Our School

Vincent Massey PS
We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Vincent Massey Public School

  • Our Mission: Students, staff, parents and the community will collaborate and share responsibility for student success.

  • Our Vision: To promote student achievement and student well-being through a collective growth mindset.

  • Our Motto: “Refuse to Lose”. We will do everything we can to reach each and every student, honouring individual learning styles and intelligences.

  • Vincent Massey was awarded the Order of Excellence - Canadian Award for Excellence in Education by the National Quality Institute. The award is given based on rigorous internal and external review processes and is the result of several years of continuous, focused improvement and sustainable results. Only one other school in Canada has received this honour. Although we are a large school with a variety of programs, there is very much a feeling of family and community. We have developed a very safe and caring school climate in which all students are able to learn. Typical student comments are, “I love going to school. It’s fun. The kids are really nice. I learn a lot.”

Our Students

We have an enrolment of 715 students, representing approximately 50 countries and languages.

Our Intermediate students come from Arch Street, Pleasant Park and Riverview Alternative. When our students graduate, they move to high school and attend Hillcrest, Canterbury, Lisgar, Glebe and Ridgemont.  We are very proud of our Vincent Massey PS students, and our vision for them extends beyond the classroom and beyond their time with us. Beginning in our student's first year of the early learning program, we support students to attain the characteristics and skills they will need to succeed in life. OCDSB's exit outcomes are for every student at Vincent Massey.

Our Staff

We have a full-time principal, and full-time vice principal. We have a large teaching staff, including 1.75 Learning Support Teachers, 2 Learning Resource teachers, 2.5 ESL teachers, as well as 11 educational assistants for our students with special needs, 10 ECEs in our early learning program, two lunch-time monitors, and one breakfast club monitor, as well as a 0.4 Multicultural Liaison Officer. We have 2.5 office staff and 4.0 custodial staff. Without exception, the Vincent Massey staff members are dedicated professionals who believe in each and every student and do everything possible to ensure success for all.

Our Community

  • We have an engaged and positive parent community;
  • We have several community volunteers; 
  • We benefit from an active, supportive School Council comprised of parents, faculty and community representatives who work together to ensure a high-quality learning environment for our students.
  • We have many partnerships with the community including, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Facilities and Resources

  • Two gymnasium
  • One portable computer lab
  • Computer technology in every classroom
  • A library staffed by a library technician
  • Large play field – 2 play structures
  • Two baseball diamonds
  • Soccer field

Programs and Services

Learning Programs

  • English with Core French
  • Early French Immersion
  • Early French Immersion – Congregated Gifted (Grades 5-8)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
  • Music Program - strings (grades 7 and 8)

Teachers have high expectations for students and committed to providing engaging learning opportunities to foster growth and harness potential. 

Classroom Organization

  • We have a year one early learning program (previously Junior Kindergarten) to grade 8 dual track community school.
  • We have 4 full-day bilingual early learning classes
  • There are 4 primary, 4 junior, and 3 intermediate classes in the English program.
  • There are 7 primary and 8 junior/intermediate classes in Early French Immersion.

Clubs and Activities

  • Arts Club
  • Blue Spruce Reading Club
  • Breakfast Club
  • Coding Club
  • Drawing Club
  • Earthcare/E Club Recycle
  • Fashion Show
  • Festival of Lights - Dec.
  • Forest of Reading (Silver Birch)
  • Games Club
  • Gauss Math competition and Pythagoras
  • Gr.7 and 8 Orchestras
  • Intermediate Glee Club
  • Intermediate Leadership Group
  • Intermediate Math Olympics
  • Intermediate Mini Enrichment
  • Intermediate School Council
  • Lunch Box Club
  • Media Group
  • Piano Program
  • Primary Running Club
  • Talent Show

Safe Schools Initiatives

  • Safe and Caring School Culture in which students feel safe to stretch themselves to reach their potential
  • Progressive discipline
  • Student Leadership Opportunities:
  • Be Humble Anti-Bullying Program (Helpful, Uplifting Mentorship: Believe, Listen and Empower) This year's focus is the safe and smart use of technology 
  • Early Intervention Program (EIP) for students at risk
  • Social Worker
  • School Psychologist
  • School Resource Officer
  • Student Well-Being Plan
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