St. Patrick's High School


School Newsletter --January 14, 2022

Friday, January 14th, 2022

In this issue

- Principal’s Message

- Catholic School Council

- Return To In-Person Learning Model

- Ottawa Public Health Vaccine Clinics

- Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for Students

- Daily Student Screening

- Return to Semester Schedule

- Uniforms

- Black Shirt Day

Trustee for Zone 8 - Alta Vista - Gloucester - Southgate Wards

Mark Mullan


(613) 841-4836

Principal’s Message

We look forward to welcoming back our Irish Family to in-person learning on Monday, January 17th. You will have received the Board communications already and we are preparing for this anticipated day! I recognize that for some families the return to in-person learning may cause some anxiety. If you choose to keep your child(ren) at home, we ask that you contact the main office to notify us. Our Office Administrators will take note of your request and update their attendance in the system. It would also be prudent to communicate with teachers to ensure your child(ren) is/are accessing their Hapara Workspace so that they do not fall behind.

This memo includes some important information about our return so please take a moment to review the various points.

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Mme Al Koura

Catholic School Council

Our next Catholic School Council meeting will take place on Monday, January 31st @ 7:00 pm. The schedule for future meetings is as follows:

  • March 7th @ 5:00 pm

  • April 25th @ 7:00 pm

  • May 30th @ 5:00 pm

We will keep the same link for the Google Meets for the entire school year. Please email our school account ( for a copy of the link for the meeting. We hope to see you among us!

Return To In-Person Learning Model

As we prepare to return to in-person learning, please note the following:

  • If your child/children have signed out a Chromebook or device for use while learning at home, please have them return the device to the school on Monday. All of the devices that we loaned to students have been taken from classrooms so we will need them for the learning that will be taking place here in the buildling. We will have tables set up in the Mall to collect them as the students come in. Please ensure the charger cable is included and that the label is still affixed. Chromebooks not returned by Wednesday may be locked.

  • When dropping off or picking up your child at the school, please be mindful of the flow of traffic. Do not double-park in the loops and do not block traffic. It becomes unsafe for our students and their families when we do not share the space safely.

  • On very cold days, students arriving earlier than 8:15 will be permitted early entry to accommodate the OC Transpo bus schedules. Intermediate students, Grades 9 and 10 students will be asked to proceed to and remain in the mall. Grades 11 and 12 students will proceed to and remain in the cafeteria. They will be allowed to go to their lockers at 8:15. To help with congestion and large gatherings, we ask parents dropping off their children to consider doing so after 8:20 am.

  • A reminder that students MUST wear a cloth or disposable mask at all times when in the building or outdoors when they cannot maintain safe social distancing (6 feet). The mask is to be worn PROPERLY at ALL times. Please remind your child(ren) that when walking around in the hallways, in the cafeteria, in the washrooms and/or around their classroom, their mask must be worn OVER their nose and covering their mouth. We have also noticed that some students are wearing mesh masks but unfortunately these masks do not provide any protection. If acquiring a proper mask is an issue, the school can provide a mask for your child.

  • This flowchart of COVID Symptoms from OPH, may be helpful to you when determining if your child is safe to come to school. Please note that we will use this same flowchart when determining whether or not to send students home if they are at school and exhibiting symptoms.

Ottawa Public Health Vaccine Clinics

A safe return to school is contingent on following all public health measures including but not limited to hand sanitizing, social distancing and masking. Vaccines are encouraged for all residents and as such, we are sharing the following message from OPH:

Ottawa Public Health is holding Vaccine Clinics across the City all this week and wanted us to share this important information with you. The appointments are available to eligible Ottawa residents who require a first, second, or booster dose. For more booking information, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s vaccine website.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for Students

The Board has not yet received the rapid antigen tests (2 individual tests per student) from the provincial government. As soon as these are received, they will be distributed to schools so that schools may distribute them, with instructions, to students and staff.

Daily Student Screening

Daily student screening is a mandatory process. Each child must be screened each day in order to attend school. Parents/Guardians must complete the screening tool either digitally by clicking on the link to the online tool or using the paper copy. Students can complete the attestation via MySPHS ( Homeroom teachers must visually inspect that parents have complied with the screening and this is done via MySPHS.

If for any reason you are having difficulties with the links, click HERE for the Provincial Screening Tool. A Paper copy of the screening tool will be given to each student on Monday.

Return to Semester Schedule

Along with the updates we have received came the confirmation that our High School panel (Grades 9-12) will be returning to the semester schedule as of February 7th, 2022. This means that HS students will be returning to 4 x 75-minute classes a day. Students schedules will be sent electronically directly to students in the last week of Quadmester 2. Please go over the schedule with your child to familiarize them and yourself with this new routine. We will not be alternating Day A/Day B as we did in the past. Students will follow the same schedule every day.


As we return to in-person learning, a reminder that ALL students are expected to be in proper uniform when they are in the hallways and in their classrooms. Please go over these requirements with your child and help them prepare for the upcoming return:


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

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

BOTTOM (all items from Top Marks)

  • black pants

  • black skort or tartan kilt

  • black cargo shorts

Black Shirt Day

In North America, Black shirt day is an opportunity to raise awareness about anti-Black racism and the systemic barriers faced by Black, and racialized, students within our school communities. In Canada, it was first celebrated last year (2021) in British Columbia. On Monday, January 17th, staff and students in the OCSB are invited to participate in our first Black Shirt Day. Uniform bottoms are to be worn if a student chooses to participate in this opportunity.

St. Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

Phone: 613-733-0501



Twitter: stpatricksIRISH

Update: Return to Online Learning effective January 5, 2022

Dear Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) Families

Ottawa Catholic Schools Will Move to Remote Learning as of Wednesday, January 5, 2022

All Ottawa Catholic elementary and secondary schools will move to remote learning effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022. It is hoped that in-person learning will resume on Monday, January 17, 2022.

How does this affect OCSB students?

  • There is no change for students who attend Blessed Carlo Virtual School or St. Josephine Virtual High School. Virtual classes resume on Wednesday, January 5th.

  • In-person learning in the Province of Ontario is cancelled until at least January 17, 2022.

What will Wednesday, January 5, 2022, look like for Elementary Students?

  • Before the start of the day, parents/students will receive a link to their child's classroom Google Meet site. This link will connect with the classroom teacher for the day’s activities.

  • During the remote learning period, students will follow their regular school timetable. This schedule includes start and end times and times for lunch and recess.

  • Parents may decide the appropriate amount of online screen time for their child during the remote learning period. Educators will be online with their class every day.

  • We will keep you up-to-date as new information becomes available.

What will Wednesday, January 5 look like for Secondary Students?

  • Secondary students will continue with their two quadmester courses in an online format.

  • Before the start of the day, students will receive a link to their course Google Meet site. This link will connect with the classroom teacher.

  • We will keep you up-to-date as new information becomes available.

What will Remote Learning look like?

  • Students will follow their regular school hours and schedule each day.

  • Our educators will use their professional judgement to provide flexibility to students who cannot fully participate in synchronous learning.

  • Educators will continue to provide various learning experiences to students, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.

  • Assessment continues during remote learning.

Chromebook Device Distribution

If students need a device to do their schoolwork, we will provide one. The student's parent/guardian should contact the school on Tuesday, January 4 or Wednesday, January 5, to arrange a device loan. The Principal will coordinate the pickup of school-based devices this week.

Special Education Supports during Remote Learning

Students with special education needs will continue to be supported by their classroom educators in the online environment. Students who receive resource or educational assistant support in person will receive similar support in remote learning.

Special Education System Classes

System class staff will contact parents of students participating in special education system classes on January 4th and 5th to determine if their child can participate in a remote learning environment. We will complete schedules, transportation, supervision, and health and safety logistics on January 6th at each school. We will review alternate plans, including in-person learning for system classes at that time. For this small group of students, the start date for in-person learning is Friday, January 7, 2022. Once the in-person schedule is confirmed, arrangements will be made for special transportation for students in a system class.

Mental Health Resources

If you are concerned about your child's mental health, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out "have THAT talk."

Please visit OPH's Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about children and youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free, 1-877-377-7775.

Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the Province. Children can use this free resource by calling 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents, and families at

Vaccine Clinics

Ottawa Public Health continues to offer vaccine clinics for everyone 5 and older. Medical experts tell us that vaccines and following public health guidelines, including staying home if you are sick, will help us get to the other side of this pandemic. The hopeful news is that more and more people in the city of Ottawa are getting vaccinated every day.

Student Transportation

We will reinstate student transportation services when the Province determines it is safe to return to in-person learning.

Extended Day Programs

There will be no extended day programs permitted in elementary schools during the remote learning period.

Child Care Centres in Schools

Emergency child care is available for health care and frontline workers through services provided by the City of Ottawa.

Thank you

We know this was an unexpected update, but we remain committed to continuity of learning, and we will do everything possible to ensure your child's success. This situation is not easy, and every family faces different challenges when schools are closed to in-person learning. If you need assistance, please reach out to your school principal.

Please take care of yourself and recognize that all you can do is your best. Given your family situation, you can decide how much online learning is possible for your child. Stay safe during this pandemic and during these challenging times.

Thomas D'Amico

Director of Education

Return to School - Wednesday, January 5, 2022

December 30, 2021

Dear Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) Families,

School Starts Wednesday, January 5, 2022

All students will return to their regular school location on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. This includes in-person, virtual and system class students. Educators will not be providing instruction on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Education Updates

We are awaiting further information from the Ministry of Education and will update you as information becomes available.

Ottawa Public Health Website

Please visit Ottawa Public Health's Website for updated information regarding testing and isolation guidelines in response to Omicron.

As we approach the new year, we wish everyone good health for 2022.

Thomas D'Amico

Director of Education

Rapid Antigen Test --Instructions for use

The rapid antigen tests have seen sent home with students this week. An email was sent via school messenger to all parents and guardians with detailed instructions on how to use these tests. The instructions have been sent in several different languages to accommodate our families . For more information regarding Rapid Antigen test Kits please click on this link to Ottawa Public Health

School Newsletter-- December 3, 2021

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

In this issue

- Principal’s Message

- Catholic School Council

- Grad Photos

- The Holy Family by our Inclusion Students

- Update from our H.S. English Department

- Math EQAO

- Intermediate Panel Updates!!

