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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

   
P.O. Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,100 to 49,900/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
16
Enrolment:
Day: 50 (Gr. 9 - 12), Boarding: 275 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
P.O. Box 100, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, S0G 5E0

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About this school:

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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is a private, independent, co-educational boarding high school, rooted in Catholic tradition and open to students of all faith backgrounds. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is committed to developing young men and women to become purposeful leaders with virtuous character. Notre Dame provides an exceptional educational and boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe and caring prairie environment. — Visit school website




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The Our Kids review of Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

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The school began its life in 1920 as a convent school, though came into its own—and gained the present name—after Father Athol Murray arrived in 1927. Murray is one those great Canadians that we all should know more about. Charity was a guiding principle, and he believed that quality education was to be offered to all, if they wanted it, whether they could pay for it or not. Indeed, many students he admitted couldn’t, and he took them anyway. It was on that basis that he was invested into the Order of Canada.
 
Still, Murray is more remembered today due to his influence in regional and professional hockey. He once said, “I love God, Canada and hockey—not always in that order.” He built the Notre Dame Hounds into a force, and in time the program attracted students for that reason, many of who went on to professional careers. Olympic medalist Delaney Collins is an alum, as is Wendell Clark and of course many others. That said, there is far more to the school than hockey. The program is based in the Catholic tradition, and attention to values is a particular attraction, both for students who share that tradition as well as those who don’t. Character is important, too, and while we tend to look first at the hockey program, the list of notable alumni would be impressive even without the NHL players. The ideal student is one looking for a strong foundation for their careers at university and beyond.





Principal's Message

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Rob Palmarin, President

"Come on kid, let me tell you what it means to be a Notre Dame Hound." If one could picture Father Athol Murray walking down the main street of Wilcox (Saskatchewan), one can easily envision Pere approaching a young student in a gruff, but warm, fatherly tone welcoming the new student to Notre Dame College. 

Father Murray left this earth in 1975 but the Notre Dame that he built, along with the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis, remains with us to this day as it has since its inception in 1920.

Although rooted in the Catholic tradition, Notre Dame is open to students of all faiths. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame puts a strong emphasis on delivering an education and character formation based on the beliefs and principles of Christian humanism. We offer a balanced approach to student development in three keys areas: mind, the body, and the spirit. 
 

 

Rob Palmarin, B. Ed., M.A.
President
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What school says: The academic program at Notre Dame is an integral part of the development of the complete Notre Dame Hound. Graduates from Notre Dame are regularly accepted at top universities in Canada, the United States and abroad. At Notre Dame, our academic strength lies in the philosophy that all students benefit from a positive learning environment. It is more than the delivery of the curriculum that is important. Our students excel in an environment that is supportive and demanding, challenging each student to strive for growth and understanding in all academic areas. A professional, highly educated and highly motivated academic faculty provides students with a unique learning experience. The creation of a positive classroom environment where students are challenged to think and speak for themselves contributes to the education of our students. The Notre Dame academic program demands excellence from students and prepares these same students to achieve greatness beyond Notre Dame.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What school says: Technology is an integral part of learning at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. we strive to use modern teaching approaches that use technology to enhance student learning, facilitate collaboration, and make creating and communicating e ective and easy. we work closely with students to develop their technology skills and to promote the responsible use of technology and social media tools. Notre Dame also provide families back home an online portal to be able to access student grades, school calendars and collaborate with the Notre Dame Community from anywhere in the world. Every student is issued a tablet that can be utilized from anywhere on our wireless campus. for students frequently traveling o campus, it is easy to stay organized, access coursework and connect with teachers and classmates.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Saskatchewan curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What school says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What school says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What school says: At Notre Dame, our academic strength lies in the philosophy that all students benefit from a positive learning environment. It is more than the delivery of the curriculum that is important. Our students excel in an environment that is supportive and demanding, challenging each student to strive for growth and understanding in all academic areas. The Notre Dame academic program demands excellence from students and prepares these same students to achieve greatness beyond Notre Dame.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What school says: Our aim is the growth of individuals with deeply rooted personal values, who are ready to take responsibility for their own lives and to serve the true needs of our society in Canada and the world. This aim is achieved through the College's program of studies and of spiritual, cultural and social activities, with a special emphasis on athletics. It is also reached through the experience of community life in the College, a life involving both cooperation and competition in the context of the prairie village of Wilcox.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    school offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What school says:
    • 2016 Youth Philanthropists of the Year for Regina, Saskatchewan

