St. Patrick's High School


Principal's Newsletter --February 1, 2023

Principal’s Message

Since this is our first Newsletter of 2023, I would like to begin by wishing all our families a Happy New Year! And a Happy Lunar New Year to all who celebrated it last week. Our return to school was very much a difficult one with the loss of one of our students. We continue to pray for Emmanuella’s family and loved ones.

We are officially halfway through the school year. Our HS students are starting 2nd semester while our Intermediate students are starting Term 2. Students are expected to be in proper uniform on the first day of the second half of the year….and moving forward for the remainder of the school year. . A reminder that jogging pants and jeans are NOT a part of the uniform, and black leggings are permitted only under the skirt/kilt.

February is Black History Month and the OCSB's theme for Black History Month 2023 is Black Joy: Inspiring Change. We look forward to the daily activities/announcements that raise awareness and celebrate the many contributions made by Black Canadians within our community. At the end of the month, we look forward to a number of assemblies and guest speakers - in particular the student-led showcase on February 24th. Please follow us on social media and stay tuned for updates.

Transportation disruptions continue to be of concern and we have brought the concerns forward to the city to help us find a resolution so that eligible students are able to rely on public transit as their means to and from school. For parents who are dropping off their children, a reminder to be mindful of the traffic signs in and out of the parking lots and to remain vigilant for any pedestrians in the parking lots.

Parent Information Night will be taking place on Wednesday, February 15th between 5:00-7:00 pm. Please come out to meet our Leadership Team, Specialty Teaching areas and the Student Services Department as we share information about programming for the 2023-2024 school year. Students have already started exploring course options and will continue to do so for the next couple of weeks. This is an opportunity for you to find out about course options, pathways and graduation requirements. For any families with children in Grade 6 who are considering St Pat’s, this is an excellent opportunity to come meet the team, get familiar with the building itself as well as hearing about the programming in the Intermediate panel. We look forward to seeing you on February 15th.

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Mme Al Koura

Catholic School Council

Our next Catholic School Council meeting will take place on Monday, February 6th at 7:00 pm. Please email the school to get a link for the meeting.

High School Semester 2 Start-up

The First Day of Semester 2 is Thursday, February 2nd

Current students are asked to view their updated Semester 2 schedule in mySPH (my student info) before starting classes. Classrooms may have changed since schedules were distributed in September. It is important for all students to verify their updated schedule. Schedules will be available by Tuesday, January 31st at 8:00pm.

An alphabetical list of students and their first period class will be posted in the MALL and the Cafeteria for any students who could not access mySPH.

Students can go directly to their Period 1 class.

New students and any students transferring from another school will need to see their guidance counsellor in the MALL for their schedule.

Course Selection for 2023-24 (Intermediate AND High School)

Course Selection Launch Dates

Myblueprint is currently open to Grade 8 students for course selection. Course selection will be open to high school students on February 6th. Myblueprint can be found on the student portal.

Course Selection deadline for submission: Tuesday, February 21st.

Please note that students will be prompted to provide a parent/guardian email address for approval while submitting their course selection.

Myblueprint/Course Selection Sessions

Guidance counselors will be providing information sessions for students on how to complete their courses selection in myblueprint. Guidance counselors will also be available at lunch to answer student questions after these sessions.

January 18th to 31st Grade 8 class visits

February 8th (Pd 4) Grade 10 classes (cafetorium)

February 9th (Pd 4) Grade 11 classes (cafetorium)

February 13th to 17th (Pd 1) Grade 9 classes (Learning Commons)

Program Information Evening (Feb. 15th - 5:00 to 7:00 pm)

Parents and students are invited to attend our Information Evening for information on the following:

  • pathway planning and high school graduation requirements

  • specialized programming (SHSM, Coop, etc.)

  • post-secondary program options

Information and how to videos will also be available on the school website ( and will be fully updated by February 6th. Simply click on Program Information and/or consult the Student Services section of the website.

Course Selection Launch Dates

Myblueprint is currently open to Grade 8 students for course selection. Course selection will be open to high school students on February 6th.

Course Selection deadline for submission: Tuesday, February 21st.

Please note that students will be prompted to provide a parent/guardian email address for approval while submitting their course selection.