- Intermediate Athletics Updates

- High School Athletics Updates

Quick Links

St. Patrick




Parish Links

Immaculate Heart of Mary


Trustee for Zone 8 - Alta Vista - Gloucester - Southgate Wards

Mark Mullan


(613) 841-4836

Principal’s Message

We are well into the Advent Season and are looking forward to the many opportunities to help and serve one another, as well as celebrate with loved ones. Our school has seen many activities return to the schedule - both academic (e.g. EQAO) as well as extra-curricular (e.g. Arts and Sports).

Our Christmas Campaign is underway and our classes are finding creative ways to raise money while also strengthening school spirit and a sense of belonging. We are preparing for our Virtual Advent liturgy and I look forward to seeing staff and students participating in the preparation, recording and completion of this special celebration. I am often reminded of how much our Irish Family cares about one another and comes together to bring joy and comfort to those in need. The outreach I am seeing makes me believe that no matter what, kindness is very much alive and well in our building!

Please take a few moments to get a glimpse of what our last month has looked and sounded like.

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Mme Al Koura

Catholic School Council

Our next Catholic School Council meeting will take place this Monday, December 6th @ 5:00 pm. The schedule for future meetings are as follows:

  • January 31st @ 7:00 pm

  • March 7th @ 5:00 pm

  • April 25th @ 7:00 pm

  • May 30th @ 5:00 pm

We will keep the same link for the Google Meets for the entire school year. For the link, please email Lisa directly. We hope to see you among us!

Grad Photos

Grad Photos for our Grade 12 students will be taking place between December 13 to December 17, 2021. Photos are taken by appointment so ensure your child has reserved their time slot!!!

The Holy Family by our Inclusion Students

The inclusion students are busy making their Christmas projects. This year students are making the "Holy Family" nativity set. They are being sold at 10$ each and all proceeds are going towards books, resources, and items for the Inclusion classroom to support students' learning.

Great work Inclusion team!

Update from our H.S. English Department

It is wonderful to be back with “in class” learning. Our students have been enjoying their first two quadmesters. We are anticipating returning to semestered learning in February. Our grade 10 & 11 students have been busy preparing for and writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Thanks to our Literacy committee, most students who were to have written the Literacy Test had written it by the end of November. This was a major undertaking, considering the number of students who had to write the test.

Also, the English department is progressing well with our NBE courses. The NBE3U/3C/3E courses replaced the ENG3U/3C. These are English courses at the grade 11 level. This change occurred last year. The course code is “Contemporary First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Voices”. This course sees the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of Indigenous writers. The students are being introduced to a number of many varied and talented indigenous authors. The course has been well received.

Our students are anticipating Christmas and a well-deserved break. Merry Christmas!

Mr. Bellefeuille


Students in our first two destreamed grade 9 math classes participated in the first round of EQAO mathematics testing. Congratulations on a job well done! Any students taking mathematics during quadmester 2 who would like to get some extra help in preparing for their writing of the EQAO test are encouraged to seek out Ms.Noble’s after-school numeracy support being offered virtually on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Please see Ms. Noble for details.

Intermediate Panel Updates!!!

Grade eights designed and created cells out of leftover Halloween candy! They labelled the plant organelles and described their function to the class after creating their masterpiece. A great hands-on learning activity. Thank you Ms. Johnstone!

Our Grade 8 students just finished doing a gummy bear lab on osmosis where they put the gummy bears into different substances to see how the gummy bear changes due to osmosis.

7/8 classes are buzzing with excitement now that the Christmas fundraising is well underway. A hat day, board games afternoon as well as some friendly competition between Homebases has already brought our total raised to well over $500. Wow! Keep it up 7/8!

Our grade 8 Immersion classes were tasked with creating Advent calendars. From 3D trees, maps of the world as well as digital calendars, the students showcased their creativity all while reflecting on what makes the Christmas period such a special time of year.

In the Grade 7/8 extra curricular music area, we are currently working on “All I want for Christmas” with one band of about 7 students, and “Jingle Bell Rock/Holly Jolly Christmas” with another group of 10 students. We rehearse in the mornings in the music room and in the Oblate hall at lunch time in preparation for the Christmas Video concert audition. Wish us luck!

Intermediate Athletics Updates

7/8 Girls volleyball has been playing very well. They played in the semi finals on Wednesday against St. Peter's for the East Division championship. Although the outcome was a loss, we are very proud of their dedication and hard work!

The 7/8 Boys volleyball had a winning season, competing for the East division championship this past Wednesday. Congratulations to our boys for bringing home the Championship!!!!

Next Thursday, our 7-8 Tchoukball team will be heading over to St. Pete's for the Board Tournament.

Our 7-8 Intramurals program will be starting next week with ping pong. Every homebase will be wearing their spirit shirt to participate.

Upcoming team events: Badminton tryouts and Floorball tryouts.

High School Athletics Updates

High school sports are in full swing and our teams are having great success.

