Yvette Mouafo Soh, her husband, and two young children left Cameroon in 2013 looking for opportunity in Ottawa. Leaving behind friends and family, arriving with no English, and with finances a struggle, Yvette worked hard at University of Ottawa and is now a full time FSL teacher at Prince of Peace School, a Canadian citizen, and the mother of three. She chose to be a teacher because she has a strong Catholic faith and knows she can share her faith here with no fear.read more
OCSB News from the BoardroomBoard Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during the regular school year, from September to June, with the exception of December. In December, the Annual General Meeting will be held the first Tuesday and the Regular Board Meeting on the third Tuesday. All meetings are open to the public, and take place in the Boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre (CEC) at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean. After each meeting, our Communications Department produces a blog post summarizing major Board decisions (formerly known as Spotlight).
Due to the unfortunate passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on May 12, 2018, the OCSB sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee. The Board of Trustees appointed Regan Preszcator (photo: middle right) as the Trustee for Zone 9 (River/Capital) from June 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Prezcator has worked for an MP, now works in the Senate of Canada in communications, and is bilingual. Ms. Preszcator is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Zone 9 (River/Capital). View the news release NR 18.07.
Trustees are members of the school board. They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, brining the issues and concerns of their constituents to Board discussions and decision making. “We look forward to Trustee Preszcator’s contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education. We welcome her to our Board,” said Chairperson Elaine McMahon.read more
The OCSB has adopted a rich and meaningful passage from Micah 6:8 as the Board’s Spiritual Theme for the next three school years. This three-year approach will focus on Catholic social teachings to align with global competencies and encourage learners to think globally and act locally.read more
IDÉLLO is a multilevel digital platform designed to cater and adapt to different types of learning. The platform brings teachers, early childhood educators, students and parents an array of resources and functions that offers thousands of rich, up-to-date educational resources in French.
Each year, IDÉLLO honours teachers who practice teaching strategies that are original and relevant, enhance the French language culture and are representative of the diversity of the school community. The IDÉLLO award is open to all certified teachers working in Ontario-funded schools. The 2017 award winner in the category of French as a second language, was Monique Haché, French-Immersion teacher at All Saints High School. Congratulations!read more
News From the Boardroom (April 10, 2018): Creating our own French Virtual Library — Bibliothèque virtuelle FSL
Students at Our Lady of Wisdom School have been busy building their very own French digital library, and the project is generating a great deal of interest. French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher, Lina Bélanger, and her students have begun creating the OCSB FSL Virtual Library. In the form of a website, this collaborative project allows students to share their love for writing and reading in French as a second language. Students are given the opportunity to share their success as writers while developing confidence in reading to other students. By using Google slides to create their stories in French, it allows readers to benefit from Google Read & Write features by having the book read out loud to them.
This deep learning opportunity will enhance our students’ ability to be creative and collaborative while connecting with each other on a more global level. This project aligns with the FSL Framework Provincial Goals and our OCSB 3 Year FSL Plan, in which we want to increase students’ confidence, proficiency, achievement, retention and engagement in FSL.
Our Lady of Wisdom school plans to celebrate the project during Catholic Education Week, May 6-11, 2018. Plans are underway to share this website resource with all OCSB students, inviting them to submit their own books to be edited and approved before they are published.read more
An extraordinary group of Grade 8 students from St. Paul High School were recently selected to present findings from their research study at the Ontario Education Research Symposium (OERS) in Toronto on March 2, 2018. The study explored how daily factors affect a girls’ interest in science and math.
Made of up five female students, the StAR (Students as Researchers) program participants were accompanied by their teacher, Tim Brennan, at the March 27 Board meeting to deliver the same presentation they did at the symposium. The engaging and dynamic presentation focussed on the research question: “Why is it that girls tend to lose interest in math and science and when does this drop-off occur?”read more
The OCSB has submitted proposed school calendar dates for the 2018-2019 school year to the Ministry of Education. These dates are not to be considered final until the Ministry approves the proposed calendar sometime in May 2018.
The Ministry of Education stipulates that the school year calendar shall include a minimum of 194 school days, of which school boards are required to designate three mandatory Professional Activity (PA) days for provincial education priorities and may dedicate up to four additional PA days per school year, for a maximum total of seven PA days. The remaining school days shall be instructional days and a total of ten instructional days may be designated as examination days.read more
News from the Boardroom (February 13, 2018): Immaculata High partners up for new artificial turf field
The OCSB is partnering with Ottawa Footy Sevens to improve the athletic facilities at Immaculata High School. Improvements include the installation of an artificial turf field, LED lighting, and improved fencing on the sports field. Footy Sevens is covering $2 million dollars in costs associated with the field improvements, including design, construction, and maintenance-related expenses.
As part of this project, the OCSB will also refurbish the existing walking/running track with a synthetic surface. Renovations are expected to begin in mid-April 2018, with an estimated completion date of August 2018.
