Opening new schools – St. Isabel School opening in September 2018 in Kanata North
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) 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 St. Isabel 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 programsToddler (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
Public consultation meeting
The OCSB held a public consultation meeting on June 15, 2017 to review the proposed attendance boundary for the new St. Isabel 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 existing students will be impacted.
What’s in a 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. At the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the Board of Trustees approved St. Isabel as the school’s official school name. St. Isabel, the overwhelming first choice of the community, was born to the King of Aragon, Spain. At a very young age, she was married to Denis, King of Portugal, who admired her beauty, riches and personality. She dedicated her time to helping the poor and the unfortunate, establishing institutions throughout her kingdom, especially hospitals and orphanages. After her husband’s death, she retired to a life of simplicity in a small home. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor and a successful peacemaker in her own family and between nations. She is the patron Saint of the Third Order of St. Francis and her feast day is July 4. St. Isabel’s gentle nature, commitment to helping those in need and her devotion to prayer make her an identifiable model for the students, staff and families of the new Kanata North school.