Senior Boys Soccer

The St.Patrick’s senior boys soccer team played a historic season this year. Returning to play after two years without organized sport, the 22 members of the team made us all proud here at St.Patrick’s high school. During a quick one month season, consisting of 6 regular season games and 3 playoff matches the team was able to come together and make a strong all around team. The chemistry they built on and off the field, and the bonds that were created will leave an impact on all those involved for years to come. The team was able to complete their regular season games with 4 wins and 2 losses making it to the playoff round. There, they were able to win their way to the championship game! They played with high spirits, class, and skill, but fell short of a victory with a final score of 3-2. We are all so proud of their achievement!

Varsity Boys Hockey

The Varsity Boys hockey team had a great season, finishing in second place in the east division with a record of 3 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. This put us into a semi-final game against an undefeated Woodroffe team. The game was close, as we dropped a 3-0 decision to bring our season to an end. Coach MacPherson would like to thank all players for their effort, and also the support from parents.

Junior Boys Basketball

The Jr. Boys Basketball team tipped off their regular season with a win over Merivale by a score of 66-30. The team will play five more regular season games before the Christmas Break, with playoffs following in the new year.

Girls Basketball

The St. Pat’s Girls Basketball team had a great season. Although it ended in an early playoff loss, the girls played with so much Irish pride, and improved in every quarter they played. Our girls made empty gyms across the city (thanks COVID…) loud and proud with our play, teamwork, and Irish spirit. St. Pat’s is proud of you, girls. Next year, that championship is ours! - Coaches Ms. Leblond and Mr Zoccoli

Varsity Football

The football team showed what a year off can do to a team by starting the season winless in its first two games. After a few weeks of practice under our belts, we quickly turned around the season and won the next four games in a row, culminating in winning the Tier 2 City Championship! The team was led with a great defence that only surrendered 6 points in the last four games. The players displayed great resilience, gelling together and showed commitment to each other and the team through the first couple weeks, never giving up even when the outcomes of future games seemed bleak. Besides the overall success of winning a championship, a major focus of our team was displaying good sportsmanship- offering constructive criticism and encouragement to our own teammates and offering a helping hand up to the other team. Many life lessons were learned by these athletes, leading them to be champions not only on the field, but off it as well!

St. Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

Phone: 613-733-0501



Twitter: stpatricksIRISH

High School Quad 1 Report Cards on Parent Portal

Please be advised that all High School Quadmester 1 Report Cards Available on Parent Portal as of November 22, 2021. Kindly access your parent portal to view your child's report card.

School Newsletter --November 1, 2021

Monday, November 1st, 2021

In this issue

- Principal’s Message

- Catholic School Council

- Chromebook Return

- Academic Awards and Honour Roll

- The Great Tour 2021 (Teacher 5 étoiles)

- 7/8 Guitar Club

- The Black Student Association (BSA) is back!

- New Indigenous Corner in the Learning Commons

- Cycle 2 for 7/8 Immunizations

- Mural in Autoshop

- Sports Updates

- Health Care/Health and Wellness SHSM

- Student Mental Well-Being

Quick Links

St. Patrick




Parish Links

Immaculate Heart of Mary


Trustee for Zone 8 - Alta Vista - Gloucester - Southgate Wards

Mark Mullan


(613) 841-4836

Principal’s Message

Another month has come and gone and we have seen the return of sports as well as some clubs. We are cautiously optimistic and excited about the return of extra-curricular activities as they give our students an opportunity to deepen their pride and sense of belonging to their school FAMILY!!!! I thank you for your continued patience and support with the reopening of activities and clubs - we want to ensure we are following all mandatory guidelines.

We ended October with a 7-12 Spirit Week culminating in our pumpkin decorating challenge and a 7/8 Movie Buy-Out that raised $971.96. All money will be donated to the “Taking Care of St Pat’s” fund, which helps support families in our community. Congratulations to all of our students for your creativity and in particular to the 7/8s for your generosity!!!! Thank you to the Student Council and Social Committee for the festive music and activities!

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Mme Al Koura

Catholic School Council

Our first Catholic School Council meeting took place on Monday, October 18th. At this meeting, we held our election and the following parents have accepted the following roles for the 2021-2022 school year:

Co-chairs: Lisa Wilson and Elizabeth Gibbons

CSPA Representative: Titilola Ayotunde-Rotifa

The meeting schedule for the 2021-2022 school year is:

  • December 6th @ 5:00 pm

  • January 31st @ 7:00 pm

  • March 7th @ 5:00 pm

  • April 25th @ 7:00 pm

  • May 30th @ 5:00 pm

We will keep the same link for the Google Meets for the entire school year. For the link, please email Lisa directly. We hope to see you among us!

Chromebook Return

Last year St. Patrick's High School loaned out chromebooks to students to ensure they were able to access Hapara and continue with their learning.

It is time for all chromebooks to be returned to the school. Please have your child bring the chromebook AND the plug to the Learning Commons as soon as possible.