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
      Wrestling
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Choir
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Boarding (Domestic: in province) Boarding (Domestic: out of province) Boarding (International)
     
    9101112
    Day$10,100
    Boarding (Domestic: in province)$23,500
    Boarding (Domestic: out of province)$36,500
    Boarding (International)$37,500
    What school says: 2018-2019 Tuition: Day - $10,100 Saskatchewan - 5 Day Tuition - $23,500 Saskatchewan - 7 Day Tuition - $27,750 Canada - $36,500 US - $37,500 International - $49,900

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    www.notredame.ca/admissions

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 325
    Average enrollment per grade81
    Average class size16
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)85%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Athol Murray College of Notre Dame says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is looking for: This information is not currently available.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Vincent Lecavalier 1997 NHL hockey star. Stanley Cup winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner (MVP of playoffs), Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner (NHL's top goal scorer).
    Jordan Eberle 2008 NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers. Named the best Canadian World Junior Player ever by TSN.
    Rene Bourque 1999 NHL hockey player.
    Tyler Myers 2008 NHL hockey player and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie.
    Rod Brind'Amour 1988 Stanley Cup winning NHL player and captain, now coaching in the NHL.
    Brad Richards 1998 Stanley Cup winning NHL hockey player. Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (league's most valuable player in the playoffs).
    Keith Aulie 2007 NHL hockey player. Played in the 2009 World Junior Championships.
    Braydon Coburn 2003 NHL hockey player.
    Wendel Clark 1984 NHL hockey player and Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs
    Jaden Schwartz 2010 NHL hockey player, currently with the St. Louis Blues. Selected 14th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
    Jason Kenney 1986 Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development. Minister for Multiculturalism. Federal Member of Parliament representing Calgary Southeast.
    Gerald Maier 1946 Chairman, President and CEO of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Each year, Notre Dame hosts its annual Alumni Weekend. Celebrating Hounds from years past and welcoming the upcoming graduates into the network of Notre Dame Alumni.
    • Our most recent group of Alumni (the graduating class of 2017) secured close to $800,000 in scholarships to pursue post-secondary education.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Notre Dame was a place that allowed me to really grow as an individual

    "Notre Dame was a place that allowed me to really grow as an individual.

    I was lucky enough to be surrounded by staff and students that pushed me academically, as an athlete, and as a person. It really set me up to experience the 'real world' before I even left high school. It shaped me in many ways but the one thing I will always be grateful for out of that experience is the intangible relationships you make there. The daily interactions that are faced and the constant encouragement to get involved with the community and events forced me to put myself outside my comfort zone. Notre Dame helped me become a person with strong values and to set your goals and dreams with no limitations. "

    ...



    “What do I want my legacy to be?”

    “My time at Notre Dame was nothing short of wonderful. From the friendships I made, to the incredibly caring staff and the fantastic athletic programs; Notre Dame was a platform for success in all areas of life. I learned independence, the value of integrity and most of all, through the great teaching staff and mentors, I learned how to treat people. Notre Dame Hounds lead by example, expecting nothing in return.  They have a passion for everything that they do and through that passion comes a never give up and never lose heart attitude.  When times are tough, I have had to turn to that attitude on many different occasions. I have had to learn that with my successes come many failures but I must never lose heart. I value each and every relationship I ever made at Notre Dame. Those relationships have helped me find the tools to be successful in life and to be who I really want to be. At the end of the day, the question for me is always “What do I want my legacy to be?” By surrounding myself with like-minded individuals, individuals that have the attributes of a true Hound, I don’t think there is any doubt that my never give up and always have heart approach, will always leave me feeling fulfilled and thankful.”

     

    ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Associations


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