Our School

Dunning Foubert ES

We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Our School

Dunning-Foubert Elementary School is located at 1610 Prestwick Drive in Orleans. It was the first school located in Cumberland Township to offer Early French Immersion to residents of Cumberland. The school opened in 1981 and expanded in 1985 to its present size. The school is named after two of the founding families of the Cumberland area; Dunning and Foubert.

Dunning-Foubert began as a Kindergarten to Grade 5 structure. After the addition was constructed, intermediate students were welcomed. By 1987 - 88, the school grew to over 900 students, with 15 portable classrooms. At that time, it was the largest French Immersion centre in Canada.

Dunning-Foubert is a school dedicated to providing the best possible French Immersion and Regular English Programs. The staff devotes considerable time and energy in keeping abreast of current trends in education through Math, Language, Arts, Music and Technology projects.

As part of the mandated Full Day Learning provincial government initiative, Dunning-Foubert now has Full Day Kindergarten. The program started in September 2012 and continues to be a fabulous program for our youngest students. We continue to learn and reflect about our programming for these students. We have welcomed a group of Early Childhood Educators who support our teachers with their knowledge and expertise in working with younger students. This initiative has been very exciting. We continue to enjoy the learning and presence of this program in our school. This change has resulted in facility upgrades, playground redesigns, more resources and ongoing professional development for our staff and school.

When you arrive at Dunning-Foubert, you will notice that our school entrance reflects our history: past, present and future. Created by a grade 6 student in 1991, our student crest is carved in wood and is proudly displayed in our foyer. On the north wall, we have a wonderful Millennium mosaic representing our future and our love of the Arts. Our gym displays a large mural made by our intermediate students depicting school unity, and our junior corridor displays a tile collage with contributions from every student, celebrating the blending of Queenswood PS and Dunning-Foubert ES in September 2008.

Dunning-Foubert strives to provide an environment that meets the individual needs of students. The staff, students and parents work together to build a caring and productive learning community. Our academic programs provide opportunities for students to be independent thinkers, creative problem solvers and develop lifelong learning skills. We encourage students to gain experience in organizational and leadership activities and acquire the skills needed to achieve success in real life. Our school is handicap- accessible and includes specialized handicap washroom facilities.

Dunning- Foubert is proud to be the designated public school for the Queenswood Heights area of Orleans. We pride ourselves for being a very cohesive, talented staff that works well in this very community-oriented neighbourhood. Our School Council is vibrant, energetic and continues to enhance our school with their presence, creativity and involvement.

Our Students

We have an enrollment of approximately 400 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Many of our students walk to school and stay for lunch, enjoying their time together with those students who are bussed to and from school. We further offer and encourage involvement in ports, clubs and music activities during recess times. Dunning-Foubert graduating students typically go to Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. However, some apply and if accepted may move into the Arts program at Canterbury H.S. or the IB program at Colonel By S.S.

Our Staff

We have a dynamic teaching staff who have created an outstanding team to support the school community. Assessment ans student performance are our major priorities, as we provide opportunities for excellence in personal and educational development. We have a dedicated Special Education team who believe in the strengths of our children while helping them face the challenges they may encounter. We continue to enhance our learning by following the Board Improvement Plans and creating our School Improvement Plans with the Board initiatives in mind. Our focus this year in in Literacy, in particular, writing conventions and an understanding of how to best support our students in their writing.

Our support staff is involved and very visible in all capacities of the school. You will often see our chief custodian greeting students when they come to school. Our Educational Assistants can be found creating student bulletin boards with the aid of students. Our Early Childhood Educators and office staff are readily visible and welcoming.

Our Community

Dunning-Foubert E.S. students benefit from many community partnerships. We welcome members of the community into our school as volunteers. They assist the school in numerous ways, including ' co-op' students from area high schools. student teachers from a variety of universities and child and youth workers from Algonquin college. The school raises money for several organizations such as UNICEF, the Heart and Stroke Foundation the Terry Fox Run, the Education Foundation, The food Bank and CHEO.

We continue to benefit from the talents and experiences that come from our parents and community. The School Advisory Council (SAC) sponsors an annual "Craft Fair" which offers the community an opportunity to buy a variety of items. The parents also sponsor a Fall and Spring Dance to support family involvement and 'fun'. The variety of both engaging and creative initiatives ensures lots of community involvement and participation. We have access to a local library, an adjacent park with a skating rink, tennis courts and playing fields, all of which further enrich our curriculum. We have both a recreation complex, a skating rink and pool that students have available for programming.

Teacher and parent initiatives have provided the students opportunities to showcase their many talents in the community through school plays, musicals and concerts by the Jazz and Concerts Bands. We participate in the Capital Region Musicfest, a "Massed Band" held at sir Wilfrid Laurier High School and travel to Toronto for performances at Canada's Wonderland.

