Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
In this issue
- Principal’s Message
- Catholic School Council
- High School Exams and RSTs (Reminder)
- St Patrick’s HS Christmas Craft Fair
- Leadership Camp
- Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 26th - September 30th)
- Black Student Forum Conference
- Afro-Carribean Dance Club
- Treaty Recognition Week (Nov. 7th - 11th)
- Communications from OCSB Indigenous Education Team
- High School Athletic Updates
- Career Week (Oct. 31 - Nov 4)
- World Religions Field Trip
- Operation Remembrance
- Dental Screenings Through Ottawa Public Health
- Important Dates
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It seems like so much has happened since the last Newsletter was sent out: Letters of Concerns were sent out, H.S. Parent-Teacher Interviews took place, students attended the OCSB Black Students’ Forum, we celebrated Halloween, Took our Kids to Work (Grade 9), Celebrated Careers Week, Halloween, a transition into and out of remote learning and took a reflective moment for Remembrance Day.
I want to thank you for your ongoing support - your child/ren as well as their educators were able to move forward with their learning/teaching. The news is reminding us that we are NOT out of the pandemic. The change in weather has brought back the reality of colds/flus/covid cases. With the increasing number of cases, I want to echo the message that our Director, Tom D’Amico, sent out recently: we highly encourage mask use when in crowded spaces, especially indoor spaces. If your child is ill, please keep them home and communicate their absence with the school. Let’s look out for one another.
Stay Safe and Be Well!
Mme Al Koura
Catholic School Council
Due to the CUPE job action, we canceled our November meeting. Our next meeting will take place virtually at 7:00 pm on December 5th. Please email the school to get a link for the meeting.
High School Exams and RSTs (REMINDER)
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
St Patrick’s HS Christmas Craft Fair
Mark your calendars!!!!! The Christmas Craft Fair is making its comeback this year! Please join us as we host over 130 local artisans and crafters. You will be able to purchase maple syrup, body care, relishes, stained glass art, children’s books sold by authors, woodworking, knitting, pottery, sewing, Christmas decor and so much more. Check us out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/StPatCraftFair/
Date/Time: Saturday, November 26th between 10 am - 3 pm
Admission: $2 Admission, Children Free
31 students from grades 9 to 12 attended this year's leadership camp held at Waupoos Farm from October 13th to14th. The theme of this year's camp was "The 4 traits of an effective leader." Students partook in team and skill-building activities and teacher-led workshops. It was a rainy couple of days, but the rain didn't stop us from having a great time! We can't wait to see how these student leaders put their skills into practice through the various clubs and sports teams they take part in this year!
Black Student Forum Conference
On Oct 27, 10 St. Patrick's High School student representatives attended the first-ever in-person Black Student Forum (BSF). This conference took place at the school board office, where students from the 16 Catholic high schools facilitated workshops based on mental health, mentorship, colourism/ texturism, and Black excellence. Students had the opportunity to participate in discussions and form a "community" rooted in Black joy. A special kudos goes out to our own student Yadiel Wondimu for taking part in creating the logo design for the BSF this year.
Afro-Caribbean Dance Club
For over a month now St Pat’s has had an Afro-Caribbean dance club. We have been meeting 3 times a week in the dance studio. The club allows students to come and dance together, showcase their talents and culture. They are also preparing dance routines for the Christmas show and Black History Month.
We look forward to being able to showcase our work later on in the school year. If your child is interested in this club, please contact Mrs. Valiquette.
Treaties Recognition Week (Nov. 7th - 11th)
This week long event in November was commemorated by continuing our schools discussions around reconciliACTION and expanding our knowledge of treaties and what it means to keep a promise. During this week we acknowledge that treaties represent one of the many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The school participated in focused daily discussions, as well as, listened to Indigenous voices and perspectives. Students and staff also shared their personalized land acknowledgements with our school community. They shared their gratitude to the Algonquin people for the privilege of living on their land as well as shared a deepening understanding of our responsibility and connection to the land. To continue with this discussion, in the coming months, we will be having Kyrstin Dumont join our school to speak to the students about how they can amplify their voices to lead change.
Communications from OCSB Indigenous Education Team
Any family wishing to receive communications from the Indigenous Education team (quarterly newsletters, as well as updates on opportunities for Indigenous students and families), please check out THIS PARENT LETTER
High School Athletic Updates
This is the time of year when the High School fall season sports are wrapping up their seasons and winter teams are getting ready to begin.
Fall Teams Update
- Girls Rugby 7's team finished out their season on the right foot winning all three games on their final day of competition.
- X-country team represented St. Pat's well at the NCSSAA City Championships.
- Varsity Girls Basketball team had a great season which saw them compete in the Bronze division quarter-finals. (see below for more details)
- Sr. Boys Volleyball team recently lost a very close, 5 set semi-final game to bring an end to their season.
- Varsity Boys Hockey team continues their season. The team had a very successful opening of their season by winning all three games played so far.
- Varsity Boys Soccer team came out as Champions of the Tier 2 soccer league, by defeating Gloucester by a score of 2-1. Congratulations to the players and their coaches for all the time and hard work they put in this season.
-Varsity Football Team recently won their semi-final game against Sir Wilfred Laurier. This victory puts the team into the Tier 2 City Championship game against Immaculata which will be played at Carleton University on November 16th. Lets Go Irish!
Winter Season Teams
The Jr Boys Basketball team is getting ready to kick off their season in late November.
