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Learning

Elementary school students in O’Connor may attend one of two excellent schools run by the Lakehead Board of Education. Most resident children attend Whitefish Valley Public School in the neighbouring Gillies Township which is south of O’Connor and which offers an after-school care program. Other students attend Kakabeka Falls Public School to the east of the township in Kakabeka Falls. The Thunder Bay Catholic school board also buses students from O’Connor to Holy Family School approximately 25 minutes from the Township.

High school students attend one of three high schools on the south end of Thunder Bay. Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute and Sir Winston Churchill CVI are both run by the Lakehead Board of Education. St. Patrick High School is part of the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. All three schools are an approximate 30 minute drive from the Township. Bussing services are provided for elementary and high school students and generally pick up and drop off of students is at the end of their driveway. If a student wishes to pursue a program that is not offered in any of the three schools special arrangements can be made to attend one of the others in the North ward of the City of Thunder Bay.

Child care services are available at the Rural Best Start hub (Little Lions) at Whitefish Valley School. This centre offers family drop-in services for early childhood education, free programs for children, family learning activities and the opportunity to connect with other families and other family services. The majority of working parents commute and use child care facilities near their place of work in Thunder Bay.

Adult Education resources and services are available in Thunder Bay. English as a Second Language and high school equivalency courses are offered through the Lakehead District School Board and various private institutions. Continuing and post-secondary education programs are available at Lakehead University and Confederation College in Thunder Bay. Courses in higher education are also available through distance learning centres like Contact North, which has offices in Thunder Bay.

Those wishing to make use of library facilities can visit two libraries in the neighbouring Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge, where an agreement has been made between the Municipalities which allows O’Connor residents to make use of the lending and resource materials. One library is in the hamlet of Murillo, approximately a 20 minute away, and another is in Rosslyn Village, 25 minutes away.

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