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Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic

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About Us

Opened in 1975, Our Lady of Sorrows School is located in West Nipissing District. We have a student population of 200 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. It serves the communities of West Nipissing and Nipissing First Nation (Garden Village). Our Lady of Sorrows reflects that of a tri-cultural school:

  • English
  • French
  • Ojibwe

Our school celebrates the tri-cultural nature of our community with a variety of special events and activities. The school offers regular programs as well as core French Second Language programs and Native as a Second Language program which provides instruction in the Ojibwe language. We are very proud of the diversity representation from our community.

Promoting a Positive School Climate

Guiding Principles

  • Everyone has a role to play in building a welcoming,positive and inclusive school climate.
  • Building a positive school climate requires a focus on developing healthy and respectful relationships throughout the school community.
  • Embed the principles of equity and inclusive education in all aspects of the learning environment to support the well being and achievement of all students.
  • No single solution can guarantee the creation and maintenance of a positive school climate. It takes a collaborative effort!
  • Refer to Handbook which outlines the Code of Behaviour, found in the Resources tab.

Safe Schools Initiatives

  • Peace Keepers
  • Indoor Social Skills recess
  • Sensory rooms
  • Buddy teacher/student
  • 2nd step
  • Steps to Respect
  • SNAP: Stop Now and Plan


The Parents, Teachers and Students of Our Lady of Sorrows School foster and promote the development of the whole person --- spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional as a caring responsible individual within the Catholic Christian community, based on the Gospel values of Jesus Christ. Promote and support Positive Student Behaviour and provide the elements of a safe and welcoming environment based on Gospel values which promote a sense of belonging In order that learning can take place.

~ Board News ~

SJSH Hosting Information Session(Posted:2/12/2018)

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall is hosting an information session for interested parents and students on Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Join us to learn more about our academic and extracurricular programs including Advanced Placement, French-as-a-Second Language programming and certifications, outdoor education, dual credit and so much more. Register today at

Support Catholic Education(Posted:10/30/2017)

DID YOU KNOW?  Your school support defaults to English Public each time you move residences. You must re-declare yourself as English Separate.    

By ensuring that you are accurately recorded as a Separate School Supporter, you will be able to cast a vote for Catholic trustees in the October 22, 2018 Municipal Election and you are helping to deliver a powerful message to the Ontario government about the level of support for publicly funded Catholic education in our province.

Learn more here:



~ School Activities ~

Our Lady of Sorrows School has a number of events that occur throughout the school year. In addition to helping students achieve academic outcomes, school events instill a sense of community among our students, their families and staff.

Some of our events include:

  • Safe Schools Initiatives
  • Monthly Liturgical Celebrations
  • Sacramental Preparations
  • First Communion
  • Reconciliation
  • Rainbows
  • Faith Ambassadors
  • Confirmation
  • Bake Sales
  • Share Lent day (Penny Sale, Bake Sale & White Elephant Sale)
  • Play Day and Carnival
  • Public speaking
  • Book Fair
  • Career Fair
  • Track and Field
  • Recycle Program - Go Green Program
  • Grade Eight Graduation
  • Food Bank Drive
  • Native Retreat Days
  • Peer Helpers Club
  • Intramural and extracurricular sports
  • Cheer Leading Club
  • Breakfast for Learning
  • Living Rosary
  • Planetarium visit
  • Healthy Schools Initiatives (running club)
  • Carnival
  • Talent Show
  • Science North Workshops
  • Craft Club
  • Kindergarten Year End Celebration
  • Relay for Life
  • Anti-bullying campaign
  • Flag football
  • Santa Fund telethon and choir
  • Spirit Day
  • Monthly running reading records
  • Christmas Assembly
  • Food Bank Collection
  • Kindergarten Celebration
  • Aboriginal Day Celebration