High School Exams and RSTs - 2nd Semester (REMINDER)

We are about to begin second semester and I wanted to bring to your attention once again the following important dates for your planning purposes:

Semester 2 RST Period June 7 - 20, 2023

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

Exams are scheduled for the mornings. Students must be in proper uniform and write in their classroom. They are expected to arrive before 8:30 am as exams begin at 8:30 am. Students must remain in the examination room for the first hour. Once they have completed their exam students are expected to leave the building.

Credit Intervention is by appointment - teachers will communicate with students to inform them of what is to be completed on their scheduled session. Arrival times and departure routines are the same as for those writing exams.

Course Change Request Process (Feb. 2nd to Feb. 9th)

Course change request forms will be available on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00am. The link can be found in the Student Services section of the school website (

We will be accepting requests for course changes for the following reasons:

  • blank in schedule

  • pathway/level change

  • missing prerequisite courses

Please note: There will be no changes to Grade 9 & 10 elective courses.

It is more challenging to make changes in Semester 2. We will accommodate when possible.

Students are expected to follow their current schedule until they receive confirmation from a guidance counselor that a change can be made.

The deadline to complete this request form is Thursday, February 9th at 8:00 pm.

Tutoring Opportunity

The OCSB has recently partnered with "Learning for Charity" to provide free tutoring to high school students. Learning for Charity (LFC) is staffed by students at the University of Ottawa who volunteer their tutoring services. This tutoring service will begin upon registration and will be available until mid-March. Subject areas for tutoring are: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Functions, Junior math and science courses, Social Sciences, French, and English. Spaces are limited! If interested, please have your child see Ms. Follis or Ms. Siok for further information or to register.

Student “Late” Sign-ins/Notifications

For the past few weeks, we have been piloting a new Student “Late” Sign-in/Notification system. Prior to this pilot, parents were notified of student absence twice a day. Lates were not reported unless parents were contacted directly by the teacher. In order to proactively keep you informed of your child’s attendance/lates, we have adopted this new system so that you remain informed in a timely fashion.

This system allows students to sign-in late electronically using their MyStudentInfo account. Students report to the main office and scan their electronic ID card and a notification is generated automatically. One goes to the classroom teacher to inform them of the sign-in time and one goes to the parent/guardian. You may receive multiple notifications each day if your child is absent from or frequently late to class.

We are encouraging families to discuss with their children strategies that they can use to ensure timely arrival to classes throughout the day. We would like to remind you to contact the office in advance if you are aware that your child will be absent or late. We can update the system so that the attendance record is reflective of the “approved” status.

Black Canadian Scholarship Fund Awards

The Ottawa Community Foundation is pleased to once again be administering the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund awards. There is no limit on the number of applications a school or school board can submit & all applications meeting the criteria will be considered. Please have the students submit their applications directly to the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund in time to meet the deadline of May 31st, 2023, as per the instructions on the application form (French application). A yet-to-be-determined number of awards valued at $6,000 each will be offered and the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund Committee will select the recipients.

If you have any questions, contact Glennis Lane at 613-236-1616 ext. 204 or

Human Trafficking Awareness Day - February 22nd

The third annual National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Canada is February 22. For organizations like OneChild it serves as an opportunity to shed a stronger light on the often misunderstood and growing crime of child sex trafficking in Canada. Along with raising awareness on the average age a child is trafficked in Canada – 13 years-old. Join CSPA on February 8th virtually to learn more from OneChild and guest speaker, Cheryl Perera, about How to Protect your Child from Child Exploitation. For more information and to register, visit us on EventBrite.

Winter Solstice Celebration

The newly formed St Patrick’s High School Indigenous Student Association (ISA) was very busy last month, with students from both panels meeting several times to help prepare for the Winter Solstice celebration. In addition to planning for the event, students came together after school to share their traditional recipes and to cook bannock to share with those attending the celebration. The ISA also prepared a tobacco tie with their prayers and intentions, to be gifted at the start of the ceremony.

The Winter Solstice event was held during both lunches on Wednesday, December 21st. It began with Heather Godin, OCSB Indigenous Family and Student Support Worker, performing a traditional smudge for the purification and the creation of a sacred space. It was followed by the gifting of the tobacco tie by students Angelina Squirrel (grade 12) and Jadon Spence (grade 10). Finally, participants were able to take part in tasting the bannock, sharing tea and exchanging lively conversation centered around a sheet with guided questions leading students to reflect on the past year and to approach the new one with gratitude.

