St. Patrick's High School


Principal's Newsletter-- October 3, 2022

In this issue

- Principal’s Message

- Catholic School Council

- Introducing our Grad Coach for Black Students

- Updates from the Student Services Team

- Grad Hoodie Store is Open

- Black Student Association

- High School Athletics

- Reminders About Strangers in the Neighbourhood

- Important Dates

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Principal’s Message

We welcome the month of October after a busy September! During the month of September we held our Meet the Teacher, celebrated our Opening Liturgies, and had a number of sports teams begin their season.

We also honoured our Indigenous communities while discussing a pathway to reconciliACTION. Our National Truth and Reconciliation Week Committee offered our community moments of reflection so that we can commit to #ocsbReconciliAction by learning, listening, and praying. Resources were shared and activities were taking place in classrooms to enter into dialogue with our students. On Friday, we joined with Canadians across the country in Orange Shirt Day and were grateful for the leadership of our Indigenous students and staff who led us in prayer as we engaged in a day of reflection and commitment to action.

This Friday is a PD Day (no school for students) and leads into the Thanksgiving weekend. I want to thank all of our families for continuing to make St Patrick’s High School the place to be! Our enrollment has increased since last year and we are thankful for each and every one of you!

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Mme Al Koura

Catholic School Council

We held our first Catholic School Council meeting on September 26th. Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Gibbons (Chair), Dawn Eady-Dowdall (Vice-Chair) and Nadine Robinson (CSPA Representative).

Our next meeting will take place virtually at 7:00 pm on November 7th. Please email the school to get a link for the meeting.

Introducing our Graduation Coach for Black Students

We are thrilled to introduce our new Graduation Coach for Black Students, Mr. David Kajoba. His home schools are St. Patrick’s and Lester B. Pearson and he’s here to help! Follow him on Twitter @kajoba_d and reach out directly to him via email at

Updates from the Student Services Team

#IAMSTPATS, Dedicated To My Pathway: Rolled out April 2022 - present

  • School wide campaign (including our seven feeder schools)

  • Helping our students identify and maintain their individual pathways

  • Recreating our Irish Family school community, showcasing every aspect of our school, including our SPH Alumni and community supporters

More info: #IAMSTPATS Campaign

University of Ottawa school visit: Tuesday, October 4 @ Lunch in the St. Patrick’s HS Learning Commons (#IAMSTPATS)

A representative from the university will provide SPH students with information and answer questions regarding programming, scholarships, important deadlines and support available on campus.

Mandatory Grad Assembly: Thursday, October 6, Period 1 in the St. Patrick’s HS Cafetorium (#IAMSTPATS)

Our Student Services department will be addressing our gr. 12 students around graduation requirements, university and college applications, scholarship information and important graduation and application dates.

Gr. 12 Classroom Visits (#IAMSTPATS):

Our Student Services team will be visiting all of our gr. 12 classrooms over the next couple of weeks to speak to students around their individual pathways. Each student will receive a hard copy of their credit summary sheet to reference their credit accumulation, community service hours and the Ontario School Literacy requirement. In addition, we will be able to provide further clarification around post secondary opportunities and answer any questions around pathways.

Grad Hoodie Store is Open

The grade 12 grad hoodie store is open until October 5, 2022. Go to and select St. Patrick's High School - GRAD account. The direct link may also be found at:

Delivery to the school is free of charge, and students will be contacted for pickup in room 070 when the item has arrived. There is a $15.00 shipping fee if you select delivery to your home address.

The brand name is Champion and the composition is 50% cotton/50% polyester. Please check the online sizing chart when ordering, and if you are between two sizes, order the larger size.

All grads received this information directly in their school email account.

The store will be open until October 5th, 2022.

See Ms. Laderoute in Room 070 for questions. 613-733-0501 ext 3070

Black Student Association

The Black Student Association or BSA is starting up again for the school year. This student-led club for students is open to all grades. It aims to provide a safe space where Black students can speak their truths and support each other. We aim to allow students to use their voices to help create ideas for positive change in their school community while making new friends, and sharing our lived experiences. If your child is interested in joining the BSA please ask them to complete the following form and a student leader will reach out to invite them to our next meeting: BSA Sign Up

High School Athletics

We are excited to have our St. Patrick’s Irish High School sports team returning to action for another year. This Fall, the following teams have been hosting tryouts and practicing, getting themselves ready to start their seasons:

Varsity Girls Basketball Varsity Girls Rugby 7’s

Sr Boys Volleyball Varsity Non-Contact Hockey

Varsity Football X-Country Running

Varsity Boys Soccer

Our spectator policy this year will allow St. Pat’s students (who were in attendance in class the day of the game) to attend all games. Parents/guardians of both our team and visiting teams are also welcome.

