Where students are challenged to meet their potential

Guitar Performance

      Every Monday since September many Element students have been learning guitar with Ben Russell who is a part of the group Bluestone. Months of hard work culminated yesterday in a performance for the Upper Elementary students. The Element students performed songs from a variety of artists including Neil Young, Goyte and John […]


Asian Ink Art

              As a part of our session on Asia, students in The Element have been developing their artistic skills in a three part workshop by SauLan Mo, a local artist. SauLan is teaching the students Asian Ink Painting. The final session of this workshop was completed on December 6th […]


Giving Students Ownership Over Science Labs

Science labs found in textbooks and used in schools are often presented like recipes where students follow a series of steps leading to a final product. The problem with simply following a procedure is that it doesn’t require students to think critically as they complete the lab. A simple method to improve student engagement and […]


The Element competes at the OISAA Volleyball Tournament

  The girls volleyball team travelled to Turnbull School to compete in the OISAA volleyball tournament on Thursday, November 28th. This was the first opportunity for the girls to play against an opponent. They lost their first match against Ashbury,  but served much better during the second match and won both sets against the host […]


Pumpkin Run

OMS Montessori was represented by 90 enthusiastic students at the OISAA  cross-country Pumpkin Run on Tuesday. Our Upper Elementary and Element students participated in a 1.5- 3 kilometre run, depending on their age. All of our students completed their age-category run, and some even participated in older age categories as well! The students have been […]


Equinox Summit: Learning 2030

For three days experts, advisors, and future leaders gathered together to develop pathways for promising initiatives in education with transformative potential. The gathering, known as the Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, brought in individuals from six different continents, representing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. “Together, the group created a vision of a scalable, affordable, sustainable learning system for […]


Building Garden Beds

Over the next few weeks students will have the opportunity to develop their carpentry skills as they construct three new garden beds. The garden beds will be used to grow vegetables that will be harvested each fall. The harvested vegetables will become part of our cooking program and used in salads, soups and desserts.


Chefs in the Making

This week, in preparation for the cooking program, Element students began a series of training workshops. The guiding principles of the cooking program include using whole foods (i.e. making things from scratch and producing food in our garden), nutritional foods and delicious dishes. The workshops aim to orient students with the kitchen, help them acquire […]


Potato Harvesting with the Ottawa Food Bank

This past Friday, Element students had the sun on their backs and their hands in the soil. As volunteers with the Ottawa Food Bank Community Harvest Program, students were harvesting potatoes that would contribute to the many Food Bank programs across Ottawa. The Community Harvest Program works toward increasing access to high quality, fresh produce […]


Odyssey Program 2013

Thoughts by two of our students on this year’s Odyssey Trip to the Moose River… This year’s Northern Lights Odyssey Trip was really a great experience! As we paddled and camped along the Moose River, which empties into James Bay, we formed new friendships and strengthened the bonds between the friends we already had. Together, […]