Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (Ottawa)

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
1515 Tenth Line Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1E 3E8
Coordinates 45°28′23″N 75°29′36″W / 45.473059°N 75.493391°W / 45.473059; -75.493391Coordinates: 45°28′23″N 75°29′36″W / 45.473059°N 75.493391°W / 45.473059; -75.493391
Motto We Strive for the Highest
School board Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Superintendent Neil Yorke-Slader
Area trustee Keith Penny
Principal Nancy Girozan
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1020 (October 2015)
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) maroon, white and navy blue         
Team name Lancers
Feeder schools Avalon PS, Dunning-Foubert ES, Fallingbrook CES, Maple Ridge ES, Trillium ES

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School is a public school of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board located in the neighbourhood of Fallingbrook, within the suburb of Orleans, in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. The school's principal is Nancy Girozan. Acting as a community hub, the school is connected to the Ray Friel Recreational Complex, the Cumberland branch of the Ottawa Public Library, a branch of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, and the River Heights Children Centre.

The school's motto is "We Strive for the Highest" and its mission statement includes respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property and the environment.[1]

As of 2016, 960 students attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School. 51 percent of the 2016 graduating class was accepted to university, 25 percent was accepted into college institution, 24 percent went directly into the workforce, and 48 percent of all the graduating class were Ontario Scholars, thus offered some form of scholarship. Presently, the school employees 85 staff members.[2]

Each school day consists of four seventy-five minute periods. The school hosts a number of special academic opportunities for students, such as a co-operative education program, special skills majors, and dual course programs with Algonquin College.[3] The school also offers special education for students who require additional support. This includes in-class IEPs, as well as specially trained educators.[2]


Sir Wilfrid Laurier was originally located on Carsons Road in West Gloucester. The original students came primarily from the Carson Road and Pineview neighbourhoods. During the 1980s and early 90s, students from Fallingbrook in Orleans were bussed to the school. Eventually, the entire school was home to students bussed from Orleans while a new campus was built at its current location on Tenth Line Road. After moving to the new location, students from Pineview/Carson Road attended Gloucester High School and the building was eventually purchased by the French Catholic school board as the new home for Collège Catholique Samuel-Genest.

School layout[edit]

Sir Wilfrid Laurier is a two-story school. It includes a full resource library, and number of computer labs which hosts classes and individual work. The gym can be split into three divisions, creating space to host multiple activities or host larger sports games. Close to the gymnasium is a fitness room which includes treadmills, bench press equipment, and a variety of exercise machines. There is also a track at the back of the school and an outdoor basketball court. With the connection to the Ray Friel Recreational Complex, gym classes are able to access the swimming pool, skating rink, and public library. The school also has a broadcasting lab which is used for its broadcasting program.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Sir Wilfrid Laurier is one of the schools that broadcasts its morning announcements on television, formerly called "WilTV", and now called "Laurier Live!" In 2011 the school conducted a trip for students to Las Vegas to attend the National Association of Broadcasters convention.

Throughout the year, Sir Wilfrid Laurier offers a variety of clubs to their students. Anime, board game, and skating are a few of the clubs offered, as well as a student council which involves students in the decisions around campus.[2] The school also has a theatre club and puts on one or more plays a year for the students and community. Most recently, they performed the play Annie which received high praise.[4] The theatre's 2018 show was a performance of Phantom of the Opera.[5]

The school also participates in a wide range of sports for both males and females. The fall sports include: golf, football, cross-country running, basketball (girls), soccer, volleyball (boys), tennis, ultimate frisbee, and rugby (7's). Winter sports include: badminton, basketball (boys), hockey, cross-country skiing, curling, ski/snowboarding, volleyball (girls), and swimming. Sports that occur in the spring season include: rugby, touch football, track and field, baseball, and soft ball.[2] The faculty has a two-sport policy in place, meaning that a single student cannot participate in more than two sports at a time and must seek agreement on practice schedule from coaches of both sports.[2]

Annual events/fundraiser[edit]

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School holds multiple fundraising events annually which support a variety of campaigns and charities. The school engages the entire student body as well as the Orleans community to raise awareness for honourable causes.

The Walk for Water event raises money to support Free the Children's Adopt-A-Village campaign. Students walk for the school to Petrie Island, gather water, and walk back. The ten kilometre walk is to symbolize the struggle for people go through to find clean water.[6]

The Toy Mountain campaign takes place during the holiday season. Students and community members collect toys to donate to children who are less fortunate. The school works with The Salivation Army to disperse the toys to family's in the Ottawa area.[7]

The school also holds a nearly twenty-five year tradition of collecting holiday hampers to give to family's in need. The fundraiser is in partnership with Caldwell Centre. Classroom's collect items such as toiletries, clothing, food, and toys for a designated family. The tradition of this fundraising event dates back to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School's former location in Gloucester.[8]

Relay for Life, is also held annually during the Spring time at Sir Wilfrid Laurier, where students raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our School". Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School". sirwilfridlaurierss. 
  3. ^ "School Profile 2013-2014" (PDF). OCDSB. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Cappies: Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Annie was inspiring and cheerful". Ottawa Citizen. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Cappies play synopses and schedule for 2017-18". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School Students Walk for Water". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School Launches Their Toy Mountain Campaign 2016". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Orleans Online | Local News". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 

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