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About St. Helen's School:

Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement

St. Helen's School is a Catholic Community of dedicated educators with Christ as our centre. It is our purpose to fully develop the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of the students with special regard given to the individuality of each child, enabling them as Christians to live, share, and serve in the community while striving for personal excellence in all endeavors.


St. Helen's School is a Catholic Independent School of the Vancouver. St. Helen's School serves the educational needs of the children of St. Helen's Parish.

St. Helen's School is, by its origin, committed to the teaching of the Catholic Faith according to the Doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church as outlined in the Archbishop's letter, "The Catholic School, Its Character and Mission".

The Pastor of St. Helen's Parish is the Spiritual and Executive Director of St. Helen's School. He is supported in this mission by an elected Education Committee as provided under "The Guidelines for Structure of our School Administration under the Catholic Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese".

Academic Philosophy

The school follows the British Columbia Ministry of Education Requirements for the Academic Program of Instruction. The program focuses on thematic approaches, integrating themes into all subject areas. We take the child from where they are and build from there.

We strongly believe in a philosophy of success for all. Students with special needs are integrated into the regular classroom and our program meets the need of gifted children. This is supported by a full time methods and resource teacher. To help all students be successful, we have school philosophies of "Second Home" and "Excellence". Students need time to do their best and to take part in the school's life as fully as possible. They should strive for excellence in their spiritual, academic, physical, social and emotional development.


See School Programs for a listing of current academic, athletic, art and liturgical programs.


See School Uniforms for information regarding St. Helen's School uniforms.