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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 […]


The Entrepreneurship Program

              The Entrepreneurship Program is underway with six different businesses being developed. Of the six businesses, half of them were established last year and the other half are pursuing new ventures. The established businesses include woodworking, canning and baking while the new businesses are 3D printing, candles and jewelry. […]


Ultimate Frisbee Clinic

              As part of our current ultimate frisbee unit for Physical Education, students participated in a two-part ultimate frisbee clinic run by two University of Ottawa students. One of the leaders, Alyssa, has been playing ultimate for 6 years. She typically plays more of a cutting (receiving) role, as her height […]


Recess at The Element

Recess is fun when your school is located at Lansdowne Park because you can: Skateboard in the terrain park and around the great lawn Hang out on the grass, the benches and the play structure Play basketball Play soccer Play ball hockey Play on the play structure Talk as a group Every day students at […]


Plate tectonics and the rock cycle

Our grade 9 students had to ‘dig deep’ in the Earth Gallery exhibit at the Museum of Nature to complete an engaging scavenger hunt on plate tectonics and the rock cycle. The field trip was planned as a part of the grade 9 Mapping and Physical Geography unit. Students were responsible for finding and recording relevant information in the […]


Pumpkin Run

                            Our Grade 7 and 8 students participated in the Pumpkin Run on Thursday, October 8th. The Pumpkin Run, an Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association cross country running meet, is a non-competitive event that supports help and happiness. Students ran between 2.5 […]


New France Museum Exhibits

            In Humanities, e1 students are currently exploring Canadian history from the early explorers to Confederation. As part of this study, students were required to look at what life was like in the French Colony of New France and then in small groups, students presented their findings in the form of a […]