Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
In this issue
- Principal’s Message
- Director of Education Award/Commendation
- Catholic School Council
- Paul Davis Presentation
- *NEW Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Transportation
- Ontario Skills Qualifying Competition Regional Winner
- Summer School
- Mini-Enrichment Courses
- High School Bell Times
- High School Interscholastic Sports
- Grade 12 Students - Community Service Hours Requirements
- Gr. 7/8 Guitar Club
- Visit to H.S. Religion classes from a St. Patrick’s Alumni
- OSSLT Update
- Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for Students
- Wool Sweater Day and Project Pollinate
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Trustee for Zone 8 - Alta Vista - Gloucester - Southgate Wards
With the lifting of many Covid restrictions came the return of many extra-curricular activities. I am happy to see so many of our students rediscover some of their favourite activities and reconnect with friends who share those same interests.
I am very pleased to report that our students have stepped up as expected and have been very respectful of each other’s choice when it comes to mask use. I would like to remind everyone that continued regular/frequent hand washing is encouraged moving forward. We also want to thank everyone (staff, students and parents/guardians) for their on-going patience and flexibility as we navigate through the staff shortages due to Covid-related absences.
In this edition of the newsletter, I am sharing many exciting announcements and articles. We have been busy!
As we walk through Holy Week I would like to share my deepest wishes for a restful and reflective Easter season. To our Muslim families - Ramadan Mubarak!
Stay Safe and Be Well!
Mme Al Koura
Director of Education Award/Commendation
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sharyn Vitalis-Burke (Senior Office Administrator) and Tu Vuong (ESL Teacher) who have been selected as recipients of the Director of Education Award! The Irish family is very honoured and blessed to have you as members of the SPH Staff.
Catholic School Council
Our next Catholic School Council meeting will take place on Monday, April 25th @ 7:00 pm. The final meeting will be taking place on: 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 (Patrick.High@ocsb.ca) for a copy of the link for the meeting. We hope to see you among us!
Paul Davis Presentation
Our school was lucky to have Paul Davis present virtually to ALL of our students. He followed up with one lucky class (Mr. Sasso), with a 20-minute Q&A.
The St Patrick's Catholic School Council was able to bring the “Parent Presentation” to our parent community. The Virtual Presentation took place on April 4th at 7:30 pm. We would like to thank all parents who joined us for the Paul Davis: Social Networking and Online Safety Session last week. We learned about the difficult path it can be, for our teens, to navigate our digital world.
Door prizes winners were:
$25 Tim Horton's - Brent Dowdall
$25 Subway - Kim Swartz
$50 Independent - Kim LeClair
$50 Independent - Dawn Eady-Dowdall
$50 Independent - Glen Ewaschuk
For more information on what YOU can do to help your youth to navigate the Social Media platforms click on this LINK for a Social Media Safety document.
*NEW Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Transportation
They did it again!!!! Congratulations to our Technology Department that will be adding a 4th SHSM to our school roster. The SHSM program allows students to gain some hands-on experience in an in-demand career sector while still in high school. “Students in Grade 11 and 12 get to explore career options, gain qualifications and start carving out their future right now.” Mr. Shawn Johnston is our Lead Teacher for the Transportation SHSM. If you would like some more information about this opportunity, please contact the school.
Ontario Skills Qualifying Competition Regional Winner
Congratulations to Mohammed Ba Haroon and Duy Vu Le for winning a bronze medal against 42 other teams at the Ontario Skills Qualifying competition in TV and Video Production. The St. Patrick's High School team came first in the Ottawa region. Ontario Skills is a yearly event bringing Secondary and Post-Secondary students together, offering competitions in various scopes. Mohammed and Duy Vu have advanced to the provincial level and will compete at the end of April.
Summer school information is now available. Registrations can be completed online. For more details and for application forms, you can visit the Student Services Section of our school website (sph.ocsb.ca) or go to the following link: Summer School Information
The Mini-Enrichment Courses are running once again, hosted by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. St Patrick’s has a strong participation this year with 58 of our Grades 8-10 students participating in this unique and enriching experience. These 58 students will be attending this program during the first week in May. This is the most number of students we have ever had participate in the program and speaks to the amazing caliber of students in our building. I would like to thank Mrs Alsen for her commitment to bringing this experience to such a large number of students!
High School Schedule - Bell Times
With the changes in Covid protocols, we are making one more change to the H.S. schedule, where we will be returning to ONE high school lunch period. This change is being made to better accommodate the many activities that have returned as well as it will allow our Intermediate students access to the cafeteria space for eating during their lunch period. Our Intermediate teachers are looking forward to supporting this transition as it allows our students another opportunity to stretch their legs and move around.
High School Schedule
8:30-9:55 HMRM + P1
High School Interscholastic Sports
We are very happy to have high school sports starting up again.
Athletes at St. Pat's continue to have success in their respective sports. Winter sports are wrapping up while spring sports are getting started.
Our Sr. Girls Volleyball team finished their regular season with a 7 wins - 0 loss record. They came up short in the championship game and finished in second place in the league. Congratulations for a great season!!!
The Varsity Boys Basketball team also had an undefeated regular season with an 8 wins - 0 loss record. The boys played well but lost a close quarter final game by 3 points to Woodroffe.
Our Jr Volleyball teams are doing well as their seasons continue. The Jr. Boys are in top spot of their division with a 4-0 record. The Jr. Girls also sit in the number one spot in their division with a 5-0 record.
Looking forward to the spring when the following teams will begin their competition:
- Varsity Girls Soccer
- Varsity Girls Touch Football
- Varsity Girls Rugby
- Sr Boys Rugby
- Jr Boys Rugby
- Varsity Baseball
- Track and Field
Grade 12 Students - Community Service Hours Requirements
Grade 12 students are reminded that they must complete 20 hours of Community Service to meet graduation requirements this school year. Opportunities are available in the Student Services section of the school website (sph.ocsb.ca).
Grade 7/8 Guitar Club
Mr. Sasso's guitar club is back up and running. The guitarists are working on rehearsing "The House of the Rising Sun" along with basic warm-ups and finger-style technique.
Visit to H.S. Religion classes from a St. Patrick’s Alumni
On Wednesday, March 30th, a St.Patrick's alumni from the class of 2019, Yonatan Girmas, in coordination with our chaplain, Richmond Guillermo, presented: his inspiring witness of his experiences in a refugee camp, a dangerous time in Kenya that led to his immigration to Canada, his first years at St.Patrick’s as an ESL student, and how he came to experience the power of God in guiding him to his future path. He recently successfully graduated from Algonquin college's business program. Students in both Mr. Minifie's Gr. 10 Religion class as well as Mr. Halpin's Gr. 12 Religion class were inspired by Yonatan's authentic message.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is a graduation requirement for all high school students in Ontario. Any grade 10 and 11 students who were unsuccessful on the Fall literacy test, as well as grade 12 students who will be returning next year will have the opportunity to write the OSSLT on May 9, 10, 11, or 12th. A personalized email indicating when students are writing will be sent to their school email accounts in the coming weeks.
Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for Students
A reminder that the school has RATs available for students who may have already used up the box that was already sent home. We encourage regular testing so please have your child come to the office to ask for a replacement box. We have a limited number so first come, first served!
Wool Sweater Day and Project Pollinate
This month the St. Patrick’s EcoTeam hosted a wool sweater day that raised nearly $1700 for Project Pollinate. Through this effort, nearly 30 classes received window ledge greenhouses for starter plants. The remaining funds will be used to build outdoor planter boxes used to contain pollinator friendly native plant species.
Wishing Everyone a Happy Easter!
St. Patrick’s High School
2525 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3