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John McCrae Public School

Address:  189 Water Street, Guelph, Ontario N1G 1B3
Phone Number: 519-824-0028
Fax Number: 519-824-7067
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Instructional Hours: 8:35am – 3:05pm
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Student Transportation:

Before and/or After School Program: Yes
Child Care: No

Principal: Walter Vandervaart 
Vice-Principal: Lynn-Michelle Fortier
Office Co-ordinator: Kathy Lambkin
Superintendent: Cheryl Van Ooteghem
Trustee: Mark Bailey and Linda Busuttil
School Council: Rebecca Bigelow and Jeff Benet

Grades: JK-8 FI
School Population: 574
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Since its opening in 1952, our school is proud to be named for Colonel John McCrae, physician, soldier and renowned poet. It is his sensitive reflection on war and peace, the poem In Flanders Fields which has brought him national and international fame. Its first verse is printed on the Canadian ten-dollar bill in both English and French.

Colonel John McCrae was born and lived in our community. His historical homesite is one block away and each year hosts our student-led Remembrance Day Service. Ecole John McCrae School is beautifully situated on the Speed River adjacent to city park areas with a large play area of grass, maple trees, wild flower gardens, playing fields and modern playground equipment. This environment allows access to quality physical education programs and enhanced nature studies.

In September, 2003, École John McCrae School became a French Immersion Centre. The school encourages active parent involvement through volunteer opportunities such as the Art Image program. Parents offer help in our extracurricular programs, daily lunch duty, trip supervision, as library and classroom helpers, through fundraising events and school sports programs.

Red, blue and white are the school colours. Our school mascot is the Mustang.

Le monde à notre portée. The world awaits us.