Students from 9 of our high schools – Sacred Heart, Holy Trinity, St. Mark, St. Matthew, St. Pius X, St. Peter, Lester B. Pearson, St. Patrick’s, and St. Francis Xavier – recently took part in a mass band performance conducted by Alexander Shelley of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Over 1300 kids took part, and more than 350 of them were from the OCSB.
LeeAnn Napiorkowski, St. Peter High School’s High Needs Coordinator, has been awarded a 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award for her extraordinary commitment to making her community a better place for all. She uses her passion for coaching as a way to guide, support, and encourage her players on and off the field.
Everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food. It’s this belief that’s fuelled Eva von Jagow’s mission to combat food insecurity in Canada over the past half decade. Through her tireless and inspiring work, she’s truly making a difference. And now she’s being recognized for it.
When members of our community are hurting, our faith calls for us to offer love and support. So, in the wake of the tragic shooting at a Quebec City mosque, the St. Peter High School community reached out to a local mosque to show them that the staff and students cared.
St. Patrick’s High School‘s Senior Boys basketball team recently defeated Collège catholique Franco-Ouest to take home their third straight city championship. The game was a nail-biter, coming down to the very last second. Their defense came through in the clutch, holding Franco-Ouest scoreless in the last three minutes, and they took the game 62-60.
When All Saints High School art teacher Graham Mastersmith first heard the tragic story of Chanie Wenjack, he was deeply moved and decided to share it with his Grade 9 students. Chanie’s story is recounted in a series of videos and songs by Canadian musician Gord Downie and a graphic novel by artist Jeff Lemire entitled “The Secret Path.” After watching it, Mastersmith and his class decided to undertake a collaborative art project to remember and honour Chanie Wenjack and the thousands of other Indigenous children who never came home from residential schools.
On January 23rd, the Ottawa Catholic School Board hosted Artistic Fusion, a fun and inspiring evening dedicated to celebrating all the incredibly talented artists in the OCSB family. Organized by Katie Lewis-Prieur and Kristen Charles, the annual event showcases the beautiful art of OCSB employees, art teachers, and students.
St. Thomas More’s Denise Gotell has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017. Denise is among 40 exceptional educators, from every province and territory in Canada, who is being celebrated by The Learning Partnership (TLP) for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit, and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.
Celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday have officially kicked off here in the nation’s capital. Throughout the year, Ottawans will be coming together to commemorate our country’s amazing people, history, and heritage. The OCSB will be working with the city on a number of events and contests throughout the year.
A talented team of students from Notre Dame High School took home first prize in the Ottawa region at Skills Ontario’s annual Cardboard Boat Race in December. The event is an opportunity for students to use teamwork, creativity, and problem solving in a fun and competitive environment. In teams of four, students have two hours to build the fastest and strongest boat they can, using a limited amount of cardboard and duct tape.
The Government of Ontario is creating 81 new licensed child care spaces in Ottawa to promote early learning. St. Luke Nepean will be retrofitting two licensed child care rooms to create 39 new spaces for toddlers and preschoolers, while Prince of Peace School will be retrofitting its one currently licensed child care room to create 24 new preschool spaces.
From December 5th to 11th, schools from all across the OCSB took part in the Hour of Code, a global movement designed to celebrate computer science and to show that anybody can learn the basics. Not only does learning code promote problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity, it also creates a foundation for success in the 21st century. And on top of all that, our students absolutely loved it.
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.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board has re-elected Elaine McMahon as Chairperson and elected Trustee Joanne MacEwan as Vice-Chairperson at the Board’s Annual General Meeting held Tuesday evening at the Catholic Education Centre. Denise Andre, Director of Education, presented the 2016 Director’s Annual Report. The report highlights the accomplishments of the Board over the past year.
This year’s Ottawa Catholic School Board United Way campaign was another huge success – the Board raised $517,784.37, with $384,530.99 being directed to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa. We also met our goal of 80% participation among staff – a new record for the OCSB. At the reveal event on Thursday, CEC staff heard speeches from OCSB Director of Education Denise Andre, President and CEO of United Way Ottawa Michael Allen, Co-Chairs of the OCSB Campaign Kelly McKibbin and Bill Walsh, and United Way Campaign Co-Chair Kathleen Kemp.
When the Grade 5 teachers at St. Luke School (Nepean) began brainstorming a science project for their students to cover the science curriculum “Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms” they had no idea that the project would turn into an opportunity for students to live out the OCSB’s Spiritual Theme, Sent to be the Good News. But that’s exactly what happened.
The St. Matthew High School varsity boys football team captured their first ever provincial bowl crown after downing the Matthew Power – St. Joseph’s Trojans 28-7 to win the OFSAA Metro Bowl. Kian Williams was the MVP of the day, scoring 3 touchdowns on offense and grabbing 3 of the Tigers’ 5 interceptions.
The newest OCSB school, St. Benedict School, held its official opening ceremony on November 17, 2016 in the Barrhaven community of Half Moon Bay. The special evening welcomed several special guests who spoke genuinely about the incredible new school and its impact on students and the greater community.
On Thursday, November 3rd, a group of students from St. Matthew High School had the privilege of attending the Prime Minister of Canada’s youth town hall in celebration of his government’s one year anniversary in office. St. Matthew’s cohort of students included members of their student council and grade 10 students currently studying Civics and Careers.
On October 7, the OCSB celebrated another inspiring Christian Community Day at a packed Shaw Centre! A major highlight of the day was the guest speaker, Steve Pemberton. His message truly brought the Board’s spiritual theme to life by explaining how God brought special people into his life at various moments to be his “Good News.” Despite the hardships he endured as a child, he was able to rise above the challenges and find success – and more importantly, people he could truly call family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!