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OCSB Students Excel in French Contests

OCSB students excel at this year's provincials

Year after year, students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board have been excelling in French contests, and this year was no exception! From national video contest to public speaking competitions, our students have been rising to the challenge and we're very happy to celebrate their accomplishments.


The provincial competition in French public speaking is always very tough in Ontario. The annual competition organized by Canadian Parents for French was held this May at York University's bilingual campus, Glendon College. This year, only two Ottawa students were able to crack the top 3 in their categories, and both of them happened to be from OCSB high schools! St. Patrick's High School's Charlyse Katako claimed second place in the grade 12 Francophone category and took home a $250 cash prize. Grade 10 St. Francis Xavier High School student Kelsey McHugh claimed first place and a $500 cash prize in the grade 10 Immersion category for her speech "Qui blâmer au campus universitaire."

​Charlyse Katako from St. Patrick's High School claimed second prize in the Francophone category at this year's Ontario French Public Speaking Competition.

Kelsey McHugh (holding plaque) from St. Francis Xavier High School took first place in the grade 10 French Immersion category at this year's Ontario French Public Speaking Competition.

"Overall, this was an amazing experience. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to express information regarding a topic I am passionate about: sexual assault on university campuses. My speech, entitled "Qui blâmer au campus universitaire" explored the rising trend in sexual assaults on Canadian university campuses, and the negative consequences that severely impact the victims and the campus community. It discussed the lack of defense policies present in these post secondary establishments, and how the media provokes various social stigmas to arise, concerning how assault victims are perceived and treated. I was inspired by an American documentary, named "The Hunting Ground", that pushed me to research the issue present on Canadian campuses. It baffles me that this issue is concealed, almost as if it did not exist at all. I hope to continue creating awareness about this heinous crime, especially to a teenage audience, for a campus will likely become our daily environment in the next coming years.
I would like to thank my French teacher for mentoring me throughout this process, and my parents for supporting me at the competitions. I hope to participate in the Concours next year, giving me the opportunity to engage myself further into the French language."

- Kelsey McHugh, grade 10 French Immersion student from St. Francis Xavier High School
Winner of Ontario French Public Speaking Contest
Four OCSB students win $4,000 scholarships through national French video contest


L'Association canadienne des professeurs d'immersion française held a contest for grade 9-12 students called "Immersion clip" and four of our students were recognized with $4,000 scholarship to be used at Ottawa, St. Paul, Sudbury or St. Anne universities. The challenge was to create a 30-90 second video on the topic of "social media and my virtual identity." Congratulations to the following winners:

Congratulations and "félicitations" to all of our students who represented the Ottawa Catholic School Board so well in various French competitions throughout this academic year.​


Vive Les Arts (Appreciation Event)

Kristen Charles and Katie Lewis-Prieur holding their portrait drawn by a caricaturist.

Ottawa Catholic School Board staff gathered together on May 30th to celebrate an arts appreciation event. The theme was Springtime in Paris, Vive Les Arts!

The event was held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre and was organized by Katie Lewis-Prieur and Kristen Charles, Creative Arts Consultants at the OCSB. The main focus of the event was to celebrate and honour the hard work and countless volunteer hours of teachers within the board who support the arts.

The evening included remarks from Elaine McMahon, OCSB Chair and Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education. Along with Jazz music provided by Pierre Monfils, former teacher at St. Peter high school and Neil Bateman, teacher at Holy Trinity high school. The evening also included specially designed t-shirts by teacher Fadi El-Saikali, and a caricaturist drawing portraits of staff.

All in all, a wonderful evening dedicated to the hardworking and motivating art educators at the OCSB.

Congratulations to award recipients:

Susan Davis Award

  • Thomas Pakenham - St. Peter High School

Sharon Hiscott Award

  • Helen Featherston - St. John Paul II Elementary School
Specially designed t-shirts by Fadi El-Saikali

OCSB Banquet and Awards

Left to right - Chris Milburn, Immaculata High School; Bill Paynter and Mrs. Ann Sloan (award sponsors); Marc Belanger, St James School; Jennifer Idone, Dr. F.J. McDonald; Trustee Mark Mullan; Richard Starcevic, Frank Ryan Intermediate; Ghislaine Lafelche-Trepanier, Good Shepherd; Denise Andre, Director of Education; and Rene Riopel, St. Matthew HS.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Elementary and Intermediate Athletic Association hosted a banquet and awards ceremony at the Centurion Center to celebrate and give awards to JK-Grade 8 educators who support inclusive athletics in our schools. The ceremony commenced with an awards reception and was followed by cocktails and dinner. The event concluded with a social/dance.

Congratulations to this year's award recipients:

Daniel Patrick Kelly Award

  • Marc Bélanger, St. James School
  • Ghislaine Laflèche-Trépanier, Good Shepherd School

Bill Paynter Award

  • Chris Milburn, Immaculata High School
  • René Riopel, St. Matthew High School

Delacy J. Sloan Award

  • Jennifer Idone, Dr. F.J. McDonald School
  • Richard Starcevic, Frank Ryan Intermediate School


2016 OCSB EduGala winners

11 outstanding educators from the Ottawa Catholic School Board were recently named finalists for Capital Educator Awards. On May 20th, two of our OCSB finalists Claudio Micomonaco (left) and Jane O'Regan (right), were honoured as winners at the 15th annual EduGala held at Algonquin College. Hosted by the Ottawa Network for Education, the annual event honours educators from around the Ottawa region who demonstrate teaching excellence and instil a passion for learning in their students. Congratulations!

To see biographies and pictures of all nominees, please check out the Facebook album.


Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights May 24, 2016

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • STUDENT PROFILE: St. Mark Students Receive CHEO "Healthy Kids" Award
  • Official Naming of St. Benedict Catholic School
  • Top Performing Energy Management School Board in Ontario
  • Additional Principal and Vice-Principal Appointments​
  • High school International Excursions​
  • Preliminary Budget Information for 2016-2017​
  • Boardroom Briefs​
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