At Immaculata Regional High School, we do things a little differently than other high schools. Immaculata is all about teaching our students to put their best effort forward in all they do. We welcome all of our students into our close Immaculata family and celebrate their unique gifts and talents. With the support of their Immaculata family, our students become leaders who want to give back to the community that has nurtured them.
Each year, Immaculata students are required to perform a minimum of 30 hours of general community service. Community service is a priority for Immaculata and therefore we ask our students to complete more hours than in the public school system. Completing community service hours allows students to see how they can make a difference and broadens their range of experiences. The service work can be in the school, church, our feeder schools, or in the general community. Service hours are monitored by homeroom teachers to ensure the goal is met.
“Go to the poor: you will find God.” St. Vincent de Paul
Students from Immaculata have been involved in mission trips to serve the poor in Mexico since the 1990's. This experience provides students with a new understanding and appreciation of life beyond Kelowna and the tremendous impact they can have by getting involved. In January 2019, students from Immaculata travelled to Mexico to build a house for a family. Students prepared all year, doing fundraisers and projects to allow them to perform this act of service.
In January 2020, another group of students will travel to Mexico to build another house for a less fortunate family. In January 2021, a group will travel to Costa Rica to partner with Soles4Souls to distribute shoes to the needy.
As a school community, we partake in school-wide projects to serve the less fortunate. We regularly collect for and participate in the St. Vincent de Paul Society, with food and toiletry drives as well as a Christmas toy drive. Our students work for social justice through the Social Justice Class and the Legacy Project for Inn from the Cold.
Social Justice News!!
Our Immaculata social justice team competed in this year's Sustainable Development Challenge. Ashleigh, Nina, and Joshua partnered with Provision of Hope to create a life garden in Liberia. The team was the runner up, receiving $1500 dollars towards their initiative! The team is looking forward to working towards their goal of $5000 dollars!
Check out the video to the righ to see the full presentation, find out more, or get involved, check out the following link.
Do Catholic schools matter? How can a Catholic school compete?
By most standards, the kids that enter the public school system eventually leave it quite satisfied. And when you add in the many non-religious or private academies available you have to admit that there are many different choices when it comes to education.
And don’t forget home-schooling. It may be time consuming but what other alternative gives a parent total control over their child’s educational development from within the safety of their own home?
Just beyond the doors of our churches and our homes, the world waits. The popular culture of today is more dismissive and hostile towards Catholic teaching than ever. And as much as we would like to wish otherwise we can’t escape the reality that exists: It’s tough out there for Catholics and if we’re going to preserve and strengthen our faith we’re going to need all the help we can get. We’ll need our families, we’ll need our churches and we will most definitely need our schools.
No other educational choice offered can duplicate the communal academic environment rooted in Catholic theology and belief that Catholic schools can. Every day, our students attend classes under a “cloak of Christ,” simultaneously living in the world but remaining protected from the harsh storms of its failings. The sort of spiritual “safe habour” this provides will only increase their chances at leading happy, moral and peaceful lives in love and service to God.
Does it cost more? Yes, public funding is minimal, but its absence allows our schools the freedom to ensure that Catholic morals infuse the school curriculum. It’s a small price to pay to have God in our classrooms.
Our diocesan schools adhere to, and often exceed, all provincially-mandated educational standards. Together, they offer an experience in academics, the arts and athletics that is second to none. Our teachers and administrators are caring and talented professionals who work hard to model Catholic principles and teaching in their own lives each and every day.
Our community is only as strong as those inside it, and the more of us that unite together in Catholic education, the better our schools will become. If you have children or grandchildren that do not currently attend one of our BC Catholic schools please consider doing so.
Do Catholic schools matter? Only if our Faith does, and when you really think about it, that kind of says it all.
We are blessed in Kelowna to have the support of many wonderful churches and parishes. Their tireless efforts on our behalf are sincerely appreciated.
They work hard to support Catholic education within our city each and every day.
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