See Our Programs

At Kenora Catholic, we go the extra mile to develop innovative education programs designed to meet the unique needs of our community. Whether it's preserving Ojibway with a student-built mobile app, or letting elementary children experiment with 3-D printing - our programs are designed to push the boundaries of what's possible in school, ensuring every student has a chance to dream and succeed.

Our Unique Programs

Licensed Childcare Options

At Kenora Catholic, we support families from preschool all the way to high school. We offer before and after school care at all our elementary schools, and have partnered with licensed Child Care providers to offer preschool programs for those aged 18 months to 3.8 years.

Program Availability:

Toddler and preschool program: École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, Pope John Paul II School, St. John School (infant and up)

Before-and after-school (based on demand): Pope John Paul II School, École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, St. Louis School, St. John School


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Math Support Program

At Kenora Catholic we recognize that there is a need for extra support for math instruction in the classroom. We’re taking a proactive approach to make sure our students go into high school with the skills they need to be successful. We are proud to offer a Math Support teacher in all of our elementary schools who work closely with our Numeracy Facilitator.

The Math Support program comes from a questionnaire completed by both students and teachers in the 2017-2018 school year. In collaboration with Lakehead University, our Numeracy Facilitator, Jordan Temple, combed through the results and came up with different interventions based on the data. Introducing a Math Support teacher at each school fit almost all of the needs highlighted by the survey. The math support teachers are trained by renowned math instruction expert Dr. Marian Small. They help teachers in anyway they can including intervention methods, finding new math games, diagnostic tools, and math lessons.

Math Support Program Availability: ALL Kenora Catholic Elementary Schools

EMPOWER Reading Program

EMPOWER is a highly targeted program that helps students who are having trouble reading. Described as the program “Where Science Meets Literacy”, it is the culmination of 30 years of research conducted by The Hospital for Sick Children. The goal of the program is to teach students the skills and strategies to be able to decode words they don’t know. Whether it is a simple one syllable word or a more complex three syllable word, they no longer need to guess or skip the word. Empower is now being used in more than 25 school boards across Canada and has helped more than 10,000 students.

EMPOWER Program Availability: All Kenora Catholic Elementary Schools
Ojibway and Northern Studies

We strongly believe Aboriginal traditions and languages are a crucial part of our rich community. That’s why we provide a full Ojibway language program, and a Northern Studies program. The Northern Studies program explores First Nation and Metis cultures through experiences like the Fall Harvest, ice fishing, shelter building, dog sledding and learning about the traditional use of tobacco.

We are proud to have Ojibway language facilitators from our neighbouring First Nation communities in the classrooms with our teachers to teach the language to our students.

Program Availability:

Ojibway Language Program: St. Thomas Aquinas High School, St. Louis School, Pope John Paul II School, St. John School

Northern Studies: All Kenora Catholic Schools

Kenora Catholic Arts Festivals

At Kenora Catholic we are happy to offer two exceptional arts festivals for our community. The Early Years Arts Festival and Family Art Jamboree both feature local artists with a variety of mediums to choose from.

The Early Years Arts Festival is for young children and their families and is an informal arts-based play day with different stations set up throughout Pope John Paul II School that families can visit at their leisure. The stations explore different arts themes including music, drama, paint, yoga, cardboard creations and more. The aim is to promote learning through the arts while inspiring imagination and innovation for the whole family.

The Family Art Jamboree is offered to children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 and their families. Participants sign up in advance for the different classes offered by incredible local artists. There is a range to choose from including pottery, ink tile painting, fused glass, jigging, filmmaking and much more.

Program Availability: All are welcome!

Learning Commons and Makerspace

The Learning Commons takes the function of a traditional library and brings it into the 21st Century with technology, innovation and experimentation. These spaces are alive with the voices of students solving problems, having discussions and experimenting and playing. There are still books and a librarian; however, they now have much more to offer with updated technology and carefully chosen dynamic furniture that encourages children to find what’s comfortable for them.

The MakerSpace is an area for children to use their imagination to create. This can be an area in the Learning Commons or an entirely separate room where there are a number of materials for students to chose from. This space is really to encourage children to take everyday items such as paper, cardboard, sequins, cookie cutters, glue and much much more to invent something new.

Program Availbility:

MakerSpace: St. Louis School, St. John School

Learning Commons: St. Louis School, St, John School, École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Hockey Skills Development

Ensuring children develop a healthy lifestyle is important. A life-long love of sports is a great way to reinforce good exercise habits, and there’s no better sport than our national past time: Hockey.Our schools now offer a Hockey Skills Development Program to give students the chance to skate, shoot, and score! The program also instills time management and goal-oriented learning.

Hockey Skills Development Program Availability: Pope John Paul II School, St. Louis School and École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys
LeaderinMe® Program

Based on Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,  the program is designed to nurture leadership skills in every child. The program assumes every child is capable of being a leader, and the program is focused on bringing that leadership out in each individual child.

LeaderinMe® Program Availability: St. John School, École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys
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