History of St. Michael’s School
In July 1957, His Excellency Archbishop W. M. Duke, D.D., Archbishop of Vancouver, ordered the erection of a school. Land was purchased from the B.C. Electric and the Corporation of Burnaby in one of the best locations on the boundary of Burnaby and New Westminster at 10th and Holmes Street.
In the first week of May, 1958, construction was begun by Doyle Construction Co. Ltd., of a school building and a Rectory, designed by the architect, W. R. Ussner.
With the prayers of the parishioners and the help of God, perfect weather permitted the erection and completion of the school building within 5 months.
Divine Providence continued unabated and Teaching Sisters of the Order of Charity of St. Louis inclined to the petitions of the parish and agreed to send from Saskatchewan three Sisters as the beginning of a religious community to teach at St. Michael’s.
In gratitude for this blessing the parish built by the voluntary labour of its members a large convent on the school grounds to accommodate the Sisters. Sister Jane Frances, Mother Superior and Sisters Rose and Carmel arrived in late August. The teaching staff consisted of Sister Jane Frances, principal and Sister Rose, Mrs. I. Pigeau, Mrs. B. McCaan and Mrs. Mitten. The sisters faithfully served the St. Michael’s community until 1996.
The first classes began in the school on Monday, September 8th, 1958, with a registration of 123 children.
In 2008, St. Michael’s school celebrated its 50th Anniversary. For the last half a century, the Church, parents, students, and staff have worked in collaboration to form a living community with a shared vision that promotes excellence. Excellence through involvement and accomplishment and perseverance, all within a visibly Catholic framework.
St. Michael’s School presently enrolls approximately 220 students from Kindergarten to Grade Seven, and employs a staff of 20 dedicated individuals.