In this issue
Brockville Math Competition
Thank you to Plato’s Closet
Movember Bake Sale
Learning Commons News
Mathletics at St. Paul
Healthy Eating- Healthy Life
Take Our Kids to Work
Staying Connected with Your Teen
St. Martin de Porres
St. John the Apostle
PAH on Social Media
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grad Website: tinyurl.com/stpaulgrad
Grad Twitter Feed: @stpaulgrad
Please note: There are also links to the Grad Website and Twitter Feed on the STP Website (pah.ocsb.ca)
STP Athletics: STPaulCHSsports
Hello from St. Paul;
It is our pleasure to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is a great time to reflect on the year so far and to give thanks for our and praise for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is much to reflect upon. Our community and our world are filled with contrast. In our halls, we are replete with stories of success and inclusion. As I write this, we just found out that some of our students just came in second of 51 teams at a math competition. Less than one question separated our students from first place. Our students have also shown incredible compassion in providing hampers for our families struggling to put together Christmas plans. Today, our halls are a sea of green as students raise money for Candlelighters in memory of Mr. Gauthier's niece Phoebe who recently succumbed to Cancer. Phoebe touched the hearts of the whole community as through the years, we have run several fundraisers in her name to fight Cancer and to support children who battle every day with this terrible disease. This newsletter is continually filled with other stories of our students' activities and commitment to their community. And yet, we also see the contrast of conflict in our communities and our world. Locally, we hear of gun violence; a recent topic unfamiliar to Ottawans. We read about the Paris bombings and other global threats that make us uncomfortable at best, and fearful at worst. We read of local and national poverty; unemployment and underemployment that preclude many from the Christmas for which they aspire.
It is the promise realized by Jesus' birth that gives us the strength to continue and to pursue solutions. The Syrian refugee crisis brings to mind the travails of Mary and Joseph seeking support in their time of need. They too were scared and threatened. They were not only seeking protection for themselves on the night that Jesus was born but also for the life of their child. Imagine those same feelings as refugees from Syria and elsewhere fear for their families. As Canadians, as Christians and as Catholics, we witness our humility and faith by offering our help and sanctuary. These are the lessons I pray we offer our students. These are the Gospel teachings that merge our curriculum with our faith. It is a wonderful time to be part of Catholic education.
This Christmas, I hope you join me in prayer for all those who are struggling both near and far that they may enjoy the peace of the stable. One mother's love for her child and the quietude of the countryside. The gift of the Son offered to all.
On behalf of St. Paul;
Merry Christmas and God's love!
December 2- Gr. 1& 12 Law Field Trip
December 6- First Sunday in Advent
December 9- Grad Photo Retakes
December 9 & 10- Advent Liturgies
December 10- School Council Meeting @ 6:00pm
December 10 & 11- School Production of: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
December 14- Dental Screening for Gr. 8 Students
December 18- Last day of classes before Christmas Break
December 21- January 3- Christmas Break
January 4- First day after Christmas Break
January 14- School Council Meeting @ 6:00pm
January 14- Ontario University Applications Deadline
January 19-21- EQAO Grade 9 Math
January 26-29- High School Semester 1 Final Exams
February 1- PD Day- No School
February 2- First day of Semester 2
February 10- Ash Wednesday
February 15- Family Day- No School
ST. PAUL’S MATHLETES COME IN 2nd PLACE!
On Monday, December 14th, 8 grade 11 and 12 students travelled to St. Mary's CHS in Brockville for the Brockville Math League Senior Tournament. 51 teams competed in all; St. Paul had 2 teams representing: Team 1 was made up of Michael Coomber, Jeff Duong, Elizabeth Ferrell and Cameron McMullen; and Team 2 was Adam Casquiera, Loic Darboux, Sophie Leclair-Robertson and Jimmy Vo. An honourable mention goes to Team 1, as they placed 2nd overall! Congratulations to all who participated!
THANK YOU TO PLATO’S CLOSET
Thank you to Stacey McClellan from Plato's Closet consignment store in Barrhaven for donating several bags of clothing to support families in need. We value these partnerships very much as they demonstrate the values we hope to instill in our students.
