School News & Announcements

Ordering Your School Uniform For Guaranteed Delivery Prior To Start Of Sept Session

posted Jun 12, 2020, 5:51 AM by Kathleen Power


It's that time of year again, to order your new uniform for the 2020/2021 school year.  

In order to guarantee delivery of orders prior to the start of school, we request that families submit their orders by no later than June 30, 2020.


All orders placed prior to the June 30th deadline will include the following:


1)      Free shipping;

2)      An additional shipping bag in the event that an exchange/return is required; and

3)      A prepaid shipping label so that parents do not have to incur any additional fees to return garment

The contact information for Top Marks is as follows:

Telephone number = 1-800-667-7105

Email =

Website =

Temporary Access to School to Retrieve Personal Belongings!

posted May 29, 2020, 6:51 PM by Kathleen Power

May 30, 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked together through this challenging time.  The Ministry of Education has now given permission for students to temporarily access the school to retrieve their personal belongings.   Ottawa Public Health has approved the temporary access protocols below.


Please note that Ottawa Public Health will not allow your entry into the school if any of the following conditions exist:

  • If you or your child(ren) have any of the following symptoms: 

    • Common symptoms – fever, cough, or difficulty breathing; 

    • Less common symptoms – unexplained fatigue, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, croup, or loss of taste/smell;

    • New or worsening respiratory symptoms – sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, or difficulty swallowing.

  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days (including the United States of America)

  • If you live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, suspected to have COVID-19 or who has a fever, cough or shortness of breath that started within 14 days of travel outside of Canada (including the United States of America).

If any of these situations apply to you, please let us know and we will make other arrangements for you to retrieve your personal belongings. Contact your homeroom teacher if this is the case.

If you are not restricted from accessing the school, please read all of the following carefully:”

You have been assigned a date and a time slot to access the school to retrieve your personal items from your locker according to your birthday. If you have questions about the schedule, please contact your homeroom teacher.

Birthday Month/Date

(If your birthday is …)

Date for school access

(come to the school on this date)

Time slot

(please arrive during this time)

January 1-15

Thursday June 4

9:00 am to 11:00 am

January 16-31

Thursday June 4

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

February 1-15

Friday June 5

9:00 am to 11:00 am

February 16-29

Friday June 5

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

March 1-15

Monday June 8

9:00 am to 11:00 am

March 16-31

Monday June 8

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

April 1-15

Tuesday June 9

9:00 am to 11:00 am

April 16-30

Tuesday June 9

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

May 1-15

Wednesday June 10

9:00 am to 11:00 am

May 16-31

Wednesday June 10

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

June 1-15

Thursday June 11

9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 16-30

Thursday June 11

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

July 1-15

Friday June 12

9:00 am to 11:00 am

July 16-31

Friday June 12

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

August 1-15

Monday June 15

9:00 am to 11:00 am

August 16-31

Monday June 15

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

September 1-15

Tuesday June 16

9:00 am to 11:00 am

September 16-30

Tuesday June 16

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

October 1-15

Wednesday June 17

9:00 am to 11:00 am

October 16-31

Wednesday June 17

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

November 1-15

Thursday June 18

9:00 am to 11:00 am

November 16-30

Thursday June 18

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

December 1-15

Friday June 19

9:00 am to 11:00 am

December 16-31

Friday June 19

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Process for locker cleanup

  • This process should take 10-15 minutes maximum. A staff member will remain with you (with a 2 metre distance) at all times.

  • DRESS FOR THE WEATHER - you may be waiting in line for a little while - please dress accordingly.

  • Maintain a 2 metre distance while you are waiting in line by remaining on the marked path.

  • Entrance to the school will be through the MAIN DOORS ONLY. Please enter the school by yourself - only one person will be permitted.

  • Bring a BACKPACK or a garbage bag with you to retrieve your items from your locker. A backpack will allow your hands to be free and easier movement for you.

  • Ensure that you have your LOCKER COMBINATION with you.  If you have forgotten your locker combination, please contact your homeroom teacher to make arrangements

  • Upon entering the school you will be asked to wash your hands using the provided hand sanitizer.

  • You will notice (tape/pilons) at the entrances/exits and in areas designated for the return of school items.  Please ensure that you do not proceed past these markers until there is no one ahead of you.  These markers are to assist you in keeping 2 metres (6 feet) when accessing areas where others may also be present.

  • We are asking that you wear a mask if you have one.  If you do not have a mask, then you can still access the school, but be mindful to remain 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone else in the school at all times.

  • Bring your own pen/pencil as you may need it to sign-in/out and to label your items being returned.

