Our Commitments & Spiritual Theme

The Strategic Commitments and Spiritual Theme of the Ottawa Catholic School Board act as a foundation for how we live out our vision and mission as a school board. Not only do they help us answer how we provide your child with a quality Catholic education, but they also reflect why we do what we do.

Strategic Commitments and Plans

Our Strategic Commitments were developed in collaboration with students, staff and parents. The three commitments to Be Community, Be Well and Be Innovative communicate our corporate priorities as a school board from 2018 to 2021.

Be Community

Embracing diversity and promoting equity, we are guided by Catholic social teachings to create welcoming places for all.

Be Well

Honouring the dignity of every person, we care for and support the well-being of all.

Be Innovative

We foster innovation to inspire Deep Learning so that all can realize their full potential.

Our Strategic Plan provides a vision for the Board by establishing strategic direction, with an emphasis on student achievement. Operational plans, such as the Board Innovation Plan (BIP) flow out of the Strategic Plan. Both of these documents outline our priorities and goals for performance measures, evidence gathering methods and targets for improvement.

Spiritual Theme at the OCSB

In the Ottawa Catholic School Board community, a spiritual theme unites all members of the community as a people of faith. These themes encourage us all to go deeper in applying the messages of God’s Word to our lives.

“Gratitude Rooted in Joy, Fills Us With Hope”

James 1: 2-3 (NRSV)

“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

“La Gratitude, Enracinée dans la Joie, Nous Remplit D’espoir”

Jacques 1: 2-3 (NFC)

“Mes frères et sœurs, considérez-vous comme très heureux quand vous avez à passer par toutes sortes d’épreuves; car, vous le savez, si votre foi résiste à l’épreuve, celle-ci produit la persévérance.”

Gratitude

As a Catholic Community of Faith, gratitude stems from acknowledging that all the goodness in our lives, all of our talents and abilities are gifts from God. Gratitude actually changes the chemical makeup of our brain and helps us to see our blessings rather than our deprivations. Thus it improve our Mental Health which is so important right now.

Joy

Joy is a condition of the heart – a spiritual peace and contentment that only comes from God, knowing that Jesus accompanies us and is always with us even during times of sadness or suffering.

Hope

Everyone has the seeds of enduring hope in their hearts. This is rooted in God’s love for us. Hope has the power to transform our lives and the lives of those around us. Hope in God does not disappoint!

A quote from Pope Francis

“The gratitude that comes from encountering Christ’s love and mercy is enough to bring joy and hope to a troubled world. If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better, even if only a little bit, but that is enough to transmit a bit of hope. The world is in need of hope, and with gratitude — with this attitude of thanksgiving — we can transmit a bit of hope.”