MOVEMBER BAKE SALE
The Ambassador's, Peer Helpers and Safe Team are happy to share marvelous Movember news with you. The students sold delicious chocolates, cupcakes, squares and cookies and along with your generosity they raised $455 for the Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation is committed to men's health and they help fund projects focusing on prostate cancer; testicular cancer; poor mental health and physical inactivity. A big thank you goes to everyone who baked, sold and bought the amazing treats. Thank you for your generosity!
ST. PAUL’S REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES 2015
This year's Remembrance Day was commemorated with a very interesting and engaging Guest Speaker: Major Travis Kelley. Major Kelley spoke of his experiences as an engineer in the armed forces where he served in a number of countries that included Afghanistan and Haiti. While in these countries he was in charge of building roads and working with the local villagers to improve infrastructure and everyday processes.
Our ceremonies also included works by the STP Band, a Drama Class Presentation and a Flower Tribute to our fallen soldiers. A big thanks goes out to all the students and staff that help make our Remembrance Day Ceremonies a 'Respectful' Success, and heartfelt appreciation to Major Travis Kelley for joining us and to all those who have served and who are presently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Lest We Forget. We will always Remember. We will never forget.
Annie Sauvé RDH, a registered dental hygienist with Ottawa Public Health, will provide a dental screening using a tongue depressor on Monday, December 14, 2015, for grade 8 students and other children as necessary. If your child’s grade is not selected, but you wish for the dental hygienist to see him/her, please advise the school. Only children identified as having dental needs will bring home a form. Follow-up school visits by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS WITH YOUR FAMILY DENTIST.
MATHLETICS AT ST. PAUL
The month of November was a busy one for math enthusiasts! On November 5th, 13 grade 11 and 12 students participated in the Sunlife Financial Mathematics Contest. On November 25th, 19 students participated in the Canadian Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Contest from the University of Waterloo. We eagerly await the results! Our next major contest brings 8 students to St. Mary's HS in Brockville on December 14th to compete against other Eastern Ontario Schools.
On Thursday, November 26th, 41 grade 11 and 12 students studying, Computer Science, Business and Mathematics had a fantastic Experiential Learning opportunity by visiting the Ottawa campus of Shopify. Students and staff were enlightened by such a unique and creative working space this employer offers. Students heard about job opportunities and educational/experienced-based pathways to get attain such careers. Thanks to Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Botti, Mrs. McDougall and Mrs. Bartlett for putting it all together.
NEWS FROM THE LEARNING COMMONS
We’d like to thank all those that participated and supported our very successful 7-8 and 9-12 Read-A-Thon. The funds generated during this annual fundraiser will go towards excellent new books and resources for our learning commons. Students spent the entire day reading, playing games and building memories.
The White Pine and Red Maple reading clubs will be starting up in the new year. The nominated books for this year have arrived and are ready to be signed out. Please stop into the LC for more information or to sign out one of these great titles. Here is a quick look at the selections for 2015-16. White Pine - Red Maple
Our Volleyball teams had strong finishes to their seasons. The Girls' bounced back from early season losses and reach the Tier 2 Semi-Finals and the Boys' went on a Cinderella run all the way to the Finals. Coaches were very pleased with the development and camaraderie witnessed throughout the year.
Dodgeball concluded early in the month and the Handball season has just tipped off. There are over 100 students currently involved in the Intramural program as participants and referees. Recreational sports is alive and well at St. Paul.
HEALTHY EATING- HEALTHY LIFE
ST. PAUL ATHLETICS UPDATES
The cross-country team put in lots of effort during their season, practicing rain or shine, and always trying to push their limits. During the meet, even though it was a very cold day, players kept positive, singing songs and keeping each other warm. They showed great sportsmanship during every race, cheering for every runner, no matter the age or division.
Girls 7/8 Volleyball
The girls were a pleasure to coach this year. They did extremely well throughout their season, progressively improving as it went along. They never got discouraged when playing a tough team, and always cheered each other on, all the way to playoffs, and then on to the semi-finals. Every game was played with great sportsmanship and pride. They were a great sports role model for St. Paul.
Boys 7/8 Volleyball
The boys volleyball team improved drastically throughout their season. They made playoffs, then won their way to the finals, defying all odds. Even though they finished in 2nd, they never gave up and fought through every set they were faced with. The boys always played fairly and were great sports, whether they won or lost.
