has a system designed to encourage this model. It is also the responsibility of the parents to support and promote students’ efforts. Parents are encouraged to involve their children in out-of-school activities conducted in French whenever possible.

PRINCIPLES OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

(C) CHRIST-CENTERED – Catholic Education fosters a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the family of the Church; our faith in Christ is evident and permeates all facets of the educational environment.
(A) APOSTOLIC – Catholic Education is founded on and guided by the truth of the Gospel, beginning with the apostles and handed on by the Pope and bishops.
(T) TRADITION – Catholic Education guides us in the selection of excellent content, pedagogy and resources in the pursuit of Truth through faith and reason.
(H) HOLY – Catholic Education draws upon scripture, the sacraments and prayer to help us to respond to the universal call to holiness.
(O) ONE – Catholic Education responds to Christ’s desire “that they may all be one” (John 17.21) by integrating the various parts of what we learn into the coherent whole.
(L) LOVE – Catholic Education calls us to witness that God is love; and therefore, recognizes the inherent dignity of every human person, especially the marginalized and most vulnerable.
(I) INALIENABLE – Catholic Education promotes that “the right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable” and “parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children” (CCC 2221, 2223).
(C) COMMUNION/COMMUNITY – Catholic Education is inclusive and welcoming where every student is nurtured in developing a right relationship with God and others by balancing the rights of the individual with the Common Good.

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3020 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 3K3

(604) 876-7211

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