Our School

Sir Winston Churchill PS

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

Our school, which opened its doors in 1966, was named in honour of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), former Prime Minister of Great Britain and a respected world leader. The qualities for which he was renowned as a statesman are those we foster in our students: warmth, strength, loyalty, care, curiosity, and determination.  Our school's mascot, a bulldog, is named after Sir Winston Churchill's bulldog, "Winnie.” Our school mission is built upon the core values of “Responsibility, Integrity and Excellence”.

In September 2010, Sir Winston Churchill P.S. opened its doors for the first time in 44 years to Primary and Junior Students. 

As of September 2017, we became a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school. We offer an early French Immersion program, starting in Grade 1.  We also have two Primary/Junior Autism program classes.

Our dedicated and caring staff and giving community work in collaboration to challenge and support our students. 

Our Students

Sir Winston is a dual track, regular English and early French immersion school with an enrolment of approximately 510 students from grades K-8. Our school activities and programs reflect the multicultural diversity of our community. Half of our students join us in Kindergarten for our Immersion program and the other half join us in Grade 7 from Meadowlands P.S. and Century P.S.

Our Staff

Our academic team consists of 29 teachers, 6 Educational Assistants, 10 Early Childhood Educators, 1 Early Learning Assistants, 1.5 Office Staff, a Custodial Team and 1 Breakfast Monitor and Library Technician. Our staff members show a commitment to our students and student learning on a daily basis. They share the philosophy of, “doing what it takes” to ensure our students meet with success personally and academically. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment with a focus on higher order thinking skills. To facilitate their endeavours, they participate in university courses and workshops to keep current with best practices to deepen student learning. Our office staff, custodians, and library technician are integral members of our school team, dedicated to connecting with students on an individual level as well as in groups. Each beginning teacher is assigned a more experienced teacher mentor to provide support and guidance. Additionally, several of our teachers serve in the capacity of Associate Teachers for student teachers. Our Support Staff work with DSW and CYW students from Algonquin College. Thanks to our dedicated and talented staff members, our students benefit from excellence in and out of the classroom through a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Our Community

Sir Winston Churchill Public School is located in the residential area of Parkwood Hills, in the heart of Nepean. Our families, who represent a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds, are considered to be essential partners in the learning process. Many parents and community volunteers assist with our numeracy and literacy programs, help with fund-raising, participate in charitable events, and accompany our students on field trips. Our school is a popular centre in our neighbourhood for such activities as basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor soccer, and is the host school for the International Languages Program. Students contribute to the community and help others in need through fundraisers, including a holiday food drive, the United Way campaign, Terry Fox and Jump Rope for Heart.

In keeping with its fundamental purpose of improving student learning, the SWC School Council actively fosters parental and community involvement in our students’ education, participates in the School’s Improvement Plan, and influences decisions made by our principal, the OCDSB, and the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training.

The School Council works hard to ensure student safety, provides “extras” to staff and students through fundraising efforts, provides parent workshops for our community and develops a positive school climate. The School Council meets monthly and provides information to the SWC community on a regular basis.

Mission Statement

As a school, and as individuals, we create a Safe and Co-operative school environment, in which we focus on Responsibility, Integrity and Excellence.

Facilities and Resources

The school is bordered to the north by a large playing field.

Major facilities include a library with a stage, a double gymnasium, an integrated music room, a sensory room, a body break room, and 3 Extended Day rooms.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Early French Immersion program
  • Autism program
  • BIP program

Classroom Organization

At Sir Winston Churchill, our teachers determine individual student needs. Every attempt is made to place each student with the teacher who best matches his/her learning style and needs. Additionally, we organize our classes to best meet the needs of our Special Education students and English Language Learners:

  • 5 full day Kindergarten classes
  • 3 Grade 1 EFI classes
  • 3 Grade 2 EFI class
  • 2 Grade 3 EFI class
  • 2 Grade 4 EFI class
  • 1 Grade 5 EFI class
  • 1 Grade 6 EFI class
  • 2 Primary/Junior specialized program classes-Autism
  • 1 BIP Behaviour Intervention Program class

Special Education and ESL Programs

  • English as a Second Language
  • Learning Support Teachers (LST, LRT)
  • Autism Classes
  • BIP Class

An extensive team works collaboratively to provide for our students' needs. This team includes:

  • Classroom and Special Education Teachers
  • Educational Assistants
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Early Learning Assistants
  • Psychologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Office Administrator
  • Office Assistant
  • Custodians
  • Library Technician
  • Student Resource Officer

Clubs and Activities

Organized co-curricular activities at our school include intramural and competitive sports such as: cross country running, soccer, basketball, track and field, borden ball, triple ball. Throughout the year, students may participate in a variety of activities including Student Council, Me to We Club, Drama Club, Cribbage Club, Knitting and Weaving Club, Yearbook Club, Environmental Club, Lego Club, Chess Club, and Choir. Stay tuned for our Coding Club.

Snowhawks offers 4 ski evening excursions to our grade 4 -6 students. 

We have an active school involved in a plethora of learning experiences that connect students to each other and the greater community. Our school celebrates FAMILY and each student is linked to students in their family from other grades levels within the school. Each family is represented by a colour (Blue, Red, Green, Red, Purple and Yellow) and participates collaboratively in a variety of events throughout the year.

  • We learn together in a variety of ways:
  • Family Reading Buddies
  • Terry Fox assembly, run and celebration of goal.
  • Supporting the community: Tree of Hope, Art for Aid, Ottawa Food Cupboard...
  • Book Fair
  • Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart
  • Remembrance Day ceremony
  • Chess Tournament
  • ...and much more!

Safe Schools Initiatives

  • Our Crisis Management Plan and Emergency Plan are reviewed and updated annually.

  • Our Tragic Events Response Team (TERT) is established and meet annually/as needed basis.

  • Our Code of Behaviour is reviewed and published in our school planner every year, to be easily accessible for students and their parents.

  • Health and Safety Inspections on a monthly basis by our Health and Safety Representative.

  • January 2014, school-wide introduction of the WITS program.

  • We have a close working relationship with our School Resource Officer from the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police.

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2023 SchoolMessenger Corporation. All rights reserved.