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OCSB appoints Cindy Simpson as Zone 10 Trustee

The Board of Trustees for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has appointed Cindy Simpson as the Board Trustee for Zone 10, which encompasses the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset wards of Ottawa.

Trustee Simpson served as a Catholic educator for 21 years, Catholic school principal for an additional 13 years, and Executive Director of the Youville Centre. She has participated in numerous community networks and committees such as the United Way Ottawa, the Child and Youth Mental Health Network of Ottawa, and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee of Ottawa.

With a proven career commitment to children and youth, Trustee Simpson is a strong advocate for equitable resources throughout the education system.

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Building community and enhancing wellness at Immaculata

Building community and enhancing wellness at Immaculata

Immaculata High School hosted its first annual Girls Day Out for Wellness on November 30, 2019. All female students in Grades 7 & 8 were invited to participate in various activities to come together to “Be Community” and “Be Well” physically, mentally and spiritually. Our day of wellness began with senior students and recent graduates sharing their insights about getting involved in the school community in order to thrive at Immaculata. We thank these young ladies for sharing their personal experiences not only about their successes but also their hardships. They taught us that struggles can help us become stronger and more resilient!

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January 22, 2019 News From the Boardroom

Sharing inspirational Personalized Learning Centre (PLC) success

In September 2018, a new alternate program was launched in the OCSB. The Personalized Learning Centre (PLC) is comprised of two classrooms situated in the St. Nicholas Adult High School Admiral campus. The Board received an update on the program’s success and vision for the future.

There are currently 30 students enrolled in the program. Both the Grade 9/10 class and Grade 11/12 class benefit from a Teacher and Educational Assistant (EA), along with the resources of a Psychologist and Social Worker. Students enrolled in the unique program have a variety of diagnoses, exceptionalities, substance abuse issues, gaps in learning, or a history of attendance issues. Others are behind in credit accumulation. The curriculum is linked to “real life” and embeds the global competencies within the 22 different course being offered. Students can also benefit from co-operative learning, e-learning, and dual credit programs.

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Lynne Charette of St. Benedict School named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals

The Learning Partnership has recognized our very own, Lynne Charette, Principal of St. Benedict School, as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2019. Lynne is among 30 exceptional Canadian educators who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.

Lynne began her career as a teacher with the OCSB in 1984. During her 35 years with the OCSB, she has served as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, system special education consultant, vice-principal, and principal. Lynne was selected two years ago to open the OCSB’s new elementary school, St. Benedict. Lynne opened the school as a model that fully embraced deep learning. Her opening inquiry with her staff was “what is the difference that makes the difference for each child”?

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A Ceremony to Remember

A Ceremony to Remember

On the morning of December 6, 2018, a class of eight English as a Second Language (ESL) students hosted a very special Canadian citizenship ceremony at St. Patrick’s High School as part of their rich summative task. This ceremony gave students the opportunity to practice and develop their oral and written communication skills within a real-world context. It also allowed them to hone their diplomacy and collaboration skills as they all had to work as a team to make the ceremony a success.

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Fostering resilience to help prepare for tests and exams

Fostering resilience to help prepare for tests and exams

As parents, we want what is best for our children. We want them to be happy and to grow up reaching their full academic and social-emotional potential. It is always difficult as a parent when we see our children experiencing challenges or difficulties that cause them feelings of stress, sadness, or fear. Our natural instinct is to want to rush in and to “save them” from this hardship. However, in reality we can not save our children from all the challenges they will face in life. How can we prepare them for those challenges that are an unavoidable part of life, like not making the sports team they wanted, not doing as well as expected on a test, or the loss of someone dear to them?

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Mourning the loss of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau

Photo of Therese Maloney CousineauThe Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is saddened by the passing of Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau on Friday, January 11, 2019 after 35 years as an OCSB Trustee. Trustee Maloney Cousineau represented the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset areas (Zone 10).

A strong advocate of Catholic education, faith initiatives were very much a part of her vision as an OCSB Trustee. She was also an early promoter of girls in sports and science. Trustee Maloney Cousineau was elected as Trustee to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board in 1984, before the amalgamation with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board.

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