The Senior Girls Volleyball team is also practicing in preparation for the start of their season.
Varsity Girls Basketball Team
The varsity girls basketball team has wrapped up their season. They finished with a 4 and 4 record, ending the regular season off with back to back wins at home. The team played Paul Demarais in the bronze quarter final, losing that contest in a game that had coaches on the edge of their seats as the score was swinging in both directions. Being a varsity team the coaches would like to acknowledge the efforts and commitment of the senior players: Antonia, Christine and Rebecca. You will be missed, and we hope that you continue with your basketball skills in the community or post secondary. With a team full of junior players we are very excited to build for years to come. We would also like to thank our head coach, Stephanie Leblond who is alumni of the SPH basketball program. She is currently working full time and completing her second year of teachers college, she has etched out time for the program weekly despite her busy schedule. Thank you Stephanie for your continued dedication to the St. Pats community. We are so lucky to have you as a part of the program. Congratulations on a very successful season.
Varsity Boys Soccer
This year, the St.Pat's varsity boys soccer team was able to show great success throughout their historic 2022 soccer season. Coached by both Mr. J. El-Saikali and Ms. Bolzon, the team was able to win with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss during the regular season. The team was successful in the postseason as they were able to make it to the finals and win over Gloucester High School with a final score of 2-1! Congratulations to the varsity boys soccer team for being named 2022 Tier 2 Champions!
Girls 7s’ Rugby Team
The St.Patrick's Girls 7's Rugby Team defeated their opponents and won Gold in their division! They played with respect, intensity and a sense of community, coming together as a team, to optimize their strengths and crush the competition!
Career Week (Oct. 31 - Nov 4)
Career Week at St. Pat’s was a huge success! We had career-related activities for every grade and pathway. Each day of the week focused on an essential skill that will help students succeed in the workplace!
Diverse live events encouraged innovation throughout the week!
HGTV Trading Up’s Mandy Rennehan was our keynote speaker. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, trade-industry ambassador, and CEO who challenges the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones; society needs both collars!
Take Our Kids to Work Day took place on November 2 when many of our grade 9 students spent the day at a workplace.
Our grade 12’s participated in Launch 2022 - an interactive and informative virtual event where they learned about post-high school graduation pathways, financial planning, how to prepare for interviews, and much much more!
Grades 7 - 8 students learned more about the ever-expanding skilled trades. Panelists shared their experiences about working in the skilled trades labour market.
World Religions Field Trip
On November 3rd, students from Mr. Theriault and Mrs. Davidsons' World Religions classes traveled to visit a Greek Orthodox Church, a Jewish Reform Synagogue, and a Mosque. Students enjoyed seeing these places of worship, which they are learning all about in school, first-hand and enjoyed the presentations provided to them. They were also excellent ambassadors for our school. It is so great to have these World Religions field trips happening again after the 2 year pandemic hiatus. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Halpin and Mrs. Davidson for all their hard work in organizing this successful field trip.
Last Spring, I was approached by long time contact, Dr Paul Kavanaugh, inviting St Patrick’s High School to submit an entry to Operation Remembrance - an educational series of videos marking various important events or themes related to Remembrance Day. This is a National project! The 11 Days of Remembrance is a media initiative to encourage Canadian students to honour our Veterans. Students have created short documentaries that tell stories of sacrifices made during times of conflict. Our school is featured on Day 8: The Importance of Monuments (National War Memorial).
YOUTUBE: All videos will be located at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwzW5CdcYEh0E1N1ZLWGzQ
INSTAGRAM: @operationremembrance (https://www.instagram.com/operationremembrance)
This program is supported by: a) The Royal Canadian Legion
b) Veterans Affairs Canada
c) Canadian School Board Association
d) Canadian Accredited Independent Schools
A special thank you to Mr. Jessy El-Saikali for his leadership on this project and to our student participants: Sanabel Ahmed, Nadia Matta, Sophie Rutimirwa, Amelia Taylor and Gabriella West who accompanied me (Mme Al Koura) downtown for the official launch of the project as well as the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
Our entry highlights not only the National War Memorial, but also a special “War Monument” located in our very own Locker Bay that commemorates the “Boys of St Pat’s”. This long-standing project, led by former staff members Maureen Johnson, Nicole Levesque, and Brian Chiasson as well as former Principal Joseph Mullaly had its official opening on October 27th. Please take a moment to view Day 8 to learn more about this unique and precious addition to our beautiful school.
Lest we forget.
Dental Screenings Through Ottawa Public Health
Did you know that you can get free dental screening for your child at Ottawa Public Health’s Neighbourhood Health & Wellness Hubs? Adults and seniors are welcome too! And the Healthy Smiles Ontario program offers free dental check-ups, tooth cleaning, and more for children aged 17 and under from low-income households.
Your child’s dental health is very important. Poor dental health can lead to cavities and gum disease as well as problems with speaking and chewing, bad breath, and lower self-esteem. Dental screening and regular check-ups can prevent these issues.
For more information, contact Ottawa Public Health:
Phone: 613-580-6744 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark your calendars!
November 18th, 2022
Bully Awareness and Prevention Week
November 21-25, 2022
7/8 Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)
November 24th, 2022
St Pat’s Craft Fair
November 26th, 2022
Grade 11s OSSLT
Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2022
Gr. 12 Grad Photos
December 12-15, 2022
Last Day of Classes before Christmas Break
December 23rd, 2022
First Day Back from Christmas Break
January 9th, 2022
St. Patrick’s High School
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