Upcoming Winter season sports include Sr. and Jr. Boys Basketball and Sr Girls Volleyball. Students should be listening to announcements and looking for sign-up posters soon.

Our players and coaches are looking forward to your support on the fields, rinks and courts.

Reminder about Strangers in the Neighbourhood

We have had a number of reports about strangers trying to interact with our students as they walk in the neighbourhood and/or on the path behind our neighbouring schools. Although it may seem odd to be speaking of “Stranger Danger” with High School students, we are never too old to be extra cautious. Please take a moment to have a conversation with your children about the importance of not engaging in conversations with strangers, not sharing any personal information with them and to report to a trusted adult if the strangers are making them feel uncomfortable. It is also extremely important to NOT take or ingest anything from a stranger. We are NEVER TOO OLD TO BE SAFE!!!!

Important Dates

Please mark your calendars!

Grad Assembly (Gr. 12s) - Period 1

October 6, 2022

PD Day

October 7, 2022


October 10, 2022

Vaccination Clinic for Grades 7/8

October 12-13, 2022

H.S. Letters of Intervention

October 13, 2022

H.S. Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)

October 20, 2022

OCSB Black Student Forum

October 27, 2022

Photo Retakes

October 27, 2022

Take Our Kids to Work Day (Grade 9s)

November 2, 2022

Civics/Careers Turnaround Day

November 9th, 2022

Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2022

PD Day

November 18th, 2022

7/8 Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)

November 24, 2022

God Bless!

St. Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

Phone: 613-733-0501



Twitter: stpatricksIRISH

Picture Day is September 15, 2022

Our school photo day is fast approaching! Please remember to mark September 15, 2022 on your calendar, as Edge Imaging will be in the school taking photos.

At this time, they will be taking photos of students for identification and school security purposes only.

If your child is being photographed, you'll receive information on how to order photos and products online after photo day. For information on how Edge Imaging is prioritizing health and safety in the wake of COVID, please visit

Principal's Newsletter - September 2, 2022

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! For our returning families, we are looking forward to reuniting in a few short days. For our new families, we would like to welcome you to the Irish Family!

We are entering into the second year of our Board’s 3-year Spiritual Theme: Gratitude, Rooted in Joy, Fills Us with Hope. Our focus this year is on “JOY”! We look forward to having our school fill with the JOY and excitement of the new year as our students return on Tuesday.

This year, we are welcoming a new member to our Administration team: Mrs Nicola Whitehouse. Mrs. Whitehouse is an experienced Vice-Principal who herself is also a St Patrick’s alumni. We truly do feel like we are coming home when we enter this building and we hope you do as well.

Over the summer, we have had a number of renovation projects that have taken place, and some of the final touches will still be on-going for the first few weeks. I would like to thank our Custodial Staff, Office and Support staff as well as our Guidance Team for their continued dedication to complete all summer tasks so that we are prepared to welcome your children on Tuesday. All of our classrooms in the High School wing have had their corkboard(s) replaced with new Whilte Boards, and some new technology has been added to allow our teachers to continue with their innovative teaching practices.

I would like to wish everyone a joyful and re-energizing return to school; and a successful and enriching ‘22-’23 school year.

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Mme Al Koura

Catholic School Council

Our first Catholic School Council meeting will take place on Monday, September 26th 3:15 pm. This year, we will be hosting this first meeting in an in-person setting. We will meet in the Learning Commons. At this first meeting, we will elect our executive and confirm the dates for future meetings.

Covid Updates

Masks are no longer mandatory when entering into our school. St Patrick’s is a mask-friendly environment and therefore any staff, student or visitor is welcome to wear a mask if they so choose.

Ottawa Public Health does encourage wearing a mask indoors and outdoors if distancing becomes a challenge or is not possible. As per the Provincial guidance, staff and students should wear a mask for 10 days from when symptoms started when returning to school after illness. In order to foster a safe and positive learning environment for all, please do not send your child to school if they are ill. Please refer to the screening tool if you are uncertain:

School and Child Care Screening Tool.

We highly encourage all staff and students to continue to sanitize and frequent hand-washing to minimize the spread of germs in our building. If your child requires a Rapid Antigen Test, please have them pick one up from the main office.

Please see the latest statement from Dr. Vera Etches HERE.

