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

Our Spiritual Theme “Seek Justice, Love Kindness & Mercy, Walk Humbly with God” comes from Micah 6:8 and enables our staff, students, and community to make real and meaningful connections between our everyday lives and the Gospel. This three-year theme will focus on Catholic social teachings, aligned with global competencies and encourages learners to think globally and act locally.

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

– Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

We will take a deeper look at one portion of the Scripture passage every school year between 2018 and 2021.

Seek Justice – (2018-2019)

Focusing on social justice to introduce Catholic social teaching as a lens for learning.

Through faith, we are called to justice and through justice, we are called to faith. We find the call to justice throughout scripture. The Good News that we proclaim is liberty to captives, hope to those in poverty, freedom to those in oppression, and sight to the blind.

Love Kindness & Mercy – (2019-2020)

Focusing on healthy relationships and family.

God is love. This concept can never be explored fully, and yet, it is the culmination of the hope of humanity. The discernment of this year can be on good friendships, avoiding all that can hinder a healthy community. This will be meaningful to both staff and students.

Walk Humbly with God – (2020-2021)

Focusing on promoting humility and an awareness of our need for God’s mercy and love in our lives.

We are called to live an authentic faith, close to our God in lifelong discovery leading to transformation. This depth of awareness enhances our personal wellness and encourages us to participate in God’s restorative justice.

“Educating is not a job but an attitude, a way of being: to educate we need to step out of ourselves and stay among young people to accompany them in the stages of their growth, placing ourselves at their will.

Give them time, optimism for their journey in the world. Teach them to see the beauty and goodness of creation and of humanity, which always retains the imprint of the Creator.”

– Pope Francis