Our Story

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St. Ann Catholic Elementary School has been educating students for over 100 years. The cornerstone of the school was laid on the Feast of St. Ann, July 26, 1908. St. Ann Church had preceded it by two years, and as with the practice of the day, a school would be built after the pastor, Father Leahard, made a request to the Bishop. Bishop Dowling offered the building site and $10 000 at 4.4% per annum. The Catholic School Board passed the motion that the Bishop’s offer be accepted and a school be built not to exceed this amount.

The school opened on January 4, 1909 with two rooms and fifty-six students. There were eight schools at this time and St. Ann School would be the most easterly. The school grew, as the city of Hamilton continued to expand east. In 1914 and 1927, new classrooms were added and by 1955, there were eight sisters, twelve lay teachers and 745 students. By Canada’s Centennial, the school had grown to 35 classrooms, 40 teachers and 1 400 students. The Junior School opened in 1968, and the twelve original classrooms were demolished soon after.

St. Ann School has always been a reflection of the population patterns of the city, and a Hamilton grew outward from the core, the school population became smaller. In 1985, the school moved from the Board’s first open concept school back to the building it continues to occupy and the Junior School became the Nicholas Mancini Center. The NMC has since been demolished and its staff moved to the former Christ the King facility.

Today there are 180 students and 24 staff at St. Ann School. There is an All Day Daycare and Best Start program on site sharing our facility. There have been many changes since 1908, but St. Ann School continues to be as culturally diverse as the neighbourhood, with five Catholic Churches within two blocks of the school. It is a happy school community with staff, parents/guardians and parish working as a team to create a wonderful Catholic community.

The children of St. Ann School try daily to emulate St. Ann and like her, they are caring, loving and spiritual. St. Ann School has had many successful graduates, with Bishop Reding having been a student at the school. The strong Catholic community of St. Ann will continue to prepare children to become leaders in society and in our Church.class


St. Ann
St Ann

Saint Anne, chosen by God to be the mother of Mary, His own Blessed Mother on earth, was the spouse of Saint Joachim. Ancestor of the Eternal King and High Priest, Joachim was of the royal house of David, while Anne was of Levitical descent. Their lives were wholly occupied with prayer and good works. One thing only was wanting to their union — they were childless, and this was held as a bitter misfortune among the Jews. At length, when Anne was well advanced in age, Mary was born, the fruit rather of grace than of nature, and the child more of God than of man.

With the birth of Mary the holy matron began a new life; she watched Her every movement with reverent tenderness, and, aware of the little one’s destiny, felt herself hourly sanctified by the presence of her Immaculate Child. But she had vowed her daughter to God; to God the child Mary had already consecrated Herself, and to Him Anne gave Her back. Mary was three years old when Anne and Joachim led Her to the Temple steps, saw Her pass by Herself into the inner sanctuary, and then saw Her no more. Thus was Anne left childless in her old age, and deprived of her purest earthly joy. The holiest parents on earth could not, in the plan of God, raise this Child as was needed: Mary had to suffer from Her earliest years. Saint Anne and Saint Joachim humbly adored the Divine Will, and continued to watch and pray, until God called them to unending rest.

France and Canada possess the principal sanctuaries of Saint Anne: in France, at Apt in Provence, and at Auray in Britanny; in Canada at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in the Province of Quebec. At Apt the discovery in 792 of Saint Anne’s relics, brought by Lazarus and his two sisters to France, was wholly miraculous, authenticated by the presence of Charlemagne during the discovery, and the signature of Pope Adrian I on the written account of the facts.


St. Ann School Prayer

st. ann school prayer 2010.pdf