Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Educate the Young
For more than 118 years, Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHMS) through the guidance of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI), has been educating and developing the unique talents of children from nursery school to Grade 8.
From the earliest age, students are taught the importance of balancing and practicing daily the values of: academic excellence, faith, culture and community. By living these values daily, IHMS students have a rich and rewarding educational experience. Graduates go on to excel in high school and later in the wider community where they become civic, social, business and church leaders.
You can help to ensure that our only faith-based private Ukrainian Catholic School in Canada continues to provide the best education possible for many generations to come.
Back to School
The annual Back to School campaign is focused in 2023 on refurbishing the Kindergarten to Grade 6 classrooms. We're fortunate the benefactors of the school invested in quality materials and furniture, but after more than 60 years, it's time for the desks and chairs to graduate!
Read more from Julianna (right, 1993) as she reflects on her time at IHMS, and meet her son Sam, who is using the same furniture, 20 years later. Your gift can help make learning more comfortable.
“The early years of the School, were during a time when new immigrants were pouring into Canada, looking for a better life; bringing with them, in many instances, nothing but the clothes they wore and the Spirit in their heart”. (excerpt taken from “The Spirit is Strong” – St. Nicholas, Immaculate Heart of Mary School 100th Anniversary Book 1905-2005).
Today, IHMS continues to provide a caring, compassionate and supportive community to families like the Kuchmenkos who have come to Canada seeking refuge from the war in Ukraine. They are being embraced in a way that allows a family to find comfort in an educational environment that is rooted in the Ukrainian Catholic faith and culture.
IHMS is committed to meeting the needs of every arriving student and family to the extent that IHMS’s existing capacities permit. Your gift will help IHMS meet those needs.
To date, more than 65 Ukrainian children have joined the IHMS community.
Donations to IHMS's war relief efforts will be used to offset tuition costs, supplies, uniforms, extra-educational support, or any other identified needs that will aid in the education and stability of these students and their families.
You can also choose to support one of the following areas of need for the School at this time.
Move the Spirit Capital Fund - Contributions are used for major capital expenditures that will benefit the school community now, and well into the future, including the potential for a new school.
School Operation Fund - IHMS provides an academic program that promotes academic excellence and develops independence. Along with the academic curriculum there are many co-curricular and extracurricular programs so students have a well-rounded educational experience. Some of the co-curricular programs include: performing arts/drama, cultural arts, outdoor education, Social Justice Club, school intramural sports and the new debate program.
Scholarship/Bursary Fund - Contributions provide financial assistance to students to continue their education. Full and partial bursaries are available to any student, based on financial need, as determined by the Bursary Committee. Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement and/or participation in school programs and activities.