Where students are challenged to meet their potential

City Study: Question Period at The House of Commons

What does a city need to function? This is the question students set out to explore in their final Humanities session for this year. To answer this abstract question, students were asked to plan a trip into the city to observe a function of Ottawa. The goal of the session was to explore what we […]


Spaghetti Dinner

A micro-economy group invited parents and students to a pizza dinner on Thursday, May 29. The events group put together the homemade pizza dinner entirely on their own and transformed their classroom into a restaurant. The Italian dish was served with salad and orangina with homemade pie for dessert. While the turnout was smaller than […]


Relay Event at Mooney’s Bay

Congratulations to the many students who participated at last Monday’s relay meet at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre at Mooney’s Bay. Teams of four participated in relay races between 80-800 meters. Fifteen Element students attended the meet and were very successful in their races.  The girls teams won the 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay and the mixed […]


Helping younger students

  A few students from a Lower Elementary class sought The Element’s help: After doing a project on the First Nations, the Lower Elementary students wanted to bake bannock, a traditional flat bread. A couple students from The Element were up for the mission and used a recipe to assist the Lower Elementary students in […]


Meet Harvey, The Class Pet

While students did math today, they were watched by an adorable furry friend, Harvey. Harvey is a student’s family dog but becomes The Element’s class pet on Fridays. He is extremely well behaved and is a welcomed addition by all the students and staff! Some universities and colleges have started incorporating dogs into their counseling […]



Grade 9 students at The Element recently completed a project on electricity. Students were responsible for creating an electrical device and then analyzing the voltage, current, resistance and power of the components. The different devices created by the students include: A solar powered iPhone charger, a model house with fan, lights and doorbell and an […]


Lunch at The Element

As the Communications Coordinator, my office is situated beside The Element. This is a wonderful thing for many reasons— I can constantly hear the sounds of energetic adolescents with a contagious energy, I get to see projects I wish I had completed in High School, and I get to use my nose as an alarm […]


Physics/Engineering Unit

In the physics/engineering unit, Grade 7 and 8 students studied bridges to learn key engineering and physics principles. They investigated the different types of bridges, forces, structural shapes, and materials by completing modules and lab experiments. On “Challenge Day” students brought a bridge they had constructed using what they had learned in the course. The […]


Farming for the Food Bank’s Community Harvest Program

Element Grade 7 to 9 students spent the day at Black’s family farm in Stittsville planting food for the Ottawa Food Bank’s Community Harvest Program. Students helped with soil preparation and planted potatoes. Students will visit again this Spring and then again in the Fall to help weed and harvest. The Element students’ efforts directly […]


Microeconomies Unleashed

The student run businesses of The Element have been hard at work organizing dinners, creating crafts, growing sprouts, selling smoothies, popping corn and baking. Above are a series of pictures from several of the events. The craft group selling their cards. Capitalizing on the spring planting season. Smoothies are popular with students on Fridays. Preparing […]