Community Service and Support
Joan of Arc Academy firmly believes in the importance of educating its students about community service. Volunteering and contributing to our community is encouraged and the girls are involved in numerous community service projects, learning the value of making a positive impact on the lives of others.
Joan of Arc Academy students contribute to the Ottawa community in many ways:
- Students from Grades 5 to 8 participate in programs for elderly and disabled persons and in programs that help other children.
- The younger grades visit our senior neighbours at West End Villa for special holidays. Through these visits, they learn about kindness and respect for seniors.
- The girls have taken on projects to support community groups, including knitting scarves for the Snowsuit Fund, collecting food for the Ottawa Food Bank and bringing toys to Toy Mountain.
- Each year, the students participate enthusiastically in fundraising activities such as the walk-a-thon to support Project Tembo and “Jump Rope for Heart” to raise money for The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
- Girls have often taken initiative on special projects, including raising money for relief efforts after natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes.
Community spirit within our school is fostered in a number of ways. For example, the older students work with the younger ones as reading buddies, as group leaders during special activities, and as lunchtime helpers.
The entire school participates in a number of social activities that enrich the girls’ social and cultural experience. These include a ski day at Camp Fortune, the Semaine de la Francophonie, concerts, the talent show and theatre performances.