Turnbull Private Elementary School, Ottawa

Turnbull School

A Private Elementary School in Ottawa

Excellence and Caring since 1992

We are an elementary private school in Ottawa, Ontario, focused on Excellence and Caring. We’ve been enriching education through small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and extra-curricular activities since 1992.

We welcome you to visit and see what makes our learning environment so special.


Read Mary Ann Turnbull’s speech about our Coat of Arms


Ottawa Regional Science Fair
Canada Wide Science Fair

Physical Education and Athletics
PHE Canada (Diamond Award)
CIRA Ontario (Outstanding Intramural Achievement)

Concert Band
Gold Standard, Regional MusicFest
Silver Standard, National MusicFest

Ottawa Hospital Inspiration Award
United Way Community Builder Award

Seeds Foundation – Emerald School

Ontario Federation of Independent Schools
PHE Canada
Canadian Intramural Recreation Association, Ontario
OISAA – Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association

StudentPlace Ottawa

News and Events

Kindergarten Intake Visit Day on March 3, 9:00-11:00 AM

Please call 613-729-9940 to book your child’s place for our Kindergarten Intake Visit Day, March 3, 2015.

Ottawa 67’s Hockey Game for the United Way

Over 200 Turnbull students, parents, staff and friends attended the Ottawa 67’s game on Sunday, January 11th in support of our 2014 United Way Campaign. The Turnbull School Concert Band did an excellent job performing O Canada just before the start of the game. Through ticket sales and sponsorship, we raised $2,411 for the United Way from this event alone.

Keep the Promise Assembly
Felleng teaches us a song from Lesotho.

Felleng teaches us a song from Lesotho.

Turnbull School hosted Her Majesty, Queen ‘Masenate of Lesotho, her daughter, Her Royal Highness, Princess Senate and Dr. Peg Herbert, founder of Help Lesotho, at our annual Keep the Promise Assembly on December 12, 2014. Ms. Kate Lambert, Senior Project Officer with Help Lesotho, sent the Turnbull community a message of thanks for this, our tenth, year of participation in exchanges of friendship and in fundraising to benefit the students and families of our twinned school in Lesotho, Sefapanong Primary School.

“The Turnbull School Help Lesotho project in December was a great success! Students participated in a creative art project, led by parent Jill Sobcov and fellow artist, Beth Ross, in which they expressed their thoughts and feelings about gender equity in response to reading the book “A Girl in Lesotho” written by Dr. Peg Herbert. The art pieces were laminated and displayed at Turnbull School throughout December, and now this colourful art will travel to Lesotho on January 28th to be hung on the walls of Sefapanong Primary School. Turnbull School will be further improving the learning environment of Sefapanong’s classrooms by repainting the entire school. Fundraising this December was very successful, with $5,665 raised for the project! Thank you to each student, parent and staff member who contributed to the success of this important campaign. We will be sure to share photos of the brightly painted and decorated classrooms in the coming months.

Turnbull School welcomed four very special guests from Lesotho at their ‘Keep the Promise’ assembly on Friday, December 12th. In honour of Help Lesotho’s 10th Anniversary, the Queen of Lesotho, Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate, and her daughter, Princess Senate, traveled to Ottawa to thank supporters, and ‘M’e Makatleho, a grandmother from Lesotho, and Felleng, a 16-year-old GIRL4ce leader came to share their inspirational stories. The Queen, Princess, Makatleho and Felleng participated in the assembly speaking to the students about the importance of getting an education. They told Turnbull students, parents and staff about the amazing impact their support is having at Sefapanong. Felleng even had some fun teaching the students a traditional song from Lesotho – with accompaniment from the Turnbull drum players! Turnbull School was the only school that Queen ‘Masenate visited while in Canada; having these four incredible girls and women at Turnbull was a tremendous honour and testimony to the impact that your support is having in Lesotho.”

Concert Band goes Gold in Vancouver

Congratulations to the Turnbull Concert Band on achieving Gold status again this year at MusicFest Canada Nationals in Vancouver on May 15, 2014.

Turnbull Senior Students at Canada Wide Science Fair

Congratulations to Anastasia Young (Junior Excellence Award Bronze Medal and an Entrance Scholarship to Western University) and Justin Marcon who both represented Turnbull School so well at the Canada Wide Science Fair held from May 9 to 16, 2014 in Windsor, ON.