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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

#CathEdWeek Mass and Awards Presentation

This year's recipients of Director of Education Commendation Awards and the Stephen H. Richardson Memorial Award pictured with Director of Education, Denise Andre and Archbishop Prendergast.

Our annual Catholic Education Week Mass was held on Tuesday, May 3rd, hosted at the Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Ottawa. Most Reverend Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. presided the Celebration of the Eucharist.

Following the Mass was the presentation of the Director of Education Commendation Awards, presented to outstanding role models in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The Stephen H. Richardson Memorial Award was also presented, and this year Cathy Jeffrey was recognized for exemplifying the Board's Gospel values of Stewardship, Partnership and Excellence. This year was quite special in the fact that we celebrated 25 years of Director Commendation Awards and 15 years of the Stephen H. Richardson Award.

Congratulations and thank you to all of these employees who demonstrate devotion and service in Catholic Education! See pictures of all 31 award recipients in our Facebook album!


#CathEdWeek 2016 is here!

Students from St. Pius X High School gather for Mass in celebration of Catholic Education Week

This week is a very special week in our school communities– it's Catholic Education Week! On Monday, May 2nd, our high schools kicked off #CathEdWeek by participating in a province-wide Mass. Throughout the week, fun events and celebrations will take place at each and every one of our schools. It's a great opportunity to see faith-based education in action. Take a look at the events happening in your school community in our Catholic Education Week Activity Booklet.

The theme for this year's Catholic Education Week takes inspiration from the "Year of Mercy," as announced by Pope Francis as "a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy." If you aren't able to stop by one of the events in your school community, make sure to follow the action online by checking out the #CathEdWeek hashtag on Twitter, or seeing our posts on our Facebook page


Jump Rope for Heart at St. Anne School

St. Anne School kicked off their Jump Rope for Heart fundraising initiative on April 7th 2016. Students participated in a fun assembly complete with skipping demonstrations and a recap of prizes to be won. The students were also challenged to raise $11,000 before their Jump Day.

​Three weeks later, on April 28th 2016, the entire school went outside to participate in various heart-healthy activities. The activities ranged from the limbo, basketball shooting, and of course, skipping! When the event was over and funds were calculated, coordinators, Hollie Mahusky and Meaghan Lamothe, were delighted to find that St. Anne had raised more than $19,000 in their fundraising efforts and ended up being one of the top school fundraisers in Ontario! Expectations were exceeded and the OCSB along with St. Anne school couldn't be prouder of such a giving community of students, families and friends.


Art Achievements at St. Patrick High School

St. Patrick High School students' Lina Akkawi, Christina Collin and Tony Dinh have had tremendous success with their artwork submissions. Their captivating artwork has been selected to be displayed and distributed by various different galleries, art shows, and contests.

Lina Akkawi's art submission to be viewed with 3D glasses

St. Patrick's high school student Lina Akkawi's submission to the Young at Art Ottawa-wide juried competition has been selected for the 2016 exhibition. The total number of submissions to the competition this year was 379 citywide, with 133 of those coming from the East region. The East exhibition will display the chosen artworks at the Trinity Art Gallery in the Shenkman Arts Centre beginning on April 21st. 

Young at Art is a juried art exhibition that brings the work of young visual artists to local art galleries across the City of Ottawa. The exhibition, held annually since 1996, represents a tremendous opportunity for the public exhibition and recognition of the creative efforts of these young local artists. Creators of accepted works will have their pieces displayed in a community gallery – often near where they live – and are eligible for a number of prizes and awards contributed by the City of Ottawa and Young at Art Sponsors.

Wining art design by Christina Collin

St. Patrick's high school student,​ Christina Colin,​ has won the Kindness Ottawa Art Contest! ​As a result, Christina has won tickets to a Ottawa Fury game and her winning design will be sent on cards to local politicians and the mayor!  

Tony Dinh's submission for 2016 Brain and Mental Health Art Show

St. Patrick's high school student Tony Dinh, has had his artwork selected by the Society for Neuroscience Ottawa as part of its 2016 Brain and Mental Health Art Show. The art will be displayed at the Lansdowne Horticultural Building.

​Congratulations to Lina Akkawi, Christina Collin, and Tony Dinh for their achievements! The OCSB is very proud of your hard work and dedication.


Special Needs Students Learning Life Skills

​"Involve me and I learn" is a Benjamin Franklin quote that also serves as the motto for a unique program at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School. The program aims to prepare special needs students for life after high school. Giving these students invaluable learning experiences that empower them to live an independent life, confidently.

Lester B. Pearson has a large breakfast program the special needs students help out with by preparing food for approximately 140 students. Experiences such as riding the public transportation system, learning how to budget, creating a grocery list, buying the items at the grocery store, learning about nutrition and preparing food provide these young people with the experience they need to live independently and confidently. Although this is the first time many of them have held a knife or done the dishes, it has encouraged them to dream big.

Shopping for groceries at Costco
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