As we continue to adapt and cope with life at home, I find the theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week fitting and timely. I have found great hope from the OCSB community as I witness all of the creative ways that you spread mercy, kindness and hope to one...
From the Director BlogDenise Andre, Director of Education, is one of our most popular OCSB bloggers. Her thoughtful perspective speaks directly to parents, students and staff all at the same time.
As we embark on an exciting new school year, I invite you to think of the #ocsbOneWord that reflects how you want to experience this school year. For me, it’s all about the word “relationships.”
It’s exciting to think that we will be entering the third decade of the 21st century in this school year. I look forward with eagerness to our annual start-up as we welcome over 44,000 learners to our schools and get excited about the relationships that will be formed and strengthened throughout our Catholic school community.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board is full of talented, dedicated, and innovative employees who regularly go above and beyond in everything they do. Over the next 30 days, I invite our entire OCSB community to celebrate these impressive employees by participating in our first ever #BeOCSB project.
This special project allows us to pause, observe, and recognize the outstanding employees who build community, model wellness and foster innovation in our schools and departments. At the end of this project, the names of all the nominated employees will go into a draw for some wonderful prizes.
The Learning Partnership has recognized our very own, Lynne Charette, Principal of St. Benedict School, as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2019. Lynne is among 30 exceptional Canadian educators who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.
Lynne began her career as a teacher with the OCSB in 1984. During her 35 years with the OCSB, she has served as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, system special education consultant, vice-principal, and principal. Lynne was selected two years ago to open the OCSB’s new elementary school, St. Benedict. Lynne opened the school as a model that fully embraced deep learning. Her opening inquiry with her staff was “what is the difference that makes the difference for each child”?
The Catholic education community of Ottawa plays a significant role in the life of our Church. It is a community that accompanies, builds relationships, encourages engagement, instills hope and forms joyful disciples. Students, parents, teachers and education workers, support staff, principals and vice-principals, trustees, directors and supervisory officers are part of this community, as well as clergy and pastoral teams. Together we can all commit to Renewing the Promise of Catholic education for future generations and to work to build a strong foundation for joyful disciples.