Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School has many examples of our Board’s spiritual theme, Sent to be the Good News, in action. With a high population of newcomers to Canada and English language learners, the students in this school community have worked hard to interpret and make meaning of the spiritual theme and put thought into action in different ways.
Thanks to a donation from Divine Infant Parish, the school created a Stations of the Cross experience outside on school grounds to benefit both the student population and the greater community. Shop class students built weather-proof cases for the artifacts which were installed in an area of the school property surrounding their vegetable garden, which is regularly harvested to help supply food for families in need.
Lester B. Pearson: Stations of the Cross
One group of students lead an initiative to create a beautiful collection of stories about some of the families in their community and their journey to Canada. The book “Our Stories” highlights the lived experiences of these remarkable students and how they have persevered and succeeded despite individual hardships. The resiliency that these students have demonstrated serves as a source of inspiration for their peers, teaching staff, and wider school community. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used for school related initiatives.
As another project, a group of art students, under the leadership of art teachers, Leslie Morin & Barbara Maclellan, and with the assistance of a local artist, Nicole Belanger participated in an Ontario 150 initiative, where they created an incredible wall mural that spoke to the province and country during the past 150 years. View a video showing the creation of the mural.
School Principal, William Walsh, and Chaplaincy Leader, Donna Hughes, along with Mary Donaghy, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary, are proud of this incredibly hard-working community who have participated in complex activities which have very accurately captured what it means to be “Sent to be the Good News.” View the presentation.
“Caring for Others” in the Immaculata community
Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary
Grade 10 Focus Program students at Immaculata High School launched a “Caring for Others” initiative which is developing their understanding of how we can be Sent to be the Good News through our work with others; making a connection between their faith and their life work. The project comes from a source of genuine compassion and caring which is constantly present at this inner-city school. “Caring for Others” allows students to forge partnerships with community programs and services in the area such as St. Patrick’s Home and the Parkdale Food Centre in order to gain valuable work experience, community service hours, career knowledge, and most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference.
Students Eric Hamelin and Immaculate Nyashema presented the benefits of the program to the Board of Trustees. “At St. Patrick’s Home, we can be someone that senior citizens can talk to and share their stories,” Eric shared. Principal of Immaculata High School, Norma McDonald, along with Champion Teacher Susan Kehoe support the program’s offered opportunity to learn and explore rewarding jobs, careers, and volunteer experiences associated with caring for others in our community. View the presentation.
Photo (from left to right): Immacaulta Teacher Susan Kehoe; Principal Norma McDonald; Trustee Kathy Ablett; students Immaculate Nyashema and Eric Hamelin.
News from the Boardroom Summary (December 19, 2017)
This blog post covers the following topics:
- Lester B. Pearson students find deep meaning in our spiritual theme
- “Caring for Others” in the Immaculata community
- Advent is celebrated every day of the season
- Hydro easement at Our Lady of Peace School
Briefs from the Boardroom
Hydro easement at Our Lady of Peace School
Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, received approval from the Board for a hydro easement at Our Lady of Peace, to replace outdated underground services that have been causing power problems in the area. Hydro Ottawa will pay 50% of market value for the lands (approximately $30,000), which is the standard practice of the City of Ottawa and Bell Canada when they request easements from the Board.
Advent is celebrated every day of the season
Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning
The weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season to quietly reflect and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our schools actively celebrate the Advent season each year through works of charity and liturgical celebrations, reminding staff and students about the significance of the season. Jan Bentham, Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life, presented highlights of many wonderful school events which took place to recognize Advent. Mrs. Bentham says, “Advent is an invitation for students to share their Good News with the world. It’s Advent each and every day for our students during the Advent season, not just on Sundays.” View the presentation.
Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa, is the recipient of a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award.