About Us – History and Parish Connections
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has nurtured the development of students and families since 1847. We honour the covenant between the school, home, and parish to embrace shared leadership and the wellness of the students entrusted to our care.
Located in mid-western Ontario, the Board encompasses historic Goderich and Grand Bend along the Lake Huron shoreline with Exeter, Ontario and the rich productive agricultural land of several small rural communities. The Eastern boundaries of our school system encompass the beautiful towns of Listowel, Mitchell and St. Marys, Ontario and numerous beloved rural communities in between. At the southerly end, Stratford anchors Perth county with its world-renowned Shakespeare Festival. The counties of Huron and Perth are part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London under the leadership of His Excellency Bishop Ronald Fabbro.
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is fervently committed to high standards for achievement in teaching and learning. We are very proud of the quality of instruction within all schools and our commitment to inclusive learning spaces that provide differentiated opportunities for growth and development.
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board welcomes 4,600 students with progressive teaching and learning strategies and the best possible resources for achievement. We continuously invest in quality resources for our students and the professional learning of our educators. We are leaders in the province of Ontario for blended learning to nurture global competencies. Our learning spaces host numerous digital technologies at a ratio of 1:1 devices per student across all classrooms.
Most importantly, the students entrusted to our care are rooted in Catholic education that is inspired by the Gospels of Jesus Christ. We are a Catholic school board. We proclaim the glory of God and nurture all persons to be leaders of faith and Catholic social justice. We view all children and staff as a precious gift and sacred responsibility. We embrace our 171 year-old heritage where our students worship with dedicated and humble hearts in their model of service, Catholic social action and prayer.
January 1, 1969, marked the amalgamation of 15 Roman Catholic School Boards in Huron-Perth. The Huron-Perth County Roman Catholic Separate School Board consisted of 19 schools at the time of its formation. Vincent Young from Goderich served as Chairman during the initial year of operation with Keith A. Culliton from Stratford taking on the responsibility in year two. The first Director of the new Board was John Vintar. Read more about the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board’s history below.
School, Home, and Parish
We believe that faith development is a gradual, lifelong and community process in partnership with the parish, home, and school.
In 2015, the Diocese of London developed the Family of Parishes model for future direction for the people and parishes of the Diocese of London. The Huron-Perth Deanery was established, which consists of four Family of Parishes (FOP) with distinct parishes, located across the counties of Huron and Perth. Click here for a PDF map of the Diocese of London that shows parish locations and deaneries.
THE HURON-PERTH DEANERY
Lake Huron Catholic Family of Parishes (activated September 2020):
Perth-Huron Crossroads Catholic Family of Parishes (activated September 2020):
Avon-Thames Catholic Family of Parishes (activated July 2020):
Northern Huron-Perth Catholic Family of Parishes (activated July 2021):