Leadership Recognition

Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”


Our students are provided with many opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Older students will pair up with younger students as reading buddies and read to children. Classes take on certain initiatives to raise funds for our friends in Lesotho, for the Ottawa Humane Society, for the Food Bank and other charities. Rockcliffe Park has become a “Me to We Take Action” school, which is part of the Free the Children organization. Our “FAIR” club is student-driven and based on the “Take Action” model. Often it is the children who organize craft or bake sales, or donate money from their own birthday presents. Every month we hold a school-wide Character assembly where one or two students from each class are awarded a “Gotcha” award for leadership in one of our Character attributes. Any student “caught” demonstrating the character trait of the month receives an “I am on fire” flame, which is then added to others for a special draw. The flames are kept and displayed throughout until June. Each class has volunteered to organize a short presentation on the character trait of the month to further support our Character development initiatives. New this year, we are recognizing students who make a notable effort to speak French. These students receive an “Ici, on parle francais” certificate. Also, we are implementing Rockcliffe Radio for our morning announcements, where students from Grade 6 are responsible for leading our school in Oh Canada as well as the daily news.


Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Music, Visual Arts, Science, Reading, Guidance, and Computers in Education. They have actively participated in numerous Board-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. Our teachers share their expertise welcoming student teachers and high school coop students into their classrooms. We also recognize staff leadership via personal interactions with one another, letters of thanks, school announcements, school newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals, and our principal’s report to school council.


Rockcliffe Park Public School’s community links are extremely strong, given its 70 year history within the community. These ties are enhanced by a series of annual activities including the Terry Fox Run, fund raising for various relief efforts and charitable organizations, and of course, the Rockcliffe Park Book Fair. This year our Book Fair will be celebrating its 57th year and we are very excited to be celebrating with a variety of events. We also host the International Languages program in our school, as our students learn to speak Spanish in an after school program. We recognize our community partners through our school announcements, newsletters, school web site, principal’s report to school council, and thank you cards. We also include them in our events and award ceremonies.

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