Cairine Wilson Secondary School
|Cairine Wilson Secondary School|
975 Orleans Boulevard|
Ottawa, Ontario, K1C 2Z5
(Seize the Day)
|School board||Ottawa Carleton District School Board|
|Area trustee||Keith Penny|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Orange|
|Mascot||Willy the Wildcat|
|Feeder schools||Terry Fox ES, Henry Larsen ES, Emily Carr MS, Heritage ES, Trillium ES|
|Public transit access||OC Transpo Route 131|
Cairine Wilson Secondary School is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board high school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is the main English language school in the eastern suburb of Orleans. It is located on 975 Orleans Boulevard in the northern edge of the suburb, near the Ottawa River. The school opened in 1975. It was named after Cairine Wilson, Canada's first female Senator. The school is currently home to some 750 students. Its sports teams are known as the Wildcats.
Cairine Wilson SS is known for its strong academic success with roughly 98% of students graduating to higher education (53% being Ontario Scholars). It offers many enriched and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for those looking to get ahead. AP is a program that offers high school students the opportunity to receive university credit for their work during high school.
Cairine Wilson SS is also well known for its excellent athletics program with over 11 sports teams that are regular top contenders in the National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association. This also includes an amazing rowing team who has competed in many national events. Most of all, Cairine Wilson's once had a nationally renowned leadership programs, Voices and LINK Crew attracts students from all over the east end. Other notable programs are
- French Immersion
- Outdoor Education
- Transportation Technology(Auto-shop)
- Foods and Nutrition
- Comparative World Religions and Philosophy
- Law and Business
- Fine Arts including Visual Arts, Drama, Integrated theatrical production course, Instrumental music
- Physical Education
- Family studies
- Co-operative Placements
- Computer Technology, Media studies, Yearbook
- Integrated cross curricular Character Education program
On Thursday, April 20, 2000 a 15-year-old boy entered the school with a kitchen knife (steak knife) in his backpack, which he brought from home. The boy could not be named due to the Young Offenders Act after being charged with one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a weapon and one count of possessing a dangerous weapon.
The incident began with an argument during lunch hour, outside the library on the second floor. The boy threatened a fellow student before finally stabbing him with a knife. The boy then ran through the school and stabbed another student, while a third student was stabbed by the computer room and two more inside the room. One of the victims was a technician who was stabbed in the back. The principal at the time, Michael Jordan, talked the teenaged boy down and convinced him to give up the knife, but not before attempting to inflict wounds on his own wrists.
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