Our School


We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

Centennial Public School is located at the southwest edge of Ottawa’s downtown district. It is often referred to as being in “the heart of the city” and a “special place.” At Centennial the well-being of our students within their school community and a clear sense of belonging provide the foundation which supports our goal of academic excellence for our students, helping them to become well rounded and engaged citizens of the 21st century. The teaching and learning taking place at Centennial are characterized by a child-centered approach that provides an opportunity for all students to develop their individual abilities to their full potential. The school community believes that parents and staff must work as partners if students are going to be successful.

Our Students

Centennial is privileged to have a very diverse population of 220 students. Many of our students are new to Canada and we are very proud of our successful English as a Second Language (ESL) support model that provides both cultural and linguistic support to our English Language Learners. The children and their families come from over 30 different countries and speak at least 40 different languages in their homes. We have Full Day Kindergarten this year, English program classes (Grades 1 to 6), two Physical Support Program (PSP) classes, and one Primary Language Learning Disability (LLD) class. We are also offering Middle French Immersion at the Grade 4, 5 and 6 levels. When our students leave Centennial School, the majority of them attend Glashan Public School for grade seven and eight. Our PSP students study at Centennial until the end of Grade 8 and then move on to high school. Our LLD students return to their home school at the end of Grade 3 or move on to another Junior program.

Our Staff

Centennial’s staff of forty-three are highly qualified, trained, and motivated

professionals who work extremely hard to provide our students with the very best learning environment possible. Both French and English teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, administrative and support staff, as well as casual staff contribute a wide range of expertise to the education of our students. They are committed to ongoing professional learning, as well as providing workshops and courses for their colleagues, parents and the community. A number of our teachers take on the role of Associate Teacher for Faculty of Education students as well as supervisors for secondary and post-secondary cooperative education students.

Our Community

Centennial’s neighbourhood is an eclectic mix of low and high-density buildings including residences, small businesses, hotels, and offices. Centennial’s School Council is comprised of committed and dedicated parents, school staff, and

community members. Centennial welcomes volunteers, both parents and individuals from the community who are registered with OVIE Volunteers in Education Program. Many of our volunteers are involved in the Ottawa Reads

program. We also have a diverse group of individuals who volunteer in our classrooms, supporting students in many different ways under teacher supervision. Centennial works closely with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Centretown

Community Health Centre, Mothercraft, as well as the Centretown Parents’ Cooperative Daycare which provides an on-site before and after school program and a full day preschool program.

Mission Statement

Our Centennial Family is enriched by our diverse cultural and disabled communities. Our mission is to provide every child an equal opportunity to learn. We encourage success in a safe and nurturing environment.

Facilities and Resources

Centennial is a unique facility that was designed to meet the needs of all students. Our wide doorways, hallways and large washrooms provide the opportunity for mobility and independence for all Centennial children. A unique feature of the school is a swimming pool that is used by our PSP students for aquatic therapy and by all other classes for swimming lessons which are a part of our physical education program. We are proud of our library, our literacy/numeracy resource room, our technology (i.e. Smartboards), computer lab, and accessible play structure. We have a Breakfast Program that serves daily nutritious breakfasts and occasional lunches. A Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) is available to provide support to teachers, students and parents. We also have the support of a School Resource Officer, Public Health Nurse, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Blind and Low Vision on an as-needed basis. Speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nursing staff from Champlain Community Care Access (CCAC) support individual students as needed.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Regular English with 40 minutes of Core French per day for grades 1 to 6 and special education classes and 20 minutes per day for junior and senior kindergarten classes.
  • All classes receive additional instruction in the Arts for 40 mins once a week.
  • English Language support is provided to early stage English Language Learners.
  • Middle French Immersion is a relatively new program, in its fourth year. At the present time it is comprised of one grade 4/5 class and one grade 5/6 class.
  • Three System Special Education Programs are located at Centennial. They include a Primary Language Learning Disability class and two Physical Support Program classes.
  • All classes, except kindergarten, follow a Balanced Day schedule that includes three instructional blocks (120 mins, 100 mins and 80 mins) and two 45-min nutrition/recess breaks.

Classroom Organization

  • Junior Kindergarten & Senior Kindergarten (English)
  • Junior Kindergarten & Senior Kindergarten (English)
  • Grade 1 (English)
  • Grade 1/2 (English)
  • Grade 3 (English)
  • Grade 3/4/5 (English)
  • Grade 5/6 (English)
  • Grade 4/5 Middle French Immersion (MFI)
  • Grade 5/6 Middle French Immersion (MFI)
  • Primary Language Learning Disability Class (LLD)
  • Primary/Junior Physical Support Program Class (PSP)
  • Junior/Intermediate Physical Support Program Class (PSP)

Special Education and ESL Programs

Centennial is well known for its support of exceptional students and students who are learning English as a second language. Our three system special education classes serve children from throughout the OCSDB with physical and communication exceptionalities. Both students and teachers in our regular classes are supported by our ESL and Learning Resource (LRT) teachers. The student support is provided within the classroom and/or on a withdrawal basis according to the needs of the students. Educational assessments are completed on an as-needed basis.

Safe Schools Initiatives

Centennial believes in the importance of developing student character and therefore focuses on exemplary citizenship traits, including: integrity, empathy, respect, fairness, perseverance, acceptance, responsibility, appreciation, cooperation, and optimism.

  • A Restorative Justice approach is used to support students in resolving conflicts and problem-solving.
  • ‘Building community’ is a focus at all levels, within the classroom, throughout the school and with our parents.
  • A School Code of Conduct/Dress Code developed by staff, students and parents.
  • A Safe Arrival/Dismissal Procedure
  • A Visitor and Volunteer Sign In Procedure
  • An Administration of Medication to Students Procedure
  • A Severe, Life-Threatening Allergies Procedure
  • An Emergency Response Plan
  • Walkie-talkies for the school yard
  • Security cameras and intercom system
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Meet You In School and Mentor Programs
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