2020-2021 School Year Academic Awards, Honor Roll presentations and Intermediate School Awards

During the week of October 18-22, presentations were made in homerooms to students who achieved honor roll status and also to those who achieved top marks in their grade 9-11 courses last year. In all, 280 students were awarded honor roll certificates (80% academic average) and 115 students were awarded top marks honours. We also celebrated students who achieved the highest marks in their grade, the highest mark overall in the school, and the Robert Ierullo Volunteerism award. Additionally, students who were in grades 7-8 last year were awarded a range of special awards, such as "The Director of Education Award", "The Stand Up Award" and "Student of the Year."

We wholeheartedly congratulate all award winners!

The Great Tour 2021 (La grande virée) - Teacher 5 étoiles

On Friday, October 22nd, ACPI (Canadian association of Immersion professionals) brought their Teacher 5 étoiles (Stars) Tour to visit our FSL classes. This campaign has been travelling across Canada from Victoria to Ottawa to meet with French immersion and senior Core French high school students to promote careers in immersion. The visit took place outdoors and had our students working in groups, participating in a scavenger hunt and then answering a series of questions that drew awareness to the importance of FSL education across Canada. The experience was a great opportunity to explore future career options using the skills/language we are learning.

7/8 Guitar Club

The Intermediate Guitar club has begun. Hosted by Mr. Sasso, students will learn basic chords and technique, every Thursday morning before school.

The Black Student Association (BSA) is back!

The BSA at St. Patrick's is back in person! Our goal is to create a space for discussing changes in our current school system. We do this by having Black students' voices and allies speak their truth on racial systemic barriers. In our after-school meetings, we have students lead discussions with an action plan with staff guidance. The BSA is a safe space for all black students at St. Patrick's to voice their concerns regarding school, society, culture, and feel a sense of community belonging amongst other Black students. This club also promotes mental health, as students can share ideas and concerns with others who share their culture, background, and other factors. Next Tuesday, November 2nd, students will participate in the inaugural Food 4 Thought event, where students will have a discussion surrounding Black culture, and enjoy some cultural food.

Students and staff participating in this event will be following OPH Guidelines (e.g. social distancing, sanitizing).

-Ms.Collins and Ms.Ellis

New Indigenous Corner in the Learning Commons

Our Learning Commons has a new space devoted to Indigenous culture with a beautiful new rug in the center displaying the 7 Grandfather Teachings. Students can enjoy the artwork displayed on the wall created by NAC 1O students, and many Indigenous texts are available for students to view.

Cycle 2 for 7/8 Immunizations

Ottawa Public Health has scheduled cycle 2 of grade 7/8 immunizations for March 31st and April 1st, 2022. A reminder will be sent out closer to the date, in the meantime, please mark your calendars.

Mural in Autoshop

From mid-September to late October, Grade 10 Art students, Kaitlyn and Adriana, led a mural project for Mr. Johnson's shop room. The process involved sketching a series of gears (as per Mr. Johnson's request) onto three large wooden planks and then masking them off with tape. We decided on a deep-space galaxy background, which took about four days to paint. Finally, the tape was removed and gold, silver, and copper paint was used to finish off the gears. If you make it down to the shop room, there are several Easter eggs hidden in the galaxy (including a very noteworthy shooting star and a few neat constellations). Congratulations on your beautiful accomplishment!!!!

Sports Updates

High school sports are in full swing and our teams are having great success. Here are some of their records and standings so far:

Varsity Non-Contact Hockey - 2 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie. Currently 1st in their


Sr. Boys Soccer - 3 wins, 2 losses. Currently 2nd in their division.

Jr. Boys Soccer - 2 wins, 4 losses. Finished 5th in their division.

Sr. Boys Volleyball - 3 wins, 2 losses. Currently 3rd in their division

Varsity Girls Basketball - 3 wins, 3 losses. Currently 4th in their division.

Varsity Football - 2 wins, 2 losses. Finished 5th in their division.

Teams have a few more games remaining and most are battling for a playoff spot.

X-country team

After over a month of training, on Thursday, October 28th, our X-Country team successfully completed their final run of the season. Together they represented the Irish Family and Pride as they supported and cheered each other on. The team persevered through the cold, wet, muddy and challenging terrain. All was done with smiles and not a single complaint.

Health Care/Health and Wellness SHSM

“Specialist High Skills Major is a specialized program that allows students in Grades 11 and 12 to focus on a specific career sector. When your child completes this program, they will receive formal recognition to let employers and post-secondary institutions know they have knowledge, skills, and industry-recognized qualifications related to a particular career sector.” (

Our Health care/Health and Wellness SHSM students have been busy learning a lot about how the human body works and to take care of it.

Gr. 11 Health Care / Health and Wellness SHSM students practicing using the Hoyer Lift to lift a patient, and (in the background) make a hospital bed.

Inflating healthy and diseased lungs as we learn about the impacts of pollutants and smoking on respiratory health.

Student Mental Well-Being

Please see the following letter from Dr Richard Bolduc, OCSB Mental Health Lead.

St. Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

Phone: 613-733-0501



Twitter: stpatricksIRISH

Congratulations to Honour Roll Recipients of 2020-2021 School Year!

This week, we celebrate the academic accomplishments of our Irish family from the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations to all of our gr 7 & 8 award winners, and our high school (9-11) honour roll recipients and top marks winners!

