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

Summer Learning at Turnbull

Students from other schools are welcome to register for Turnbull Summer Learning academic programs and afternoon recreational camps. Please see our Summer section for details.

Caring and Excellence Assembly

On Thursday, February 19th, we celebrated the achievements and community involvement of our senior students at our annual Caring and Excellence Assembly. We gathered to recognize many significant contributions and accomplishments, including the term one Awards for Academic Excellence, of our Grades 7 and 8 students in various facets of school life. We were pleased to have our Grade 6 students, along with many parents, join us for this celebration.

Parent Appreciation – Thanks a Latté!

As a warm thank you to our parents, Turnbull School hosted an Open Doors and Thanks a Latté! morning on February 11th. After drop off, parents joined members of the leadership team in the Library for a chat and a special Espresso Uno hot beverage. Once classes were underway, the children and their teachers welcomed parents into the classrooms to see all the action!

Turnbull Tornadoes Basketball

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Congratulations to the four Turnbull Tornadoes basketball teams for their accomplishments and improvement this season! Our Junior Boys earned their fourth consecutive OISAA championship with an impressive team game. Our Senior Boys finished their season undefeated, claiming their second straight OISAA title. Both Junior and Senior Girls’ teams worked hard all season in a challenging league and were rewarded by winning OISAA tournament games with their best plays of the year.

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.”