Category 'General News'


Equinox Summit: Learning 2030

For three days experts, advisors, and future leaders gathered together to develop pathways for promising initiatives in education with transformative potential. The gathering, known as the Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, brought in individuals from six different continents, representing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. “Together, the group created a vision of a scalable, affordable, sustainable learning system for […]


Building Garden Beds

Over the next few weeks students will have the opportunity to develop their carpentry skills as they construct three new garden beds. The garden beds will be used to grow vegetables that will be harvested each fall. The harvested vegetables will become part of our cooking program and used in salads, soups and desserts.


Chefs in the Making

This week, in preparation for the cooking program, Element students began a series of training workshops. The guiding principles of the cooking program include using whole foods (i.e. making things from scratch and producing food in our garden), nutritional foods and delicious dishes. The workshops aim to orient students with the kitchen, help them acquire […]


Potato Harvesting with the Ottawa Food Bank

This past Friday, Element students had the sun on their backs and their hands in the soil. As volunteers with the Ottawa Food Bank Community Harvest Program, students were harvesting potatoes that would contribute to the many Food Bank programs across Ottawa. The Community Harvest Program works toward increasing access to high quality, fresh produce […]


Odyssey Program 2013

Thoughts by two of our students on this year’s Odyssey Trip to the Moose River… This year’s Northern Lights Odyssey Trip was really a great experience! As we paddled and camped along the Moose River, which empties into James Bay, we formed new friendships and strengthened the bonds between the friends we already had. Together, […]


Element Video at TIFF

OMS Montessori asked Morgana McKenzie, a Junior High student with a passion for videography, to create a short film for the launch of The Element High School.  Her short film “A Day in the Life of a Montessori Junior High class”  premiered at ‘The Element Takes Flight’ evening in November 2012. Morgana entered her film […]


NAMTA Adolescent Conference

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“Becoming a Montessori Adult: Pathways to Maturity, Cultural Knowledge, and Practical Wisdom” Pat Gere, Head of School, attended this conference in Florida, connecting with Montessori adolescent practitioners from around the world and conferring with our consultant David Kahn, Executive Director of NAMTA.


Parent Testimonials

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The parent perspective and satisfaction with the current Junior High program was clear in these videos shared with the OMS community and posted on the Element’s website.


The Element Takes Flight

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The official launch of OMS’ new high school, The Element, took place at the Canadian Aviation museum. About 125 people joined us and the Executive Director of the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association, David Kahn, to celebrate. The evening premiered the video “A Day in the Life of Junior High,” produced by a current student […]