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Stittsville Public students create massive art display with Artist Kate

Since September, Stittsville Public School has had a special treat. Artist Kate Ryckman (aka Artist Kate) has been teaching art for kindergarten classes all the way up to grade six.

Each grade had a different theme. All classes had a different project. When I did my project, there was one rule: no erasing! Continue reading


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THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Stittsville Public’s new open air classroom

(PHOTO: Students, staff, volunteers and elected officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony — complete with kid-sized scissors — at Stittsville Public School on Friday, September 29. It marked the official opening of a new outdoor classroom. Photo by Lorrie Hayes.)


“Parent Council saw this as an opportunity to get the kids out and moving while still considering the curriculum and academics. This is an opportunity to bring the learning outside. To be a place and a space for movement and fresh air. I think we’re starting to understand that with kids having difficulties concentrating at school, there’s a feeling that more movement and more fresh air might contribute to helping some of those situations.”
–Sabrina Kemp, former co-chair of the Stittsville Public School Parent Council


Sabrina Kemp is ecstatic for the opening of a new outdoor classroom at Stittsville Public School.  An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday in front of students and staff.

“It’s fantastic, I’ve dropped by a few times and it’s great to see the kids playing. And I love seeing that the school can accept some risk, and the benefit that comes from that,” she says. Continue reading


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A. Lorne Cassidy community plans musical fundraiser to support teacher

(PHOTO: A scene from A. Lorne Cassidy’s recent production of the musical Annie.)>

This time, the production will be for Mrs. Cooney.

Students, staff, and families from A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School will be honouring and raising funds for Kathleen ‘Kate’ Kelly-Cooney with a Kids on Broadway evening October 5th.

Over the summer, the Registered Early Childhood Educator at ALC was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour that has left her gravely ill in hospital and unable to return to school. Continue reading


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Westwind raises almost $12,000 for charity at social justice fair

(press release)

Westwind Public School was filled with the sounds of excited grade six students and the smell of delicious baked goods on Thursday, June 22 as the school held its ‘Who is Nobody?’ social justice fair. The annual fair is designed to get grade six students to “be the change they wish to see in the world”, as Ghandi so aptly stated. Continue reading


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Two Stittsville engineering students selected for work-study program in China

(PHOTO: Students visit Parliament Hill before their trip to China.)

(Press release via HUAWEI)

HUAWEI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ICT and telecommunications equipment, has announced 20 university engineering students selected to participate in its “Seeds for the Future” program, and two are from Stittsville.

Allison Sherwin and Kyle Bjornson both grew up in Stittsville and are now third-year engineering students at Carleton University. They were among the 20 students who gathered in Kanata last week for two days of preparation at HUAWEI Canada’s Research Centre before departing for China for a two-week professional and cultural trip.

Now in its third year, ‘Seeds for the Future’ provides students an opportunity to experience firsthand the incredible advancement taking place in China’s technology industry. Designed for Canadian engineering students, the program aims to build links between Canada and China, promote a greater understanding of career opportunities in the telecommunications sector, and to encourage participation in the international ICT community.

“We are proud to offer this opportunity to another talented group of engineering students from across the country,” said HUAWEI Canada President, Sean Yang. “This award-winning program has grown in popularity and we’re happy to see that nearly half the students participating this year are women. This hands-on experience provides students with a once in a lifetime work and cultural exchange, with an opportunity to see China and its industry-leading innovation.”

“Our partners at HUAWEI have been fantastic. We look forward to continuing to develop these bright young minds and set them on these promising future career paths,” said Jose Pereira, Director, Engineering Career Centre, University of Toronto.

Students selected for ‘Seeds for the Future’ will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with HUAWEI staff and visits to HUAWEI laboratories where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies. The program also includes an opportunity to experience Chinese culture, and will include a visit to some well-known landmarks, including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Feedback from students who have been through the program has been extremely positive. “This program was a life changing experience in every way,” said Karl Tanguay-Verreault a student at Carleton University who participated in the program last year. “Not only did it open my eyes to the beauty of Chinese culture but it also gave me hands-on experience with the technologies that will power the future of ICT.”

 


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ALC scraps plan for triple-split class

Plans for a triple-grade class at A. Lorne Cassidy elementary school were scrapped after English enrolment turned out to be higher than initially projected, the school’s principal says.

Board officials had originally proposed that an English class be split three ways between grades 1, 2 and 3, but in a recent update to parents said there was no longer a need to do so. Continue reading


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Campaign aims to replace instruments destroyed in Kanata Montessori fire

A fire last week in a portable at the Kanata Montessori School destroyed many of the school’s musical instruments.

David and Marie Haynes, who have kids who attend the school, are organizing a donation drive to collect instruments to replace what was lost.  The instruments that are needed the most are smaller instruments that are used for the younger grades.

Instruments they are hoping to collect include:

  • Electric or Acoustic guitars – preferably child sized, but either is good.
  • Amplifiers
  • trumpets
  • trombones
  • clarinets
  • any other wind instruments
  • hand drums

The school does not need violins or recorders!

Click here for more info on how to make a donation…


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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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