Fast Facts and Bell Times


The school was founded in September 2000. Clayton O'Donoghue was born February 19, 1918. A true native son, he was raised in East City, baptized at Immaculate Conception Church, and educated at Immaculate Conception School and at St. Peter's High School.

His vocation to the priesthood was influenced by many factors including his family and the example of his long time parish priest, Monsignor O'Sullivan. Clayton O'Donoghue's ordination by Bishop Berry in St. Peter's Cathedral on June 08, 1946, initiated a life of priestly service as a dedicated scholar and advocate of the Faith, as a committed educator, and as a kindly shepherd in pastoral work.

Over the years, Monsignor O'Donoghue linked his own love of learning to a zealous dedication to the growth of Catholic education in the Diocese, Children at St. John's, St. Martin's, St. Joseph's, and St. Patrick's Elementary Schools all remember well the kindly, gentle man who visited frequently and who worked tirelessly, planning school liturgies and participating in class preparation for reception of the sacraments.

Plans to replace the old building occupied by St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's culminated in the opening of a new St. Patrick's School in March 1991. Those now at the school think of Monsignor as the builder not only of the structure but of the faith community within.

Monsignor's support of Catholic Secondary education at St. Peter's High School had been unstinting. In the early seventies, the financial position of the school was in crisis. Monsignor O'Donoghue's forthright challenge to the people of the Diocese brought sincere response in fundraising activity.

Monsignor O'Donoghue's unfailing faith and energy have been translated into many good works in the parishes he served. He was loved by all as a caring, sensitive leader. His gentleness and understanding and his sense of humour have helped many in a world which sometimes seems cold and demanding. Families and individuals alike speak thankfully of his help in times of crisis. Parish organizations such as the Catholic Women's League and the Catholic Parent Council were grateful of his affirmation. The people of the Church were appreciative of his service.

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Bell Times

Each school day has the following schedule: 

8:55 AM - Supervision

9:10 AM - Entry Bell

10:46 AM-11:01 AM - AM Recess

12:23 AM-1:23 PM - Lunch & Lunch Recess

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM - PM Recess

 3:40 PM - Dismissal


Parish Information

Monsignor O'Donoghue School is a welcoming community with a mission to assist all students to achieve their spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional potential in a caring environment.

The school comes together to celebrate monthly school masses with its affiliated parish, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, led by Fr. Stephen DeCarlo. We are also affiliated with Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, led by Msgr. Michael Heffernan, they both support students and families of Monsignor O'Donoghue Catholic Elementary school to encourage spiritual awareness.

Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church 

1830 Keene Road, R.R. #8,

Peterborough, ON

K9J 6X9

Telephone: 705-741-1018


Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church

386 Rogers St.,

Peterborough, ON

K9J 1T2

Telephone: 705-742-5466