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Pauline Vanier Catholic E S
"Learning and Growing Together with God"
  • Pauline Vanier Catholic E S
  • 56 Oaklea Blvd
  • Brampton ON , L6Y4W7
  • Principal: Sharon Chambers
  • Vice Principal(s):

  • Superintendents: Lucy Papaloni
  • Trustee: Anna da Silva (Brampton Ward 4)
    Darryl D'Souza (Brampton Ward 6)
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The school office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.   School begins at 8:40 am and ends at 3:10 pm.


AM     10:20 - 10:35

PM      2:05 - 2:20


Morning supervision of the schoolyard begins at 8:25 am. For their protection, students should ONLY be at school during supervised times.


Should parents need to drop students off earlier, we have a PLASP program. Please call the PLASP Head Office  (905-890-1711) to inquire about its services.



Parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child's success in school.


When parents are involved in their children’s education, the level of student achievement increases. Students attend school more regularly; they complete more homework in a consistent manner and demonstrate more positive attitudes towards school. They are also more likely to complete high school[i].


The purpose of a Catholic School Council is through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil

achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.


Recognizing that parent engagement can happen at home and does not have to be defined as volunteer or committee work at school, the Pauline Vanier Catholic School Council also has a Parent Engagement sub-committee. This sub-committee is committed to helping parents in the Pauline Vanier community access resources that they can use to help their children succeed in school. We're also working toward fostering a sense of community among parents and teachers in the school.                                                                                                                                   



The Pauline Vanier Catholic School Council meets several times per year at the school, usually at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.  Dates of meetings will be emailed to parents at the beginning of the school year, with reminders sent prior.  Usually, September, November, Februay, April and June.  You do not have to be a member of council to attend a school council meeting. These meetings provide a forum though which parents and other members of school communities can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance. Please note that issues related to specific students or teachers must be discussed with the school principal directly.




Our school has been given the name "Pauline Vanier" to honour the memory of a special Canadian Catholic woman who passed away on March 23, 1991.  She provides for us, an inspirational figure to emulate in our daily interactions here.

Pauline Archer was born in Montreal in 1898.  In 1921, she married George Vanier, a military officer who turned diplomat and became Canada's Governor-General from 1959 to 1967.


Throughout her life, Madame Vanier exemplified true Christian values. She had a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a prayerful confidence in the love of God, setting aside daily time for prayer, reflection and meditation. She worked tirelessly alongside her husband, George, to help ease the pain and suffering of poor, disadvantaged and destitute people on every possible occasion.

Following her husband's death in 1967, Madame Vanier joined her son Jean Vanier at L'Arche, a centre for handicapped people (that Jean had founded) at Trosly-Breuil, near Paris, France in 1967.  At L'Arche (which means "ark" or "refuge"), she became known as the community's grandmother despite what she described as her initial fear of disabled people.  This was a fear that involved her own feeling of inadequacy when she was with them. Soon after her arrival at L'Arche, Mme. Vanier said she recalled crying in the chapel when suddenly she felt a hand on the her shoulder. She turned and saw a young man standing behind her. Without speaking, he gently took her arm and walked her home. She realized then that in spite of his disability and the fact that he didn't know her well, he was concerned that she was sad and was, in his own way trying to comfort her. His sensitivity touched her deeply and from that moment on her fear of the L'Arche residents began to disappear.

When asked for permission to name this school in honour of his dear mother, Jean Vanier responding by writing:

"I am very touched by your desire to name this new school "Pauline Vanier Catholic School". I hope and pray that it will be a place where the spirit of Jesus and of the Gospels will truly be present; where those who are poorer or who have learning difficulties may be welcomed and find their place."

Madame Pauline Vanier's life of kindness, love and charity toward others makes her an excellent model for all who "learn and grow together with God" in this community.


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