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September/ October  2015-2016

In this issue
Principal’s Message 

Run for the Cure

NYC 2015

High School Sports

Beach Volleyball Day

Intermediate Sports Report

Caribou Math contest

Grade 7 Pretreat

Legally Blonde -School Play

Remembrance Day

Academic Awards

Learning Commons

Red Maple/ White Pine Reading Programs

Enrichment Opportunities

Mindfulness Group


Destination Employability

Grad Info

Carleton University Enrichment

Odyssey Yearbook wins ASPA Award

Interview with Chris Dorey

CSPA events

Recent Tweets

Quick Links

St. Paul Website and Calendar 




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Welcome to fall!

As you read this newsletter, you will undoubtedly note the plethora of activities and initiatives for which we have taken part and for which we are preparing. I am so pleased that we were able to get off on a smooth start despite concerns that labour negotiations in the summer might have been disruptive. As you can see, we are business as usual...which means very busy!I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers for their professionalism and for their commitment to academic and enrichment programming in our school. The staff inspires me with their commitment to the academic and social well being of our students. As I write this, there is still provincial negotiation for CUPE (who represent our E.A.s, Library Technicians and Office Administrators) and Unite Here (who represent our custodial staff.) We pray that there is a swift and fair resolution to their contract talks as well. A school can not run without all of its component parts.

Of note in this newsletter there is much to celebrate. Our Run for the Cure team was #1 of all high schools in the Ottawa area. This cause is near and dear to all of us. I’d be surprised if any reader couldn’t point to someone they know who has struggled with the prospect of fighting breast cancer. Thank you for supporting our students with their fundraising!

Our 2014-2015 yearbook also won yet another North American award. We won first place honours for last year’s Odyssey edition. If you haven’t already ordered this year’s book, time is running out. Please see the website for more details. CASL legislation means that I can not put details specifically in the newsletter but I can point you in the right direction! If you haven’t indicated that you are willing to receive direct notifications from school regarding yearbook, school clothing etc. please contact the school. We have a beautiful new logo and new Bear Wear is coming out. We don’t sell our gear as a profit maker but rather as a way to increase school spirit.

Thanksgiving is now behind us. I want to thank Father Hennessey for his school services. Father offered teaching masses where he served us and taught us the historical and spiritual meaning behind each and every part of the mass.

We have much to be thankful for!

God Bless!

Geoff Edwards

P.S. If you have any questions or comments for the school, please feel free to make contact at any time. In addition, I maintain this: digital dropbox if you wish to different vehicle.

St. Paul Ranks #1 at this year's Run for the Cure!

By: Sue Botti

This year the St. Paul PAWS for the Cause team consisted of 65 members. Although a smaller team than last year, the fundraising total of approximately $15,000 resulted in St. Paul receiving a trophy and banner for being the top school for fundraising in the Ottawa area.

Honorable mention is given to the following team members:

Daniel Stanton for raising over $1,000

Mr. Kevin Clarke for raising over $1,500

Hannah Chiarelli for raising close to $5,000 and being in the top ten in the city of Ottawa!!!

A heartfelt thank you to all staff, students, and donors, for supporting the cause!

New York City Arts Trip 2015!

St. Paul recently returned from a stunning renewal of the New York City Arts trip. Basking in warm, sunny fall weather, 39 students and 4 staff members explored the best of what the Big Apple has to offer. From a walk in Central Park to a Friday night to a Museum of Modern Art visit; from a walking tour of the High Line to a sunset cruise aboard the Staten Island ferry, St. Paul experienced the city like insiders. The students also saw two Tony Award winning productions: the musical An American in Paris and the play The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime. The weekend was punctuated by a powerful liturgical experience of Sunday mass at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Harlem followed by a soul food brunch. The next New York City trip is scheduled for fall 2017.

High School Sports Corner-News from the Bear’s Den

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There have been a lot of​ changes in the Bears' Den since last year.  Both of our gyms have had a makeover.  The floors were refinished over the summer and are gorgeous.  The walls in the main gym were painted as well.  We have a new logo at centre court in both areas.  A big thank you to Mr. Myers for designing our new logo.  Once the banners are re-installed the gym will have an entirely new look.

The boys and girls hockey seasons have just begun.

The girls team is back strong and ready to compete.  They won their first game against AY Jackson.  They will be battling through their 10 game regular season to hopefully have another successful playoff run.  Good luck girls!!!

The boys team has chosen to play in the non-contact league this year.  The season is earlier in the year then the contact league.  Our team is off to a great start.  In Tier 2 action, the boys won their opening game against Brookfield. They lost their second game to Merivale.  A great start to the season.

