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Oct
26

St. Anthony Celebrates Opening of Brand New School Yard

On October 14, St. Anthony School celebrated the opening of their brand new school yard. Their (much greener) new yard is thanks to their grassroots campaign that led to them winning the 2015 Asphalt to Oasis Aviva Community Fund of $100,000. In going from brown to green and from asphalt to oasis, St. Anthony's new school yard now features an outdoor amphitheatre/classroom and an abundance of trees. Mayor Jim Watson, OCSB Chair Elaine McMahon, OCSB Associate Director of Education Tom D'Amico, and OCSB Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education Peter Atkinson all attended the event, along with many others. It was truly an occasion for celebration - the new school yard will be a learning oasis for generations of students to come.

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Oct
18

In memory of a national hero

Decked out in school colours, Holy Trinity Grade 12 students show their school spirit through dance following the Terry Fox School Run.

Nowadays, we recognize the sobering fact that few of us have not been touched by cancer. However, many in our school community hope to change this statistic by proudly displaying their dedication and contribution to cancer research by following in the footsteps of our national hero, Terry Fox, during the annual Terry Fox Run events held across the city.

Take a look at how much we've raised!

Holy Trinity Catholic School

Terry Fox School Run held on September 30

Raised $45,000 and counting!

$500K+ raised in past 15 years

Consistently ranked in the top three Ontario fundraising schools!

The Terry Fox School Run at Holy Trinity is more than a fundraiser. It is a day where spirits are high in the knowledge that everyone is giving of themselves for a better cause.

Clad in Holy Trinity colours, participants walked the 10k trek, receiving lots of affirmation and encouragement from the many cars who honked their horns in solidarity with the cause. Upon arrival back at the school, a barbecue, live music, a dance number and a pep rally greeted one and all.

Once again, Holy Trinity has outdone itself as a generous and spirited community..

Frank Ryan students gather in the school yard as they prepare for their annual Turkey Trot event.

Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate School

Turkey Trot held on October 6

Raised $31,000

Largest per student charity fundraiser in Ottawa!

Once again, the Frank Ryan community came together for a fantastic day of spirit, fun, and giving back to the community. The Turkey Trot of Hope is the perfect example of kids helping kids..

Many of our schools have Terry Fox Runs; here are a couple honourable mentions:

St. Clare School

Terry Fox event held on September 23

Raised over $2,900

Added to 17-year total of over $76,500!

This year, 40 volunteers joined the other students and staff on the 1.7 km course around the St. Clare community. Even the Kindergarten students got into the spirit by completing their own walk and then cheering on the older students!

Convent Glen Catholic School

Terry Fox event held on October 6

270 students raised over $640

Let us know what you think of the tremendous enthusiasm and spirit shown by our school community during the annual Terry Fox Run!

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Oct
12

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Oct 11, 2016

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

  • Journey Up!
  • Learning Technologies Resources - update
  • Minor boundary change proposals - west end
  • Trustee Honoraria for 2016-2017 
  • High school international excursions
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Oct
12

2016 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award Winner

This year's winner of the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award is Bishop Christian Riesbeck. An alumni of St. Pius X High School, he was born in Montreal on February 7, 1970. Over his lifetime, he's earned several degrees: a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Divinity from St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, and both a master's degree and a licentiate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He also speaks English, French, Spanish, and German.

Bishop Riesbeck has selflessly served the Catholic church for over 20 years. He was ordained to the priesthood as a member of the Companions of the Cross on October 12, 1996, by the then Archbishop of Ottawa, the Most Reverend Marcel Gervais. After doing pastoral work in the Archdioceses of Ottawa and Kingston for brief periods in the late 1990s, he served as pastor of Queen of Peace parish in Houston, Texas from 1999 to 2008. After obtaining his degree in Canon Law shortly afterwards, he was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Ottawa in January 2011. Then, on January 7, 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., as Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa. At the time of his appointment, he was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese and the Assistant General Superior of the Companions of the Cross – a priestly society of apostolic life founded in Ottawa.

