School News & Announcements

Message from Our Principal - April 6th

posted by Kathleen Power

April 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week, we embark on our journey through Holy Week. This certainly takes us on a different path than we have travelled before. We celebrate the days of this week with a very different feel, but always with the comforting knowledge that we walk together as a faith family.

Our educators continue to reach out to your children and our main concern remains the well-being and safety of our entire school community. This week, we begin the second phase of learning from home. Please know that our staff is very conscious of the flexibility that is needed at home for each family to make things work. Please encourage your children to check their ocsbstudent email accounts regularly, and to touch base with their teachers if they have questions, or need to make adjustments to tasks. 

Students and families are encouraged to find routines and make plans that will work best for them. If you are looking for some suggestions to get started, here are some at-home schedules that may be helpful. We know, however, that these need to be adjusted for every family’s situation, so they are just an idea, or a starting point. For the most part, work will be sent to students at the beginning of each week, allowing them to organize their week to suit their needs and circumstances.

We miss our students and Irish Family so much! We have put together a video to share with our community - we hope you like it!

Please know that I am keeping all of our students, staff and families in my prayers as Holy Week begins. Continue to take good care of yourselves.

Carrie-Lynn Bowie

Principal, St. Patrick’s High School

Looking for Homework Help?

posted Mar 31, 2020, 12:09 PM by Kathleen Power



If you are interested in getting homework help, send an email to: 

You will receive one-on one support from us via video chat.

OCISO Telephone 613-518-0680 Ext 110     

Message From Our Principal

posted Mar 30, 2020, 7:29 AM by Kathleen Power

March 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that this letter finds you and your family staying healthy and keeping well during these unusual times we are facing. Each day seems to bring new changes and new adjustments that need to be made. I hope that you are managing with all of these challenges.

Last week, our teachers started to reach out to students and families to check in, and to see how everyone was doing. Our priority remains everyone’s well-being. We know that learning at home will be vastly different than learning at school, and this journey begins with ensuring that everyone is well.

If your child did not hear from their teachers, please have them login to their ocsb student email account or login to Hapara to make contact with them. I know our staff is anxious to hear back from everyone. Please note that all of our Catholic board school parking lots are now wifi hot spots. If this helps you and your family to connect to the internet, please make use of the wifi. The connection in the parking lots won’t be perfect, but hopefully it will work well enough.

Our Irish family is very strong, and I know that over the coming days and weeks, we will figure all of this out together. Our school board is working very hard to help with this new process, and early this week, they will launch some additional resources for all grades on the website. There will be bumps along the way, but as we always do, we will get through it together.

Please know that I am keeping all of our students, staff and families in my prayers. 
Continue to take good care of yourselves.

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

Resilience Parent Session - "Brain Body Behaviour" - April 16th

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:54 AM by Kathleen Power


Thursday, April 16, 2020
St. Francis Xavier High School
 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Alyson Reid-Larade, a High School Teacher of 20 years in the areas of Science, Biology, Physical Education & Health, and Special Education, will speak at St. Francis Xavier High School on Thursday, April 16th.  See the attached file to register.

St. Pat's HS Spring Craft Fair - April 25th!

posted Feb 6, 2020, 7:07 AM by Kathleen Power

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 St. Pat's third annual craft fair will be held 
Saturday, April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's High School
2525 Alta Vista Drive

Admission $2.00

The fair has grown, in the last couple of years, with over 120 booths requested to date.  You do not want to miss this opportunity to pick up some wonderful handmade items.  

For more details visit the link:

EduTravel for Credit - Info Night March 4th!

posted Feb 4, 2020, 9:25 AM by Kathleen Power

Student Public Transit Survey

posted Jan 14, 2020, 7:56 AM by Kathleen Power

Student Public Transit Feedback

Do you take public transit to school? We want to hear from you!

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) is conducting an online survey to find out more about student trips using OC Transpo. If you are currently taking OC Transpo to get to and from school then please fill out the survey and share it with other students who also take public transit.

The survey can be found here: Student Public Transit Survey

Let your voice be heard, complete the survey by January 31, 2020


Public Transportation is provided to 12,000 students from grade 7 to 12 at both OCDSB and OCSB schools. This anonymous survey will provide an opportunity to gauge students’ thoughts and impressions of OC Transpo in a structured way. Surveys collect valuable information and the survey results can be used to improve customer service and customer satisfaction.

For more information about OSTA please visit our website:

Study Space at Alta Vista Library

posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:31 AM by Kathleen Power

Looking for a place to prepare for your exams?  

The Alta Vista Public Library has "Teen Exam Cram" from January 8th to 31st.

You are invited to study in the library, receive help preparing for exams, and relieve stress by enjoying a few surprises!

Program room is booked for you on the dates below:

Wed, Jan. 8,   5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thurs, Jan. 9,   2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 10 + 24,   1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 11,   1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon, Jan. 13,   12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tues, Jan. 14,   2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 15,   11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thurs, Jan. 16 + 23 + 30,   11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 17,   1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Sat, Jan. 18,  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon, Jan. 20,  1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tues, Jan. 21 + 28,  2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 22,  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 25,  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon, Jan. 27,  1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 29,  12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Do you enjoy the game Dungeons and Dragons?

Why not drop in to the library and join the action (see details below)

Dungeons and Dragons

Game on! Join in on the action and adventure as we campaign our way through the world of Dungeons and Dragons. We’re playing using 5th Generation Rules and the D&D phone app – no previous experience required. For ages 13-17, in English. Drop-in.


Fridays, January 10, February 7 & 21

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


*Please note that this program is subject to cancellation, if we do not have experienced Dungeon Masters to lead the games. 

High School Exam Schedule - January 2020

posted Jan 6, 2020, 12:39 PM by David Nash   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 7:03 AM ]

Please see attached for the upcoming exam schedule.

School Bus Driver Preparatory Course - January 6 - February 7, 2020

posted Dec 12, 2019, 5:50 AM by Kathleen Power

Ottawa is experiencing a school bus driver shortage.  To build capacity in our market, a new School Bus Driver Preparatory Course has been developed in partnership with OCSB, OSTA and local operators.  

The School Bus Driver Preparatory Course is designed to prepare potential candidates to successfully complete training with local school bus operators.  The course covers essential certificates like First Aid, Health and Safety and WHMIS; basic school bus terminology and vehicle components; student behaviour management and sensitivity-training; a ride-along with a professional bus driver/trainer; a tour of dispatch and garage operations; and includes the opportunity to book an interview with potential employers in the Ottawa market. 

See the attached file for further details.

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