Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”


When students were asked why South March is a special place, they spoke about a community that was safe and a great place to learn and play. The great learning environment is created by understanding staff that create fun activities and events. Teamwork is important here at South March and teachers and students are accepting of others and friendly. We are fortunate that we feel our school is like our second home.

As representatives of the student population, our PTA (Penguins Taking Action) Committee provides input for various school-wide events, participates in developing fundraising initiatives, and contributes to the enhancement of creating a culture of community at our school. For example, the PTA has been involved in organizing spirit days, have fundraised for United Way, Education Foundation, KIVA, the Angel Tree and CHEO. In addition, our students show leadership throughout the school, assisting with announcements, acting as Kindergarten Helpers, Lunch Monitors, Yearbook Committee, working with the Autism Program and assisting with a variety of school initiatives and extra-curricular activities.

In addition to informal recognition on a regular basis, we also acknowledge their contributions through newsletters, school announcements, Penguin Pride Certificates, assemblies, our principal’s report to School Council, and end of year awards ceremonies. As well, we recognize student leadership by incorporating their suggestions into our planning.


Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as additional qualifications such as Special Education, Computers, Library, French, Physical Education, English as a Second Language, Reading, Integrated Arts, and Childhood Education. They have actively participated in numerous Board-Wide professional development activities and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. Some of our teachers are recognized for their contributions both within and outside of the school such as a regional chess club coordinator.

Our staff is known for their interest in technology, athletics, literacy, mathematics, the environment, restorative practices, and the arts. Our teachers contribute to our school in a variety of ways: Earth Care, Winter and Spring Play Days, Choir, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, X-Country Running, Bordenball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Primary Games Clubs, Chess Club, and French Public Speaking to name a few. We recognize staff leadership via personal interactions with one another, notes of thanks, school announcements, school newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals, and our principal’s report to School Council.


Our parent and volunteer community have been committed supporters to the creation and enhancement of South March PS as a school. Our dedicated School Council meets on a monthly basis and has generously contributed funds to support literacy, numeracy and physical education initiatives as well as procuring a Parent’s Reaching Out Grant to begin building a Parent Resource Library. Members of School Council are involved in OCASC (Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils), KISC (Kanata Inter-School Committee), and ARC (Area Review Committee), keeping apprised and informed regarding board and Ministry objectives and initiatives and serving as a communication vehicle for our school community. Our volunteers are in the school daily assisting with Pizza Days, Early Literacy Program and various classroom events, and also for school activities such as Terry Fox Run, Track and Field, Play Days, Jars, Jars, Jars, Cake Walk, Auction and end of year BBQ. As invaluable partners, we thank our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge them over school announcements, our principal’s report to School Council, school newsletters and our annual volunteer breakfast.


Our various community partners include the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Ottawa Public Health, School Resource Officer, Willy’s Pizza, Chartwell Retirement Residence, OVIE (Ottawa Volunteers in Education) Cole Funeral Services in Carp (who sponsor 67 tickets for our students) and Children’s Village at Klondike. We recognize our community partners through our school announcements, school newsletters, school website, principal’s report to School Council, and thank you cards. We also invite them to events, awards ceremonies, and the Grade 6 leaving ceremony.

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