Boys Volleyball

This year our varsity boys volleyball team boasts 15 athletes.  Our seniors are providing a solid base.  Our 7 grade 9 athletes are learning a lot this year and will be the future of a successful program.  There has already been a huge improvement over last year.  The team has started of the regular season strong and very successful with a 2-2 record to date.

High School Girls Basketball:

This year St. Paul has a Jr. Girls Basketball team made up of eight Grade 9 and 10 students.  The girls have has a slow start to their season with only 1 win in their first 5 games. Most games have been close so the team is hoping that the second half of the season will see a few more wins!

Boys Soccer

The St Paul boys’ soccer team started off the year with a 2-0 win over Holy Trinity High School. Despite the rain the boys dominated play from the opening whistle but did have a hard time finding the back of the net in the first half. Captain Dawoud Swaray scored a scorcher from 25 yards out and Aaron Goveas scored a penalty after Yves Ndira was fouled in the box. Man of the match honour went to Andrew Wimmi for his great defensive play on defence. Giancarlo Guidice and Troy Quinn shared the clean sheet in nets. On September 30th the Bears travelled to AY Jackson for their second game of the season and came away with a 3-1 win. Man of the match Bradley Besco led the Bears with two goals and Dawson Butler added a single. On October 7th the boys travelled to Pierre Savard high school and squeaked out an impressive 1-0 win.   Swaray scored the decisive goal in the first half and that was all the Bears needed to claim the win. The opposition was big and fast and did have the edge in possession but the Bears’ defence stayed the course preventing them to equalize. Giancarlo Guidice had the clean sheet and Rami Hilan was voted man of the match with his strong defensive play. Please come out and cheer the boys on for the rest of their regular season play.

All of our team results and schedules can be found on

Beach Volleyball Day

The 2015 Beach Volleyball Afternoon was another huge success. The Recreation Leadership class did an excellent job organizing the event. A special thank you to Mr. Nehme and his gr. 9 Phys. Ed class for helping us set up for this huge event.

Round robin winners are:

Mr. Brennan’s 7-5 class, 8-3 Mr. Anderson, 9-1 Mr. Podgorski, ​10-2 ​Mrs. Botti, 11-1 Mr. Mantha, 12-4 Mrs Bouttell

Our Spirit judges chose the following classes for the spirit award:

In gr. 7/8 Mr Brennan’s class had the most spirit.  An honourable mention goes out to Mrs. Thomas’ class.

The High School Spirit award goes to Mr. Erland’s class.  An honourable mention goes out to M. Haering class.

Intermediate School Sports Corner-News from the Junior Bear’s Den

The 7/8 Athletics season kicked off with the unveiling of our new Golden Bear logo and the excitement continued on the field with great efforts from our sports teams. The Golf team had a beautiful day of fall golf at The Meadows and the X-Country team ran well at Terry Fox.  The Ultimate team and Flag Rugby squads competed hard in their one-day events and our Volleyball teams are 'setting' up nicely for their upcoming season.  

In our new gymnasiums, a new crew of Grade 8 Athletic Council students began their leadership roles organizing and refereeing the lunch hour Intramural program and will continue to promote athletics all year round.

The opportunities to get involved in Golden Bear Athletics are endless, so sign up and check it out.

Legally Blonde! School Musical

Mark your calendars! Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th are the dates for this year's school musical. Our show will be ..... Legally Blonde Junior! We had 43 very talented students audition and we had some very difficult decisions to make. Thanks to Mrs. Harvey, Mme. Gosbee, and Miss Bennett for their dedication to this year's show. Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Thomas

Caribou Math Contest:

The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a worldwide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year.  Last Wednesday, 70 Grade 7 and 8 students, nominated by their math teachers, competed in the Contest.  Congratulations to Jaden Tessier who had the highest score in our school!  The next contest will take place on November 18th.

Grade 7 “Pretreat”

This past September, our grade seven students participated in their first ever Pretreat right here at St. Paul.  And what is a Pretreat you ask…?  It’s a morning devoted to welcoming our newest students to the St. Paul family and it incorporates a variety of activities ranging from Growth Mindset presentations to Tech talks / leveraging technology, Mindfulness and of course a tour of our ever evolving Library Learning Commons and it all culminated with a BBQ lunch on a sunny day in our beautiful outdoor space, aka the quad.  

Students were provided the opportunity to learn and chat with our Principal, Vice-Principal, Chaplain, Guidance and Resource teachers in small mini-sessions of about 40 minutes in length.  Rich conversations took place between students and staff which helped to put names to faces and set the stage for a successful new beginning for our Grade 7s at STP!  

Following various other activities and events later in the school year, we will reconvene again with our students to reflect on what we’ve learned in the form of a Retreat.  Very exciting and empowering!  