As part of the agreement, Footy Sevens will have the opportunity to use the facility for their leagues and to rent the field out to community groups outside of regular school hours. Immaculata High School teams will benefit from the revitalized field for sports training and team games. The school will have exclusive use of the turf field on all school days until 6:00 pm, and the right to additional times on evenings and weekends where required for special functions.read more
What began as a community outreach project for 38 students in Grades 10-12 from St. Pius X High School has turned into something that is being widely shared an embraced throughout both the school board and greater community. St. Pius’ School Resource Officer, Ottawa Police Service Constable Phong Le, challenged the students to make a difference by getting to know a part of their community that is often marginalized and misunderstood.
The students then undertook “The Oaks Residence Project” along with five OCSB teachers to reach out beyond their school community to collaborate with residents and staff of The Oaks, Shepherds of Good Hope supportive housing. The end result was a calendar which is being sold to raise awareness about The Oaks and raise funds to support it.
The were interested in communicating an important message: that all people are important and it is our responsibility to make sure everyone gets what they need, such as a safe place to live, food, clean water, access to medical care, and, most importantly, a sense of community.read more
Grade 10 Holy Trinity High School student Sarah Becker has been awarded a Community Safety Award from Crime Prevention Ottawa for her work on a safety backpack for cyclists. Accompanied by Holy Trinity High School, Lisa Cameron, and Teacher Brigitte Bernier, Sarah demonstrated the features of her entrepreneurial endeavour to the Board of Trustees.read more
News From the Boardroom (December 19, 2017): Lester B. Pearson students find deep meaning in our spiritual theme
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School has many examples of our Board’s spiritual theme, Sent to be the Good News, in action. With a high population of newcomers to Canada and English language learners, the students in this school community have worked hard to interpret and make meaning of the spiritual theme and put thought into action in different ways.
Thanks to a donation from Divine Infant Parish, the school created a Stations of the Cross experience outside on school grounds to benefit both the student population and the greater community. Shop class students built weather-proof cases for the artifacts which were installed in an area of the school property surrounding their vegetable garden, which is regularly harvested to help supply food for families in need.read more
The Ottawa Catholic School Board has returned Trustee Elaine McMahon as Chairperson for a fourth term, as voted by the Board of Trustees at the OCSB Annual General meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Elaine McMahon is the Trustee for Zone 6, Knoxdale-Merivale/College, and has served as an OCSB Trustee since 2014. The Board also returned Trustee Joanne MacEwan as Vice-Chairperson for a second term. Joanne MacEwan is the Trustee for Zone 5, Beacon Hill-Cyrville/Innes and has served as an OCSB Trustee since 2012.
The Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, CC, V.G. presided over a Mass with co-celebrant Board Chaplain Peter Sanders before the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Trustees was joined by the OCSB Executive, as well as many special guests from the OCSB community. Parents and family members of 75 students were also present to enjoy a beautiful and moving performance by the OCSB’s Children’s Choir to commemorate the special annual meeting.read more
Students from five OCSB high schools were fortunate to participate in an Inclusive Rugby Initiative on October 19, 2017, led by LeeAnn Napiorkowski, Inclusion Teacher at St. Peter High School. LeeAnn coordinated the support of Rugby Canada, who donated the use of an inflatable field, and Carleton University, who donated the use of their field to hold the special event. Over 80 students with various needs got to experience the joy of playing rugby in a safe and inclusive environment, guided by over 25 volunteer athletes.read more
The OCSB has acquired two Milo robots to use as learning tools for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Milo is a humanoid, social skills robot with a full range of facial expressions designed to improve social behaviour and communication skills in students on the spectrum. The robot is intended to help students develop the capacity to connect with fellow students and prepare them for social interaction outside the classroom.
Milo involves the use of a curriculum program, Robots4Autism, which integrates a variety of practices shown to improve social skills, packaged together in a systematic way, and delivered using Milo the robot. There are numerous proven benefits of using Milo with children with ASD since they often struggle with the development of social skills. The robot offers lessons in a non-threatening way, helping children overcome the fears or discomfort they often exhibit when attempting to interact with human therapists. With over 26 tiny motors in his face, Milo is able to display the same realistic expression every time he displays a given emotion, making it easier for children to associate a visual experience to an emotion.read more
OCSB Faith Mentors come together each Fall to share ideas and resources on how to enhance the Catholic culture in our schools. Every OCSB elementary school has a Faith Mentor who helps animate learning and faith formation in partnership with their school principal. Any school staff member can volunteer for this position. Our Faith Mentors help plan liturgies, masses, prayers and other faith activities throughout the year, helping to strengthen their school’s relationship with their parish. They collaborate on how to best serve our students and families through creating ministry initiatives with students such as altar serving, music ministry, and Catholic social teaching projects. The Good News speaks to the lives of all children, and our school communities are thriving thanks in part to the good will that our Faith Mentors promote.read more