St. Bonaventure’s College is an independent K-12 Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition with a welcoming and diverse community offering a progressive curriculum aimed at creating a safe, challenging and inclusive educational experience. The school is focused on forming confident men and women of competence, conscience and compassion. St. Bonaventure’s College is the only remaining Catholic school in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, operating under the tenets of its original founding in 1856.
Today, St. Bonaventure’s College has 360 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We enhance, extend and enrich curriculum outcomes established by the provincial Department of Education. We strive for academic excellence while maintaining high student participation in our outstanding music programs, sports, Hockey Canada Skills program, and extra- curricular activities. Students are engaged in social justice activities such as tutoring and instructing youth with needs, providing food and hampers for the poor and enthusiastic participating in many activities of charity. St. Bon's students are also involved in a variety of ecological projects such as recycling, composting and organic gardening.
St. Bonaventure’s College alumni are located throughout the world and have made extraordinary contributions in government, business, the arts and sciences, their communities and the lives of others. Our goal is to continue to provide the quality of education and character formation which allows our graduates to make a difference and allow families of all income levels to benefit from our strengths.
Because we are a Ignatian school inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, we ensure that no child is unable to attend St. Bonaventure’s College because of the inability to pay. Our Bursary Program provides financial assistance for tuition for those in need. The school receives no government funding, and therefore this program must be funded from outside sources separate from student tuition fees. Each year our bursary program allows many families who would not otherwise be able, to send their children to St. Bonaventure’s College. Currently, 14% of our students receive some form of assistance. This demand continues to increase each year.
Named in honour of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Ignatius Society is an opportunity for alumni, friends, parents and benefactors of St. Bonaventure’s College to support the Bursary Program. By pledging $1,000 per year for five years, these benefactors support our goal of offering this unique educational and character-building experience to applicants from all income levels. The Ignatius Society uses these donations solely for Bursary assistance.
You can Make A Difference . . .
My name is Abuk Angok Tong and I graduated from St. Bonaventure's College in 2012. I am from what is now a new country called South Sudan. My family lived in a village on the Nile River where they raised cattle and grew their own food. I do not remember that village because when I was small the Sudanese Army burned my village to the ground and my father was killed along with all the men and older boys who had stayed to protect the cattle and other animals.
Before the soldiers arrived, my mother escaped from the village with the other women and the smaller children and to hide in the forest. It is a horrible story and I will not tell you any more except that we ended up in a refugee camp in Uganda and my older sister and one older brother died because they did not have enough food.
I came to Canada with my mother and my four brothers in October 2006, when I was only 11 years old. The Basilica Parish sponsored us into Canada after my uncle had asked for their help. St. Bonaventure's College agreed to take us as students even though we could not afford to pay the tuition fees and spoke no English.
When I came here I did not know any English at all. I had only been in school for 3 years and I was put in grade 7 because of my age but I did not understand anything. I was more than 4 years behind my class in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. Many volunteers helped us learn English in the first few months for half of the school day.
At first, I was very shy and scared. Everything was very strange to us and it was really really cold. I would see my classmates talk perfect English and I always asked myself whether I would ever speak like them.
Everyone here was very friendly. Once I could understand a bit, I made lots of friends and they also helped me with schoolwork and learning how people live here. The teachers have worked hard to help my brothers and me. The St. Bonaventure’s College parents were also great. They drove us to places since we do not have a car. We needed many thing and also help learning the culture.
I caught up in Math by the end of grade 9 but I worked so hard and was always so disappointed with my marks. Finally, in Grade 10, I made the Honour Roll and I was so happy and excited. You have no idea how big it was for me.
I would like to thank everyone at St. Bonaventure's College for helping me whenever I needed it. The teachers did everything to help me improve. I was so proud to graduate with Honours.
I wish to thank my uncle and The Basilica for bringing us to this place and most of all I would like to thank the Bursary Program for giving my brothers and me the opportunity to be able to go to this wonderful school where everyone welcomed us with open arms.
St. Bonaventure's College has helped me so much and is still helping me. Last year I won the Butterfly scholarship. I am currently in second year at Memorial University and a member of the School of Nursing. St. Bonaventure's College has prepared me for the world and taught me how to be a “Women for Others.” I cannot thank this school enough. Thank you so much and God bless you.
By committing to the Ignatius Society you can help shape the lives of many children who benefit from Bursary Assistance. You join with alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school to support the legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Bonaventure’s College and it students. Thank you for your support.
Our Ignatian Society Members:
Mary O'Brien & Brendan Barrett
Helen & Gerry Brennan
Joanne Dobbin & Brian Sears
Patricia & Brian Furey
Helen & Pat Hayward
Keli Healey & Tom McGrath
Nancy & Paul Hickey
Anne MacDonald & Michael Bautista
Rev. Kevin Molloy
Doreen Neville & Tom Harris
Patrick O'Shea & Madonna Tracey
Most Rev. Alphonsus L. Penney
Lisa & Jim Pittman
Robert & Bren Quigley
Sisters of Service
We are happy to meet to discuss your participation in this Society and its work. We can accept cash donations and share transfers.
For further information please download our new brochure or please contact:
The President’s Office
St. Bonaventure’s College
2A Bonaventure Avenue
St. John’s, NL A1C 6B3
726-0024, Ext 200.