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Glashan Public School

Our School

 
In 1888 a one-room school was opened on the Glashan site. It had one teacher and 99 students. Growth was so rapid that in 1892, Moses Edey, the architect of several historic Ottawa buildings, was commissioned to design a replacement school which, by 1931, grew to a three-story, multi-room facility. The school’s name was changed in 1905 to Glashan Public School, honoring the inspector who supervised the board from 1876 to 1910. In 1979 a new Glashan school was built on the site. Glashan has long enjoyed a reputation as an inclusive, cooperative, nurturing learning environment with an excellent reputation in the community.

Our Students

Our student body represents a mix of cultures, ability levels, and economic realities. The students demonstrate a strong commitment to the school and a respect for each other. Sports teams, student council, and special club members serve as proud ambassadors for our school. We have close to 400 students who together speak over 30 different languages. The richness in backgrounds provides us with the wonderful opportunity to learn and be more accepting of all. Our English students come from Cambridge, Centennial, Elgin, Lady Evelynand Mutchmor Schools. Early French Immersion students come from First Avenue and Elgin. Middle French Immersion students come mainly from Centennial. When our students graduate from Grade 8 most attend Glebe or Lisgar High School.

Our Staff

Our dedicated, caring staff provides a positive, high quality, child- centered inclusive environment for grade 7 and 8 students. The staff at Glashan is deeply committed in providing the best educational experience for our students. The office staff, custodians, support personnel, and teachers work as a team supporting the young adolescents in our school. Our students are further supported through a strong partnership between home and school. We provide authentic learning experiences that engage our students through robust tasks and carefully designed assessment.

Our Community

Glashan is located in the heart of the city of Ottawa. Glashan students live in The Glebe and Centretown. Many students in our specialized programs live in different neighborhoodsacross the city. We are proud of our vibrant and diverse community. Both school gyms and yards are widely used by community groups each evening. The school uses Chamberlain Park, owned by the City of Ottawa, for outdoor physical education instruction and Central Park for special events such as the annual class relays. Glashan School greatly appreciates the dedication of the parents and volunteers that support our school and classroom programs. The school’s Centretown location also affords easy access to resources in downtown Ottawa such as the Parliament Buildings, museums, libraries, and historical sites that enhance aspects of the school curriculum.

Mission Statement

Glashan's mission is to engage each student in a challenging learning environment that recognizes the diverse intellectual, social, emotional, physical and cultural needs of the young adolescent, and nourishes individual potential in the pursuit of excellence. The students are empowered to take responsibility for their destiny.

Facilities and Resources

Glashan students enjoy the use of:
  • Two large gyms
  • Computer lab
  • Interactive SMART Boards
  • Access to iPads and Chromebooks
  • Library resource centre
  • Science lab
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast Program available to all students

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • English with Core French
  • Early and Middle French Immersion classes
  • Congregated Gifted classes (English Program)
  • General Learning Program class
  • Glashan makes every attempt to differentiate and enrich programs to support all students. Careful tracking of students experiencing difficulty, combined with close communication between home and school, is designed to bring about positive change in students at risk. It is the involvement of students, staff, parents, and the community at large working for the success of the students, which makes Glashan School such an exciting and positive learning environment. Glashan also takes part in the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Project.

Classroom Organization

Glashan is an intermediate school with over 420 students in grade seven and eight. Special Education and English as a Second Language students are integrated into regular homeroom classrooms and are provided with appropriate program support when necessary.

Special Education and ESL Programs

English as a Second Language (inclusive teaching model with withdrawal and classroom support where required).
  • Learning Support Teacher (LST)
  • Learning Resource Teachers (LRT)
  • General Learning Program (GLP)
  • Congregated Gifted classes

Clubs and Activities

  • Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross-Country, Badminton
  • Free the Children
  • Book Club
  • Art Club
  • Yearbook Club, Library Club
  • Student Council
  • Friendship Tournaments, Glashan Invitational Tournaments
  • School dances and spirit days
  • Chess Club
  • Concert Band and Choir
  • Major excursions to a destination that changes every year for grade 8 students and Quebec City (Gr. 7)

Safe Schools Initiatives

  • Character Education
  • Student Success Plan
  • Tell Them From Me Survey
  • Safe and Caring School Plan
  • Tiered discipline approach
  • Early Intervention Program for Students at Risk
  • Support from School Resource Officer
  • Workshops and groups
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Tragic Events Team and Plan
  • OCDSB Social Work and Psychological Services support
  • Problem-solving approach to discipline that teaches students to make responsible choices
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