Our School

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At Father Joseph Venini Catholic School, we are called to celebrate and nurture the God-given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ. We recognize our call to love and serve from our Master teacher Jesus Christ, and we are committed to creating a Catholic learning community under the protection of Mother Mary.

The Catholic Graduate Expectations are our foundation as we strive for academic excellence and the acknowledgement of those who achieve it. We recognize God as the source of all life and actively work to focus on social issues within our local and global communities.

We celebrate the diversity within our community with a collaborative approach to learning, in cooperation with parents, the Catholic faith community, and other organizations that recognize the value of our mission. Within the context of Catholic teaching and Sacramental living, our school community strives to demonstrate respect and reverence for all life, thus nurturing a safe, Christian environment for the entire school community.

2019 -2020 School Year Calendar

Our Board's 2019-2020 School Year Calendaris now available. Please subscribe to our school calendar webpage to receive the latest updates and emails on upcoming events and activities happening at school. 

Child Care services

We are pleased to partner with YMCA to provide before and after school care at Father Joseph Venini Catholic School. Call our child care partner at 289-927-3685 learn more about our services.

School hours

Our school hours are as follows:

8:45 a.m. - School begins
10:10 - 10:25 a.m. - Morning recess 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch 
1:55 - 2:10 p.m. - Afternoon recess 
3:15 p.m. - Dismissal

Patron Saint

Our patron saint is Father Joseph Venini. Father Venini who was born, raised and educated in Oshawa. He became a priest in 1926. Father Venini spent many years as a missionary in China before being expelled by the communist government in 1953. After this time, he served as a parish priest. Father Venini attended the Official School Opening of our school on December 6, 1970. Following this, he was sent to Guatemala where he lost his life in 1972 serving as a missionary priest. 


As Catholic educators, we live according to our Father's code and to lead our students, by example, to live the basic truths of the gospel message. This is an awesome, yet inspiring challenge which we share with the parents of our young men and women.

Children learn what they live. Each day we have the opportunity to teach our students:

  • to love by the way we love;
  • to be generous by our generosity;
  • to be passionate by our compassion; and
  • to be forgiving by the way we forgive.

However, a person cannot give what he or she does not have. Unless we are living the Gospel message, we cannot lead our students to do so.

There are many hallmarks of a Catholic educator, including:

  • Prayer - The challenges of our vocation, and indeed life in general, are great. To meet them we need to follow Christ's advice that we "ask the father in My name". Each Catholic educator has a duty to expose students to his or her particular style of prayer in order to assist students to recognize the value of prayer in daily life.
  • Eucharist - Parish, school, and staff liturgies provide opportunities to celebrate our faith. Our example can testify to the Eucharist as a joyful source of strength and community building.
  • Social Justice - This is the heart of the Christian message, that we "love one another as I have loved you". As our brother's and sister's keepers, we must be concerned about the aged, the poor, the oppressed, and any other marginalized group - both at home and abroad.


Below are links to resources to help you achieve success while at Father Joseph Venini Catholic School.

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns.

Principal: Jim MacNeil
Father Joseph Venini Catholic School
120 Glovers Road
Oshawa, ON L1G 3X9

Tel: 905-723-2421
Fax:; 905-723-5943


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