Rockcliffe Park Public School
|Rockcliffe Park Public School|
|350 Buena Vista Road
|School board||Ottawa Carleton District School Board|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
|Communities served||Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh, Lower Town Byward Market and Sandy Hill|
|Feeder schools||Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Elmwood School (private), Ashbury College (private)|
The school was founded in 1922. Located in the centre of Ottawa's wealthiest neighbourhood, it has long educated the children of politicians and ambassadors. Near the school are Ottawa's two most prominent private schools, Elmwood School and Ashbury College, to which many students move after Rockcliffe. Parents also have the option of continuing their child's education in either early or middle French immersion at Queen Elizabeth Public School.
Perhaps the most prominent former students are Princess Beatrix and Princess Irene, who attended the school while the Dutch Royal Family was in exile during the Second World War. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's daughter attends the school, as did his son, the three sons of Pierre Trudeau, including the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the children of John Turner. Actor Matthew Perry also attended the school.
As well as Rockcliffe and neighbouring New Edinburgh, the school also draws students from the Lower Town and Sandy Hill areas of Ottawa, for its French immersion program, in which the majority of students are enrolled. The school is also well known for its annual Book Fair, a used book sale that has acted as a fundraiser for the school for 51 years. Rockcliffe is twinned with Mokoena Primary School in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho. This twinning is helped by the organization Help Lesotho. Rockcliffe Park is the first school in Canada to twin with another school in Lesotho.
- Hughes, Graham. "This School is a True Slice of Society." The Ottawa Citizen. Friday, January 27, 2006. pg. F3
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