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January 2016

In this issue
Principal’s Message

Important Dates 

American Scholastic Press Association Awards

Math Olympics

Transportation & Construction Technology 

Learning Commons News

7/8 Athletics

Athletics Updates

St. John the Apostle 50th Anniversary

FSL Forum

Eureka Talk

Young At Art 2016

Minister's Student Advisory Council 2016-17 

My Blueprint

Helping Youth Build A Successful Future

Quick Links

St. Paul Website and Calendar 




Fatdog - Your Local High School Sports Authority!!

Parish Links

St. Martin de Porres

St. John the Apostle

PAH on Social Media

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Hello from St. Paul!

For those students in grade 9-12, this date means that we are entering into semester 2. Exams went smoothly and students reported being prepared and excited for the evaluations. (O.K. I might be exaggerating about the excited part.)

We received exciting news that one of our guidance counselors Joanne Muto, was recognized as a finalist for a Director of Education commendation. Joanne is tireless in Student Services. She gets to know each of our students and helps them to find not just a career path but a path to their own character. Students with questions and students in crisis know they will receive a genuine and empathic smile. Joanne is both experienced and passionate in all she does.

We have also been given the go ahead to promote our new Specialist High Skills Majors for next year! This is a very big deal! We will be able to offer a package of courses for both Information and Communication Technologies as well as Transportation. These are not simply course bundles. Students who enrol in the SHSM program receive specialized courses, industry certifications, opportunities for experiential visits, possible dual credit programs at College and co-op experiences within their field. If they fulfil the SHSM requirements, they will have a special designation on their transcript. St. Paul has become widely recognized for excellence in these areas which is why adopting these SHSMs was a natural transition. More information will come soon! Link to Ministry information on SHSMs

Online course choice is also new this year. Students will have an inservice on the “how” and they will still have every opportunity to discuss their choices with their parents. It is our hope that things will be simplified through this process while also offering more information.

As always, if you have any questions about anything please give me or anyone on staff a call. We are blessed to be part of a wonderful community and we are always happy to talk!

Geoff Edwards



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

February 25- Intermediate Parent/Teacher Interview

March 10- High School Parent/Teacher Interview

March 14-18- March Break

March 25- Good Friday- No School

March 28- Easter Monday- No School


Congratulations to all the students involved!


On Tuesday January 26, 2016, Alisa Borgan, Robert Chisholm, Mea Paoletti, Gainluca Petti, Sabrina Sikka, Brady Thompson, Johanna Toulouse and Matthew Yarosh-Wade participated in the Ottawa Catholic School Board Math Olympics competition.  At this annual event, St. Paul student’s participate against other grade 7 and 8 students in the school board.  The students apply their mathematics skills and problem solving abilities as they cooperatively work through math and logic problems. math olympics event.jpg


 This school year, St. Paul has opened up been able to open up our new welding stations. Our new welding stations have been outfitted with new and updated equipment thanks to the Canadian Welding Association Foundation. CWA Foundation provided support of over $12,000 which has been of great value to our program and the students of St.Paul Catholic High School.2.jpg

The funding has made it possible to purchase an iron worker to cut materials and weld coupons that seem to be ever so quickly consumed by eager learners. We have also been able to outfit the weld stations with safety gear, proper pliers, proper safety shielding, welder upgrades, and vises to properly hold a variety of weld materials.

The new welding stations are available to students through both the Transportation and Construction Technology classes. The student’s have been learning about and making basic weld joints. One of last semester's major projects was the welded picture frame which incorporates four different welding techniques.      


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. Paul starting Wednesday, February 3rd until and including Friday, February 12th. Parents, grand-parents, aunts, uncles and of course all students and staff are welcome to stop in from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on those days. Please support your school library. All profits from the sale of books goes back into our school library to buy new books for students to read and enjoy. See you in the Learning Commons.

The White Pine (9-12) and Red Maple (7-8) reading clubs are starting in February. It's never too late to sign up and be a part of this special club that celebrates reading and meaningful group discussion. Each week will feature a special St Paul guest who will lead the discussion. Stop by the LC for more information.



In 7/8 Athletics, the new year saw the conclusion of Intramural Handball in both competitive and recreational divisions.  There was great participation from the students and Futsal sign up for February was also very encouraging.

January showcases two popular 7/8 tournament sports in Floorball and Futsal.  We saw participation from some first time Golden Bears and are pleased to see more students getting involved.  

7/8 Handball intramurals concluded earlier in the month with competitive and recreational winners and the Knights of Columbus Free Throw competition ran smoothly at the end of January.  

