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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

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.

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.


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!


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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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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