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Notice: Have your say. Vote for your OCSB Trustee.
Ensuring you have a voice in in the upcoming municipal election means ensuring you are on the voter’s list so that you can vote for an OCSB Trustee. By default, everyone’s school support is automatically directed to the “English Public” school. This means that you may need to proactively change your direction of school support (taxes) to “English Separate” in order to vote for an OCSB Trustee. Update your status quickly and easily at voterlookup.ca. Learn more.
Notice: 2018 Municipal election process for Trustees
The next regular municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. This includes election for the office of school board Trustee. A candidate for school board trustee must be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election under Section 219 of the Education Act. View supporting resources, election key dates, and the live listing of 2018 nominated municipal candidates.
Notice: Cannabis: What Parents Need to Know
Browse this fact sheet on recreational cannabis. It provides information about legalization, risks, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support. Read more.
Notice: Specialized programs for high performance athletes & artists
Some of our high school students are high performing athletes and artists with demanding training and competition schedules. We recognize the need to provide flexibility to our elite athletes and artists so that they may continue to train at the provincial, national, and international level in their disciplines, while continuing with their academic studies. Our secondary schools provide a variety of supports for our high performing athletes and artists which may include:
- personalized timetabling
- flexible attendance expectations to suit training and competition schedules
- later school start times
- access to e-learning
- access to our Achievement Centres (flexible learning environment)
- a staff mentor/advocate
- assignment completion accommodations
- support in accessing summer school learning opportunities
Please contact your community OCSB school to find out more about the supports that may be available for your child.
Notice: Approved 2018-2019 balanced operating budget
News Release 18.06 June 12, 2018 | The OCSB has approved a balanced operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year totalling $548.6 million. The budget was developed with input from our stakeholders including the Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), employee groups, and the Student Senate. This budget reflects new and significant investments by the province and supports the strategic commitments of the OCSB.
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On the last day of school, me and my Grade 2 class made a “finger-knitting” rope that stretched around our whole school, St. Leonard’s. My friend Ethan showed Ms. White, my teacher, some of the finger-knitting he was doing, and Ms. White wanted for the class to work together to show each other how to do it. I watched a pair of two people and learned all on my own. Then, we had this great idea that we could try and make it around the whole school. It took from November until the last day of class. That’s almost the whole year! We all finger-knitted during our free time at school when we wanted to, and Ms. White let us do it on some Friday afternoons. Ms. White even had yarn in the prize bin in class.
The whole point that we did it around the school was for an activity with measurement. We gathered up all of the pieces we were working on, and tied them together. Some grade sixers helped us with it. We finally made it around the whole school, with all of us holding it together, and the whole class yelled like crazy! One of the wool ropes snapped, you see, because finger-knitting can be all scrunched up in your backpack, but when you stretch it, it gets thin. That’s science.
I’m so happy I learned how to finger-knit. It’s very relaxing to do in your free time and it calms me down when I need it. I do it before bed, in the car, wherever. All you need is your hand and some wool. I’m pretty sure people who only have one hand could do it too, so that’s really good. Ms. White really made this activity special for us. We were having so much fun, we didn’t even know we were learning! She’s a really good teacher. She brings the spirit out in me, and gives me courage to be better. I wonder what I’ll do next year in Grade 3!read more
This year, 35 students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board had the exciting experience of competing in the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto. Supported by their proud teachers, these students were challenged to put their skilled trades and technology skills to use as they were presented with timed challenges that pushed their abilities to the limit.
Among these 35 dedicated students were Christopher Hearty and Heejo Suh from St. Mother Teresa High School. They were given a small time window to create a complex 3D character animation, utilizing skills they learned in Mario Francoeur’s technology class. With their versatile skill set in sketch modelling, animatics, character rigging, time management, and teamwork, they were able to take home a gold medal and move onto the Skills Canada National Competition.read more
Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) welcomed over 300 students from 22 school boards and 11 independent schools from across Ontario on May 5, 2018 for the 34th annual provincial French public-speaking event at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto.
Students presented an original speech before a panel of officials recruited by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA). Students in grades 9 to 12 participated in a competitive concours in both the traditional and impromptu divisions for cash prizes and partial scholarships to Glendon College and the University of Ottawa. For the impromptu category, students were given minimal time to prepare their ideas on a randomly selected topic before presenting their “speech” and answering questions on their selected topic.
Congratulations to Sebastian Nicoll, a St. Paul High School Grade 10 student, and Emma Jorge, a St. Pius X High School Grade 9 student, who placed first in the francophone and extended categories of the impromptu speech category, respectively.read more
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During the last Board meeting of the school year, the Board of Trustees and senior administration from the OCSB bid a fond and thankful farewell to outgoing members of the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), Cathy Philpott and Susan Elsdon. Photo above (from left to right: Joanne MacEwan, Vice Chairperson; Susan Elsdon; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; and Cathy Philpott.read more