Bishop Riesbeck takes his responsibilities as a Catholic leader seriously. Before taking up his duties at Queen of Peace parish in Texas, he spent seven weeks learning Spanish so he could better serve the area's large Hispanic community. Under his committed leadership, the parish was revitalized: the number of parishioners, religious education classes, and the parish school enrolment all increased significantly.

His nominators describe him as a kind and approachable leader, and say he stands out as a young member of the Church who has chosen to dedicate himself to religious life at a time when ordinations are in decline. Despite always being very busy, he always finds a way to make time to assist with school and board activities. His kind presence is always welcomed by teachers and students, and he has been known to join student hockey games while visiting schools.

For all these reasons and more, Bishop Riesbeck is an inspiration to everyone he comes in contact with, and an exceptional role model for all graduates of the OCSB. There is no one more deserving of the 2016 Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award.

Bishop Riesbeck has chosen to split the $5000 award between St. Pius X High School and Dr. F. J. McDonald School

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Oct
11

OCSB Schools Raise Over $25,000 for OK Clean Water

The OCSB is celebrating another successful year of partnership with OK Clean Water, as 28 of our schools brought in an impressive $25,443.84 to support sustainable clean water projects in Kumbo, Cameroon. Both students and staff participated in a wide variety of creative fundraising efforts: walk-a-thons, read-a-thons, spirit days, coin lines, bake sales, chores at home, and many more. One group of students put together a presentation for their classmates. Some staff even volunteered to shave their heads if fundraising goals were met - let's just say their heads have been chillier than normal recently!

Currently, thanks to OK Clean Water, 43 villages have access to clean water, and more villagers are waiting in hope. In addition to providing the materials and planning for the village projects, the Cameroonian engineer, Edwin Visi, provides workshops for the villagers to ensure the sustainability of their clean water projects. An Advisory Committee has also recently been established to oversee the projects in each village and to make suggestions whenever needed.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the following schools took part in fundraising efforts for this worthy and important cause:

Dr. F.J. McDonald, Good Shepherd, Holy Family, Holy Redeemer, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, Monsignor Paul Baxter, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Victory, St. Anne, St. Augustine, St. Bernard, St. Brigid, St. Daniel, St. Emily, St. Francis Xavier, St. Gemma, St. George, St. Jerome, St. John the Apostle, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Luke, St. Michael (Corkery), St. Michael (Fitzroy), St. Michael (Ottawa), St. Rita, Thomas D'Arcy McGee Catholic, and Uplands Catholic.

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Oct
04

​October is Outstanding Principal month!

Did you ever have a principal who motivated you to do your best? Who helped you before and after school with some needed extra help? Who was the very best sports coach ever?

Well now's your chance to nominate your own child's outstanding principal!

After a rushed start-up to a new school year, October is a fitting month to sit back, smell the roses, as they say, and celebrate outstanding principals from across Canada.

The Learning Partnership is asking people to recognize and nominate the leaders of their children's school for Canada's Most Outstanding Principal.

President and CEO of The Learning Partnership, Akela Peoples, likens principals as the "linchpins of their schools. They are educators, managers and leaders in their communities, and we recognize their indispensable contributions in building and leading teams of great teachers and positively impacting student achievement and success."

We encourage all parents to share your stories online with photos, videos and tributes to principals who are making such a marked difference in your children's lives by using the #OutstandingPrincipals hashtag.

You can also visit http://cop.thelearningpartnership.ca and submit your nomination for a principal who you feel deserves this special recognition.

Don't be shy! But please hurry!

Nominations must be completed and submitted by midnight, October 31.

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Oct
03

Sent to be the Good News

We are excited to begin the school year with a new and profound Board spiritual theme – Sent to be the Good News.

This two-year theme represents a natural progression for the Board, as it provides a way for our staff, students and community to dig deeper in the Gospel to make real and meaningful connections.

This theme is inspired by the following passage:

Gospel of Luke, 4:14-20

"The spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour."

This passage calls for us to bring the Good News to all learners and their families, and to rediscover and deepen our commitment to the gift of faith in our lives.