  • Wash your hands again after signing in and then proceed directly to your locker. You will have a staff member to escort you to your locker, maintaining 2 metres distance.

  • Completely empty your locker and take your lock with you.

  • Any garbage from your locker should either be taken with you or placed in the garbage pails that will be located in the hallways

  • Leave your locker door open when you leave.

Return of School items

  • If you have any books or other school items (instruments, library books, team uniforms, etc.) to return you will be able to do this in the gym on your way out. PLEASE CLEARLY LABEL ALL MATERIALS WITH YOUR FULL NAME. 

  • You may also donate any used uniform that you will not need next year. There will be a location designated for this as you enter the school, and again in the gym when exiting.

  • Please keep any items that are critical for you to continue learning at home and these will be returned at another time.

  • Grads and any students not returning to St. Pat’s in the fall are asked to please return chromebooks that were borrowed. For other students who borrowed a chromebook, you may continue to borrow it to continue your learning.  Please ensure that the chromebook and the power cord have your name labelled on them.  

Signing Out

  • Please check-out as you leave the school via the GYM DOORS.

  • When leaving the school please ensure that you wash your hands and only exit when there is no one else within 2 metres (6 feet) of the entrance.

Please know that our entire staff is saddened by the events that have impacted your school year.  We all look forward to some return to normal.  Our primary focus continues to be on your safety and the well-being of our entire Irish Family.

Take care,

Carrie-Lynn Bowie

Principal, St. Patrick’s High School

Interested in Becoming St. Patrick's H.S. Class of 2020 Valedictorian?

posted May 29, 2020, 2:51 PM by Kathleen Power

If you are graduating this spring and are interested in becoming St. Patrick's HS Class of 2020 Valedictorian, we would love to hear from you!!

Please note that this is only applicable to those students who are graduating this year. If you are not, we would ask that you not submit the form.

Please open the attached link which has information about the Valedictorian 2020 voting procedure. This information is time sensitive and we need your initial responses no later than Wednesday of next week!!

If you have any questions, you may direct them to Mr. Nash or Ms Stewart through email.

Mr. Nash (
Ms Stewart (

An Opportunity For Our Grads From CBC!

posted May 29, 2020, 7:29 AM by Kathleen Power

An opportunity for our grads from CBC

Send CBC an email with your video or written message to friends and fellow grads

Classes have all moved online, proms have been postponed indefinitely and graduation ceremonies complete with cap and gown are off the table all thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so much change and uncertainty disrupting these major milestones for teen graduates in Ottawa right now, CBC Ottawa wants to do something special for the class of 2020. 

That’s why CBC Ottawa is collaborating with Youth Ottawa, a non-profit devoted to empowering youth voices, to create a series that’s dedicated to high school graduates in our community. 

Grads of 2020, we want to hear from you! Here’s how: 

Tell us what you want to say to the class of 2020 about graduating during a pandemic, your thoughts on the future, and/or reflections on this unusual last year of high school. 

Record a short video on your phone or submit a written message with a photo of yourself and email it to us:

Include your full name, age, school and then start your message with “Dear Grads of 2020…”

We recommend that your video be less than four minutes and try to keep your written messages to 200 words or less. 

Your message could be featured on CBC Ottawa’s website, social media accounts, radio and/or television programs. Follow @cbcottawa and @youthottawa on Instagram for more details on where to find these messages throughout the month of June. 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 15. 

Ottawa Citizen & Sun Offer Opportunity to Graduates!

posted May 26, 2020, 7:15 AM by Kathleen Power

The Ottawa Citizen and Sun offer an opportunity to our grads.

(See the details below)

GRAD 2020 — Show us your grad outfits! Share your speeches!

The coronavirus may have led to the cancellation of high school graduation events, but the Ottawa Citizen and Sun are hosting a citywide celebration of the Class of 2020!  We'll publish your contributions online, on our social media channels and in special Citizen print sections on June 18, 19 and 20.

How to participate:

1.) Send us a photo of you wearing your amazing grad outfit by tagging or mentioning @ottawacitizen in your post on Instagram, or emailing it to  (Please include GRAD 2020 in the subject line). You can also share a video on Instagram or TikTok and tag us @ottawacitizen.

2.) Email us a copy of your valedictory or other grad speech, to  (put GRAD 2020 in the subject line).

3.) Email us a short paragraph describing your hopes for the future.

You can participate in one, two or all three of these opportunities, free of charge. Be sure to tell us your full name and the name of your school. It's all about celebrating you!

* Note: To be included in print editions, please send us your submission by June 12.

