Our School

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We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Our School

Bayview Public School is an Early French Immersion Centre located in a well-established neighborhood off of McCarthy and Plante Drive, just beside Owl Park. The school is wheelchair accessible with a ramp at the main entrance. Students, staff, and parents work collaboratively to create a positive atmosphere that fosters respect, co-operation, and success. Academic excellence and French language proficiency are our major focus. In promoting a positive and safe learning environment for all our students, Bayview parents and staff truly work in partnership. The school mascot is the polar bear which embodies our school motto, “Respect, Responsibility and Resource”. In 2005, through the World Wildlife Federation, we adopted Nanuk.

Our Students

Bayview serves students in grades Junior Kindergarten to grade 4. We have an enrolment of about 300 students. As of September 2016 all our students are offered a two year bilingual full-day Kindergarten program. After Kindergarten students who which to enrol in French immersion remain at Bayview for grades 1-4. 

Students in grade 1 receive 80% of their instruction in French. and 20% in English ( Math is offered for an hour each day in English). 

Students in grades 2-4 receive 60% of their instruction in French and 40% of their instruction in English (English and Math). 

We have one special education teacher (75%) and one full-time educational assistant work in the classrooms and in the yard to offer assistance. 

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Our students are proud to speak two and even three languages. At last count, more than 35 languages are spoken at our school. 

Upon completing grade 4, our students attend Fielding Drive Public School. 

Our students work hard to develop academically and to be good citizens who care for others. They work together, showing respect and consideration for themselves, others and theenvironment.

Our Staff

Dedicated and experienced teachers with specialist qualifications in French as a Second Language, Special Education, Physical Education, Primary Education and Computers provide our students with a challenging and stimulating immersion program. These caring staff members know the students’ families and openly communicate on a regular basis.

Here are some comments from our students and parents about our staff:

  • “Bayview staff, including the office and custodial services, exhibit such a friendly, positive and professional character.”
  • “The staff is always smiling and happy to see the students.”

Our Community

The Hunt Club/Riverside Community Centre serves the area and operates a variety of recreational programs and sport leagues. Several ice rinks are maintained in the area. There are also several playing fields and ball diamonds in the community. Guides, Brownies, Sparks, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts are active in the area as well. Bayview School is fortunate to have a very extensive parent volunteer program. Parents are actively involved in a wide range of activities including fundraising, assisting teachers in the classroom, and organizing social functions. These allow parents to interact and demonstrate their support for Bayview.

Here are some comments from our parents:

  • “Activities and education are very important to teachers and it shows in all the drawings and actions and activities of the children.”
  • “Quality Teachers + Quality School = Quality future adults.”
  • “Bayview has made our family’s introduction into the school system a wonderful and happy experience.”

We have received support in our community from parents and grand-parents who volunteer in the school, reading and working with children in the classroom, going on field trips, and helping out with the big task of our renewal of our library. OVIE (Ottawa Volunteers In Education) volunteers also provide additional supports to our students. Businesses in our community also support us - Bayview participates in the Ottawa 67’s Adopt a School program which supplies students and their families with tickets to games, and community stores regularly donates for our different events.

Mission Statement

Bayview School team members will foster respect (for self and others), responsibility (both personal and social) and resourcefulness, cultivating not only proficiency in French and English but also a lifetime love of learning, thus developing each child’s full potential as a confident, contributing member of society.

Facilities and Resources

Bayview houses:

  • A library
  • A computer lab (30 computers) in the library
  • Computer Technology in every room
  • A large gym with a stage, and a smaller gym
  • A large soccer field
  • 3 play structures, one in the Kindergarten yard and two in the school yard
  • A Kindergarten and school age Day Care Program – Ottawa School Day Nursery Inc
  • Three Portables to support the school’s program needs

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • JK – Regular English (20 minutes Core French per day)
  • SK to Grade 4 – Early French Immersion
  • SK and Grade 1 – 100% French programs
  • Grade 2 and 3 – 60 minutes of Language instruction in English (80% French – 20% English)
  • Grade 4 – 60 minutes each of Language and Mathematics instructed in English (60% French – 40 % English)

Special Education and ESL Programs

Our Learning Support Teacher LST / 0.5 and Learning Resource teacher (0.25) works collaboratively with classroom teachers to provide remedial support and educational assessment. She also communicates with School Board and external support services, and with parents regarding special education issues. We also benefit from the help of a (0.5) English as a Second Language teacher who provides support to English language learners at various grade levels. She also works with her colleagues by suggesting instructional and assessment strategies to meet students’ needs.

Clubs and Activities

  • Sports, Arts/Crafts, Drama, Chess, and Dance provided by the Learn to Play Association (LTPA)
  • Sports Can – After school program
  • Piano lessons provided by Extra-Curricular Creative Arts Program
  • Fund-raising for charitable organizations
  • Cross-country
  • Tuesday Lunch Lady and Friday Pizza lunches by School Council
  • Environmental Club


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