School Council Meeting via Google Meet October 18, 2021 at 7 pm

St Patrick’s School Council is inviting parents to join us for our first meeting on October 18th at 7pm. Join us via Google Meet, former and new members are welcome.

School Council provide input and advice to the Principal on topics such as:

  • school code of conduct

  • school curriculum and program goals

  • input to the Board on key attributes for future Principal placements at the school

  • school budget priorities

  • school-parent communication strategies

  • activities to promote student engagement and well-being

Below are links to parent group handouts for CSPA, PIC and SEAC.

About CSPA

About PIC

About SEAC

Join us on a Google Meet on October 18th at 7pm. Please email Lisa for a link to the Parent Council meeting.

St. Pat's Spirit Wear is here!

Take a look at the Spirit Wear items for Fall 2021 at Once you've scrolled through the items available, select the "Buy Now" button at the bottom to get redirected to the Cash Online order page and place your orders.

The last day to submit orders will be Friday, October 22.

Please ensure that the name of your child is attached to the order prior to submitting.

An email will be sent out once items are ready (most likely mid to late November).

These items are all CUSTOM ORDERED and there are NO REFUNDS or EXCHANGES on items. Please refer to the sizing guides to ensure you are ordering the correct sizes as they are all FINAL SALE ITEMS.

2020/2021 Yearbook Information

Due to the ongoing staff shortages that many companies are experiencing currently, there has been a delay in the production of last year's yearbook. The estimated arrival of the book is early to mid-December. Once a more concrete date is determined, we will be sending information on the distribution of the book, including to those students who graduated last year.

This will not affect this year's book as it is still scheduled to be on time. Thank you for your understanding.

School Newsletter --October 2021

Friday, October 1st, 2021

In this issue

- Principal’s Message

- School Council

- National Truth and Reconciliation Day

- Communications from the Indigenous Education Team

- Math Tutoring (TVO Mathify)

- Reporting and Testing Dates

- Reminders and Updates on Covid Screening and Protocols

- Literacy and Numeracy Support (After-School Programming)

- Intermediate Extracurricular Sports Programs

- High School Extracurricular Sports Programs

- Introducing our Student Council Co-Presidents

- Reminder about School Uniforms

Quick Links

St. Patrick




Parish Links

Immaculate Heart of Mary


Principal’s Message

We welcome October with gratitude and hope; gratitude for being able to be together and hope that our learning will open our minds to new knowledge and reflective mindset. I want to wish the Irish Family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

A reminder of our upcoming PD Day on Friday, October 8th.

School Council

St Patrick’s School Council is inviting parents to join us for our first meeting on October 18th at 7pm. Join us via Google Meet, former and new members are welcome.

School Council provide input and advice to the Principal on topics such as:

  • school code of conduct

  • school curriculum and program goals

  • input to the Board on key attributes for future Principal placements at the school

  • school budget priorities

  • school-parent communication strategies

  • activities to promote student engagement and well-being

Below are links to parent group handouts for CSPA, PIC and SEAC.

About CSPA

About PIC

About SEAC

Please email Lisa for a link to the Parent Council meeting.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day

St Patrick’s High School spent this final week of September learning and reflecting on the meaning and importance of the National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Our daily prayers were reflective of a learning stance, listening to the words and voices of a people whose voices were silenced for far too long. Every classroom I visited was engaged in meaningful conversation: there were moments of sadness, disbelief, anger, but most importantly, an openness to listen and learn. We know that this is but the beginning of the path to reconciliation.

Communications from the Indigenous Education Team

All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in THIS LETTER. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.

Math Tutoring (TVO Mathify)

Expanding tutoring to include grade 11 students. All students in grades 6-11 can access free 1:1 math tutoring with Ontario Certified teachers online Monday-Friday 9am to 9pm and 3:30pm to 9pm Sunday. More information can be found here.

Reporting and Testing Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Grades 7/8: Progress Reports posted on November 9th

Parent-Teacher Interviews on November 18th

First Term Report Card on February 9th

Parent-Teacher Interviews on February 17th

Final Report Card on June 28th

Grades 9-12:

Quad 1

Quad 2

Semester 2

Midterm Mark

October 14th, 2021

December 16th, 2021

April 28th, 2022

Parent-Teacher Interviews

October 21st, 2021

January 6th, 2021


Final Mark

November 22nd, 2021

February 16th, 2021

July 6th, 2022

Civics/Careers Midpoint/Turnaround Dates:

Quad 1 - October 7th

Quad 2 - January 3rd

Semester 2 - April 19th

  • 7/8: Feb 9th; PTI = Feb 17th

***All IEPs on October 19th

Reminders and Updates on Covid Screening and Protocols

As you are aware, we continue to collaborate with OPH staff to respond to any positive cases within our community. That being said, we remind everyone that daily screenings are required before coming into the building. The OPH screening tool is found on the school website and links are included below.

