In this issue
- Principal’s Message
- Catholic School Council
- Introducing our Grad Coach for Black Students
- Updates from the Student Services Team
- Grad Hoodie Store is Open
- Black Student Association
- High School Athletics
- Reminders About Strangers in the Neighbourhood
- Important Dates
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Trustee for Zone 8 - Alta Vista - Gloucester - Southgate Wards
We welcome the month of October after a busy September! During the month of September we held our Meet the Teacher, celebrated our Opening Liturgies, and had a number of sports teams begin their season.
We also honoured our Indigenous communities while discussing a pathway to reconciliACTION. Our National Truth and Reconciliation Week Committee offered our community moments of reflection so that we can commit to #ocsbReconciliAction by learning, listening, and praying. Resources were shared and activities were taking place in classrooms to enter into dialogue with our students. On Friday, we joined with Canadians across the country in Orange Shirt Day and were grateful for the leadership of our Indigenous students and staff who led us in prayer as we engaged in a day of reflection and commitment to action.
This Friday is a PD Day (no school for students) and leads into the Thanksgiving weekend. I want to thank all of our families for continuing to make St Patrick’s High School the place to be! Our enrollment has increased since last year and we are thankful for each and every one of you!
Stay Safe and Be Well!
Mme Al Koura
Catholic School Council
We held our first Catholic School Council meeting on September 26th. Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Gibbons (Chair), Dawn Eady-Dowdall (Vice-Chair) and Nadine Robinson (CSPA Representative).
Our next meeting will take place virtually at 7:00 pm on November 7th. Please email the school to get a link for the meeting.
Introducing our Graduation Coach for Black Students
We are thrilled to introduce our new Graduation Coach for Black Students, Mr. David Kajoba. His home schools are St. Patrick’s and Lester B. Pearson and he’s here to help! Follow him on Twitter @kajoba_d and reach out directly to him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates from the Student Services Team
#IAMSTPATS, Dedicated To My Pathway: Rolled out April 2022 - present
School wide campaign (including our seven feeder schools)
Helping our students identify and maintain their individual pathways
Recreating our Irish Family school community, showcasing every aspect of our school, including our SPH Alumni and community supporters
More info: #IAMSTPATS Campaign
University of Ottawa school visit: Tuesday, October 4 @ Lunch in the St. Patrick’s HS Learning Commons (#IAMSTPATS)
A representative from the university will provide SPH students with information and answer questions regarding programming, scholarships, important deadlines and support available on campus.
Mandatory Grad Assembly: Thursday, October 6, Period 1 in the St. Patrick’s HS Cafetorium (#IAMSTPATS)
Our Student Services department will be addressing our gr. 12 students around graduation requirements, university and college applications, scholarship information and important graduation and application dates.
Gr. 12 Classroom Visits (#IAMSTPATS):
Our Student Services team will be visiting all of our gr. 12 classrooms over the next couple of weeks to speak to students around their individual pathways. Each student will receive a hard copy of their credit summary sheet to reference their credit accumulation, community service hours and the Ontario School Literacy requirement. In addition, we will be able to provide further clarification around post secondary opportunities and answer any questions around pathways.
Grad Hoodie Store is Open
The grade 12 grad hoodie store is open until October 5, 2022. Go to gradwear.ca and select St. Patrick's High School - GRAD account. The direct link may also be found at: https://grdwr.co/StPatricksGrads2023
Delivery to the school is free of charge, and students will be contacted for pickup in room 070 when the item has arrived. There is a $15.00 shipping fee if you select delivery to your home address.
The brand name is Champion and the composition is 50% cotton/50% polyester. Please check the online sizing chart when ordering, and if you are between two sizes, order the larger size.
All grads received this information directly in their school email account.
The store will be open until October 5th, 2022.
See Ms. Laderoute in Room 070 for questions. 613-733-0501 ext 3070
Black Student Association
The Black Student Association or BSA is starting up again for the school year. This student-led club for students is open to all grades. It aims to provide a safe space where Black students can speak their truths and support each other. We aim to allow students to use their voices to help create ideas for positive change in their school community while making new friends, and sharing our lived experiences. If your child is interested in joining the BSA please ask them to complete the following form and a student leader will reach out to invite them to our next meeting: BSA Sign Up
High School Athletics
We are excited to have our St. Patrick’s Irish High School sports team returning to action for another year. This Fall, the following teams have been hosting tryouts and practicing, getting themselves ready to start their seasons:
Varsity Girls Basketball Varsity Girls Rugby 7’s
Sr Boys Volleyball Varsity Non-Contact Hockey
Varsity Football X-Country Running
Varsity Boys Soccer
Our spectator policy this year will allow St. Pat’s students (who were in attendance in class the day of the game) to attend all games. Parents/guardians of both our team and visiting teams are also welcome.
Upcoming Winter season sports include Sr. and Jr. Boys Basketball and Sr Girls Volleyball. Students should be listening to announcements and looking for sign-up posters soon.
Our players and coaches are looking forward to your support on the fields, rinks and courts.
Reminder about Strangers in the Neighbourhood
We have had a number of reports about strangers trying to interact with our students as they walk in the neighbourhood and/or on the path behind our neighbouring schools. Although it may seem odd to be speaking of “Stranger Danger” with High School students, we are never too old to be extra cautious. Please take a moment to have a conversation with your children about the importance of not engaging in conversations with strangers, not sharing any personal information with them and to report to a trusted adult if the strangers are making them feel uncomfortable. It is also extremely important to NOT take or ingest anything from a stranger. We are NEVER TOO OLD TO BE SAFE!!!!
Please mark your calendars!
Grad Assembly (Gr. 12s) - Period 1
October 6, 2022
October 7, 2022
October 10, 2022
Vaccination Clinic for Grades 7/8
October 12-13, 2022
H.S. Letters of Intervention
October 13, 2022
H.S. Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)
October 20, 2022
OCSB Black Student Forum
October 27, 2022
October 27, 2022
Take Our Kids to Work Day (Grade 9s)
November 2, 2022
Civics/Careers Turnaround Day
November 9th, 2022
November 11th, 2022
November 18th, 2022
7/8 Parent-Teacher Interviews (Early Dismissal)
November 24, 2022
St. Patrick’s High School
2525 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3