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Samaritans on the Digital Road

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The Ottawa Catholic School Board is committed to teaching the responsible use of technology to students. The Samaritans on the Digital Road resource was created five years ago, and has recently undergone a review to refresh the content. It continues to serve as an excellent resource for teachers to promote the Board’s priorities and ensure students become responsible digital citizens. In addition to updating the lessons, the resource now includes more information for school leaders regarding the process for implementing the lessons, and expanded information for parents. The additional information provided to schools enables Board staff to ensure that the lessons are being delivered with direct links to the grade appropriate Religion curriculum. Bill Corcoran, Learning Technologies Consultant, and Jan Bentham, Religious Coordinator, were joined by Julie Hanna, teacher at St. Gabriel School, to present the highlights of the updated resource at the October 10 Board meeting.

St. Paul High School’s Vimy Photo Story

Brenda Wilson, Superintendent of Learning Technologies

In April 2017, students from St. Paul High School had the privilege of joining over a dozen OCSB high schools on the Vimy 100th Anniversary trip. As a person who loves to take pictures to document her travels, St. Paul’s Vice Principal, Marline Al Koura, took over 1,500 pictures during the trip. She then created a special, day-by-day photo story book to commemorate the powerful moments of the historical trip. As an opening profile for the Board meeting on October 10, 2017, Vice Principal Al Koura was joined by students Sophie LeClair-Robertson and Layla Platt, along with teacher Ruth Bouttell, to share their experiences of bonding, and how the photo story serves as a memento to be cherished for years to come. Student Layla Platt shared a poem with the Board of Trustees during a very moving moment of the presentation.

Remember those not here today
Those unwell and far away
Those who never lived to see
The end of war and victory
And every friend who passed our way
Remember as of yesterday
It’s absent friends we miss the most
To all let’s drink a loving toast

Absent Friends poem

William Walker

News from the Boardroom summary (October 10, 2017)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Developing digital citizenship skills
  • St. Paul High School’s Vimy Photo Story
  • Board priorities update
  • St. Patrick’s High School excursion
  • Financial statements
  • Trustee Honoraria

Briefs from the Boardroom


St. Patrick’s High School excursion

St. Patrick’s High School’s request for an excursion to Central Europe: Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest from April 6 to 15, 2018 was approved.

Financial statements

Financial statements for the 10 months ended june 30, 2017 were reviewed and approved.

Trustee Honoraria

A report of recommendations necessary to establish Trustee Honoraria for the one year period December 1, 2017 to November 20, 2018 was reviewed and approved.

Board priorities update

Denise Andre, Director of Education

Last February, the Board began a process of reviewing our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, with a focus on renewing the Board’s Priorities. Over several months, rich conversations were encouraged around the acronym S.O.A.R. — Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. Focused conversations with leadership groups were conducted (Principals and Vice-Principals) who in turn replicated the discussion process with their staff, students, school councils, and external partners. The data has been sorted into broad themes and will serve to further derive meaning in order to renew the Board’s Priorities.

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