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Trillium has an enrolment of 447 students:

  • 144 in the English program

  • 207 in Early French Immersion

  • 96 in Middle French Immersion

  • 36 in our Primary Special Needs and General Learning programs

While English is the mother tongue of most of our students, we enjoy the growing persity of cultures and languages spoken by our students. Our students speak languages including Arabic, French, Chinese, Urdu, and Swedish in addition to English. Our Middle French Immersion students in grades 4 to 8 attend our school from other east end schools. Most of our graduating grade 8 students continue their education at Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Ottawa Technical Secondary School, or Cairine Wilson Secondary School.

Trillium has a caring, dedicated, and enthusiastic staff of 29 teachers, 2 Early Childhood Educators, 1.5 office staff, and 4.5 Special Education Educational Assistants. We also have four custodial staff. Our staff is a dynamic mix of both relatively new and highly experienced teachers. Staff offer our students the chance of interacting with all kinds of inpiduals who bring many different experiences, backgrounds, and interests to Trillium. Most have earned qualifications beyond their basic certificates.

The staff is organized into four pisions with each pision being led by team leaders. As a professional learning community, the staff meets as a whole to support school initiatives, problem‐solve and participate in professional development opportunities. The staff believe in an educational partnership with parents and look forward to offering the students programs that emphasize academic excellence and personal growth.

Our Community

Trillium is located in the residential community of east Fallingbrook, which is part of the larger Orleans community. The population characteristics of the area are perse and there is a bilingual atmosphere. The school is located approximately 25 kilometres from the centre of Ottawa. A large soccer field adjacent to the south end of the school was completed in 1997 and is used for sports.

There is an on‐site day care centre at Trillium, which is managed independently of the school. Our volunteers play a significant role and work closely with staff to support activities such as: classroom help, maintenance of gardens, book fairs, sporting events, field trips, fundraising, hot lunches, library enhancements, as well as band and choir activities. Our dedicated School Council members work in partnership with the school administration to support our School Improvement Plan. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month. Please better familiarize yourself with School Council Events and related school activities, by accessing the School Council website.

Mission Statement

The Trillium Elementary school community is comprised of students, staff and parents. In partnership with parents and staff we promote a positive and supportive school environment which nurtures the self‐esteem and self‐discipline of all. We believe it is the right of all inpiduals in our school to be respected and valued by others.

Facilities and Resources

Our modern facilities include school‐wide air conditioning, networked computers in every classroom, three Smart Boards, two I‐Rovers, and a computer lab. We have wireless Internet capability throughout the school. We also are fortunate to have a double gymnasium, a modern library centre, and both literacy and math manipulatives rooms.

The school is completely accessible to the physically handicapped. We have an elevator. We also have an activity room which lends itself to a number of worthwhile activities such as daily physical activity, hot lunches, reading buddies, drama presentations, Scientists in the School activities, choir rehearsals and mini assemblies etc. Nearby is the Ray Friel Centre where many after‐four and weekend activities are held.

Our School

Trillium Elementary School, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, is located in the east end of the City of Ottawa (Orleans). Our name, Trillium, was chosen by the parents and students of our founding classes. Tonnerre or Thunder is the school’s dragon mascot and he sports the Trillium colours of teal, purple, and white. “Be proud” is our motto. Trillium stands for excellence, and equity in education. In partnership with our community, our mission is to enable our students to become fulfilled and productive citizens. To prepare for the twenty‐first century, our students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and values that will allow them to adapt to changing technologies; to work independently and to think critically; and to effectively manage resources.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Trillium is a triple‐track school, offering three distinct programs. We have the English program with 50 minutes of Core French four out of five days; Early French Immersion from Senior Kindergarten to grade 8; and Middle French Immersion in grades 4 to 8. Junior and Senior Kindergarten are full day programs. Exceptional students are accommodated in a variety of ways. We are also privileged to have two system GLP (General Learning program) classes in our school as well as a PSN (Primary Special Needs) class.

Classroom Organization

Trillium is a JK to grade 8 triple‐track elementary school. Presently, our classes are organized as follows:

  • All Day JK/SK (English)

  • All Day SK (EFI)

  • Early French Immersion classes in grades 1 to 8

  • Middle French Immersion in grades 4 to 8

  • English classes grades 1 to 8 inclusive.

Special Education and ESL Programs

Trillium has a Special Education Multidisciplinary Team comprised of teaching staff, 1.0 Learning Support Teacher (LST), 0.50 Learning Resource Teacher (LRT), Educational Assistants, a Social Worker, and School Administration. As well, it enjoys the support of central board staff comprised of psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers. The aforementioned teams work closely with staff and parents to identify the needs of our students and plan for success for all of our students. We have adopted an inclusive model for Special Education, where all students take part in the explicit instruction and are supported based on their needs in the larger group setting. Additionally we have a Leaning Support program with an extensive referral system.

Clubs and Activities

Students at all grade levels participate in a wide range of clubs and activities in the areas of sports, environmental issues, music and drama. Leadership opportunities for the students include an active intermediate student council, the yearbook committee, and the school‐wide Environmental Action Representatives (EARS). The EARS group has won two major environmental awards for their efforts; the Jenny Teague Award and the David Suzuki Award. The EARS group has continued with its partnership with the Trillium School Council and has received recognition in the area of innovation for overall improvements to the conservation of the environment.

School Council members in collaboration with the EARS group created an outdoor garden that was transformed into a teaching area. Annually, the Student Council organizes many activities for students including campaigns which support community or global organizations. The presidents of the Student Council try to attend School Council meetings and not only serve as a liaison between the students and the parents, but also work collaboratively to support the goals of the school.

Safe Schools Initiatives

Our Code of Behaviour, found in student agendas, reflects the relatively new Safe Schools legislation. Some of the proactive measures that we have undertaken include the following:

  • Administrative presence outside at recess times, and during busing times.

  • Principal and Vice‐Principal walk‐throughs are conducted in classrooms on an almost daily basis.

  • Lunch and recess monitor program for older students to be given opportunities to develop leadership skills.

  • High and consistent expectations for student behaviour at school and in the larger community.

All of our teaching and support staff focuses on positive climate, character education and bullying prevention. Our common goal is the building of positive character in our students. The positive climate focuses on having clear and consistent expectations for our students. This year we shall continue to work on Character in Action, whereby we recognize students, parents, and community members who are making a positive impact in the school community, the larger community, or at home. The selected “building blocks” for the year have been revised to mirror the OCDSB’s "Community of Character.” The key attributes that we focus on throughout the year and specifically address on a monthly basis are as follows: co‐operation, responsibility, respect, appreciation, acceptance, empathy, perseverance, integrity, fairness, and optimism. Parental modelling and mirroring these same values at home greatly reinforces the values‐driven work that we are working diligently with the students to develop.

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