D. Roy Kennedy Public School

D. Roy Kennedy is a public elementary and middle school in the Bay Ward of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, offering classes from kindergarten to grade 8. It is located at the corner of Woodroffe Avenue and Lenester Avenue in Ottawa's Glabar Park neighbourhood. Students come from varied ethnic backgrounds and many speak a third language.

D. Roy Kennedy Public School
919 Woodroffe Avenue

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K2A 3G9

Coordinates45.3652°N 75.7697°W / 45.3652; -75.7697
FoundedMarch 1966 (built 1954)
School boardOttawa Carleton District School Board
SuperintendentPeter Gamwell Source
Area trusteeDouglas Michael Lloyd Source
AdministratorCeleste Tratch
PrincipalAndrew Nordman
LanguageEnglish & French


The school was built in 1954. The school is named after D. Roy Kennedy, who would in later years become a prominent Kiwanian and Ottawa Solicitor.

The CBC reported in January 2010, that two students at Ottawa's D. Roy Kennedy Public School had started a petition to be allowed to play with balls on the playground in winter time. Balls had been banned from D. Roy Kennedy in the winter months due to safety concerns. January 25, 2010[1] . On Thursday morning, September 26, 2013 D. Roy Kennedy Public School was evacuated after a man with a replica firearm entered the school and pulled the fire alarm . The Children were sent home without any injuries. On October 1, 2014 A Package was found in the parking lot was deemed safe .a ribbon was cut for a new playground in November 2015.[2]


This school offers students a choice of English (with Core French) and French immersion programs as well as specialized instrumental music, visual arts and sports. The school offers Special Education and English Language Support. It has a notable emphasis as well on academics, having produced the "best speller in Canada", the youngest life master in Bridge, and many other academic programmes. In April 2008, Grade 8 student Emma Brownlie was the winner of the Canwest CanSpell National Spelling Bee. She made it to the fourth round on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.[3]

Graduating grade 8 students attend a number of high schools including Woodroffe High School, Nepean High School, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School and Canterbury High School.


The building itself is small, but the yard is large. In the portion of yard for students grades JK-3, it has a small soccer field and playstructure. In the portion of yard for grades 4-6, there are courts for small games painted onto the pavement, a basketball court, and one part of a large soccer field stretching the length of the building. In the portion of yard for grades 7 and 8, there is a volleyball sand pit, a basketball court, and the second part of the large field. The fields are for multiple purposes, such as Frisbee, soccer, track and field and football. The building is basic with a two-story design and two main corridors. There are two gymnasiums, the larger of which is named the Michael Spence Gymnasium. The two gymnasiums are small, but the largest can still hold about 350 people.

Prominent teachers

  • Paul Dewar, a Canadian Member of Parliament with the New Democratic Party, teacher and former elected representative of the Ottawa Carleton Elementary School Teachers' Federation, taught at D. Roy Kennedy prior to entering politics.[4]


  • Cummings, H.R. and W.T. MacSkimming. The City of Ottawa Public Schools: A Brief History. Ottawa: Ottawa Board of Education, 1971.
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