Mr. Brennan and Mme. Cote gave our 7/8s the cultural experience of French traditions and some excellent skiing at our annual St. Donat excursion for three days.  With a variety of physical outdoor activities and cultural traditions to experience,  our students had a great time.

Bear Wear school clothing has arrived and we look forward to seeing all the school spirit being supported by our students and staff.


Girls’ 7/8 Futsal

The grade ⅞ girls’ futsal team participated in a one day tournament held on Wednesday January 27, 2016.  The competition was tough but the girls’ showed great teamwork and Bear’s spirit throughout the day.  The following girls were on the futsal team Annie Bender, Nyakueth Bim, Ashley Bourgeau, Meghan Doucette, Susie Fox, Jennifer MacAdam, Mea Paoletti, Paloma Politis, Sabrina Sikka and Ainsley Taylor.  Thanks girls for a fun day!IMG_1295.JPG

Senior Boys Basketball

The Senior Boys Basketball team are continuing to see success in regular season play. They are currently 6-2 in the A/AA OFSAA Division. They are currently a top 4 team in the city and are on a 4 game win streak, including a hard fought victory against a strong woodroffe team they had lost to earlier in the season. Their season continues after exams with a game February 8th at Immaculata. The boys hope to keep up the strong play and continue to have success as the playoffs approach. The last home game of the regular season is scheduled for February 10 vs Merivale.  Playoffs will start in mid-February. For playoff draws and standings check out


Good News to the SJA Community of students, families, teachers, former teachers and students:

St. John the Apostle Parish is celebrating 50 years of faith this year (1966 to 2016)!  Many exciting parish events are planned for the upcoming year in honour of this and we hope you will take the time to participate in these events.  You are cordially invited to attend our Anniversary events.  Please mark the following dates on your calendars and also see the Church Bulletin or our webpage for more details:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - Our 50th Anniversary Celebration begin at our annual pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday - Supper starts at 5 PM in the Parish Hall of SJA

Sunday February 21, 2016 - 2:00 - 2:50 PM - FREE Family Skating (with hot chocolate) at Barbara Ann Scott Arena - Please sign up at the Church.

Special Anniversary Mass, Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 10:00 AM Mass  - Mark it in your calendar!

Special Note for High School Students:  There will be many opportunities for high school students to earn community service hours at the upcoming events.  Please contact a committee member at the Church if you are interested in earning community service hours.



The University of Ottawa Department of Physics is excited to launch a new series of public events to bring cutting edge physics to the Ottawa community. These events are targeted at high school students and their families.

The inaugural Eureka Talk was on Saturday January 30 at 10:30am in the Faculty of Social Sciences Building (room 2005) at uOttawa. Professor Sir John Pendry spoke on the science of invisibility cloaks, which he described for the first time.

More information is available at


Young at Art is a juried art exhibition for artists between the ages of 12 and 19 that celebrates a 20-year history in Ottawa west. It is now a citywide event, highlighting the work of young artists from communities across Ottawa.

All eligible youth are invited to submit their applications to the competition and have their artwork professionally juried for a chance to exhibit at one of three locations across the city of Ottawa: Trinity Gallery (East), Atrium Gallery and the Nepean Fine Arts League (Central), or Kanata Civic Art Gallery (West). There are also a number of sponsored awards that are available to be won by the artists selected by the jury. Application deadlines this year fall on March 4, with electronic submissions of artwork due by March 31.


Applications are now open for students in grades 7 – 12! The Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC) is a group of approximately 60 students who come from publicly funded schools all across the province. Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on a variety of topics about our publicly funded education system. The council celebrates student diversity and seeks all perspectives and experiences. Check out our Facebook page (SpeakUp Ontario) to see what other students say about their MSAC experience and access the online application form. Application deadline is March 11, 2016.


My Blueprint ( 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.


Children with special needs and youth need to have an environment where they can reach their milestones while being protected and loved.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS) wants to ensure that youth coming into care have such an environment in a family based setting. A special need child or teenager is dependent on his/her caregiver and therefore need to know that he/she really belongs to a home with identifiable surroundings. Far too often there are not enough families and they end up in a group home.  Group Homes can help provide temporary stability but researchers have proven that they do not provide a sense of belonging, a sense of family. Furthermore, there is also a greater possibility for teenagers and special needs children to age out of the system alone, without a family.

Fostering is a commitment to provide safety, security and predictability in the lives of children and youth who require a temporary, short-term out-of-home placement. Foster parents open their hearts and homes to children and youth in need.

Did you know that there are youth in group care who are waiting for a foster family?

We are reaching out to you in the hopes that you would partner with us, and help us search for new foster families. You can help by fostering a youth in care or spreading the news through your own personal and professional networks. For more information call Janique Cyr at 613-747-7800 ext. 2415 or


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