A new Catholic school named after a famous saint hopes to live up to its name.
Saint John Paul II Academy opened for its first-ever full day of classes Wednesday, Sept. 5. Science and math teacher Tony Walters is hoping its 17 young students embrace the motto: “Enter to learn. Leave to serve.”
“I think we’re going to have that charism of Pope John Paul II: that spirit of not being afraid, reaching out, and hope for youth for the future,” said Walters.
Saint John Paul II Academy officially opened for classes with 17 students in Grade 8. Next year, the plan is to add a Grade 9 class, and so on all the way up to Grade 12.
The school’s namesake, Pope John Paul II, hosted the first World Youth Day in 1985 and was widely recognized as a saint and great encourager of young people until his death 13 years ago.