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Our School

Blossom Park Public School is located between Bank Street and Conroy Road, approximately one kilometresouth of Hunt Club Road. It is situated in the heart of a well-established community. In 2006-2007, Blossom Park Public School celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening. The school opened in September 1956 to meet the needs of the building boom in Gloucester Township. The original school consisted of 4 classrooms for 133 students. In 1960, as the area continued to grow, six classrooms, a gym and a library were added to the building. Further additions were built in 1976 and 1983 to accommodate new growth in the area. Blossom Park serves both urban and rural students in South Ottawa: Our students come from the community surrounding the school, the Bridle Path / Pimlico area and the rural community east of Bank St. andsouth as far as Leitrim Road.

Our Students

Blossom Park has an enrolment of approximately 350 students from junior kindergarten to grade 8. Our students represent a diversity of languages and cultures representing 31 countries. When our students graduate from Blossom Park Public School, they continue onwards to Ridgemont High School or Ottawa Technical Secondary School.

Our Staff

Blossom Park Public School has a dedicated and caring staff who work hard to provide our students with the best possible learning environment. The staff consists of 40 full- and part-time teachers, the Principal, the Vice-Principal, the office staff, custodians, early childhood educators, educational assistants, a Multicultural Liaison Officer, a library technician, lunch monitors and breakfast club coordinators, all of whom work together for the benefit of our students.

Our Community

The Blossom Park School Council consists of dedicated parents/guardians and community volunteers who work closely with school staff to enrich the education of our students and strengthen community partnerships. Council meetings provide a forum in which parents can influence the education of their children by sharing their ideas and concerns. We actively fund-raise and organize school activities that contribute to the positive school climate and help make Blossom Park a happy place to go to school. We welcome parent and community volunteers who help in the classroom, read with students and accompany students on field trips. We are also working closely to develop community partnerships with the Ontario Early Years Centre by hosting First Words and Growing Clinics and preschool playgroups.

Mission Statement

At Blossom Park, we believe that educating our students is a responsibility shared with parents, students and the wider community. Hence our motto: Education: A Shared Responsibility

Comments from students, staff and parents:

  • “The student population is small enough that teachers and the Principal seem to know the students by name.”

  • “Blossom Park has an excellent school environment and a committed, dedicated staff.”

  • “Blossom Park Public School provides a cheerful, positive learning environment and does a wonderful job of promoting respect and understanding.”

Facilities and Resources

Blossom Park Public School has:

  • A library resource centre with approximately 9500 books

  • Literacy and Numeracy Resource Rooms

  • A SMART Board with LCD projector in almost every classroom (13 total)

  • 6 Netbook Laptops

  • 1 ELMO document projector

  • 4 iPads

  • Computer technology in every classroom

  • A fully equipped computer lab

  • A full-size gymnasium with change rooms and showers

  • An indoor fish pond

  • A large playing field and recreation area including softball backstops, outdoor basketball hoops, “triple hoops,” soccer nets with football standards

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Regular English with Core French

  • Core French consists of 127 hours of French instruction per year per grade

  • Middle French Immersion

  • Grades 7 and 8 instrumental music

  • Balanced Literacy Program throughout the school

  • Full Day Kindergarten Learning Program

Classroom Organization

Blossom Park is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, organized this year as follows:

  • JK/SK 1

  • JK/SK 2

  • Grade 1

  • Grade 1/2

  • Grade 2

  • Grade 3

  • Grade 3/4

  • Grade 4 MFI

  • Grade 4/5

  • Grade 5 MFI

  • Grade 5/6

  • Grade 6 MFI

  • Grade 6/7

  • Grade 7 MFI

  • Grade 7/8

  • Grade 8 MFI

  • BIP (Behaviour Intervention Program)

  • GLP (General Learning Program)

Special Education and ESL Programs

Intermediate General Learning Program (GLP)

Primary/Junior Behaviour Intervention Program (BIP)

Special Education Learning Resource Teachers

English as a Second Language support for Primary, Junior and Intermediate ELL (English Language Learners)

Clubs and Activities

  • Sports, including soccer, bordenball, volleyball, cross country running, track and field and basketball

  • Student Council

  • Blossom Park Environmental Team

  • Blossom Park Tech Team

  • Primary Fitness Buddies Program

  • Primary Board Game Club

  • Homework Club

  • WE Team

  • Choir

  • GLEE Club

  • Band

Safe Schools Initiatives

At Blossom Park, we believe that everyone has the right to be safe and to be treated with respect at school. Expectations for the classroom, schoolyard and buses are outlined in our Code of Behaviour, which is published in our school planner. We have monthly assemblies focusing on one of the Community of Character Traits. As well, we have a Safe School Committee which focuses on monitoring and improving our school climate as needed.

In addition, Blossom Park has:

  • A safe arrival and parent notification procedure

  • Access to a school psychologist and social worker

  • Access to the Ottawa Police School Resource Officer (SRO)

  • Ongoing anti-bullying education

  • Character Education Program

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