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History & Philosophy

The Beginning

In the early 1950s, Archbishop Duke invited religious orders from across North America to come to Vancouver to found 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 Sisters of Charity of Halifax accepted his challenge, and in 1953 Notre Dame opened its doors for the first time.

Notre Dame Regional Secondary 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.

Our Vision

We are a welcoming school that honours and celebrates diversity within our community, built on our Catholic faith.  We inspire our students in the pursuit of excellence in the development of their God-given talents in order to Know, Love and Serve God within society.

 Our Mission Statement

To educate the whole student – Body, Mind & Spirit – that fosters the formation of Christian leaders, responsible citizens and life-long learners in a Catholic environment.


Our Core Values

Knowledge Our journey to know God and self is strengthened through academic excellence

Love We are committed to loving the Lord our God with our all hearts, all our souls and all our minds, and to loving our neighbours as oursleves.

Service 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.

Excellence As members of the Notre Dame community we strive to do our best.  This commitment to excellence manifests itself in a strong work ethic, determination and persistence to succeed.

Community We foster healthy relationships between all members of our Notre Dame community - students, staff, parents, pastors, parishes and alumni.

Respect We believe respect is the core of all relationships.


Why Notre Dame "Jugglers"?

This is the Juggler's fascinating tale, taken from the medieval French legend and re-told by Anatole France (1844-1924):

"Before he became a monk, Barnabas was a juggler by profession, poor and simple in person, but clever and skillful in juggling. As his days slipped by in the quiet of the monastery, he was saddened by the thought that, unlike the other monks, he had no fine talent to offer to the Virgin Mary. He could not compose hymns or illuminate manuscripts; he could not sing beautifully or play an instrument. Nothing - nothing could he do to show his love of the Mother of God.

One night, while thinking of his poverty of talent, he reflected on his happy days of juggling. Suddenly he knew what he would offer to Mary. Quietly he hastened to the Chapel, and there, before the statue of Our Lady, he performed his spectacular feats of juggling. At last exhausted but happy he paused. Then it was that the Virgin Mary, pleased with his loved-filled offering, was seen to descend from her beautiful shrine and with a tender hand dry the wet brow of her weary Juggler."

So, too, the community of Notre Dame today offers to Our Lady its talents and efforts, hoping that she will find these talents as acceptable as was the offering of her first juggler.

And that is why we call ourselves the Jugglers of Notre Dame.

Quick Facts
Founded: 1953
Area: Renfrew - Hastings Sunrise
Mascot: Juggler
Students: 700+

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Notre Dame Regional Secondary School
2880 Venables Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5K 4Z6