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Our School


Our school, which opened its doors in 1966, was named in honour of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), former Prime Minister of Great Britain and a respected world leader. The qualities for which he was renowned as a statesman are those we foster in our students: warmth, strength, loyalty, care, curiosity, and determination. The school's colours are green and yellow. Our school's mascot, a bulldog, is named after Sir Winston Churchill's bulldog, "Winnie.” Our school mission is built upon the core values of “Responsibility, Integrity and Excellence”.

In September 2010, Sir Winston Churchill P.S. opened its doors for the first time in 44 years to Primary and Junior Students. We offer programs in English and French to students from K – 8. In September 2011, we opened a Primary/Junior Autism Unit. In September 2012, we opened our second autism unit, 4 full day Kindergarten classes and the Extended Day program. This year, we are home to the Dual Support Program for 9 Junior/ Intermediate students.

Our Students

Sir Winston is a dual track, regular English and early French immersion school with an enrolment of approximately 510 students from grades K-8. Our school activities and programs reflect the multicultural diversity of our community. Half of our students join us in Kindergarten for our Immersion program and the other half join us in Grade 7 from Meadowlands P.S. and Century P.S.

Our Staff

Our academic team consists of 32 teachers, 9 Educational Assistants, 7 Early Childhood Educators, 3 Early Learning Assistants, 1.5 Office Staff, a Custodial Team and 1 Breakfast Monitor and Library Technician. Our staff members show a commitment to our students and student learning on a daily basis. They share the philosophy of, “doing what it takes” to ensure our students meet with success personally and academically. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment with a focus on higher order thinking skills. To facilitate their endeavours, they participate in university courses and workshops to keep current with best practices to deepen student learning. Our office staff, custodians, and library technician are integral members of our school team, dedicated to connecting with students on an individual level as well as in groups. Each beginning teacher is assigned a more experienced teacher mentor to provide support and guidance. Additionally, several of our teachers serve in the capacity of Associate Teachers for student teachers. Our Support Staff work with DSW and CYW students from Algonquin College. Thanks to our dedicated and talented staff members, our students benefit from excellence in and out of the classroom through a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Our Community

Sir Winston Churchill Public School is located in the residential area of Parkwood Hills, in the heart of Nepean. Our families, who represent a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds, are considered to be essential partners in the learning process. Many parents and community volunteers assist with our numeracy and literacy programs, help with fund-raising, participate in charitable events, and accompany our students on field trips. Our school is a popular centre in our neighbourhood for such activities as basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor soccer, and system-wide Jazz band, and is the host school for the International Languages Program. Students contribute to the community and help others in need through fundraisers, including a holiday food drive, the United Way campaign, Terry Fox and Jump Rope for Heart.

In keeping with its fundamental purpose of improving student learning, the SWC School Council actively fosters parental and community involvement in our students’ education, participates in the School’s Improvement Plan, and influences decisions made by our principal, the OCDSB, and the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training.

The School Council works hard to ensure student safety, provides “extras” to staff and students through fundraising efforts, provides parenting workshops for our community and develops a positive school climate. The School Council meets monthly and provides information to the SWC community on a regular basis.

Mission Statement

As a school, and as individuals, we create a Safe and Co-operative school environment, in which we focus on Responsibility, Integrity and Excellence.

Facilities and Resources

The school is bordered to the north by a large playing field.

Major facilities include a library with a stage, a double gymnasium, a design and technology room, an instrumental music room, one science lab and two computer labs.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs


  • Regular English Program with Core French – JK, 7, 8

  • Early French Immersion Program – SK – 8

Classroom Organization


At Sir Winston Churchill, our teachers and feeder schools to determine individual student needs. Every attempt is made to place each student with the teacher who best matches his/her learning style and needs. Additionally, we organize our classes to best meet the needs of our Special Education students and English Language Learners:

  • 2 full junior kindergarten classes

  • 2 full day EFI senior kindergarten classes

  • 2 grade 1 EFI classes

  • 1 grade 2 EFI class

  • 1 grade2/3 EFI class

  • 1 grade 3 EFI class

  • 1 grade 4 EFI class

  • 1 grade 5 EFI class

  • 1 grade 6 EFI class

  • 3 grade 7 regular classes

  • 1 grade 7 EFI classes

  • 3 grade 8 regular classes

  • 1 grade 7 /8 EFI class

  • 1 grade 8 EFI class

  • 2 Primary/Junior specialized program classes-Autism

  • 1 Junior/Intermediate specialized program class- Dual Support

Special Education and ESL Programs


  • Special Education Learning Centre

  • English as a Second Language

  • Remedial and educational assessments through our Learning Support Teachers (LST, LRT)

  • Special Education and ESL Programs

  • Autism Classes

  • Dual Support Class

An extensive team works collaboratively to provide for our students' needs. This team includes:

  • Classroom and Special Education Teachers

  • Educational Assistants

  • Early Childhood Educators

  • Early Learning Assistants

  • Psychologist

  • Speech Therapist

  • Social Worker

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Speech and Language Pathologist

  • Office Administrator

  • Office Assistant

  • Custodians

  • Library Technician

  • Student Resource Officer

Clubs and Activities

Organized co-curricular activities at our school include intramural and competitive sports such as: intermediate soccer, floor hockey, badminton, basketball, track and field, touch and flag football, rugby as well as volleyball. Throughout the year, students may participate in a variety of activities including the grade 7 concert band, the grade 8 concert band, the Jazz Ensemble, Yearbook Club, Quantum Club, Phoenix Club, Grade 3-8 Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Drama Club, Design and Technology Club, and Environmental Club.

Our parents coordinate ski evenings for our grade 4- 8 students.

We have an active school involved in a plethora of learning experiences that connect students to each other and the greater community. Our school celebrates FAMILY and each student is linked to students in their family from other grades levels within the school. Each family is represented by a colour (Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Red, Purple and Yellow) and participates collaboratively in a variety of events throughout the year.

  • We learn together in a variety of ways:

  • Family Reading Buddies

  • Orientation Week Events

  • Terry Fox assembly, run and celebration of goal.

  • Supporting the community: Philippines Tsunami Relief Fundraiser

  • Book Fair

  • Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart

  • Young Author’s Day

  • Remembrance Day ceremony

  • Big Crunch Event

  • Chess Tournament

  • Celebration of Excellence in French

  • ...and much more!

Special Awards


  • Healthy Living Award 2011

  • Eco School- Silver Award 2011

  • Speak Up Grant Award- Physical Education Department

  • Capital Region Musicfest 2011 Gold Award: Junior Jazz, Senior Jazz; Silver Award: Senior Concert Band; Bronze: Junior Concert Band

  • Banner for Junior Girls Volleyball 2011

  • Counsellor Egli: Holiday Card Winner: 2012, 2013.

  • Tier 2 Boys Basketball and Volleyball second place 2011

Safe Schools Initiatives


  • Our Crisis Management Plan and Emergency Plan are reviewed and updated annually.

  • Our Tragic Events Response Team (TERT) is established and meet annually/as needed basis.

  • Our Code of Behaviour is reviewed and published in our school planner every year, to be easily accessible for students and their parents.

  • Health and Safety Inspections on a monthly basis by our Health and Safety Representative.

  • January 2014, school-wide introduction of the WITS program.

  • We have a close working relationship with our School Resource Officer from the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police.

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