The Official Ground Breaking Ceremony for the construction of St. Mark Catholic Elementary School took place on November 12, 1999. His Excellency, Bishop Anthony Tonnos, along with Chairperson, Mr. Patrick Daly, Director of Education, Mr. Marcel Castura, appointed Principal Mr. Corrado Ciapanna, and Trustee Mr. Raymond Bartolloti, had the honour of turning the first spade of soil on the road to the building of the newest Catholic Elementary School on Stoney Creek Mountain. The students from St. James School and St. Paul School who would be attending St. Mark School in September 2001, also took part in this memorable occasion.
St. Mark Elementary School opened its first days of classes in September of 2001 under the direction and leadership of the first Principal, Mr. Corrado Ciapanna ( 2001-2003). The Red and Gold Winged Lions embraced the motto of "Pride in Faith, Self and Learning" and quickly made their presence known within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board Community. Three hundred and seventy-two students, and twenty-six staff members, became St. Mark Catholic Elementary School.
The actual school building was not completed until December 23, 2001. Thus the first days of our school history began within the walls of St. James Elementary School and St. Paul Elementary School. In January 2002, the Staff and Children began the new year in the new building of St. Mark Catholic Elementary School at 43 Whitedeer Rd. in Stoney Creek.
On Sunday May 26, 2002, Bishop Anthony Tonnos presided at the Blessing and Official Opening Ceremony of St. Mark Catholic Elementary School.
Each Student, Parent, Teacher and Staff member is called forth by God our Father to foster a growth in pride of:
~ Faith through the teachings of the Gospels of St Mark, as we all try to become Christ like in our ways of living
~ Self as followers of Christ and children of God
~ Learning to serve God and each other and in our academic development
Please visit the following video link to watch Our Story of St. Mark from IM STUDIOS: https://vimeo.com/54207128