Robert Ogilvie School has a population of 305 students as of November 2013. Students range in ability from gifted to intensive behavior and English as a second language. Our school is comprised of 14 percent aboriginal ancestry. Student turnover ranges from 20-30 percent per year. We are funded as an inner city school through Community LINK funding from the Ministry of Education, which allows us to provide additional support for students through aide time and canteen support.
We have thirteen divisions of classes from grades K – 6. Our school offers many supports to students including: an aboriginal student support worker, two behavioral student support workers, counseling, a lunch meals program funded by Community Links funding, a breakfast program, guided reading, SMART reading, reading recovery, learning assistance, a recycling program, social responsibility, participation in the Terry Fox Run, Operation Christmas Shoebox, etc., and extracurricular events such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, track, softball, student leadership, and science fair.
Students at RO are caring and generous in their support of causes from cancer research to the food bank. Students are encouraged to develop positive leadership skills through the leadership club, working as office helpers, in the canteen, reading announcements and as classroom monitors. Additional support for students with their academic progress is provided through aide time in the classrooms. We are very proud of our behavioural support program, which is offered in the Student Support Centre, classrooms and playground as well as in social groups. The Leadership Club plans and coordinates fun days and special activities for the students. Older intermediate students have been trained as peer helpers to provide support to students on the playground and in the classrooms at lunch time.
Our staff is involved in collaboration amongst intermediate and primary teachers. Staff also participates on numerous committees – Learning Resources, Student Support, Social Responsibility, Professional Development, Healthy Schools, Aboriginal Support and Safety. Staff members (both teaching and non-teaching) participate in various professional development opportunities throughout the year.
Our school community is comprised of an active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and a school planning council (SPC) which meets to assist in determining school direction. We also have many parent volunteers who help out throughout the school year. Our parent/child profile shows that in our community the number of single parent families are above the provincial average and our adults are below the provincial average for education at and above high school but are above the provincial average for annual income. Parents are regularly contacted and consulted through newsletters (at the beginning of each month), by email and personal phone calls, team meetings, PAC meetings and invitations to participate in Non-Instructional days.
The School Improvement Plan has been developed through discussions and involvement with teaching staff, non-teaching staff and parents. This involvement has been during an alternate May Planning Day, staff meetings and the Social Responsibility Committee.
We are pleased with the many improvements recently made to our school. The new flowerbeds in the front of the school and in the courtyard were planted by students with flowers and plants donated by the old hospital, Walmart, and numerous generous members of our school community. The Royals logos on the front of the school were recently painted this past summer by former student, Benjamin Peterson, as part of his chief scout project. Special thanks to him for his time and service.
We have many new staff in our school along with a group that have been here many years. We are excited to have the talent and energy in our building!
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