This link can be by parents and families:

Screening Tool - School -Childcare

The OPH screening tools are also on all school and board websites thanks to our Communications Department and are below for your convenience:

OPH Screening Tool for Elementary Students (K-6) and Childcare

OPH Screening Tool for High School Students (7-12)

OPH Screening Tool for Staff (Adults)

Literacy and Numeracy Support (After-School Programming)

St. Patrick’s High School will be offering several virtual After-School Literacy and Numeracy classes beginning in late October. These classes will help students gain greater competencies in mathematics and language to benefit their current class work, as well as to prepare them for upcoming Grade 9 Provincial Math test and Grade 10 Secondary School Provincial Literacy test, both of which are operated by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

There is no fee for any of these classes. However, a commitment to attend regularly must be made in order to fully experience the benefits of the program. These programs also have limited enrolment, with priority given to students who are working at Level 2 or below. We will maintain a waitlist, in case any spots become available.

If your child is in grades 7 or 8 and you are interested in having them participate in any of the programs, please reach out to their homeroom teacher.

If your child is in high school, they can approach our student success team (Ms Siok or Ms Follis).

Message to Parents of Graduating Students

To support students in preparing and planning their Grade 12 final year, counsellors will be visiting morning classes from October 4th to October 7th. A virtual session will be held for students in a morning Study period or in a non-Grade 12 class on Wednesday, October 6th at 3:30pm. This session will be recorded and posted in the Student Services section of the school website (

Students are encouraged to attend this very important information session. Graduation requirements will be reviewed and transitioning to post-secondary (ie. college/university applications) will be presented.

Students and parents are also encouraged to visit the Student Services section of the school website ( for detailed information on Graduation and Post-Secondary. The website is updated on a continual basis throughout the year as new information becomes available.

Intermediate Extracurricular Sports Program

Intermediate inter-school sports are up and running! The 7&8 coaching staff has been busy with tryouts at lunch for a number of teams. Tournament dates are quickly approaching for the 7&8 Cross Country Meet, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, CoEd Ultimate Frisbee, Girls Flag Rugby and Boys Flag Rugby. Tryouts have started for boys volleyball and will soon be announced for the 7&8 girls also. In December, announcements will be made for the 7&8 Tchoukball team. Students are encouraged to listen to morning announcements and watch for updates to be posted on the calendar outside the Phys Ed office. We are adhering to the OPHEA COVID GUIDELINES:


  • Masking is strongly encouraged for outdoor sports when physical distancing cannot be maintained and is mandated for all indoor sports.

  • Masking is required and physical distancing is recommended outdoors for all participants on the sidelines.

  • Masking is required for all coaches on the sidelines but may pull them down when offering instructions during play and maintaining a 2m distance from others as much as possible when doing so.

  • Wet masks must be changed regularly. ***have a plan in place for handling masks

  • Maintain distancing as much as possible during timeouts.

  • Personal towels and water bottles only.

7-8 Irish Fall Sports


Tournament Date

Cross-Country Running

Mrs. Weeks

October 6th

Boys & Girls COED Ultimate Frisbee

Ms. Johnstone

October 13th

Boys Soccer

Mr. Pietrantonio

October 20th

Girls Soccer

Ms. Johnstone

October 19th

Boys Rugby

Ms. Barrett

October 26th

Girls Rugby

Ms. Bennett

October 25th

Boys Volleyball

Mr. McKinnon & Mrs. Pelisek


Girls Volleyball

Mrs. Woodbyrne



Mr. Beernink


High School Extracurricular Sports Program

St. Pat’s is thrilled to have athletics starting back up this fall for our students. Try-outs for our High School fall sports teams are in full swing with season schedules beginning shortly. The sports that are currently in season include Tackle Football, Boys Soccer, Sr. Boys Volleyball, X-Country Running, Varsity Girls Basketball and Non-Contact Hockey.

The resumption of NCSSAA inter-school sport will adhere to guidelines provided by CECCE, CEPEO, OCDSB, OCSB and the direction of Ottawa Public Health.

Some of the general protocols for all participants include:

  • Complete and pass the COVID screening daily.

  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.

  • Masking is required for travel, on benches, sidelines and during team sport play at all times.

  • Physical distancing maintained whenever possible.

  • Wet masks must be changed regularly.

  • Avoiding unnecessary contact (high-fives, handshakes).

  • Personal water bottle use only.

  • Spectators are not allowed in indoor venues and highly discouraged at outdoor venues.

* More detailed sport specific guidelines will be out soon.

Just a reminder that all athletes that are selected to be a part of a team are required to maintain a good academic standing in order to participate. This will be checked regularly by the coaches throughout the season.

Introducing our Student Council Co-Presidents

I am pleased to be able to introduce you to the 2021-2022 Student Council Co-Presidents. Edikan Ekong and Keenan Nasrallah were elected in June and have already begun their leadership roles, representing the student body. Edikan and Keenan are working hard with Staff Advisors, Ms. Bolzon, Ms. Noble and Ms. Roddick, to plan Covid-friendly events as well as filling the remaining Student Council positions. We encourage all students to listen to announcements and to participate in all Student Council Events - many positive memories from high school come from participating in Student Council or in Student Council run activities.

Reminder about School Uniforms

We have been working closely with Top Marks to expedite the delivery of late uniforms. We are aware of the delays but are seeing more and more uniforms delivered! That being said, we would like to remind families that ALL students are expected to be in proper uniform. Once the uniform is received, your child should be wearing it to be in compliance with expectations.


