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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
09

OCSB employees make life-saving donations

While students all over the city were enjoying one of the last PD Days of the year, over 20 Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) employees took time out of their day on June 9, 2017 to save some lives. Administrative staff from the main Board office rolled up their sleeves to give a life-saving donation to Canadian Blood Services (CBS), who is currently struggling to maintain a strong national blood inventory.

The OCSB heard the call to donate to this worthwhile cause, and answered with enthusiasm. Thanks to Life Bus shuttles provided by CBS, participants took a 10 minute drive up West Hunt Club Road to Tudor Hall, where a mobile blood donation clinic was set up. After answering some eligibility questions, donating blood, and enjoying a cold drink and sweet snack, they headed back to work with a greater sense of purpose. 

Every minute of every day, a Canadian needs blood. While many people have extremely valid reasons for not donating blood, only 4% of people who are eligible to donate actually do. One car accident victim can require transfusions from over 70 donors. One child diagnosed with cancer might need several blood transfusions each week just to stay alive. One donation can save up to three lives.

The OCSB is proud of all of its employees for supporting this cause. Contact Canadian Blood Services today to make an appointment to donate blood and join the movement today.

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Jun
05

St. Brother Andre PGL students shine at science challenge

Students from the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) at St. Brother Andre School dazzled at Carleton University's recent Let's Talk Science Challenge. The competition aims to encourage students to get excited about STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The event involved a Quiz Show portion to test students' knowledge in STEM subjects, along with an Engineering Design Challenge. About 50 teams of Grade 6 to 8 students from across the region competed to take top honours. Of all those teams, two groups of St. Brother Andre PGL students came in first and third place. The Euphoric Eukaryotes took first place, comprised of students Allison Cretel, Eva Copeland, Corinne Park, and Brooke, while the Elite Electrons team came in third, with medals going to Shireen Ciccarelli, Sophie Goodman, Adam Rowan, and William Copeland. Congratulations to all the students involved on their outstanding performances.

The Euphoric Eukaryotes (left) and the Elite Electrons (right) at the Let's Talk Science Challenge.
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Jun
05

Asked & answered: Kids can make a difference in the world

St. Benedict School teacher Julian Daher and his Grade 4 FSL Immersion class recently won the Learning Partnership's Entrepreneurial Adventure Program Judge's Choice Award for their inspiring Tiny Terry Bracelet Business to support the Terry Fox Foundation. Their year-long business journey began with a simple question posed by a student: "Can kids make a difference in the world?"

The students began by exploring learning partnerships and environments, and connecting with national partners and Canadians across the country. To better understand how their money would be spent, they Skyped with Wendy Eric of the Terry Fox Foundation. They had countless questions, and learned much about the foundation and Osteosarcoma, the type of cancer that Terry had. After that, student teams pitched ideas about how to best raise money to support the foundation in the Raven's Den, the school's version of the Dragon's Den. The winning idea was to design and sell silicone bracelets - and so was born the Grade 4 #TinyTerry Bracelet Business.

Julian Daher (left) and his Grade 4 class pose with their cheque for the Terry Fox Foundation and the plaque they received for winning the Judge's Choice Award.

The next step was the Seed Money Bake Sale to raise the initial funds to order bracelets. They raised over $500 to pay for the bracelets they designed. Through Social Entrepreneurialism, students took on different jobs and roles in the venture. They were part of awareness committees, finance committees, advertising/marketing committees, communications committees, and project managing, all with the goal of promoting awareness and help for those suffering from cancer. They even received a $2000 grant from the Ministry of Education to further support the incredible work they were doing.

"Can kids make a difference in the world?"

Throughout the year, students innovatively and creatively dove deeper into that question and discovered the real meaning of citizenship and global change. Keeping in line with our Board's spiritual theme, Sent to Be the Good News, students made real and meaningful connections to help make a difference in the world any way they could. In total, the class raised over $1500 for the Terry Fox Foundation, and they just received another $500 for their project for winning the Judge's Choice Award. Safe to say, Mr. Daher's Grade 4s proved that the answer to their original question is: yes.

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May
24

St. Jerome takes part in Project North

As part of a school-wide inquiry into what it means to be Canadian, the Grade 2 students at St. Jerome School decided to get involved with Project North, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Canada's northern communities. They decided to tie it to their Lenten project, and began raising money for needy northern students. They organized a number of fundraisers and ended up with over $1000 to send north.

In addition to raising money, the students also learned about Nunavut, their art, culture, geography, and more. They wrote letters to northern students and had them delivered by expedition members. They're now waiting to see if they have pen pals up north. Either way, this incredible initiative truly shows the citizenship and community spirit of the St. Jerome community.

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May
16

A heartfelt farewell to Uplands

As Uplands Catholic School winds down its final school year before closing its doors for good, staff and students are leaving on a positive note. At a recent mass, Principal Elaine Phinney reflected on some the life lessons she learned at Uplands. "I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn." At the same mass, they blessed a stained glass ornament of the Uplands logo that will hang at Holy Family School next year. Tania Gonsalvez, Principal of Holy Family School, was present to receive the ornament and welcome the students of Uplands into the Holy Family community.

The priest blessing the stained glass ornament of the Uplands logo that will hang at Holy Family School next year.
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