Stay tuned to this webpage and individual school sites as we witness these words in action.

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Sep
28

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Sept 27, 2016

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

  • Program for Gifted Learners (PGL): Cubes in Space 
  • 2015-2016 EQAO results 
  • Supporting First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Student Success: Engaging all learners 
  • Success Indicators - Grades 9-12
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Sep
23

Mother Teresa Holds Canonization Mass

On Tuesday, Mother Teresa High School hosted an open air mass to celebrate the Catholic Church's canonization of Mother Teresa. Students, staff, and special guests gathered in the back courtyard for the celebration, which was presided over by Archbishop Terence Prendergast. Opening remarks were made by Mother Teresa Principal Gerard Stephenson, OCSB Chairperson Elaine McMahon, and Director of Education Denise Andre. The school also presented Elaine McMahon with a framed picture of Mother Teresa to commemorate the special day. After the mass, a special reflection was read by the head of Mother Teresa's English Department Mrs. Jennifer Simpson, followed by doves being released. It was a truly beautiful and moving ceremony. Check out our Facebook album for more photos of the event.

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Sep
23

OCSB to Help Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!

The OCSB is proud to announce a new partnership with the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson in an effort to engage students across the city in Canada's 150th birthday celebrations! The partnership will see all four local school boards working together on a wide variety of programs: finding schools to pair with some of the 150 exchange groups Experiences Canada will be recruiting, gathering and sharing stories of immigration and how "home" is defined, launching a poetry contest, writing postcards inviting friends and family to come to Ottawa for the celebrations, and much more. OCSB Director of Education Denise Andre said that "the occasion of Canada's 150th birthday will be a wonderful learning opportunity for OCSB students, as well as a chance to engage their community and celebrate our heritage and history." Check out our Facebook album for more photos from the event!

Art students from St. Patrick's High School helped create this beautiful chalk mural.
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Sep
23

OCSB Runs for the Troops!

Last weekend, approximately 100 OCSB students took part in the annual Canada Army Run! Each student ran for a soldier who died at the battle of Vimy Ridge. They have been raising money to offset the costs of a trip to Vimy next April, but they also managed to raise over $5000 for the Support our Troops charity! Many of the OCSB students and staff involved attended a ceremony last Friday to present the cheque to a military representative. Students from Notre Dame, Lester B. Pearson, St. Mark, St. Joseph, St. Pius X, Mother Teresa, St. Patrick's, St. Francis Xavier, All Saints, St. Matthew, and St. Paul high schools will be attending the trip to Vimy.

Behind the cheque, from the left to right: St. Mark High School teacher and Vimy trip coordinator Julian Hall; OCSB Director of Education Denise Andre; Canada Army Run Race Director Major Gus Garant.
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Sep
16

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Sept 13, 2016

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

  • Investiture of Student Trustees 
  • Update on school start-up 
  • School profile - Summer Math Camp 
  • Principal and vice-principal appointments 
  • Summer Institute 
  • Summer Programs report 
  • Schools sparkle after a productive summer
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Sep
16

What is your hope for 2016-2017?

I recently watched an inspiring video on YouTube that I found fitting for the start of our school year at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. A school in the United States set up a chalkboard in front of the school asking students and staff what their "hope" was for the upcoming school year and the responses were both enlightening and challenging.

Whether you're a student, a parent, or staff in our OCSB family, there is great value in naming your "hope" for the 2016-2017 school year. Naming your "hope" just might give you something positive to look for, or work towards. Whether big or small, my hope is that your "hope" is something bright that not only comes to be a reality this year, but something that sparks hope all around you. Here's to a great 2016-2017 school year! Share your hope below in the comments, or on social media using #OCSBhope..

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Sep
08

#OCSBFirstDay!


On Tuesday, September 6th, the OCSB kicked off its 2016-17 school year. Students around the city, from JK all the way up to Grade 12, came together with OCSB staff to greet new students, reunite with old friends, and learn!

View the #OCSBFirstDay Storify here!