  • - black pants from Top Marks

  • - black or plaid skort from Top Marks (NO jogging pants under the

  • skirts. Solid black or dark grey tights or leggings are permitted)

  • - black cargo shorts from Top Marks

  • - white polo shirt / white blouse or white long or short sleeve shirt

  • with St Patrick’s school logo from Top Marks

  • - St. Patrick’s V-neck sweater, Crew neck sweater, or rugby shirt

  • from Top Marks 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.

  • - No ball caps, hats, tuques or hoodies permitted indoors.

A warning may be issued if not in compliance with our policy and

consequences will follow should the non-compliance persist.

St. Patrick’s High School

2525 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

Phone: 613-733-0501



Twitter: stpatricksIRISH

7/8 Vaccination Clinic

Grade 7 and 8 Vaccination Program

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is currently organizing the return of in-school vaccination programming. These clinics will provide students in Grades 7 and 8 (students born in 2008 and 2009) with three vaccinations: Hepatitis B (HB), Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and Meningococcal. These vaccines are an important part of healthy growth and development, and are the safest way to prevent serious, life-threatening infections. For more information regarding the safety of vaccines, please visit OPH’s School Vaccine Safety Page.

The following fact sheets have been developed by OPH:

Our Vaccination day is September 24th. A consent form will be sent home Monday. Please return it to the school on Friday, September 24.

Please note:

Some students will be unable to receive their immunizations on the scheduled date if the schedule conflicts with their Covid-19 Vaccine. If they are unable to attend their in-school clinic on the scheduled date, they could receive their vaccines at an OPH Community Clinic or through their family doctor.

Here is a link for more information about immunizations for youth and school vaccines.

Here is a link for parents to book an appointment at OPH’s community clinics for a child or youth 0-17

School Newsletter

Please click this link to view our school newsletter with important information regarding back to school.

Updated Student Agenda 2021-2022 School Year

Please click on this link in order to access the updated student agenda for St. Patrick High School.

Principal's Message -- Welcome back to School!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am delighted to, once again, be joining the Irish family, this time as your Principal.

I know that many of you are awaiting details on what the return to school will look like. We are still in the process of finalizing protocols, procedures and routines in order to be in compliance with OPH guidelines while offering your children the best learning environment possible.

As a reminder, the first day of school is Tuesday, September 7th.

Students who are eligible for Presto passes should have already received a communication about pick-up dates and times. This is also a great time to pay student fees. The fee for 2021-2022 school year are $45 and $30 for any additional siblings.

Just in case you have not received it yet, here is the schedule:

Tuesday, Aug. 31st - Grades 7 & 8 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 1 - Grades 9 & 10 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 2 - Grades 11 & 12 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Keep an eye out for the first Newsletter coming on Wednesday, September 1st. We are ALL looking forward to welcoming you back!!!

Mme Al Koura


St. Patrick High School

Early Bird Student Fee Payment and Presto Pass Pick Up

We are pleased to offer dates next week for students to come into the school for the purpose of paying student fees and picking up their Presto passes (if they are eligible). We also kindly ask that Chromebooks, wifi sticks and other equipment on loan, be returned to school on these dates .

Fees are $45.00 per student and $30.00 for each additional sibling . The fee will be available for payment on schoolcashonline as of Friday August 27, 2021.

Please see the dates below:

Grades 7 & 8 -- Tuesday August 31, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Grades 9 & 10 -- Wednesday September 1, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Grades 11 & 12-- Thursday September 2, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please note: If you are paying fees using schoolcashonline, please provide us with proof of payment when you arrive at school for your Presto Pass. In person payments of student fee are to be in cash, exact change if possible.

Order school uniforms for 2021-2022

Top Marks has provided the following information for online ordering that includes free shipping and returns. Order by June 30 to make sure your uniform arrives by September. Please see this SPH Order Form Package with information about ordering, sizing and more.

COVID screening and isolation criteria for students

You may have heard on the news that the province has changed the COVID screening criteria and mandatory isolation periods for students

Parents MUST ensure that the screening is completed each day prior to coming to school. The OPH screening tool has been changed and the updated version is found on our website (below).

Please see the following Key Messages from Ottawa Public Health (English), Key Messages from Ottawa Public Health (French)

Screening Tool and Return to School Attestation Form from Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health has provided the following OPH Daily Screening Tool for students. This can be used by parents to assist their students with the screening tool. Parents must ensure that students are screened daily prior to coming to school. Thanks for your help!

***** Here is the Ottawa Public Health screening tool for High School students. Students will be asked each day if they have completed this screening prior to coming to school.

The Screening Tool is available in multiple languages, including English, French, Arabic, Somali, Spanish and simplified Chinese. Please click HERE to go to the OPH website. Then, look for the tab in the list that says: COVID-19 Screening Tools.

The following is the OPH Daily Screening Tool for adults (staff, etc. - also students who are over 18 and for post-secondary institutions and workplaces).

The following is an attestation form from Ottawa Public Health for parents to use when children are ready to come back to school after being away due to illness or isolation. Please bring the form to the office (or it can be emailed) for us to keep on file. It can also be emailed to the school.

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