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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 ~

2018/2019 School Calendar Now Available(Posted:4/19/2018)

At the February 27, 2018, NPSC Board meeting, the School Year Calendar was recommended and approved by the Board of Trustees. The school year will begin on Thursday, August 30, 2018 for staff and Tuesday, September 4, 2018 for students. The school year will end on June 28, 2019 for both students and staff. This recommendation has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Please see the attachment below for more information. We would like to thank all parents, community members and staff for their participation.

Student Transportation(Posted:8/7/2018)

Due to the dynamic nature of student transportation, school transportation routes may change from year to year, including route numbers, stop locations and times of service. Parents/guardians are responsible for verifying your child's information is up to date and accurate.

Please click the "read more" link below for more information about how to update your child's information, access stop locations, times of service and more.

~ 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