Senior Girls Volleyball
The 2015-2016 senior girls volleyball team is a dedicated group of ladies who have been working hard in practice and are physically and mentally ready to take on their regular season. They have high hopes of being successful this year and are excited to compete against other schools in the Ottawa region.
Senior Boys Volleyball
The Senior Boys Volleyball team had an exciting season. All of our boys showed gut and determination. They played in a tie breaker match against Omer-Deslauriers High School. An exciting game with a 3-0 win. They played against St. Mathew High School in the semi-final. The match went to 5 games and lasted almost 2 hours. In the end the boys fell short with a 15-13 loss. We have many success to be happy about and a great base to build from next year. All the best to our seniors Danny Dupuis, Courtney Collins, Basique Pierre, Ninyar Peter, Liam Galloway, Dominique Danso and Ross Walker. They have set the tone for seasons to come
This year's Girls’ hockey team is as competitive as you can get! The girls dominated the entire season with a 8-1-1 record finishing in first place. Strong goaltending, powerful defensive play, and a unified offense all contributed to our success as a team. With Playoffs in a week, this year’s grade 12’s, Rebekah Bueti, Jenny Newton, Riley Ohman, Fiona Anderson and Blair McCullough plan on finishing their last year with a banner. Come out 3pm next Thursday at Bell Arena to support your STP Girls’ Hockey team!
After some early season struggles, the boys hockey team tightened up defensively and got some timely goal scoring from Connor Bright, Cameron McMullen, Courtney Collins, and Liam Blackmore. Lukas Henderson and Adam Swift were effective puck distributors, while Jake Steele, Eric Moore, Cole Boyce and Thomas Busby anchored the blueline. The Golden Bears finished with a respectable 5 and 5 record and a bright future is in store with all the young talent here at St Paul. Mr Anderson would like to thank Justin Aubry for his assistance over the course of the season.
Senior Boys Basketball
On November 19th, the Senior Boys Basketball team hosted the St. Joseph Jaguars in their annual Basketball Buy Out Game. Students from grades 9-12 donated a toonie to come out and support their Golden Bears all afternoon. Over 250 students and teachers gathered in St. Paul's brand new gym to witness the Senior Boys beat St. Joe's 49-36. High scorers were Emmanuel Ndatuje with 18 points and Ali White with 10 points. The day ended with 6 students and 2 teachers competing to win the title of 3 Point Shooting Champion. After a hard battle in the finals, between Mrs. Baird and Stephen Krauthaker, Mrs. Baird sunk a half court shot for the win. The day was a success and the Senior Boys Basketball team and their coaching staff would like to thank all the fans that cheered them on and showed true Golden Bear spirit. The team was able to raise over $400, which will support their numerous tournament fees this upcoming season. Best of luck to the team and stay tuned for the Annual Basketball Cake Auction which will be held in the new year!!
My Blueprint (myblueprint.ca/ocsb) provides students with an opportunity to explore various educational and careers pathways. Students at St. Paul High School have been introduced to My Blueprint over the years. However, this school year we’ve made it a priority to ensure students access and explore this program. Since September, most classes have had an in-service on the many uses of My Blueprint. My Blueprint has a user-friendly student dashboard that allows students to complete interest inventories, build a portfolio and plan their courses. Students are also able to track their progress to graduation as well as explore post secondary destinations and career pathways. This year, Option Sheet Contracts will be completed using My Blueprint. Student Services will be working with classes, as well as hosting a Parent Information night to help with the completion of the Option Sheet Contracts in February.
TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY
Grade 9 students at St. Paul High School participated in the annual Take Our Kids to Work Program on November 4th, 2015. The Take Our Kids to Work Program was developed by The Learning Partnership, a national not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the public education system in Canada. The program supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures. Grade 9 students followed their parents/guardians or friends during their work day. Feedback for this experiential learning opportunity continues to be positive.
STAYING CONNECTED WITH YOUR TEEN
Learn about how your teen's body and brain is changing. We'll discuss how to talk to your teen, how to work through problems together and how to keep your teen safe with good family rules and routines.
More information and registration: http://bit.ly/21RoDie
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
6:45 - 8:45 PM
Mother Teresa High School
St. Paul High School
2675 Draper Avenue
STP Athletics: STPaulCHSsports