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Jun
29

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights June 28, 2016

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

  • Year End Report by the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
  • Year End Report by the Catholic School Parents' Association (CSPA) and the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
  • Capital Plan Update - Recommended Priorities for 2019-2020
  • High school international excursions
  • Boardroom Briefs

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Jun
28

OCSB Student Wins Gold in Skills Ontario Competition

St. Francis Xavier High School student Matthew Boettcher won gold in the Skills Ontario provincial competition in cabinetmaking. The competition garnered him a spot on Team Ontario at the nationals held in Moncton, New Brunswick. The cabinetmaking competition featured a very complex cabinet with a variety of joinery and surface treatments that had to be completed in two days. While Matthew did not receive a medal at the nationals, he did extremely well in a tough competition field. The educational experience competing at the Skills Nationals is second to none. The competitors work with and make connections with top industry professionals from around the country.

Matthew will be graduating from St. Francis Xavier this year, and will be starting the Heritage Carpentry and Joinery Program at Algonquin College this fall. A program aimed at students who are interested in the preservation, renovation, and restoration of historical architecture in Canada.

​Congratulations Matthew! The OCSB is very proud of such a hard-working and dedicated student.

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Jun
27

Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights June 14, 2016

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

  • DEPARTMENT PROFILE Learning Partnership's Entrepreneurial Adventure Program
  • Student Trustees' Presentation
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Certification
  • Approval of 2016-2017 Budget
  • Boardroom Briefs

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Jun
21

Heart Garden at the OCSB

For the first time, the OCSB has planted a heart garden in honour of survivors and their families of the residential school system in Canada. Students taking First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies courses created the hearts in Métis dot painting workshops at the Wabano Aboriginal Centre for Health. There are more than 300 hearts in the garden located at the OCSB board office.


The organization First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada that runs the program "Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams" invited individuals and organizations to join in reconciliation by planting heart gardens in their communities during the months of May and June. Heart gardens honour residential school survivors and their families, as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Each heart represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system, and the act of planting represents that individual's commitment to finding their place in reconciliation.

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Jun
08

#OCSB10DAY Challenge

​OCSB staff took part in a 10 day Twitter challenge designed to help employees sharpen their Twitter skills. The challenge was led by the OCSB Learning Technologies department and included daily tasks for newbies and seasoned "tweeters".

OCSB staff enjoyed learning about Twitter and the various applications associated with it, such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. Challenge participants were eager to demonstrate their twitter skills and for more challenges.

The purpose of the challenge was to help OCSB colleagues collaborate and learn with each other using the popular social media tool. The tasks for new Twitter users varied from setting up their account, uploading a photo, updating their bios, "favouriting", "retweeting" and "quoting" tweets.

For seasoned tweeters, the tasks included recruiting colleagues to the OCSB twitter family, using hashtags, creating Twitter polls, using the Hootsuite application to organize tweets and joining a Twitter chat.

Along with completing the challenge, part of the incentive to participate was the possibility of winning the #OCSB10DAY contest. The prize would be to have the Director of Education, Denise Andre, act as an Occasional Teacher for your class! The winner of the random draw was Carina Quinn, teacher at Georges Vanier Elementary School. 

Congratulations to all who participated in the challenge!  

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Jun
08

OCSB Celebrates 22nd Annual Elementary Peace Festival

This year, over 1,200 elementary students in grades 4, 5 and 6 who are involved in peacemaking or peer mediation at their schools attended the Ottawa Catholic School Board's 22nd Annual Elementary Peace Festival held at St. Paul High School. An event that highlights and celebrates the positive roles of our students in junior grades, the Peace Festival also showcases the many practices used to build and maintain safe and inclusive school environments.

​The goal of the conference is to challenge students to recognize the power they have to make their schools into communities where all students feel welcome. The festival has helped many students view conflict as an opportunity for positive change. Students shared ideas and affirmed each other in their commitment to making their world a safer and more just place. In addition to playing co-operative games and having a lot of fun, student participants at the festival were celebrated for their outreach programs and examples in leadership.

The day is developed and run by the Leadership Program students at St. Joseph High School and made possible by the ongoing support of MADD Ottawa.

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