Bell Times/Schedules

We are starting out our year with the return to the original schedule and bell times. Please ensure your child is familiar with their bus route and/or walking route so that they are arriving on time.

High School Schedule Intermediate Schedule

8:30-9:55 HMRM + P1 P1 8:30-9:25

10:00-11:15 P2 P2 9:30-10:20

11:20-12:00 LUNCH P3 10:25-11:15

12:05-1:20 P3 P4 11:20-12:10

1:25-2:40 P4 LUNCH 12:10-12:50

P5 12:55-1:45

P6 1:50-2:40


St Patrick’s is a uniformed school and our uniform supplier is Top Marks. All families are asked to open an account with Top Marks if you have not already done so and to place your order directly to the company. Top Marks will deliver the uniform to your home address. Please visit their website at: with the St Patrick’s High School code PAT02


TOP (all items from Top Marks with St Patrick’s logo)

  • white polo shirt / white blouse or white long or short sleeve shirt with St Patrick’s school logo

  • St. Patrick’s V-neck sweater, Crew neck sweater, or rugby shirt are permitted; older versions of the uniform (i.e. the St. Patrick's Intermediate hooded sweatshirt) are no longer part of the uniform


  • black dress pants/cargo pants

  • black skort or tartan kilt

  • black cargo shorts


  • 7/8 physical education uniform includes black gym shorts and a grey t-shirt and is mandatory for all grade 7 and 8 students.

If your order has not arrived by the first day of school, we ask that your child arrive at school in black bottoms (dress pants, cargo pants, skirt - NO jeans, leggings or jogging pants) and a white-collared polo or dress shirt.

Donation of used uniforms for families in need would be greatly appreciated to help replenish our Used Uniform supply.

Meet the Teacher

We are pleased to share that our Meet the Teacher event will be taking place “IN-PERSON” this fall. Please join us on Thursday, September 15th between 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm for an opportunity to meet your child/children’s teachers.

OC Transpo

Our school uses public transit as our school’s transportation. We do not use yellow bus service. If your child is eligible for a Presto pass (this is determined by OSTA) they will receive it on the first day of school. Students are asked to register their card immediately upon receiving it. Lost cards are not replaced by the office.

Opening Procedures

This year, all 7/8 students will have received an email communication (in their OCSB email account) indicating where they are to report on the first day (to their homeroom location). Any news students or those who cannot access their email account can report to the main office. High School students can check MySPH on Monday evening for their first period homeroom class.

Lockers will be available for use this year and will be assigned on the first day. Students in grades 7- 12 must have a combination lock in order for their locker to be assigned. A reminder that lockers are on “loan” to students for the duration of the school year. Students are responsible for the contents of the locker they are assigned. The practice of sharing combinations with friends or peers is highly discouraged.

Students Services and Course Changes

Grade 9-12 - Student Schedules

Schedules for the 2022-23 school year are currently being finalized. Students can view their schedules on mySPH on Monday evening. Finalized schedules will be uploaded over the weekend. Students can go directly to their Semester 1 - Period 1 class on Tuesday morning. Counsellors and volunteers will be available near the main entrance to assist students. Any new students or students who cannot access mySPH can check in to Student Services for their scheduling information.

Grade 9-12 - Schedule Changes

An online course change request form will be made available on the school website (Student Services section) on Tuesday, September 6th to address any issues with schedules. The form will be open until Wednesday, September 14th (8:00pm). Course changes will be made based on availability and prioritized for the following reasons:

  • Incomplete schedule (blanks) due to conflicts with selected courses

  • Missing a prerequisite course for a current course

  • Pathway/level change (priority to Grade 12 students)

As was communicated during course selection, we are not able to make any changes to Grade 9 & 10 elective courses.

Student Appointments (Grades 7-12)

Guidance counsellors will be focused on scheduling in the first week of school. An online appointment request form will be available on Tuesday, September 13th for students wanting to meet with their counsellor for academic, career or personal counselling. The form will be on the school website (Student Services section).

Lunch Time and Cafeteria Service

We are very happy to have the cafeteria service return this fall. Our cafeteria accepts cash and tap cards.

7/8 students cannot leave school property at lunchtime (exception: if they are being signed out by a parent/guardian).

High School students who chose to go off property at lunchtime must ensure they return to school in time for the start of their afternoon course.

The Breakfast program will resume. It will be a “Grab ‘N Go.” Information on how to access the program will be shared with students in the first few days.

