Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School
- Principal: Susan Wardell
- Secretary: Pierrette Terbovc
- Grades: JK–Gr. 8
- School Parish: Holy Name of Jesus
- Enrollment: 201
- Hours of Instruction:
8:40 A.M.–3:00 P.M.
Opened in 1959, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School is located in the West Ferris area of North Bay. It is the only English Catholic School in this area of North Bay and therefore serves as the neighbourhood school for children from JK to Grade 8 inclusive. Our school partners with the Holy Name of Jesus Parish to promote the spiritual development of our students.
The School structure, in large part, consists of 11 classrooms, a library, and a gymnasium. We are very proud of our school yard which includes a peace park, play structures, as well as several areas to play basketball.
Students at Our Lady of Fatima are recognized regularly for their achievement, school spirit, sense of community, call to service and participation in sports. The following awards are available to students:
- Student of the Week
- Virtuous Student of the Month
- Most Improvement
- Highest Proficiency
- Spirit Awards
- Athletic Awards (Male/Female)
- Citizenship Awards
- 12 classrooms
- Peace Park
- Large schoolyard
More About Our School
For more about our school please visit our school website: http://olf.npsc.ca/
Here you’ll find monthly school newsletters and calendars, current school news and events, a school photo gallery and more.
How We Live Our Catholic Faith
Students at Our Lady of Fatima are exposed to a curriculum embodied with principles and values of our Catholic faith.
During the school year, students, parents and staff share many opportunities to gather as a faith community at Our Lady of Fatima School and at Holy Name of Jesus Church.
School Liturgies and prayer services are celebrated on a regular basis.
In planning and delivering the curriculum to our students, School staff bear in mind The Vision of a Catholic Learner, as set-out by The Institute For Catholic Education.
Vision of a Catholic Learner
- are discerning believers formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrate the signs and sacred mystery of God's presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.
- are effective communicators who speak, write and listen honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of Gospel values.
- are reflective, creative and holistic thinkers who solve problems and make responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.
- are self directed, responsible lifelong learners who develop and demonstrate their God-given potential.
- are collaborative contributors who always find meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.
- are caring family members who attend to family, school, parish and the wider community.
- are responsible citizens who give witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.
(Excepts from the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations- Institute for Catholic Education)
- Religion and Family Life
- Kindergarten: Early Learning Program (ELP)
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies: History and Geography
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
French as a Second Language
Grades 4 to 8: 200 minutes per week
Special Needs Children
Classroom teachers develop program accommodations and modifications through Individual Education Plans to meet the needs of all identified students within their regular classrooms. Children who require resource assistance are integrated within their regular classrooms. The Classroom Resource Teacher (CRT) works directly with the child in the classroom or assists the child's teacher in adapting program requirements.
School staff are continuing to implement the Comprehensive Balanced Literacy Framework to further develop the reading and writing skills of our students.
Computers are available in every classroom and computer technology is integrated into student programs. Students and staff also have access to two mobile lab labs and SMART boards.
Our Lady of Fatima School encourages students to participate actively in the life of our school beyond the classroom. Co-curricular activities include:
- Team sports
- Recreational Leaders
- Community Service Helpers
- Art Club
- Play Days
- Students' Council
- Field Trips - local and regional
Assessing Student Progress
Levels of achievement are monitored carefully, assessed regularly and reported formally each term to parents. Assessment which is on-going includes: diagnostic, formative and summative strategies.
- Running Records
- Success Criteria
- Portfolios and Folders
- Anecdotal Observation
- Self/Peer Assessments
- Reading (DRA, CASI) and Writing assessments (OWA)
- Edited Work
- Case Studies
- Unit Tests
School staff gather regularly to discuss student achievement levels and review assessment data . This information is used to identify students needing extra support and plan next steps for providing the necessary support.
In the spring of each school year, provincial tests in Mathematics, Reading and Writing are administered to all Grade 3 and Grade 6 students. Results from these tests are utilized to improve programs and promote higher student achievement through locally developed school plans.
Plans for the Future
Staff strive to promote continuous growth and improvement in learning through participation in ongoing teacher inservice sessions held at the School and Board level. At Our Lady of Fatima School ongoing professional learning and the formulation of our School Improvement Plan are two key elements used to improve student achievement.
Our School Improvement Plan focuses upon the following components:
- Catholic Faith Formation (Catholic Graduate Expectations)
- Literacy (reading, writing and oral communication)
- Numeracy (mathematics and technology)
- Pathways Programming (for example: student transitions, career education)