School Policies - Introduction
What Is Our Mission?
Notre Dame Regional Secondary School is a Catholic school, one with the mission of Christ, which seeks to educate the whole student — the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Who Are We?
In 1953, Archbishop Duke invited the Sisters of Charity of Halifax to establish a high school to educate the children of ten Catholic parishes in east Vancouver and Burnaby (Corpus Christi, Holy Cross, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Helen's, St. Jude's, St. Mary's, St. Theresa's, Our Lady of Sorrows, Sacred Heart). The school is co-educational, offering academic, fine arts, and business programs, as well as athletic, performing arts, and other extra-curricular programs, for students from grades 8 to 12.
What Are Our Core Values?
Based on the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic faith, our values include:
We pursue academic knowledge and knowledge of God and self.
We are committed to loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds, and to loving our neighbours as ourselves.
With Jesus Christ as our model we serve our own community and respond to the needs of the greater community through prayer and good works.
All members of the Notre Dame community strive to do their best. This commitment to excellence manifests itself in a strong work ethic and a persistent winning attitude.
Students, teachers and staff, parents, pastors and parishes, and alumni work together as the Notre Dame community. We foster healthy relationships between all members of the community and we respect everyone regardless of difference.
Our Vision Story
This is what Notre Dame & its members aspire to be on a daily basis:
- Faith Symbols And Traditions You See
Central to the school is its chapel, a place of peace and tranquility. The school’s faith symbols and traditions are visible and audible throughout the school. You are impressed with school’s gallery of rich accomplishments.
- The Students
You notice that our students take pride in their school and surroundings – students want to be here. It is obvious that they have a deep level of personal dignity. The students are polite and welcoming. You cannot but notice how respectful they are towards you and each other. You get the feeling that Notre Dame is a safe place.
- The Teachers
You notice that teachers are professional in appearance and practice. They are helpful, caring and welcoming. They are role models and mentors to their students. Teachers support each other and work together. There is a family atmosphere among staff where friendships and celebrations prevail. Teachers are committed to extra-curricular activities.
- School Life
You notice that students and teachers are eager to learn and take that learning seriously. They are active both inside and outside the classroom. The classrooms are productive, well managed and have a respectful atmosphere. Classrooms are well equipped and evidence of student work is present. Use of and access to technology is noticeable.
- School Spirit
There is a prevailing school spirit that encompasses all facets of the community. Whether it is students, teachers, parents or alumni, everyone is proud to be a part of Notre Dame. You are impressed with the eagerness of the members to contribute back to Notre Dame.
Excellence abounds at Notre Dame. You see many students excelling in a multitude of areas. You notice the 100% annual graduation rate and the many scholarships won.
As you leave you will realize that you were in a special place. Your only other thought is that you wish to be a part of this community.
We call ourselves the “Notre Dame JUGGLERS”. The name "JUGGLER" typifies the core value of community, symbolizing each person's unique and distinctive contribution to Notre Dame. If anyone withholds participation from the group effort, a piece of the total picture of school life is missing; when everyone participates, the picture is complete. Furthermore, we need to JUGGLE the many aspects of life at Notre Dame, and maintain a proper balance between activities in and out of the classroom.
The School Crest
In 1965, after the school had been in existence for over a decade, it was decided that the original school crest did not adequately convey what the school had come to be. It was therefore decided that there would be a competition in which the students could submit designs for a new school crest.
Know ~ Love ~ Serve
The winning entry was submitted by Rita (Harrington) Sherer. All markings are tinctured in navy blue against a white background. The field of the coat of arms is divided by a bend. The charge above the bend, a cross, symbolizes the fact that Notre Dame is most importantly a faith community. The charge below the bend takes the form of three circles representing the three overlapping major spheres of activities of the students: spiritual, academic and extra-curricular. Surrounding the shield is the name of the school, showing that the school is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and the school's motto: Know, Love Serve.
We call ourselves the "Notre Dame JUGGLERS". The name "JUGGLER" typifies the core value of community, symbolizing each person's unique and distinctive contribution to Notre Dame. If anyone withholds participation from the group effort, a piece of the total picture of school life is missing; when everyone participates, the picture is complete. Furthermore, we need to JUGGLE the many aspects of life at Notre Dame, and maintain a proper balance between activities in and out of the classroom.
Notre Dame Regional Secondary School is established in accordance with the Provisional Guidelines for the structure of school administration within the "Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese".
A local Education Committee, made up of two elected representatives from each of the ten participating parishes, and three pastors, elected by the pastors of those participating parishes, manages the school. One of these pastors is appointed as the Archbishop's Representative for the school. The local Education Committee is responsible for the school, delegating the responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school to the Principal.
Admission to Notre Dame is granted on the basis of the applying student's parish, religion, and parent participation. Admission is always subject to places being available. Because Notre Dame is a regional school, it must serve its region first. The selection process for new grade 8 students is largely the responsibility of the ten regional pastors.
For students applying to enter in grades 9 through 12, there is a protocol for acceptance by the principal, which includes the student’s most recent report card, a reference letter from the previous school’s administrator and Police Liaison Officer, together with any other appropriate documentation. School personnel will interview prospective students. Any student accepted will be placed on probation, with both academic and behavioural reviews carried out at regular intervals.
Please refer to our Admissions section for more details.