School Profile

Assumption Roman Catholic School, known as “The Little Gem on the Prairie” in the rural community of Oyen, is on the corner of Highway 9 and 41. We are in the middle of nowhere and the center of everywhere. With a population of approximately 1000 people, we are the hub of the smaller surrounding villages in the area. The atmosphere in our school reflects the welcoming, friendly, and family oriented feeling that you find in our community. We offer a strong academic, Catholic education to over 55 students, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. With our small class sizes and double-grading, our students thrive and become connected to, and invested in, each other. We are a family. “At Assumption, we live in the Redeemer’s Way. We live and act in Respect of our Church, our School, our Community, our Parents, our Teachers, and our fellow Students. We believe greatness is expected of us, and we are ready to give it. This is who we are, whether you are watching or not”. This is our School Touchstone that defines us.

A Brief History of Our School

It all began in 1953, Mr. George Devereaux approached Father Steven Molnar and said, “Father, can’t we get Sisters to teach our children?”

The vote resulted in the Department of Education officially establishing the Assumption R.C. School District No. 50 on October 1st, 1954 after many obstacles were overcome. The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict were approached to staff Assumption School. A large farmhouse was purchased to serve as a convent (now on the West Side of Oyen, which served as Prairie Bells Bed and Breakfast). New challenges still followed in the early 1990s with the amalgamation of School Divisions under the leadership of Premier Ralph Klein. It was feared the tiny Assumption Roman Catholic Board would be absorbed by a board that would subsequently close the tiny school. However, in 1994, Assumption Roman Catholic became a founding member of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Separate School Regional Division #3. Christ the Redeemer now is one of the largest distance education schools in the province, with four Outreach schools. It is the third-largest Catholic jurisdiction in the province, and covers more territory than almost every school board!

Assumption Roman Catholic School, known as “The Little Gem on the Prairie” in the rural community of Oyen, is on the corner of Highway 9 and 41. We are in the middle of nowhere and the center of everywhere. With a population of approximately 1000 people, we are the hub of the smaller surrounding villages in the area. The atmosphere in our school reflects the welcoming, friendly, and family oriented feeling that you find in our community. We offer a strong academic, Catholic education to over 55 students, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. With our small class sizes and double-grading, our students thrive and become connected to, and invested in, each other. We are a family. “At Assumption, we live in the Redeemer’s Way. We live and act in Respect of our Church, our School, our Community, our Parents, our Teachers, and our fellow Students. We believe greatness is expected of us, and we are ready to give it. This is who we are, whether you are watching or not”. This is our School Touchstone that defines us.

Despite being nestled in a small rural setting, Catholic Education at Assumption School has been supported for 67 years. Many times we have faced adversity and possible school closure. It truly is a miracle we are still open today! Growing up in our remote rural agricultural community on the prairies requires students to become active citizens of the future. To do this, they must know about the past, reimagine the present and the future. Exploring their roots will give them an understanding of their own history, and how the people and stories have contributed to their own sense of belonging to Assumption School, Oyen and its surrounding areas. Our students need to be connected to more people in their community and in turn, the community connected to them. By exploring their past, they will be more invested in becoming a part of the future and how they can become active participants of change and a voice for Catholic Education and rural living. Now is the time for inspiration and hope for the survival of many things in rural Alberta-- businesses, farms, community spirit, Catholic education and small rural school schools that are the heart of communities. Our students are the hope for the future of Assumption, Oyen and Alberta. We need to build and sustain more connections within our community so we can all “walk each other home” and be a community where we “Leave Not One Heart Behind.”