Category Archives: Schools

Sacred Heart adds a new life to Night of the Living Dead

(Photo: From left, lead actor Daniella Atkinson, drama teacher Matt Muirhead and student director Nicholas Rocque.)

If you wanted a story about a zombie apocalypse, you could just watch the Walking Dead. But Sacred Heart’s upcoming school play adds something new to the formula.

Night of the Living Dead, the original ‘60s George Romero classic, is coming to the centre stage of Sacred Heart high school from March 29-31 April 19-21 in a specially adapted version.  Continue reading


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Students hear a message of hope and social justice at WE Day

(Sophie Gower is a Grade 6 student at Stittsville Public School.)

On Wednesday, Stittsville Public School had an amazing opportunity to go to WE Day Ottawa, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville. WE Day is an event where inspirational people of all abilities talk about what path they took on life. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: La Course des Patriotes at Ecole Paul-D

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais hosted the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on Saturday morning. Over 400 students and residents registered for the 2km, 5km, and 10km races.  It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive. Continue reading


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Sacred Heart students get set for SleepOUT For Youth 2016

There are over a thousand homeless youth in Canada’s capital every day of the year, even when our winter weather drops below 30 degrees celsius.

This is why Youth Services Bureau started “SleepOUT For Youth” every year, people gather outside City Hall, pitch tents and prepare for a long, cold night. After the opening ceremonies, the night takes off with a hot meal, music, activities and socializing. Continue reading


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First edition of “La course des Patriotes” takes place October 29

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school, is planning the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on October 29.

It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive.  The event will include 2km, 5km, and 10km races. It’s mandatory for students, but also open to the entire community. Continue reading


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“A GREAT PLACE TO BE”: ALC anniversary a trip down memory lane

Mike Mackay opened the door and turned on the lights. As his eyes scanned the room, his only thought was to say “interesting.”

It was the first time Mackay, the original principal of A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, had seen his office since his retirement 21 years ago. A lot has changed in both his office and the school over the years. The changes, and similarities, were front and centre Friday at the school’s 25th anniversary celebration.

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Stittsville Public School receives grants for outdoor classroom project

Stittsville Public School is even closer to moving forward with an outdoor classroom project thanks to two major grants announced in recent weeks.

The project has received a $9,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment program, and $2,800 from the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program. That’s in addition to $10,000 already raised by the school’s parent council. Continue reading


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Carleton U. engineering back from building schools in Nicaragua

While many students were busy with Frosh Week festivities, Parker Armstrong was working to empower children to go to school in Nicaragua, where only 56% of children graduate from primary school.

Armstrong, an engineering student at Carleton University, traded classes for concrete this summer as he travelled to Nicaragua to complete an internship with the non-governmental organization (NGO) SchoolBOX. Parker worked alongside SchoolBOX’s construction crew to build three classrooms in impoverished Nicaraguan communities, and to evaluate the sustainability of the organization’s programs. Continue reading


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Zida Academy embraces new teaching technology

(Photo: Former student Samantha Pierre at the opening of Zida Academy in Stittsville. Photo by Devyn Barrie)

The grounds of Zida Academy were really jumping over the weekend.

Probably because students were busy checking out a park of Bluetooth-enabled trampolines, just one of the many high-tech features available to students of the new private school this year.  Continue reading


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Trampoline park will be part of Zida Academy grand opening on Sunday

(Photo: Zida’s Sheng Lan with his mother Hua (Jennifer) Lan and father Julian Ni. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Zida Academy, the private school at the old Ottawa Waldorf School location on Goulbourn Street, is hosting a grand opening celebration on Sunday, August 28. The event happens from 1pm to 4pm and it’s open to the public.

The owners have spent the past few months doing an overhaul of the facility, including new roofing, interiors, security fencing and internet wiring. Continue reading


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Parents asked to sign new public high school petition this weekend

Jennifer Smith (left) and Jenny Guth along with other parents in the community have started a new petition calling for a public high school for Stittsville.

A provincial politician has promised parents that she’ll present a petition to Queen’s Park this week for a new public high school.

Barrhaven MPP Lisa MacLeod met with parents on Friday, and told them that she would raise the issue at Question Period at Queen’s Park.  She says she wants a petition with at least two pages of signatures that she can bring with her to demonstrate support from the community. Continue reading


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Kanata Academy breaks ground at 180 Huntmar

Sod-turning ceremony at Kanata Academy, June 1, 2016. from left to right: Dr. Kevin Rattray, Mrs. Shannon Rattray, Peter Gregor, Director of Development at Nautical Lands Group, Councillor Shad Qadri.
From left to right: Owners Kevin Rattray and Shannon Rattray, Peter Gregor, Director of Development at Nautical Lands Group, Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri.

The Kanata Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony at their new location at 180 Huntmar Road on Wednesday evening. The school is currently located in the Beaverbrook Mall in Kanata and has 104 students from preschool to Grade 12. They’re planning to move to Stittsville by January 2017 and looking forward to being in their own building.

The school will be on a two-acre property that was formerly a house, and before that part of a large farm known as Glen Eden. The academy purchased the property in July 2015 from the stepfather of a student.


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PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Catching up on homework

(PHOTO: Jennifer Smith (left) and Jenny Guth stand on one of the possible sites for the new school, at the south west corner of Robert Grant and Cope. The two parents have been active organizers in the push for a public high school.)

I’ve been catching up on a few loose ends from last Tuesday’s meeting about building a public high school in Stittsville. Now I’m finally ready to turn in my homework.

Here are some updates on support from politicians, possible locations for the school, and how the Ministry of Education decides what to fund.

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COMMENT: Public high school is about giving parents a real choice

A public high school for Stittsville has finally hit #1 on the public school board’s priority list.

At tonight’s Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) meeting, parents, trustees, the local councillor and even a representative from Jack Maclaren’s office were all singing from the same songbook. Now we’ll see if the Ministry of Education joins in. Continue reading


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LIVE: Tonight’s public school board meeting

UPDATE: Click here for a recap of the meeting…

If technology co-operates, we’ll be sharing updates here from tonight’s public school board meeting where trustees will discuss their capital priority list for this year. A large contingent of Stittsville parents is expected to be on hand to support prioritizing a $36-million public high school. Continue reading


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Parents persist in push for public high school

ABOVE: Jennifer Smith recorded a video urging parents to attend a public school board meeting on Tuesday to support a public high school in Stittsville.

(press release & video via Stittsville Public High School Now)

Finally, it’s happened! The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has placed the building of a new public high school in Stittsville at the top of their priority funding list – however this does not mean the Ministry of Education will allocate the funds for this essential capital project. This is where we need the media and the public’s help.
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