Where students are challenged to meet their potential

Get Out There And Do It

Alumna student, Chloé Goodfellow, has fond memories of the “experimental” Grades 7 and 8 program she was a part of over a decade ago. “Looking back, it was an amazing experience…” she said. “…it was such a small close knit group with high levels of customized individualized learning.” She vividly remembers developing different business ideas […]


Craft Fair

As a part of the Entrepreneurship program, The Element students sold their products at the Shop your Local Talent Christmas Craft Show in Old Ottawa South. Their products consisted of baked goods, jams, wooden toys, jewellery, scented candles and objects created on their 3D printer. Their table was constantly surrounded by potential customers and our […]


French at The Element

Students at The Element have a scheduled French class three times a week, where they explore the current humanities theme in French while simultaneously learning vocabulary and grammar. For example, this year, while students were studying Asia in humanities, grade 7 and 8 students explored Asian UNESCO World Heritages sites in French. The Asian theme was also incorporated into […]


Knife Skills Workshop

Students in grades 7 and 8 had the opportunity to learn from three professional chefs from Local Public Eatery. The chefs introduced some basic knife skills and then split the students into three groups. Each group practiced using knives safely and effectively as they cut tomatoes, cilantro, and onions to make salsa. Each group then […]


Universal Children’s Day

On Universal Children’s Day Upper Elementary students from OMS Montessori visited The Element to celebrate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A group of Element students prepared a presentation for the day, which talked about the rights of the child and why these are important. Students then presented the Declaration […]


Badminton Expert

As part of our current six-week badminton unit for Physical Education, Kenny Yuen, the Head Coach for the University of Ottawa Badminton Team and practising athlete sponsored by Adidas, came to teach our students some of the technical aspects of the sport. He showed the students how to do a drop shot, a forehand drive and the serving technique used by […]


Rocks and Minerals Workshop

  As a conclusion to a unit on Physical Geography in the grade 9 Canadian geography course, students participated in a workshop led by Earth Sciences educators from Carleton University (Beth and Erin). The geologists brought in a variety of rocks and minerals, including some that contained fossils. Students examined them with a hand lens (a […]


Asian Art Workshop

Last week the students participated in the first of three art workshops led by artist Line Bouchard. Line’s focus with the students is on oriental painting and calligraphy. This past week the student worked on their brush strokes and techniques as they explored the different Asian characters using their brushes and the ink. The students […]


Real life problem solving

One of this year’s businesses in our Entrepreneurship Program is ‘Jewelry Making’. However, before jewelry could be produced, appropriate materials needed to be sourced by our students. To this end, the students in the jewelry group found a bead store in downtown Ottawa and planned an excursion, by public transportation, to visit the shop. The trip […]


Science and engineering workshop

Last week, The Element hosted students from OMS Montessori, Parkdale Montessori and Glebe Montessori at their campus for an afternoon. After a brief presentation on their Odyssey trip, students at The Element prepared a spaghetti dinner for their guests to enjoy.             Students mingled with each other over lunch, before heading out […]