Student Handbook


St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to offer you a view into how our school works.

Click HERE to access the student agenda. 



Safe Schools

Please see the following links to our Code of Conduct, Bullying Prevention Plan and our Progressive Discipline Policy.




                                                                                  

The Clubhouse!

https://sites.google.com/a/ocsb.ca/the-clubhouse/

Click the image above to see information about all our many activities!

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Media Arts
                                                                            

St. Pat's is now the proud owner of a MasterRep 3D printer.  This allows the media arts class to learn 3D design through programs like TinkerCad & Sculprits and is then able to have their creation printed.  In the near future we will be starting St. Pat's 3D Print Service for students who wish to have their own print jobs made. 

We are very fortunate to have this equipment as there is a lot of potential for its use as a learning tool in both technology and the arts as well as the ability to create models of human parts for biology and science, engine pieces for our shop classes and math classes.

The following is a sample of items created to-date:
 
        

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Transportation Technology
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The automotive team won top school at the 2016 CAA competition.  We are very proud of the excellence of our automotive program and the fact that in 13 years participating in the CAA competition we have won 10 top school trophies which speaks to the high expectations and the collaborative strength of the teams developed in the class.  The team clearly exemplifies creed statements relating to excellence and mindset.

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Examination Schedule
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Examinations for the 2017/2018 school year will run

 Semester 1 - from January 25 to 30, 2018 and
 Semester 2 - from June 20th to 27th, 2018



Graduating Students
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The 2018 Graduating Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. here at St. Patrick's.   Preparations for this special day are well underway.  A "Grad Fee" of $50.00 is required and will cover:
  • Graduation diploma and folder
  • Rental of grad gown and grad stole
  • grad cap and tassel (yours to keep)
  • grad mass at 8:45 a.m. and luncheon (June 6 or 7th - to be confirmed)
  • grad ceremony (June 28, 2018)
The Grad Prom will be held on Friday, June 8th at Lago Restaurant, Dow's Lake Pavillion at 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  

NOTE:  Students attending Prom must have their community service hours completed and submitted to Student Services before purchasing a ticket.
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Learning Commons


Learning Commons Staff: C. Sferrazza & T. Partridge

The Learning Commons (Library) is equipped with a full selection of books, periodicals, and multi-media resources. Computers are available for students to use for work and research. The Learning Commons is often used for class project research and presentations.

Usage of the Learning Commons

  • The hours are 8:00 – 3:30. On occasion the Learning Commons is closed for special events.

  • Eat & drink in the Commons! Students are expected to respect the Learning Commons and clean up after themselves. Drinks must have lids.

  • Students may borrow a maximum of 5 items at a time for 2 weeks and may be renewed.

  • The Library fine for overdue materials is 20 cents a day.

  • Overdue library materials and/or unpaid fines will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges and the use of the Learning Commons.

  • Students are responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged books and materials.

  • During class time only students on Study Hall, or those with permission from a teacher, may use the Learning Commons.

  • The school’s policies for responsible computer and internet use, and academic integrity, apply to the Learning Commons resources.

Collection


The Learning Commons has a wide variety of material for students including:

  • Reference, Non-fiction, Fiction – we have books in English, French and Spanish, Quick Read, Graphic Novels and Easy reader.

Resources

The Learning Commons has the following for students to use:

  • Computers (with OpenOffice not Microsoft Office)

  • Printer (fees apply)

  • Photocopier (fees apply)

  • Smart Board

  • Kobo eReaders

  • Netbooks

Kobos and Netbooks may be borrowed by students who have submitted the Learning Commons Technology Permission form signed by their parents/guardians.



Correspondence



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Ottawa Student Transportation Authority
(OSTA)
                                                                                

Please note the following information regarding transportation services for the 2016-2017 school year.

OC Transpo route schedules will be made available through the OSTA website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca or can be found directly through the OC Transpo website at www.octranspo.com.  More information on routes to specific schools can be obtained on OC Transpo's Quick Planner under High Schools and Middle Schools.

Small School Purpose Vehicles

The driver responsible for the route will contact each family directly prior to the first day of school.

Students with Special Needs - Requests for Accessible Transportation

Each student requiring special accommodation for transportation, based on a physical cognitive or emotional disability, should have a "Request for Accessible Transportation" form completed by their parents and principal, and then forwarded to the Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services for approval.  A medical note or certificate indicating what needs are being accommodated is required.  Please note that accommodation of needs for transportation should also be reflected at the school.

For example, if a student cannot walk x number of meters to school, then should the student be running around in gym, at recess, or during extra-curricular activities?  Principals are encouraged to work with the Superintendent to determine how the student's needs should be accommodated in these cases.

Transportation Information During the Summer Months

Please note that the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will be open during the summer months from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Parents should be advised to call the school board's summer registration centre at 613-224-3171 for changes to home addresses.

OC Transpo Presto SmartCard System

Many students in grades 9-12 will be assigned an annual Presto pass and must register and replace their own cards (if necessary).  A user guide and online information will be made available to students and staff upon distribution of the passes.

Presto School Board Passes will be delivered to schools the second week of August.  Schools may begin distribution at their earliest convenience and we encourage them to provide computer access so the students may register their cards immediately upon receipt.

Please encourage students to TAP their cards on the bus, whether they board at the front or via the rear doors on any bus, every time.  This helps OC Transpo and OSTA assess the number of riders and the number of buses we need to manage loads on particular routes.  More buses means fewer overloads and less waiting for another bus for our students.

Transportation Information During the Fall

Parents should be advising schools directly of any changes to student home address.  Please remind parents that OSTA will require a minimum of three business days to implement a change to transportation services, longer for transportation to two homes in a joint custody situation.  During the month of September, we ask for your assistance in advising parents of new transportation information, due to the volume of changes processed through OSTA at the busy start-up period.  You may also direct them to the online Parent Portal www.ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca.

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Please be reminded that three  copies of the "Life-Threatening Medical Condition Emergency Transportation" forms must be submitted to OSTA by September 30 of each year for all students who may require the emergency administration of epinephrine auto-injectors or other emergency medical attention during transportation to or from school.  These forms will be processed and sent to the school bus operators.  Forms are not to be given directly to the driver or transportation provider by parents and/or guardians or school staff.  It is crucial these forms are sent in at a timely manner so that drivers can respond to emergencies effectively.