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Oct
08

St. Jerome students celebrate iWALK Day

On October 7, Students and guests at St. Jerome School joined countless others around the globe in celebrating International Walk to School (iWALK) Day 2015. The day is part of a worldwide iWALK week, which promotes active school travel and physical activity for children. This is the first year that iWALK Week was officially recognized by the City of Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson, OCSB Chairperson Elaine McMahon, and OCSB Trustees Spencer Warren and Sandra Moore were among the guests who joined the students in their walk to school.

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Sep
30

St. Pius students take care of garden over summer

Last spring, St. Pius X High School's Applied Geography Class and Achievement Centre students worked hard to create an outdoor learning space and vegetable garden/potato patch. When they left in June, the plants had taken root and had started blooming. Left unattended for two months, the garden could have become a weed-filled disaster. Fortunately for Pius, Grade 11 student Neil Santos stepped into the role of head gardener and irrigation technician for the entire summer. Neil rounded up a crew of volunteers to weed and water the flowers and vegetables on a weekly basis throughout July and August. Because of their efforts, the garden has been an astounding success. Staff and students returned in September to find a garden filled with ready-to-eat tomatoes, corn, potatoes, beets, kale, peppers, chard, parsley, and other herbs. This tasty and healthy produce will be harvested and used for Terry Fox fundraising efforts.

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Sep
30

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights – Sep 22

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • 2015 Revised Ontario Curriculum 1-12, Health and Physical Education & Family Life Education at the OCSB
  • Student Success reporting, indicators and credit recovery, 2014 - 2015 report
  • School Climate Surveys - 2015
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Sep
28

All Saints teacher nominated for Canadian book awards

Cover of Mrs. Pignat's book "The Gospel Truth."

All Saints High School teacher and author Caroline Pignat has been shortlisted by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for both the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award for excellence in teen fiction! Her book The Gospel Truth, nominated for both awards, is about life on a southern tobacco plantation in 1858. It's described as "Moving, lyrical and intriguing, this is a story that will captivate readers of all ages." Her other novel Unspeakable is also nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award. It tells the tale of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, and it "resonates with strong character development employing first person narration and the reflection of memories brought forth from journal entries."

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Sep
25

"Innovation that Sticks" at the OCSB


The Canadian Education Association recently selected the Ottawa Catholic School Board as the winning district in their "Innovation that Sticks" case study program. Out of 35 school boards across Canada, the OCSB was selected to participate in their project. 

As we reflect on our Board's journey over the last five years, the transformation has been incredible. In 2010, the main form of technology in our classrooms was an overhead projector and we had minimal and limited interaction outside our schools.

-Denise Gotell, Principal at St. Thomas More School
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Sep
22

Sacred Heart student honoured for charitable work

Tysen with Adam Sandler.

Sacred Heart High School student Tysen Lefebvre recently received a Canadian Living Me to We Award in the Community category. The 15-year-old Tysen was honoured for his commitment to help raise $1 million for Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario to grant 100 wishes. To date, Tysen's Mission to a Million had earned over $375,000 for the charitable organization. The cause is close to his heart because in 2012 they granted his wish to meet his hero: Adam Sandler.

"We are incredibly proud of Tysen's mission to pay it forward and help make 100 magical wishes come true," says Tanya Desjardins, CEO, Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario. "Tysen is a true role model and an inspiration to us all. We commend he and his family for their courage, perseverance and selfless efforts to help young people realize their one true wish at a time when they need it most. Congratulations!"

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Sep
21

OCSB recognized for innovation in Canadian education

I am very pleased to share the great news that the OCSB has been chosen from districts across Canada to be the subject of the Canadian Education Association "Innovation that Sticks" Case Study. We are proud of what we have accomplished in innovation, and welcome the opportunity to share and learn through the research and connections presented by CEA. 

This acknowledgement is the result of collaboration across all of our system, with support from staff, parents, students, trustees, and community partners. The ceremony on September 24th at St. Thomas More School will have representatives from all of these contributors to this recognition.

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Sep
21

Fred Fox continues his brother's message of hope

Fred Fox high-fiving students at St. Gregory School

Students at St. Gregory School were in for a treat on Friday when Terry Fox's older brother Fred came to speak to them about his brother's Marathon of Hope. Fred's message was simple and effective. He focused on the fact that Terry was just an average kid like them, yet able to do extraordinary things. Fred's message inspired kids by letting them know they can do similar things as Terry if they set goals and put a lot of effort into their dreams. 

Just like Terry, always set goals and never ever give up on your dreams.

by Fred Fox
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Sep
08

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights – Sep 8

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics: 

  • Update on school start-up 
  • Update on Planning and Facilities Summer Activities 
  • Continuing and Community Education - Summer Programs report 
  • Board adopts Charter of Commitment for First Nation, Métis and Inuit education 
  • Summer Institute 2015 
  • Vice-principal appointment

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Sep
04

Welcome back! #OCSBfirstday

Welcome back to school from Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education

We are excited and happy to welcome our students back to their classrooms for the 2015-16 school year. Our staff has worked diligently to ready our schools for the arrival of close to 40,000 students across our system. We are looking forward to the new year, and all that it will bring in terms of forging strong friendships, learning, innovating and growing in faith. 

I also wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that I plan to use this blog throughout the year to provide you with updates on some of the inspiring things happening at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Stay tuned, and welcome back!

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Jul
31

OCSB participates in TRC closing ceremonies

The Ottawa Catholic School Board was honoured to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's closing ceremonies held at Rideau Hall on June 3, 2015. Take a look at the video highlights of this powerful event that featured a very special performance by members of our OCSB Choirs.

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Jun
24

Notre Dame receives accepting schools award

Photo of Notre Dame staff, from left to right: Leisa Villeneuve - VP, Oriana Laderoute - Student Services Head, Kate Fournier-McGarrity - Teacher, Mary Thornton - Social Worker, Bonnie Campbell - Principal, Louise Ogilvie - Teacher, Catherine Young - Pathways to Education, Billy Russell - Dovercourt Community Centre
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Jun
24

Mother Teresa student wins double gold at safety competition

Photo of (from left to right): Trustee Spencer Warren, Sam Turgeon-Brabazon, Chairperson Elaine McMahon and Superintendent Peter Atkinson

Graduating Mother Teresa High School student Sam Turgeon-Brabazon is an entrepreneur, a director and a valedictorian. He also won the provincial and national gold medals at the 2015 Workplace Safety Competitions. Sam even won the provincial title with the highest point total ever awarded. He will be going on to Carleton University to study Public Affairs and Policy Management. After a year of study, including being a Parliamentary Page, Sam plans to specialize in Human Rights. Watch Sam's GoPro video showcasing his journey to capture gold at the national competition in Saskatoon!

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Jun
15

St. Joseph High School hosts Human Library

During Catholic Education Week, St. Joseph High School hosted a Digital Citizenship Human Library in their Learning Commons on May 6, 2015 which allowed students to interact with people who work with social media on a daily basis. The seven social media specialists gave students a unique and interesting perspective on how personal use of social media can have a direct impact on their professional lives in the future. It was an entertaining and educational day for all! 

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