Principal's Message

Welcome to Jockvale Elementary School!


Welcome to Jockvale E.S. Located in Barrhaven.  We are a dual track school offering an English program and an Early French Immersion program to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. We also have a grade 5/6 Congregated Gifted class. Jockvale is located on a beautiful parcel of land with plenty of space for our students to enjoy outdoor play at recess, during Phys Ed classes and for school-wide events. We have access to a forest where outdoor education and nature walks bring the Science curriculum to life.  Additionally, we are in walking distance to the Ottawa Public Library, the swimming pool and ice rink at Walter Baker which enhance our Phys Ed. curriculum.  Further, we have a great partnership with the students at John McCrae, many of whom are Jockvale alumni, who return to assist as co-op students, serve as WITS/LEADS leaders or organize recess activities for our students.


Jockvale is the home away from home for approximately 350 students and nearly 40 staff members. We are proud members of the OCDSB’s Community of Character.  Additionally, we strive to ensure that our motto “Jockvale…Where We Belong” truly speaks to the environment we want to create for every member of the Jockvale community.


Our very dedicated school team, with the help of some committed volunteers, and a dedicated School Council offers a rich academic program, as well as a variety of extracurricular activities in athletics and the arts.  As we work to prepare students for the 21st century,  we strive to embed skills and characteristics from our Exit Outcomes across all curricular areas. Our students are encouraged to set high standards for themselves, develop positive work habits and become responsible and respectful members of our global community.


Our School Learning Plan is developed annually. This year our focus continues to be on developing Math and Numeracy skills. Other school priorities for this year are well-being, equity, making all members of the Jaguar community feel ‘visible’, promoting a Growth Mindset, Digital Citizenship and furthering our use of STEM and Coding activities. We embrace technology and our school staff offer students opportunities to integrate technological skills into their daily work.    We have recently been expanding our knowledge of STEM by offering a Robotics Club, learning about 3D printing, and using Ozobots and Makey Makeys in our classrooms. We are excited to learn more!


Jockvale is fortunate to have an active parent community who is always there to support student learning and school activities. Parent and community volunteers are present in classrooms, assist with supervision on field trips, are members of our School Council, assist with fundraising, and always work collaboratively with teachers and school staff.


Vice-Principal St.Germain and I look forward to a terrific year and working with you as a partner in your child's education.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.


Robyn Darragh


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