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Our schools are filled with inspiring students and staff that are making a positive impact on the world around them. These stories highlight some of the wonderful things that are happening in Ottawa Catholic schools every day. If you have a story you would like to share, Tweet the link to us @OttCatholicSB or send us an email at connect@ocsb.ca

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.


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!


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


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.


​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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