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Dec
09

2016 OCSB Christmas Card Contest

This year, the OCSB held its first ever Christmas student card contest. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 across the city were invited to design a Christmas card that celebrates the Christmas story of faith. The breadth and depth of student talent made choosing the winners a tough decision with almost 100 thoughtful, creative, and inspiring designs to choose from. The entries will be rotating through the Student Art Gallery at the first floor of the Catholic Education Centre throughout the month of December. These designs will be tweeted out using the hashtag #OCSBarts.

Design by Emma, Grade 3, St. Cecilia School

The winning designs will be on OCSB Director of Education's Christmas cards for the next three years. The talented artists for each design will also receive prizes. See all the winning designs and honourable mentions in our Facebook album.

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Dec
21

A meaningful Advent at St. John Paul II School

The staff and students at St. John Paul II School recognize that many people have a difficult time getting through the Christmas season, including families in their own school community. That's why they've been working hard throughout the season of Advent to make this season a meaningful time for everyone in their community through acts of kindness and mercy.

St. John Paul II School gathered for a Christmas meal to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus on Wednesday, December 16th. "We've been organizing this event for about six years now," said Office Administrator Helen Featherston. "For some of our students, this is their Christmas dinner, so it's a very special time for our community."

The school gym was decorated to the nines featuring a beautiful Nativity scene created by grade 1/2 teacher Rebecca Pereira that included a garland of stars decorated by every student in the school and a life-sized manger with strips of hay made out of construction paper.

The students kicked off the Jubilee year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis on December 8th, by demonstrating the mercy of God to others in simple and effective ways. "During the season of Advent, students were encouraged to perform acts of kindness and mercy to others and write down what they did on these strips of hay" said Pereira. "The strips of hay were meant to soften baby Jesus' bed with kindness and mercy."

With kindness and mercy in the air, the mood was set for a Christmas feast! Moments after Principal, Sean Crookshank made the announcement for students to come down to the gym, the halls were buzzing with joyful students eager to share a delicious meal with their classmates. It was a truly heart-warming event as the kindergarten students led the whole school in saying grace. Special guests and volunteers including City Councillor Tim Tierney and OCSB Director of Education Denise Andre were on hand to serve the students their Christmas meal. It was a truly wonderful event as the whole community gathered to share in the blessing of a delicious Christmas feast.

View more photos on the Ottawa Catholic School Board Facebook page.

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