Discover our School

Our school respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded Indigenous territory of the Algonquin Peoples,
on whose territory we pray, learn, play and work.

The OCSB acknowledges the suffering experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada's Residential Schools and is committed to Truth and Reconciliation. Read the OCSB Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action to learn more.

Our Family of Schools

We are an elementary school offering grades JK-6.

After grade 6, our students attend St. Joseph's Catholic High School.

School Day Schedule — Grades 1-6

Beginning of school day: 9:10

Recess Break: 10:25

Lunch Break/ Recess 11:55

Instructional Time 12:55

Recess Break 2:10

End of school day 3:40

Please note: Supervision is provided in the schoolyard beginning at 8:55 a.m. For your child’s safety, please ensure that she/he does not arrive prior to 8:55.


The Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation operates a licensed child care program in our school with before and after school spaces for children 4-12 years.

There are also Toddler and Preschool programs for children 18 months - 4 years.

Visit Chapman Mills Early Learning Centre for more information.

Spiritual Theme

The OCSB's spiritual theme for 2021-2024 is: Gratitude rooted in Joy, fills us with Hope

In each of the next three school years, our school will focus on a different aspect of the Spiritual Theme: Gratitude, Joy and Hope.

“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

– James 1: 2-3 (NRSV)

Our Parish

St. Andrew's Parish

Services held at

3333 Greenbank Road, Nepean

Phone: 613-723-9767

Our History

St. Emily opened its doors in September 2006. It was named in honour of St. Emily de Rodate who was born near Rodez, France and who became a nun at Maison St. Cyr when she was eighteen. Emily means "to excel". In 1815, she decided that her vocation was in teaching poor children. With the aid of three young assistants, she began her work in her room at St. Cyr. This was the start of a teaching institute called the Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefanche. It grew rapidly, establishing its own motherhouse and branches. In time, St. Emily extended the Congregation's activities to caring for unfortunate women, orphans and the aged. She saw 38 institutions established before she died in 1852. She was canonized in 1950 and her Feast Day is September 19.

Lyrics and Music by J. Ng

Performed by C. Borger

St. Emily, St. Emily

Teach me all I need to know

St. Emily, St. Emily

Love me, guide me as I grow

Help me to be a loving neighbour

Help me to be a very good friend

Show me that I can live like Jesus

Show me that his love has no end

St. Emily, St. Emily

Teach me all I need to know

St. Emily, St. Emily

Love me, guide me as I grow


All school bus transportation is provided by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). Visit the Transportation page of the OCSB website for more information