Message from Our Principal - May 24th

posted May 25, 2020, 7:05 AM by Kathleen Power

May 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you and your families continue to be well. It has certainly been wonderful to see the sunshine come out and be able to enjoy such lovely weather.

As you know from the provincial Ministry announcements and our school board’s subsequent communication, our schools will remain closed for the duration of the school year. Learning from home will continue during this time, and we hope that our students will continue to work with their teachers until the end of June.

The students will receive report cards at the end of the school year. We are waiting for some additional information from the Ministry about this, but at this time, we do know that report cards are part of the plan.

The end of the school year is not what any of us hoped for. We are expecting to be able to allow students to come to the school in June to clean out their lockers, retrieve their belongings and return textbooks, etc. Plans for this are underway. The process will be governed by Ottawa Public Health expectations and each student’s visit will be scheduled and quite strictly monitored. Further information will be provided.

We are also working on plans to celebrate our graduates, award recipients, athletes and accomplishments from the year. Many of these acknowledgements will take place in the fall when we can hopefully gather as an Irish Family. Others will happen before the end of June (i.e. graduates who are being awarded a bursary will receive it by the end of June, but they will also be celebrated at our graduation in the fall). If all goes well, we are hoping to hold our graduation ceremony on Friday October 9.

We miss all of you very much and look forward to when we can see you!

Carrie-Lynn Bowie

Principal, St. Patrick’s High School

Information re 2020 Yearbook!

posted May 14, 2020, 11:05 PM by Kathleen Power

Hey St. Pat's!  We are currently working on the 2020 yearbook and need your help.  

First, we would like to open an invitation to all grads to send us a photo of yourself so we can make a composite group shot for your class of 2020 group photo!  Basically we just need a single photo of you.  Click the link below, which will bring you to a Google Form for you to upload that photo for us to use.  Make sure that the photo is appropriate or we will not use it!  Also, make sure all your grade 12 friends, we don't want anyone to be missed.

Second, we are also asking for ALL students of St. Pat’s to send us photos of special things you may be doing at home during your time of distance learning. If you’re learning a new instrument, practicing your cooking skills, or mastering the art of relaxing, we would love for you to send us a photo to use in the book!  Really anything works.  Again, make sure everyone knows about this so no one is left out. Click the link below to take you to another Google Form for you to submit those photos.

Update on Graduation Ceremony

posted May 1, 2020, 12:44 PM by School Websites

Please see Director of Education Denise Andre's 
letter to the graduating class of 2020 regarding the status of this year's graduation ceremonies.

Message From Our Principal - May 1st

posted May 1, 2020, 7:40 AM by Kathleen Power

May 1, 2020

Dear St. Patrick’s HS Parents and Guardians,

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week.   Catholic Education Week celebrates the ongoing gift of publicly-funded Catholic education.  Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well.  The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations. 
This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8, 2020.  More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario normally take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community.   Sadly, given our current circumstances, all Ottawa Catholic School Board in-person activities have been cancelled, however we would like to take this celebration to a virtual model.  As a Catholic community, we are called to “Ignite Hope” in our community. Each day, we will invite all our families to demonstrate their hope for others and themselves with a message:  

Monday - For the ones we love - send a message of hope to someone in your family

Tuesday - For the ones who teach us - send a message of hope to your educator(s)

Wednesday - For leaders - send a message of hope to a leader in your community/world
(government leaders, school board leaders, your parish priest, Archbishop Prendergast, Pope Francis) 

Thursday - For those in need and those who care for them - send a message of hope to a nursing home, hospital, The Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, front line and healthcare workers

Friday - For yourself - send yourself a message of hope - for today and the future 

How do I do this?
Write a message of hope
Draw a picture
Find a symbol or object from nature
Witness an act of kindness in your community

Capture by video or photo and send that hope-filled message to your family and those you love!  Be sure to share your message using the hashtag #ocsbHope

We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education Week 2020 this year with your messages and images of Hope in our community!


Carrie Bowie, 
Principal, St. Patrick’s High School

Helping Your Children & Teens During A Pandemic - April 30th

posted Apr 29, 2020, 8:05 AM by Kathleen Power

"Pandemic Parenting Playbook"
(presented by ECHO Ontario Child and Youth Mental Health, in Partnership with PLEO)

Dr. Michael Cheng, a psychiatrist at CHEO, together with a panel of experts, will be providing information on our children's mental health during a pandemic.  The discussion will include what we should be watching for; how to help our children; and where to find resources.

This presentation is for the parents of children age 12 and under and will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 30th.  A second presentation, for the parents of teens will be held on Thursday, May 14th.

Visit for more details and to register.  Registration is limited.

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