High School Exams and RSTs

Our Grades 10-12 students will once again be completing RSTs and/or Exams as a part of the final assessment of their courses. Grade 9 students will only complete RSTs, they will NOT have exams as part of their final assessments.

RSTs will be completed in the final 2-3 weeks before exams. We ask that families please take note of the following dates and to avoid any non-essential travel or absences during those periods. It is critical that students complete the designated final assessments to be able to earn their credit.

Semester 1 RST Period January 9-20, 2023

Semester 1 Examinations (Grades 10-12) January 24-30. 2023

Semester 2 RST Period June 7 - 20, 2023

Second Semester Examinations (Grades 10-12) June 21 - 27, 2023

Student Fees

The fees for 2022-2023 school year are $45 and $30 for any additional siblings. A reminder that this fee also covers the Yearbook, which will be available at the end of the school year.

Parent Portal, School Messenger and School Cash Online

In order to receive timely communications from the school, pay for any fees or access your child’s report card, you must sign-up for the following services. If you have not already done so, please click on the links below to create your accounts.

Parent Portal:

School Messenger:

School Cash Online:

Important Dates

Please mark your calendars!

Last Day to Request Course Changes for Semester 1

September 14, 2022

Meet the Teacher

September 15, 2022

Picture Day

September 15, 2022

First Catholic School Council Meeting

September 26, 2022

PD Day

October 7, 2022


October 10, 2022

H.S. Letters of Intervention

October 13, 2022

H.S. Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)

October 20, 2022

Photo Retakes

October 27, 2022

7/8 Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)

November 24, 2022

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful 2022-2023 School Year!

School Uniform Policy


The school uniform at St. Patrick’s High School is both a source of pride and identification for the school. By registering at St. Patrick’s, a student is agreeing to uphold the uniform regulations from the time they arrive at school until the end of the school day, including the lunch break. Students who fail to comply with school uniform expectations may be sent home to change into the school uniform or they may be assigned a consequence.

Uniform clothing is ordered through TOP MARKS, our supplier. Orders are placed through the company, and clothing is sent directly to students’ homes by courier.

Our Supplier information is below:

Top Marks

St Patrick’s High School code PAT02

Toll free 1-800-667-7105 (customer service)

**School Uniform consists of garments produced by TOP MARKS for St. Patrick’s High School. All tops will bear a St. Patrick’s logo. All bottoms will bear the TOP MARKS tag.**


  • black pants

  • Tartan skort

  • black skort

  • black cargo shorts,

  • white polo shirt / white blouse or white long or short sleeve shirt with St Patrick’s school logo

  • St. Patrick’s V-neck sweater, Crew neck sweater, or rugby shirt are permitted; older versions of the uniform (i.e. the St. Patrick's Intermediate hooded sweatshirt) are no longer part of the uniform

  • 7/8 physical education uniform includes black gym shorts and a grey t-shirt and is mandatory for all grade 7 and 8 students.


  • solid black tights or leggings may be worn under uniform skirts or kilts; pants, jeans or sweatpants are not permitted under the kilt


  • students may wear a plain white T-shirt under a uniform shirt or blouse; wearing a hooded sweatshirt under a school long- or short-sleeved shirt is not permitted

  • girls may wear a plain white ladies’ camisole under a uniform shirt or blouse; (plain white implies no writing, no logos, no diagrams)

  • camisoles may not be worn with sweater cardigans unless under a TOP MARKS shirt or Blouse;

  • skirts and kilts must be worn at a respectable length and such that undergarments are not visible;

  • Pants and shorts are worn such that undergarments are not visible;

  • shirts, blouses, and sweater must be worn so shoulders and torsos are covered;

  • Hats and bandanas are not permitted;

  • the last Monday of each month (with the exception of June) may be designated a “Dress Up Day” to support a designated charity. Students are reminded to exercise good taste in the selection of their “dress up” apparel.

  • every Wednesday is designated St. Patrick’s Spirit Day. Students may wear their St. Patrick’s school team or club shirt, with proper uniform bottoms;

  • students must be in proper uniform for any off-site excursions or activities unless otherwise approved by Administration;

  • Clothing or accessories that are deemed to be gang related in the opinion of Ottawa Police are unacceptable and not allowed in the school;

  • any clothing or accessory that is deemed to be inappropriate in the opinion of the Administration is unacceptable and is not allowed in the school.

Wearing clothing with culturally insensitive messages or images is not in keeping with our Catholic value of promoting a safe, caring and inclusive school community. All students are encouraged to wear respectful clothing at all times when on school property or on a school related activity.

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