Glashan Public School
|Glashan Public School|
|28 Arlington Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1C2, Canada
|School board||Ottawa-Carleton District School Board|
|Area trustee||Jennifer Mackenzie|
|Chief custodian||Allan Ardley|
|School type||English (core French), Early French Immersion, Middle French Immersion, Congregated Gifted|
|Language||mostly English, with French programs|
|Team name||Glashan Spikers, Glashan Gators|
It was originally founded as the school for the small community of Orangeville to the south of Ottawa. It was known as Hugh Street School, as Kent Street was then named Hugh Street. In 1889 the town was amalgamated with Ottawa, and its one room school house became part of the Ottawa school board. This part of the city was rapidly growing, and in 1889 the one room one teacher school was overcrowded with 99 students. Thus in 1897 four rooms were added, and in 1905 another four. The school was also renamed Glashan PS, after J.C. Glashan, Chief Inspector of Ottawa Public Schools from 1876 to 1910. The school was expanded again in 1922 and 1931. In 1931 it became one of a group of Ottawa schools to switch to the pioneering intermediate school format, and has remained a junior high school ever since.
In 1979-1980 the old school was demolished and the current one erected. This was one of only a few Ottawa Board of Education projects in that era of shrinking demographics. The school today offers a number of programs. It is home to gifted, core French, late french immersion, and ESL programs. It is also well known for its excellent volleyball teams. One disadvantage of the school's downtown location is that there is no room for a playing field attached to the school, and students are forced to walk two blocks to a field south of the Queensway.
Sports at Glashan
Glashan Public School is proudly known as a popular volleyball school. Mr. Rick Desclouds was the coach of the Glashan Boys Spikers, Glashan's AA team but retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. In 2005, Glashan lost two of its best volleyball players to a deadly fire. Danny and Gary Thach will always be remembered by the students. The boys volleyball team have won the provincial championships a total of 18 times and two straight years in 2006 and 2007. In 2011, both the girls and the guys team won the provincial championships in Toronto. Glashan hosts two volleyball tournaments, one in November and another in January. The November tournament is a friendship tournament. The one in January is a very competitive one, sometimes with as much as 30 teams from all around the Eastern Ontario region participating. Glashan participates and is successful in many other sports, including Touch football (In the school year of 2010-2011 the Glashan girls finished first at the regional tournament and went on to take gold at the board wide tournament as well), Track and field, and Badminton.
Other extracurricular activities of note
Glashan has a very successful competitive math team. Two teams, coached by Miss Sarah Roberts finished 1st and 2nd in the regional Math Olympics competition in April 2008, defeating many other strong teams from local schools, such as Bridlewood and Greenbank. Both teams qualified for the provincial event in May. The team that finished first in the regional competition finished 6th, and the other Glashan team won the provincial title, Glashan's first ever at this competition. On the 25th of April, 2009, Glashan's Math Olympics team took first place again, for the second year in a row. The team won all four team events, the first time this has happened in the history of the competition. The other team, however, did not do as well and did not qualify for the provincial event. In 2010 and 2011 the team from Glashan won the regional competition. In 2011, the two teams sent from Glashan got first and second place. The first place team went on to the provincial competition, and did well.
Glashan's technology team, coached by Mr. Jeff Griesbach, has done quite well in both regional and provincial events over the past few years. Mr.Griesbach has now moved on to another team, and the technology team is no longer running.
Glashan also has a variety of different clubs, including dungeons and dragons club, free the children club, chess club, and they also have a student council. For student council, there is a girl and a guy representative from each class, who attend meetings and help make decisions on behalf of the student body. The student council is also in charge of the dances, and many fundraisers.
- Cummings, H.R. and W.T. MacSkimming. The City of Ottawa Public Schools: A Brief History. Ottawa: Ottawa Board of Education, 1971.