Mission Statement

"At Dunning-Foubert Elementary School, we strive to stimulate and support ongoing learning, creativity and success, in a safe and caring environment while enhancing community citizenship by promoting positive character and community involvement."

Facilities and Resources

  • On-site daycare (Children's Universe Daycare)
  • Literacy Resource Room
  • Numeracy Resource Room
  • Refurbished library with approximately 14, 000 books and white board and interactive projector
  • gym with change rooms and a new movie theatre sized screen
  • our large school yard is divided into Primary, Junior and Intermediate yards with a new primary play structure, with a separate enclosed kindergarten yard and new play structure
  • large refurbished Music Room
  • wireless school with many laptops, ipads, chromebooks throughout school for student usage
  • every class has whiteboard and overhead interactive projector
  • mobile iRover and document cameras


Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Dunning-Foubert is a dual track community school offering both English and Early French Immersion Programs. This year, Regular English Program students in Grades 1 through 8 receive 120 hours / year of Core French. Next year, our Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will be offered a bilingual program, involving half time in English and half time instruction in French.

Early French Immersion (EFI):Sept. 2016

  • Grades 1 through 3 (60 min. of math in English, balance of day in French)
  • Grades 2 and 3 (60 min. of math in English, 60 min of language in English, balance of day in French)
  • Grades 4,5 and 6 receive 60% French instruction
  • Grades 7 and 8 receive 50% French instruction.

ClassroomOrganization - September 2016

Presently we have two Full Day English Kindergarten classes and two full Day Immersion Senior Kindergarten classes. We also have 6 classes in the English program and seven classes in the EFI program.

Special Education and ESL Program

We use an Integrated Special Education delivery model which utilizes our Learning Support teacher, our Learning Resource / ESL teacher and an Educational Assistant to provide a framework of remedial support, educational assessments and counseling. We pride ourselves on our ability to work as a team to support the needs of our students.

We believe in Early Identification procedures and support this through in school, weekly team meetings and ongoing board staff meetings. Our school is aligned with a social worker, speech and language therapist and other specialized services.

Clubs and Activities

Assemblies and special events support a climate of positive school character. Our elected Student Council representatives hold a variety of responsibilities and meet regularly with a teacher to discuss important issues and provide input back to the school. They organize special event and Spirit Days. Dunning-Foubert offers a diversified sports and games program including basketball, volleyball, badminton, football, cross-country and track and field. Our Junior Boys' Volleyball team has experienced much success in the past few years, winning the OCEAA Regional Championship. We also offer a variety of other extra - curricular activities including intramural games and choirs. These activities promote the values of effort and commitment.

Our Creative discovery Day gives intermediate students a day of design and exploration in an area of interest and provides additional opportunities for students to experience a high degree of success. Winter Activity Days allow our students to choose between full days of skiing, tubing, sleighing , snowboarding or an alternate experience such as a visit to the MacsSkimming Outdoor Education Center. We have monthly spirit Days, a daily milk program. The Lunch Lady, pizza and pita. A variety of concerts are performed by student throughout the year. Music study varies by grade level and includes a vocal program, recorder, concert band and jazz band.some of our bands enter festival type competitions. Our Environmental Club meets regularly.

We continue to highlight our music program and the success of this program. Our director is a qualified and dedicated music director who has recently won the OCDSB Elementary Arts Award (2015). The band comprises over 45 students and continues to grow. The band fundraises to support their travels, and leadership camp initiatives. They recently performed at a Carleton Ravens' Basketball game and the Ottawa 67's hockey game. We promote these ongoing community appearances and are very proud of our "performers.

Our School Advisory Council plays a major role in supporting school initiatives, fundraising and planning community events such as Family Dances, Multicultural Nights, Auctions, Craft Show, Family Barbeque, Used Book Sales and our year end Carnival. We have an establish milk program and offer special hot lunches regularly throughout the week.

Safe Schools Initiatives

Dunning-Foubert E.S. has a Character Code developed by students, staff and parents ensuring consistency with the Ministry Code of Conduct. It is printed in the students planners and is posted in all classrooms. We have the following safe school programs:

  • PALS (Playground Activity Leaders in Schools), where older students engage younger students in cooperative games over the lunch recess
  • teachers in all divisions are suing the "Think First" safety program the importance of making safe choices as well as Progressive Discipline focusing on the individual
  • We believe in "Restorative practices" enabling students the opportunity to reflect on their choices of behaviour and discuss behaviour and strategies for alternative behaviours
  • WITS (Walk Away, Ignore, Tell, Strategies) provides ideas for dealing with conflicts and has been incorporated in some instances

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