Parents

Forms, Correspondence & Resources

School Safety Information (Traffic, Transportation, Online, etc)

Traffic safety and how you can help keep our neighborhoods safe.

School Active Transportation (SAT) Program

Georges Vanier Catholic School is part of the School Active Transportation (SAT) program, which helps reduce traffic congestion, address traffic safety issues, and encourage more students to walk and wheel to school. The SAT booth will be visiting our school during morning drop-off on September 16th and during afternoon pick-up on September 27th. Please stop by to check out the display!

We encourage you to walk to school when you can this school year. Of course, walking to school is great for your health, reduces traffic in front of our school, and improves our air quality, but did you know that it also improves safety and builds a sense of community? Check out this fun new video in English or French to learn more about the many benefits of active transportation.

If you have to drive to school, please consider parking or dropping your child off a block or two away from the school and walking the rest of the way. Walk-a-Block maps are a helpful tool for finding locations to park in 5- and 10-minute walk zones.

We encourage you to use the new app, called Hop!, to celebrate walking to school. Hop! allows students to log walks and discover the positive impact walking has on the environment. Families can log trips to and from school as well as walks in their community. How far do you think your family would travel walking to and from school this year? Download Hop! at 123hop.ca to find out!


Online Safety

  • To help support online safety, C3P is launching a new video that addresses online risks and emerging trends, as well as safety strategies families can use to help keep children and youth safe online. Watch the video and share it with family. Wa tch video > C3P’s director of education, Noni Classen, serves as a panelist on this virtual panel discussion, hosted by Public Safety Canada. Hear what she has to say about the issues and the guidance she has for helping to keep young people safe online. (focus is cyberbullying and online child sexual exploitation) Watch video >



Catholic School Council

The School Council is comprised of the school Principal, and members representing:

  • Parents/guardians

  • Teaching Staff

  • Community Representatives

Meetings are held at 6:30 pm and will be held virtually through Zoom until further notice.

All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and join - we value your input.

Georges Vanier School Council Constitution/By-Laws

Follow us on Facebook

School Council hosts a GV Facebook page to keep parents up to date on programs, events and news happening at the school. Stay informed, join today!

2022 - 2023 School Council members:

Chair: Renee van der Merwe

Secretary: Nick Davidson

Treasurer: Christine Fischer

CSPA Rep: Julie Gachuche

Principal: Caroline O'Connor

Teacher Rep: Jennifer DesRochers


School Council members provide input and advice to the Principal on topics such as:

  • local calendar of events and activities

  • school code of student behavior

  • school curriculum and program goals

  • selection of the Principal through the identification of a profile-type for the school

  • school budget priorities

  • school-community communication strategy ie methods of reporting to parents and the community

  • extra-curricular activities in the school

The School Council needs your voice, your input, your contribution to make the school better for all students, including yours!

Meeting Dates & Minutes: 2022 - 2023

September 27, 2022

November 29, 2022

January 31, 2023

March 28, 2023

May 30, 2023

June 13, 2023


Board-wide Parent Organizations

Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA)

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) is a volunteer group representing all Ottawa Catholic School Board parents. They are a resource for school councils and the parent community for information on local and provincial education issues. Through their website, Twitter feed, and email newsletters, they we provide updates on education in Ottawa & Ontario, as well as tips, resources and information to help parents support their children in school. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join CSPA's e-mail list, follow CSPA on Twitter, or attend CSPA monthly meetings.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The OCSB’s Special Education and Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.

OCSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is a provincially mandated committee made up of parents, a trustee, a principal and the Director of Education. The purpose of PIC is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the school board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The parent members of the OCSB PIC are appointed by CSPA.