Principal's Message

Welcome to Robert E Wilson Public School, “a place we all call home”. My name is Beatrice Ocquaye and it is a privilege to work in this amazing school and community. They say home is where the heart is and after teaching at R.E. Wilson over 15 years ago, I was excited to return as the principal in September 2020. I have been an educator for over 23 years having taught in Ontario and British Columbia. My background and training in special education and my work as a classroom teacher, grounds my belief that every child can learn.

R. E. Wilson is a K-6 school located in the community of Vanier, in the eastern part of Ottawa serving 210 students. Our school offers an English program with core French instruction. We have two regular kindergarten programs on-site and an additional kindergarten program off-site. The off-site program started in 2010 as a partnership between Inuuqatigiit, Centre for Inuit Children and the OCDSB. Children attending this unique program are immersed in their Inuit culture, knowledge and values while following the Ontario curriculum.

Our school community embodies the essence of diversity and inclusivity. We uphold these ideals by valuing each child and ensuring they see themselves reflected in their learning and in our space, everyday. There are approximately ten different languages spoken by our students and families. We welcome and draw upon their lived experiences and first language skills to engage our students and ensure their well-being.

Our team of dedicated, experienced educators continually strive to learn and grow in order to provide quality instruction for our students. We offer an excellent program with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. This year, we educators are learning about the Science of Reading in order to best understand the processes that are necessary for children to become successful readers. We are committed to understanding each student and truly knowing their strengths, areas of growth and need, in order to provide learning that will lead to academic excellence.

I am committed to working collaboratively with parents to bring the goals and dreams you have for your children to reality. I look forward to meeting with you, hearing your ideas and feedback throughout the year.

Beatrice Ocquaye
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