Word from the Head
It is an honour and a privilege to be joining Joan of Arc Academy as the new Head of School. As Head of School, I aspire to establish a school culture that is conducive to student learning. I firmly believe that every child, given the right tools, the right environment and the right support can achieve success. I am a student-focused educational leader, who emphasizes the whole child; every child should thrive socially, emotionally, physically and academically. It is my belief that students excel when they are motivated and challenged to do their best.
I have been in the wonderful, ever evolving world of Education for over 25 years having been a founding member of the first International Baccalaureate school in the Capital Region, worked in an all girls school and most recently in a faith based school.
I am a proud French Canadian from the Aylmer sector of Gatineau. Being fluently bilingual, I see the importance of speaking and writing in both our official languages. Being bilingual has opened many doors for me such as working internationally for the International Baccalaureate Organization.
I was a Mathematics and Science teacher and strongly believe that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is the basis of a great education for the 21st century. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn.
For over 60 years, Joan of Arc Academy has had a strong commitment to academic excellence for young girls.
It is the belief at Joan of Arc Academy that education is not solely the Academy’s responsibility; it is a partnership shared with parents and guardians, who are encouraged to participate in school events and in their daughters’ education. Parents have become well integrated in our school, whether they are involved in coaching sports teams, come in as guest speakers to share their knowledge, lead extra-curricular clubs, or participate on committees.
The girls-only environment, small class sizes, nurturing setting, accelerated and enriched programming and seamless after-school program are just some of the many features our students enjoy. The quality of a Joan of Arc education is highlighted year after year as our graduating grade eight students are accepted to the high schools of their choice and offered significant scholarships.
Joan of Arc Academy is a bilingual and multicultural environment. Joan of Arc’s Catholic history has evolved as Canada has evolved. Today in religion class, students learn about world religions as well as work on different aspects of character development.
I look forward to meeting you and your daughter and welcoming you to our unique school.
Brian Lamb, Head of School