St. Joseph's School | Smithers BC

About Us

Philosophy and Objectives of Our School

St. Joseph’s School is committed to an educational program, which strives to provide academic excellence and to foster the total formation of the person.

We aim to integrate the different aspects of knowledge in the light of the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught and lived in the Roman Catholic Church.

We work to build an awareness of self within the community. We encourage and develop the growth of each person as a Christian.


St. Joseph’s School has had a long, interesting history. The building of the school began in 1958 on two lots on First Avenue. When the school first opened, there were about 200 students, many from Moricetown.

The school building  remained unchanged until 1966 when there was the addition of two new classrooms and the hallway leading to the French room which housed showers, a nurse’s station, a classroom, and two washrooms. Read more.


As a staff, we are dedicated and committed to working with you to provide the best educational opportunities possible. It is our belief that each student is entitled to an environment and experiences that foster an education founded in Christ.

Our Staff

Principal: Rosemary McKenzie
Kindergarten: Cara Polanin / Tanya Davidson(Fridays)
Grade 1: Shannon Wellington 
Grade 2: Jennifer Mitchell
Grade 3: Erin Brienesse
Grade 4: Karen Kuemper
Grade 5: Liz Creyke(mornings) / Cathy Doyle(afternoons)
Grade 6: Lexie Wilson
Grade 7: Nicole Twigge
Learning Assistance: Barb Trowbridge
French- Thomas Watkins
Music- Colin Maskell
Library Tech and Book Keeper: Christine Tessier
Educatioal Asistants:  Joanna Boot, Nancy Verbeek, Shanualea Vliegenthart, Kellie Williams,Cathy Doyle, Margaret Buenten
School Secretary: Arlene McGibbon
Lunch Hour Supervisors: Claudia Busatto and Christine Tanner
Pre K: Aleida Raffan (instructor)
After School Program: Claudia Busatto (coordinator)
School Council
School Council Members: 2018 -2019 Acting Chairperson: Rob Blackburn
Secretary: Shelene Gale
PSG Liasion: AnnMarie MacIsaac
Admission and Policy: Jim D'Andrea
Pastor: Fr. Benjamin Gamos
Parent Support Group

Every parent is a member of the PSG. The PSG is active in the school, running a weekly hot lunch program and spearheading initiatives such as playground improvement and purchases of classroom resources. Interested?

This year’s PSG executive:
Chairperson:  Julie Chaplin
Vice Chairperson: Christine Tanner
Secretary: Monica Howard
Treasurer: Seonaid Davies
Hot Lunch Coordinator:  Angie Souter

St. Joseph's Church

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Diocese of Prince George

CISPG Policies

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St. Joseph’s School has had a long, interesting history.

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