SJCSS School Principal Natalie Cameron
St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School is a place of learning rich in tradition. We believe all students can be successful. Through various rich programs and many opportunities for hands on learning such as our co-op program, our dual credit partnership with various colleges and our SHSM in business, and transportation, we offer many positive and innovative ways to learn.
We are a school that believes that every student has many gifts and talents given by God that need to be discovered and explored. All of our students have a meaningful graduation outcome due to the dedicated staff that work diligently to ensure this happens.
We are a school rich in tradition, always striving for excellence. We are the St. Joe’s Panthers and we are proud. Our Catholic school lives and breathes the Catholic traditions and values that make us who we are: responsible, kind, caring individuals. As the school principal of this school, I am so very proud to be part of this family. We are truly… family!
Natalie Cameron, School Principal
In June 1982, the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Roman Catholic Separate School Board made the historical decision of establishing a centrally located Catholic Secondary School, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall.
On September 15, 1982, the Chairperson of the Board, Mrs. Sheila Tremblay, and the Board’s Director of Education, Mr. Gilles Metivier, attended a most important meeting with priests of the Diocese and His Excellency Bishop Eugene LaRocque, as well as, persons responsible for the development of Religious Studies programs for the Board. All committed themselves to Catholic Secondary Education and the promotion of such a system throughout the Diocese in the best interest of our adolescents. On September 6, 1983, Bishop Macdonell Catholic Secondary School opened its doors to fifty-nine students. The school shared the building with the Bishop Macdonell Senior Elementary School and renovations were made to meet the needs of a secondary school program.
Following a year of preparation by a Steering Committee chaired by Mr. Mike Gibbs, the Private High School Board came into being on October 4, 1983 with Mr. Bruce MacPhee as Interim Chairman. Bishop Macdonell Catholic Secondary School was officially opened by His Excellency Bishop Eugene LaRocque, at a sp ecial ceremony held in the school gymnasium on December 4, 1983.
On June 12, 1984, the Hon. William Davis announced that beginning in September 1985, Catholic Secondary Schools would receive grants on an equal footing with Public Secondary Schools. Following the announcement, the School Board accepted the responsibilities of completing the Catholic Secondary School system. After negotiations with the County Board of Education, agreement was reached to share facilities at General Vanier Secondary School.
In September 1985, the school, renamed St. Joseph’s Secondary School, began operating in its new quarters with Grades 9, 10 and 11. Grade 12 was added in September 1986 and Grade 13/OAC courses in September 1987.
As enrolment increased the amount of space for our school became insufficient so twenty four portables were purchased. In May 1992, funds were received from the Ministry allowing St. Joseph’s its own identity. September 1993 marked the official opening of the building as it is today. The present facility enables St. Joseph’s Secondary School to offer all secondary school programs.