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At Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School we believe that it is important to recognize student achievement, participation and excellence through the presentation of awards for individual and group success.

Our Lady of sorrows School recognizes some of the students' achievements with the following awards:

Grade Eight Graduation Awards:

  • Excellence in Math Award
  • Excellence in Science Award
  • Excellence in Language Arts Award
  • Excellence in Music Award
  • Excellence in Visual Arts Award
  • Excellence in French Award
  • Excellence in History Award
  • Excellence in Geography Award
  • Athelete of the Year - Male - Female
  • Highest academic average
  • Perfect Attendance
  • Anishinabek Citizenship award
  • OECTA award
  • C.W.L. award
  • NSL award
  • LAC leadership award
  • Excellence in English
  • Excellence in Drama and Dance
  • Teachers award
  • T.A.P. Citizenship award
  • Most improved
  • Social Sciences


Every month we have a Winit celebration to give students who have displayed their best in category for that month. These students are presented with a certificate and acknowledged for their achievements.

Public Speaking

At Our Lady of Sorrows School, we promote the improvement of public speaking by organizing a Public Speaking Contest.


Primary Grade 3 and Junior Grade 6 assessment administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office are important markers of how students and our education system as a whole are doing. The provincial test measures core reading, writing and math skills based on the expectations in the Ontario Curriculum. School Action plans are determined from results.


Our assessment procedure at Our Lady of Sorrows involves: assessment, evaluation, reporting, and improvement of student learning and program.

  • Observation Notes
  • Portfolios ((JK-Grade 8)
  • Math and Language Journals
  • Mid Year Testing within the classroom (Grade 1-8)
  • Ready to Learn (JK and SK)
  • Student Agenda Program used to communicate on-going assessment with patents
  • Early and on-going identification (JK-8 Grade 3)
  • Division Planning meetings Our teams strive to identify areas of weaknesses and develop an action plan to meet these needs
  • Teacher Mentor Program TAG (Grades 1-8). LDAD - SK/1 DRA - Primary
  • ORA
  • CASI
  • OWA
  • CAT3 - grade 8
  • Monthly running
  • Ready to Learn
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Marri Clay Ass't
  • Rossner - LDAO
  • Yopp Singer - LDAO
  • Student Self Assessments
  • Levelled Benchmarks

Plans For The Future

At Our Lady of Sorrows School we strive to improve student achievement and engagement for all students and to become lifelong learners with support of parents, teachers and the community.


  • High levels of student achievement
  • Reduce gaps in student achievement
  • High levels of public confidence

Catholic education views human life as an integration of body, mind and spirit. Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for knowledge as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest. The expectations of Catholic graduates, therefore, are described not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but in terms of values, attitudes and actions.

The Graduate's expected to be:

  • A discerning believer
  • An effective communicator
  • A reflective, creative and holistic thinker
  • A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner
  • A collaborative contributor
  • A caring family member
  • A responsible citizen

(Institute for Catholic Learning)

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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.

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