Our School

WE Gowling PS

We would like to acknowledge that our school is on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory, and we thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

W.E. Gowling Public School was named after Wesley Ernest Gowling, a dedicated trustee of the Ottawa Public School Board from 1909-1955. Originally built in 1946, it went through an expansion in 1949 and then an addition in 1952. In 2016 W.E. Gowling  celebrated its 70th anniversary. Our academic focus is on Literacy and Numeracy. Our positive school discipline philosophy emphasizes respect and responsibility which supports our educational programs.

Our Students

W.E. Gowling has an enrolment of 430 students. Our diverse population represents many countries of origin. We believe our school is stronger due to our cultural backgrounds and the variety of strengths that students and staff bring to our school.  W.E. Gowling assists students by offering a nutrition program and assists families by offering a Clothes Closet program. Students from W.E. Gowling generally attend Fisher Park Intermediate School when they have completed Grade 6.

Our Staff

W.E. Gowling staff is a dedicated group of professionals comprised of teachers, early childhood educators, educational assistants, office staff, custodial staff, a library technician, and a multi-cultural liaison officer. At W.E. Gowling, we focus on the whole child. All staff work to ensure that each child progresses to the best of his/her individual potential. It is our belief that every student at W.E. Gowling can succeed. Our staff enhances our school by offering students a wide range of before school and lunch co-curricular activities. Teachers at W.E. Gowling are actively involved in training and supporting teachers new to the profession. Our Professional Learning Community focuses on supporting teachers to meet the needs of our diverse students. A parent wrote, “The staff at W.E. Gowling work hard each and every day to meet the specific needs of all the children. I am thrilled that my children have the opportunity to be educated at W.E. Gowling”.

Our Community

W.E. Gowling is situated in the Carlington Community. This community is socially active, providing many services to its population. We work cooperatively with the Carlington Community Health Services and the Alexander Community Center to provide a wide range of services to the community. New initiatives are regularly discussed and implemented, making W.E. Gowling a true hub of the community. Many parents and community members volunteer at W.E. Gowling. Their contributions are always appreciated. We have many partnerships with our community. The following associations are involved in making our school a better place to be for our students:  Ottawa Network for Education, Rotary Club, Reach Center, Caldwell Food Center.

Mission Statement

We are currently in the process of developing a new VISION Mission Statement.

Facilities and Resources

W.E. Gowling houses:

  • A spacious Library houses a collection of 13,500 items.
  • Wireless technology in every room
  • Two gymnasiums
  • OCDSB EDP Before and After School program
  • The Annavale Nursery School program, Carlington Community and Health
  • A large school yard with a soccer field and two play structures
  • Growing Mobile Technology collection with hand held devices in every classroom for student and staff use.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Kindergarten – Grade 6 English
  • EFI Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1
  • 5 Full Day Kindergarten
  • Students in English grades 1-6 receive 40 minutes of French instruction daily.

Classroom Organization

W.E. Gowling is organized as follows:

  • 5 Bilingual Kindergarten
  • 2 Grade 1 EFI
  • Grade 1 English
  • Grade 2 English
  • Grade 2/3 EFI
  • Grade 3 EFI
  • Grade  4 English
  • 2 Grade 4 /5 EFI
  • Grade 5 / 6 English
  • Grade 6 English
  • gRADE 6 EFI
  • General Learning program

Special Education and ESL Programs

  • 1 General Learning Program (GLP) class
  •  Learning Resource Teachers
  • 1.25 Learning Support Teachers
  • 1 .5 ESL Teacher
  • 5.5 (FTE) EAs to support individual students and system classes

We have adjusted our support model to allow for exceptional students to receive support in their regular classrooms as well as in small targeted groups.

Clubs and Activities


  • Volleyball, soccer, basketball, bordenball, cross country, track and field, skipping
  • Environment Club
  • Chess Club, Art Club
  • Student Announcers
  • Breakfast Club
  • WITS Committee
  • Student Council  
  • Lunch Monitors Leadership Program

Safe Schools Initiatives

Our school Code of Behaviour is:

  • Respect others; be responsible; and, follow routines.
  • Walkie-talkies are used in the schoolyard by supervising staff.
  • Teachers wear visibility orange sashes while supervising in the schoolyard.
  • Security procedures are in place and security drills are practiced to educate students on what to do to maximize safety in times of possible danger.
  • Teachers use firm, fair, friendly and consistent school and class discipline.
  • We have  the WITS program this year (walk away, ignore, talk, seek help)
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