J. Stewart, Intermediate Vice-Principal      

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

By: Doug Mantha

On November 10, 2015, St. Paul will be hosting 2 Remembrance Day ceremonies, and the staff and students would like to welcome any parents/family that would like to join us here at the school to pay our respect for our veterans, as well as those who are presently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Grade 7/8 ceremony starts at 8:20am

Grade 9-12 ceremony starts at 9:40am

We will always remember, we will never forget.


Our 2014-2015 academic awards ceremony was held during our open house. Over 170 student honor roll certificates and 90 plus academic awards were handed out that evening. Students, families and school staff were able to celebrate the great academic achievements of our grade 9-11 classes.


The St Paul learning commons has gotten a bit of a facelift over the summer. Books and furniture have been move around to create new spaces where collaboration and exploration will hopefully lead to new opportunities and experience for the students and staff at St Paul Catholic High School. The process is ongoing as we will be adding dedicated video and audio production spaces, opening up a multi-purpose conference room and starting up our Reading programs for the school year in the coming weeks.


Grade 7-12 Reading Programs

By: Loryan Wigmore

Our school participates in The Red Maple and White Pine Forest of reading.


It is Canada's largest recreational reading program! Offered by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) to encourage a love of reading .The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually. The winners are nominated by the participating students.


Each year, both the Red Maple and White Pine, offers a list of nominated fiction; and every other year a non-fiction list is offered, so readers can choose from two lists.


Red Maple

The Red Maple Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8.


White Pine

The White Pine Award reading program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction and non-fiction titles.

Students, who participate on the program, must read a minimum of 5 books from the nominated list, to be eligible to vote for the winning title.

This program promotes reading for enjoyment among our students and familiarizes them with great Canadian books, by Canadian Authors.

​Below is a list of the nominated books as well as a brief description of them. Our first meeting should be in the coming weeks once the books arrive at St Paul.

White Pine List

​Red Maple List​


Do you want a challenge? Then check out this webpage On this page you will find many enrichment opportunities available for students at St. Paul. They can involve math contests, programs at Carleton or Ottawa University, writing contests, connecting with other students who love technology, etc. Some activities are targeted for gifted students and some are for any students who are interested. This page is updated all year long, so check it frequently.



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Digital Artwork by Brigida D’Angelo, for Mr. Dorey’s AWQ4M class

As part of our Mental Health initiative and Social Emotional Learning at St. Paul we will be starting a weekly drop in activity at lunch time every Wednesday starting October 28th in room 120. Our focus will be on learning relaxation techniques, learning to manage thoughts, appreciating the beauty of God’s creations and much more. Join us! If you would like more information you can contact Diana Valentini or Chantal Serré Giddings at 613-820-7401. Also view this blog on Mindfulness for Teens.

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.  The grade 7&8 Ambassadors are planning to make chocolate moustaches and baked goods to raise money to support the initiatives of the Movember Foundation.  Our bake sale will be held on Thursday, November 12th during lunch and during the 7 and 8 Parent/Teacher Interviews.  Please support our fundraiser to help our dads, uncles, sons, brothers and friends stay healthy!

 Thanks, The Ambassadors and Mrs. Ferrante and Ms. Valentini


St Paul’s DEP (Destination Employability Program) students spent a fantastic day at the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre on September 30, 2015! Although the day started off a bit chilly, students were able to warm up through their participation in team building/cooperative activities and a nature walk before challenging themselves and supporting each other through the high ropes!

The students and supervisors, Ms. Muto and Mrs. Gartland, enjoyed the active day that helped to kick off the start of another great school year at STP!


Our upcoming 2016 STP Graduates are already thinking all the adventures this school year holds for them! Wanting to ensure everyone is well informed, each grade 12 class was visited by a team of staff and students who reviewed upcoming events and deadlines. A Grad Information evening was also hosted for parents on Monday, September 28th.

Parents and students are encouraged to keep up to date about upcoming graduation information/events/deadlines:

Remind: To receive messages via text, text @stpgr to 613-702-7747. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to

Grad Website:

Grad Twitter Feed: @stpaulgrad

Please note: There are also links to the Grad Website and Twitter Feed on the STP Website (

Carleton University Enrichment and Support Programs

Math Enrichment Programs for Elementary and Secondary School Students

Carleton’s Math Enrichment Centre offers courses and programs for students in grades 3 to 12 who excel in mathematics. Programs run weekly from September to March.

