Bishop Feild School, under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District of Newfoundland is an elementary school located on 46 Bond Street in St. John’s. It is a two stream school offering both English an Early French Immersion Program. The current population is 273 students, many of them coming from our school neighbourhood.
Bishop Feild School was established in 1844, originally an Anglican School for Boys. It boasts many distinguished alumni, including the Honorable Joseph Smallwood, the Honorable John Crosbie, and Tommy Ricketts, winner of the Victoria Cross to name but a few.
The current school building, designed by architect Eustace Byrd, was constructed in 1928 and is an example of collegiate gothic architecture. With high ceilings, marble floors, oak mantles, and fireplaces, the building has provincial heritage status.
Today Bishop Feild draws upon a diverse population, making it a unique school with a strong community spirit. We program for children from a variety of backgrounds, including a significant representation from the St. John’s Arts Community. Parents are actively involved in developing our school in a variety of volunteer capacities. Fundraising Initiatives in recent years have resulted in a state of the art computer lab, an outdoor classroom, a refurbished soccer pitch, and a new sound system for our auditorium.
Bishop Field School is a member of the International League of Peaceful Schools and has achieved that designation as a result of sustained efforts in safe and caring school initiatives. Bishop Feild School has been a member of The Seeds National Learners in Action Program for a number of years and a binder of envirionmenal projects carried out in our school is kept. We have currently completed 370 projects giving us Jade Status.
We partner with a number of community partners including the Salvation Army who run a breakfast snack program, the St. John’s School Lunch Association, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary who offer several programs at our school, as well as the Roots of Empathy program and other partnerships. We have also successfully applied for grants from various organizations to fund environmental projects, visiting artist programs (ArtSmarts), pre-school literacy programs, and the provision of specialized equipment to support school programs.
At Bishop Feild our goal is to help all children grow as active learners. Our school attempts to foster enthusiasm for learning and to provide rich learning opportunities for all children. At Bishop Feild there is also a strong emphasis on the development of responsible citizenship. Our safe and caring school initiatives encourage , tolerance, respect for others, empathy, and community service. A relatively new goal for our school community is the development of a culture of wellness promoting physical activity and good nutritional choices. These goals are currently being interwoven into our School’s Strategic plan.