Our community’s first annual Winter Solstice celebration was a wonderful success thanks to the amazing work and dedication of the members of the ISA! But there is no time to rest, the group is now working on their next event supporting the First Nations Caring Society’s Have A Heart Day on February 14th. The ISA is looking forward to sharing features from this event soon.

United in Black Day at St Patrick’s High School

Students wore black on January 16th 2023 to "be united in black" as a stance against anti-Black racism. Students played Kahoot and engaged in other learning activities such as watching Heritage minutes to learn about prominent Black people in Canada. A brief overview of the goals of the day included:

  1. Awareness – Raising awareness of the systemic barriers that affect the Black community.

  2. Action – Standing against anti-Black racism.

  3. Capacity – Making room within ourselves to build the capacity for understanding by learning what anti-Black racism is and is not.

  4. Deep Learning – Combining our Deep Learning practice and theory from the UN’s International Decade of People of African Descent to implement activities that promote Black culture and support Black communities.

  5. Community – A shared commitment to Be Community guided by the OCSB’s framework for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

This year, United In Black Day is Black Shirt Day, which had a name change from last year. The name change brings the connection to social justice reform front and centre. This helps us to continue to promote the kind of action we would like the community to take in supporting it. A special thank you to OCSB Black Educator Network teachers for their contributions to make this day possible: Leslie Emmanuel, Patrice Hall-Johnson, Diane Konan-Waidhet, and Jessica Collins-Ginn.

High School Athletics

Our Jr. Boys Basketball team finished off a perfect 12 win and 0 loss season by defeating Samuel Genest in our home gym to capture the NCSSAA City Championship by a score of 65-52. The team would like to thank everyone who supported them in some way this season.

The Varsity Boys Basketball team has played 6 of their 8 regular season games so far. The team currently sits in second place in the East Division.

The Sr. Girls Volleyball team will also be wrapping up their regular season play over the next couple of weeks. The girls will be looking to make a run in their playoff games.

Teams that will be starting season play soon include the Jr. Girls and Boys Volleyball teams and the Jr. and Sr. Badminton teams. We wish them luck for their upcoming seasons

Guitar Class

On January 18th our guitar class put on a small concert during class to showcase some of the songs they had the opportunity to learn throughout the course. Each student was able to invite two friends to the concert to watch, along with any staff members who had a moment to spare. Our beginner students played two selections as a group, while our more advanced students had been tasked with putting together rock bands and learning a song of their choice. This included singing or any other instruments they may have had to learn in order to make the song sound exactly how they envisioned it. It was a lovely presentation of each students' dedication throughout the semester. Congratulations to all of our guitar class students who worked so hard to prepare for this event and thank you to all those who attended.

Important Dates

Please mark your calendars!

School Council Meeting (Virtual)

February 6th, 2023

Program Night (Grades 6 to 7 AND 8-11)

February 15th, 2023

Family Day

February 20th, 2023

Last Day for H.S. Course Selections for the 2023-2024 School Year

February 21st, 2023

7/8 Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal Grades 7-12)

February 23rd, 2023

Grade 7 Dental Screening

February 23rd, 2023

Black History Month Student Showcase

February 24th, 2023

March Break

March 13-17, 2023

Have a great day!

St. Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

Phone: 613-733-0501



Twitter: stpatricksIRISH

Join us for Program Information Night for 2023-2024

Our program information night will be held on:

February 15, 2023 at 5:00 pm for students entering Grades 7-12

Everyone welcome - hope to see you there!

Grades 7/8 Parent - Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal for all students)

Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Patrick’s High School,

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Grades 7&8 on Thursday, November 24th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Appointments from 2:00 – 5:00 pm will be held in person at the school. Appointments from 6:00 – 7:00 pm will be held by phone or virtual meeting.

This term, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions printed further down the page. You will be able to schedule appointments until November 23rd at 11:00 pm.


1. Go to the St. Pat’s scheduling webpage at

2. Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click “Sign In” (please make a note of your Confirmation #)

3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”

4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment

5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to have your meeting

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet

7. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)

8. Print out, email or copy down your schedule

The Parent Code for this term is PAT2022

Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on "Delete" beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule. If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email

We look forward to speaking with you.

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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