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Vimy Ridge Public School Official Opening Ceremony

Friday, November 10, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4180 Kelly Farm Dr.

November 10, 2017 – Ottawa – Vimy Ridge Public School will hold its Official Opening Ceremony today as it marks Remembrance Day and the100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the First World War.

Today’s official ceremonies will welcome several community leaders including: Chair of the Board, Shirley Seward; Zone 7 Trustee, Mark Fisher; Director of Education, Jennifer Adams; Ministry of Education Officer, Doug Tateishi; MP, Pierre Poilievre; Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson; Jeremy Diamond  from the Vimy Ridge Foundation and; Robert Loken representing Veterans Affairs.

  • The Official Opening Ceremony will include:
  • The singing of the National Anthem by Grade 1 students
  • Drumming performances
  • Student presentation on Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • Choir performances
  • Tours of the building

Background

The naming of a school is community-lead and governed by policy and procedure. The proposed name - Vimy Ridge Public School received overwhelming community, student, parent, and staff support.

The rationale for choosing the school’s name was it represented a major battle involving Canadians with great historical significance; the military connection to Elizabeth Park Public School; 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge and; the 150th anniversary of Canada coincides with the school opening.

The two-storey facility opened its doors to close to 600 students in September 2017 featuring a maker space that will focus on science, engineering, technology and math. It also has a green roof, and an outdoor classroom. The school has the capacity to welcome 600 to 800 students.

Vimy Ridge has three language streams, including 50-50 French and English split, an English-only stream and early French immersion for Grade 1 to 8 students.

The school will also have three specialized classes, including two for junior and intermediate students with learning challenges and one intermediate class for those with behaviour exceptionalities.

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For more information please contact: Communications Officer, Sharlene Hunter at 613-596-8264.   The media is welcome to attend the Official Opening Ceremony.

 

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