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ST. THERESA CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL

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St. Theresa Catholic
Secondary School


135 Adam Street
Belleville, Ontario
K8N 5K3


613-968-6993
flhpthss@alcdsb.on.ca


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Under the Hastings and Prince Edward County Roman Catholic Separate School Board the ground breaking ceremony for St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School was held on Sunday, August 31, 1997. In 1998 St. Theresa opened the doors for students, although not completely finished. They had what they needed: lockers, teachers and classrooms. On November 7, 1999 the community was invited to St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School for its official opening and blessing. At the opening the Principal, Mr. Denison told the audience that St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School was a ‘vibrant school’ with the feeling of a large family. Archbishop Francis Spence gave the blessing of the school.

St. Theresa CSS was constructed to address the overcrowding at NCC. Enrolment when the school opened in 1998-99 was 350 students, and this has risen to the current enrolment of 744 students.

St. Theresa was chosen as the name for the new school after the patron Saint, St. Theresa de Lisieux. On January 2, 1873, Marie Theresa Martin was born in France. After two of her sisters entered the monastery, Theresa also entered the Carmelite monastery at the age of fifteen. In September of 1890, at the age of seventeen, Theresa took her final vows as a Carmelite Sister. Her closeness to God became evident through the small details of her life, and she displayed a strong personal love for Jesus. In 1896, Theresa began to feel ill, she had contracted tuberculosis. Theresa died on September 30, 1897. Theresa was canonized a saint only twenty-eight years after her death. Throughout her short life, St. Theresa performed every action with love, and offered everything she did throughout the day for others. The school motto, which appears on the logo reflects the life of St. Theresa.
St. Theresa’s draws students from Belleville, Tweed, Stirling, Marmora, Madoc, Tyendinaga and Deseronto and Bancroft. It was designed as a fully composite high school to meet the diverse needs of the population.
The site chosen for the new school was to be in the City of Belleville, in the northern part because of the growth occurring in that area. There was also a well established residential area in the chosen part of the city. The Yardmen Arena had already been constructed and this adjoining site for the school building offered wonderful opportunities for program delivery as there was no gymnasium when the school first opened. It now offers students the unique opportunity to participate in the licensed Hockey Canada Skills Academy.
Enrolment continued to grow and the school was expanded with a ‘new wing’ added in 2004 with classrooms, life skills and art rooms.