Programs include:

  • Grades 3-4 and 5-6: Math Kangaroo Adventures
  • Grades 7-8: Fundamentals of Geometry I
  • Grades 8-9: Fundamentals of Geometry II
  • Grades 9-10: MathLink
  • Grades 11-12: Algebra and Trigonometry

For details and registration, visit our website or

Go ENG Girl is a unique opportunity for female students in Grades 7 to 10 and their parents to learn about careers in the exciting field of engineering. Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design and Women in Science and Engineering hosts an annual event in October to engage participants in fun, hands-on design projects. Students and parents also have a chance to speak with current engineering students about what it’s like to study at Carleton.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Registration in the Minto Centre Foyer

For more details visit or

2014-2015 Yearbook Wins First Place is ASPA awards

Congratulations to Chris Dorey and his team for winning first place in the ASPA awards. From Bethany Epp at Friesens “Congratulations on your win of first place from the American Scholastic Press Association. We couldn't be more proud of you and your students, your book is a masterpiece that is worth celebrating.” Mr. Dorey was interviewed for this; the most recent of countless yearbook awards throughout the years.

1.    What was your favorite part about working on this book?

My favorite part of working on this book, like many of the yearbooks that I have worked on in my 25 Years of advising, are the students involved in the process itself. Their unique personalities and perspectives are what influence any one theme or idea and its their originality and creativity that dictates the final outcome, be it a failure or a success.

2.    What was the most challenging aspect of working on this book?

Organizing and delegating is the most challenging aspect of producing this book. Photography in particular becomes an issue at our school because we start classes early and finish the day early. This causes problems because most sports don't start until 4 pm and we are done at 2:05 pm. Asking students to stay for 3 hrs after school becomes a hassle as many seniors have to work to afford College and Universities while still completing their home work. Our only solution is to have photographers who live close by and can come back and who aren't working on game days. This year we only had one photographer who fit that description and they couldn't of course do every game so our coverage was not quite as good as it would normally be.

3.    In what ways did you see yourself and the students grow while working on this book?

My students became better leaders as they were delegated particular areas of this book and were made more aware of the chain of command. The process for page submission was to complete the page and have it checked by another student in their section followed by a section editor review with corrections before it was submitted to the editor for proofing, an English teacher for grammar and spelling and then finally myself as advisor for the final design check and any last minute polishing before it was uploaded. This process created greater freedom so that I could deal with problems that arose.

4.    What was one thing that became a routine while working on this book?

Theme maintenance. It was important to make sure that every student was tying their pages into the main theme without losing creativity or becoming repetitive.

5.    What piece of advice would you give to a new advisor if they seek to build an award winning yearbook program?

But a real effort into creating a page ladder and posting the books progress on a class by class basis. Deadline should also be emphasized on the ladder and praise students who meet their deadlines. Students who consistently meet their deadline while also creating interesting, creative, and effective pages should be promoted to leadership positions (such as group leaders) and be recommended as go to students for page layout consultations and reviews by other students within your yearbook group.

6.    How do you and your team stay motivated?

Once you have built your program up you will find that motivation becomes easy. In our school we have past awards prominently displayed in the schools hallways. We also have photographs of the last 20 years of editors posted along with the awards. Within our school it has become an honour to be posted on that wall and a challenge at the same time to compete with past awards. We have 20 years of awards and each editor(s) takes it as a challenge to continue the tradition. The biggest challenge for new advisors is to always show the students that creating a good yearbook is important to them and that should rub off on the students in time. Speak to any other staff member who diminishes the importance of yearbook. They probably don't understand how many different courses within your school are necessary to creating an effective yearbook staff member.

7.    What is one key thing you have learned as a yearbook advisor? Every book is different, every yearbook staff member is different, vary you approach with each staff but do not change your priority which is to produce a book that student will enjoy for years to come.

CSPA Events

David Bouchard         Author | Métis-Canadian Storyteller | Educator

Promoting literacy should be our focus. Teaching children to read and to love reading is the shared responsibility of every teacher, every administrator and every parent.  

In this dynamic presentation, David Bouchard will share his passion for the importance of literacy and how to inspire children to love reading.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Saint Patrick’s High School,  2525 Alta Vista Drive

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Concussion Awareness Helping our Students

Concussions can occur anywhere; on the playground, at home, school, work or during sports events.  The key is recognizing the signs and knowing what to do. Parents play a critical role.  The most difficult injuries to treat are the ones we cannot see.  Come learn more!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Saint Pius X High School, 1481 Fisher Ave

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A Parent's Guide to Special Education | November 4

Come learn about: programs, services, roles & responsibilities, resources, working with the school to support your child.  Meet and connect with key staff from the OCSB Special Education department, members of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

OCSB Boardroom, Catholic Education Centre, 570 West Hunt Club Road

More Information & Registration

Strong Not Tough | Nov 9

The healthy family step plan to manage anxiety & prevent depression 

As adults, we experience many life changes; workplace transitions, entering & ending relationships, financial difficulties, the loss of a loved one, supporting friends or family members with mental illness or substance / alcohol abuse.

Gain the know-how and confidence to navigate everyday life challenges!

Monday, November 9, 2015;  7:00 - 9:00 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 180 Katimavik Rd, Kanata



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