St. Peter’s ACHS College School makes move to Amherstburg official

 

The new sign outside of the former St. Theresa School in Malden Centre has been changed to reflect the new ownership.

The new sign outside of the former St. Theresa School in Malden Centre has been changed to reflect the new ownership.

St. Peter’s College School headmaster Peter Thyrring was at the Libro Centre last Saturday handing out information on his school.

St. Peter’s College School headmaster Peter Thyrring was at the Libro Centre last Saturday handing out information on his school.

By Ron Giofu

 

It’s official.

St. Peter’s ACHS College School is moving to Amherstburg and has purchased the former St. Theresa School to operate from.

As reported in the April 9 issue, the independent boys elementary school – specifically geared for Grade 1-8 – was looking to move from its current Haliburton location with Amherstburg being one of the locations being considered. The deal to purchase the school building from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board closed last month and headmaster Peter Thyrring said he is looking forward to bringing the school to town.

“We’re pretty pumped and excited,” said Thyrring. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Thyrring said town officials were accommodating as part of the process of choosing Amherstburg, with use of the Libro Centre being a key component that was promoted.

“They promoted this as a win-win situation,” said Thyrring. “So far, so good. They were right.”

The school is in its third week of being promoted locally and Thyrring said a lot of people already know about it. That was something he found pleasantly surprising.

“We hope to have 24-30 kids by September if we push it well,” he said. “That’s what we’re hoping to start with.”

Sports and physical activity are big at St. Peter’s with Thyrring noting they are “used as a carrot” to help promote positive academic achievements as well. He said “healthy body and healthy mind” go together and sports and athletics are used in the learning process. Hockey is one of their mainstay sports but he noted that a variety of different sports are also enjoyed including canoeing, swimming and soccer among others.

“Our kids are into all sports,” he said.

It also will be a school regional in scope as they hope to attract students from not only around the area but beyond, including from the Detroit-area and use facilities in other local towns. Regarding the latter, he said they are looking into using the pool complex in Essex as part of their swimming programs.

They take their sports teams to many tournaments, he added, with a lot being in the Greater Toronto Area.

The size of the former St. Theresa School, including its 3,000 square foot gym, was attractive, he added. Some of the school will be retrofitted to allow for residential use as out-of-town students will be able to stay there.

The building, said Thyrring, was kept in “remarkably decent shape” and although there are items like the roof that need looking into, only minor modifications will be needed before St. Peter’s opens there in September.

Staff levels haven’t been finalized yet, as Thyrring noted that will depend on enrolment. He envisions most of the staff being local and stated he already has a lot of interested applicants.

“It’s all community people so that is very pleasing,” he said.

Thyrring called the school “unique” in the sense it also allows for students to help govern how it operates and provide input into school policies. He added it is “old school” as well, citing one example where students will stand up and greet guests if they come into classrooms.

While the school is an independent Catholic learning facility, Thyrring stressed that it is open to everyone. He added there will be a lot of community involvement as well.

For more information on the school, call 1-888-832-8121, e-mail achscanada@gmail.com or visit www.achscanada.com.

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