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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
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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