Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”


Throughout the whole school year, we find opportunities to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students. During the month of June, we organize a year-end Awards’ Ceremony where students from each homeroom are awarded three recognitions: Academic Proficiency, Most Improved Student and Citizenship Award. For our grade eight students, we recognize curriculum and school life accomplishments during our School Leaving Ceremony. We are also especially proud during this ceremony to present the Arctic Studies Award given to both programs, French and English. The benefits extend beyond school walls, by substantially reducing waste and energy consumption by our school. A few years ago, our Student Council, through fundraising initiatives, was able to raise money to purchase a “Henry the Husky” costume. Students and staff vie for the privilege of dressing up as our “Husky” and make an appearance at various school events. Every year, we look forward to exciting and enjoyable projects initiated by staff and students.

Past activities include:

  • 3 dances per year, of which $150 of the profits is donated to a local charity

  • up to 2 Spirit Days per term, with themes such as Crazy Hat Day, Wacky Hair Day, PJs and Teddies’ Day, Multicultural Day, etc.

  • Clean Up the Capital Campaign

  • new activities that will benefit the community or the school

  • other charitable events as warranted by community/world events


Our staff is characterized by a broad range of professional experience and a wealth of skills and knowledge in education. Many have additional and Specialist qualifications in areas such as French as a Second Language, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Physical Education, Computers in Education and Principal qualifications. Staff members participate in numerous board-wide and school-initiated professional development opportunities and willingly share their learning with each other at pisional meetings. We acknowledge our staff’s expertise, dedication and leadership by supporting them with further opportunities for growth and development. Our success is celebrated through our announcements, school website, newsletters, School Council, meetings, performance appraisals and through principal recommendations for involvement in board-wide initiatives.


Henry Larsen Elementary School’s community links are extremely strong, given its 27 years of being present in the community. These ties are enhanced by a series of annual activities: the Terry fox Run, fund raising for various relief efforts and charitable organizations such as hurricanes, earthquakes, famine, homelessness, Angel Tree gifts, the Humane Society and donations to the Gloucester Food Bank. Our school also has close ties with the RCMP, given our school namesake, Henry Larsen, who was an RCMP officer and explorer.

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