A Catholic learning environment nourishes the development of the whole person. A well rounded education inspires the imagination, engages the spirit and cultivates the qualities essential for responsible citizenship, further academic pursuit and leadership.
Confidence is gained through challenges, guided growth and nurturing of the intellect, emotional development, spiritual depth and athletic prowess of the individual. Given the chance children have a natural affinity to learn more of their own humanity, empathy and social justice as they develop their critical thinking and moral compass. A Catholic education provides these opportunities for their growth.
As Catholics living in the South Surrey/White Rock and South Langley area we have reaped the benefits of our children excelling in our Catholic elementary school system.
Let’s show the fortuity and commitment to our faith and our children’s education by embracing the opportunity and making a Catholic High School in our Community a reality. Let our response to this challenge be one of kindness, teamwork and an example of commitment to our children and our faith. Together let’s build greater opportunity for the benefits of our youth and the future of our Catholic faith.
In 2014, the Pope expressed his firm belief that parents should have the right to choose a “moral and religious education for their children”. He pointed out that in today’s ever-changing, technological world, our children are bombarded with so much information that it’s difficult to filter through it. Because of this, the Pope drove home the point that families and teachers must guide students to critical thinking and a moral compass. That is exactly where a faith-based education comes in.
St. John Paul II Academy is a new Grade 8 -12 co-educational Catholic high school and is part of the network of schools supported by the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA).
St. John Paul II Academy opened its doors to Gr. 8 students in September of 2018. The temporary location is at the Star of the Sea Community hall while the new high school is being constructed at 182nd St. and 24th Ave in South Surrey. We are extremely proud of our initiative, as Catholic schools play a vital role in the serving the communities in which they are located.
St. John Paul II was head of the Catholic Church for 26 years from 1978 – 2005.
He reached out to the world like no other Pope before him. He travelled
over 1 million kms to 129 countries proclaiming with courage not only the message of the Gospel of Christ with urgency and clarity, but also freedom to captives and truth to victims of failed false ideologies that had ravaged the people the twentieth century. His teachings and actions brought renewal to the Church and reasserted its mission to engage and transform human culture. He proclaimed a new and true humanism, reaffirming the dignity of every human person created in the Image of God, made for communion with each other.
His love for God and humanity was contagious. Truly a “man of letters”, a playwright, a philosopher, an intellectual giant, a poet, but most importantly, a man whose heart embraced the whole world with genuine love and compassion.
He had special place in his heart for the youth and reached out to them saying:
“You are the future of the world, you are the hope of the church, you are my hope.” “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” “The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.”
We are very proud to have our newest high school in the Vancouver Archdiocese named after this humble, spiritual, and missionary leader. Pope John Paul II will serve as a wonderful role model to all those associated with our community.
The simple design of our school crest is modelled on Saint John Paul II’s own papal coat of arms and reflects his humble and modest nature. The shield symbolizes our Catholic faith and our belief in God that protects and redeems us (Ephesians 6.16)
The letter M below the right arm of the cross stands for Mary’s presence at Jesus’s death on the cross and her close connection with the saving mission of her Son. As Saint John Paul stated, it symbolizes the line from Holy Scripture: standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” (John 19-25-27)
St John Paul chose as his motto the Latin phrase Totus Tuus, which means “totally yours” which reflects his personal devotion to the Mother of God and his consecration to Jesus through Mary.
He writes: ““I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christ-centred, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption.”
By choosing his motto, as a school we will strive to foster in our students a personal relationship with Jesus, to help them appreciate the special role Mary played in God’s plan to bring his Son into this world for our salvation, and to show how true devotion to her guides us to her Son. May our students live out their dedication to God by giving of themselves for their fellow human beings.
We ask you for your continued prayers and support.
Mr. DesLauriers’ preparatory work as principal got underway 1st September 2017, a full year before the new St. John Paul II Academy opened its doors to welcome the inaugural class of grade 8 students on 5 September 2018.