Opening new schools – Kanata North Catholic Elementary School Opening September 2018
The Ottawa Catholic School Board is growing! We are opening new schools which promise to provide excellent learning environments for our students so that they can focus on learning and personal achievement. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to attend an OCSB school, can!
Construction has begun for the Kanata North Catholic Elementary School in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, at 785 Goulbourn Forced Road, on the south side of Terry Fox Drive. The school will sit on a 6.52 acre site and will have the capacity to accommodate 461 students.
The new school will welcome students from the existing St. Gabriel School and any new students wishing to attend from the surrounding area. It will open as a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school and will include the same French pathways available in all OCSB schools, along with before-and-after-school care, and a pre-school childcare centre for children 18 months to 12 years old. It will be open to all on a space-availability basis to all students, serving as a welcome addition for new families moving into this expanding community.
Explore the toddler, preschool, and before-and-after-school programs
Toddler (18 months to 2.5 years) and Preschool (2.5 to 3.8 years) programs offer a warm, caring and secure environment where children can learn through play. The programs operate on weekdays throughout the year, with the exception of statutory holidays.
The Kindergarten and School Age programs (3.8 to 12 years) offer before and after school care to children attending school, as well as full-day care during March break, summer holidays, Christmas holidays, and PD days.
Designing energy-efficient schools
The OCSB is one of only a handful of organizations in Ontario chosen to participate in Enbridge’s Savings by Design initiative. This is the third time that we participating in this green building initiative which help builders design and construct buildings with a higher energy performance. Our staff are hard at work collaborating with experts at Enbridge and Sustainable Buildings Canada to plan and identify energy savings opportunities as we build our new Kanata North Catholic Elementary School.
Public consultation meeting
The OCSB held a public consultation meeting on June 15, 2017 to review the proposed attendance boundary for the new Kanata North Catholic Elementary School. The new boundary will impact the existing boundary for St. Gabriel and only students attending St. Gabriel would be affected. Minor modifications to the St. Isidore boundary are also proposed, but no exisiting students would be impacted.
Giving Kanata North School a new name
One of the first tasks involved with opening a new school is giving it a name! Establishing a name is the first step in building a sense of community and school spirit. We invited parents, guardians, students, staff and the parish community to submit name suggestions. Stay tuned for the big announcement!
In accordance with OCSB policy, the name of the school must meet certain criteria:
- that the Board seek suggestions from the members of the local community
- that the proposed name reflects the Catholic identity of the school
- that the community propose three names to the Board of Trustees which reserves the right to make the final decision in the selection of the school name