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St. Pat's senior boys win city basketball championship

St. Patrick's High School's Senior Boys basketball team recently defeated Collège catholique Franco-Ouest to take home their third straight city championship. The game was a nail-biter, coming down to the very last second. Their defense came through in the clutch, holding Franco-Ouest scoreless in the last three minutes, and they took the game 62-60.

The St. Patrick's High School Senior Boys basketball team poses with their trophy after winning their third straight city championship.

It's been a good year for the St. Pat's Irish. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year after graduating nine seniors last year. But a pair of Grade 12 students, Alston Harris and Eugene Kanku, helped lead the team to another successful campaign. They won both tournaments they entered, and finished the season with a record of 18-4. The boys will be heading to North Bay for the AAA OFSAA provincial tournament from March 6-8.

The Irish have established something of a city dynasty in the past 20 years. This is their second city three-peat, having also won from 1999-2001. It's also their sixth straight trip to the city finals, of which they won five. With this win, they also take the record for most city championships with 11, one more than Sir Robert Borden High School. All 11 of their wins have come since 1999. Keep it going Irish, we'll be rooting you on in provincials.

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Way to go Eugene. I always knew.
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OCSB Runs for the Troops!

Last weekend, approximately 100 OCSB students took part in the annual Canada Army Run! Each student ran for a soldier who died at the battle of Vimy Ridge. They have been raising money to offset the costs of a trip to Vimy next April, but they also managed to raise over $5000 for the Support our Troops charity! Many of the OCSB students and staff involved attended a ceremony last Friday to present the cheque to a military representative. Students from Notre Dame, Lester B. Pearson, St. Mark, St. Joseph, St. Pius X, Mother Teresa, St. Patrick's, St. Francis Xavier, All Saints, St. Matthew, and St. Paul high schools will be attending the trip to Vimy.

Behind the cheque, from the left to right: St. Mark High School teacher and Vimy trip coordinator Julian Hall; OCSB Director of Education Denise Andre; Canada Army Run Race Director Major Gus Garant.
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OCSB Students Excel in French Contests

OCSB students excel at this year's provincials

Year after year, students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board have been excelling in French contests, and this year was no exception! From national video contest to public speaking competitions, our students have been rising to the challenge and we're very happy to celebrate their accomplishments.


The provincial competition in French public speaking is always very tough in Ontario. The annual competition organized by Canadian Parents for French was held this May at York University's bilingual campus, Glendon College. This year, only two Ottawa students were able to crack the top 3 in their categories, and both of them happened to be from OCSB high schools! St. Patrick's High School's Charlyse Katako claimed second place in the grade 12 Francophone category and took home a $250 cash prize. Grade 10 St. Francis Xavier High School student Kelsey McHugh claimed first place and a $500 cash prize in the grade 10 Immersion category for her speech "Qui blâmer au campus universitaire."

​Charlyse Katako from St. Patrick's High School claimed second prize in the Francophone category at this year's Ontario French Public Speaking Competition.

Kelsey McHugh (holding plaque) from St. Francis Xavier High School took first place in the grade 10 French Immersion category at this year's Ontario French Public Speaking Competition.

"Overall, this was an amazing experience. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to express information regarding a topic I am passionate about: sexual assault on university campuses. My speech, entitled "Qui blâmer au campus universitaire" explored the rising trend in sexual assaults on Canadian university campuses, and the negative consequences that severely impact the victims and the campus community. It discussed the lack of defense policies present in these post secondary establishments, and how the media provokes various social stigmas to arise, concerning how assault victims are perceived and treated. I was inspired by an American documentary, named "The Hunting Ground", that pushed me to research the issue present on Canadian campuses. It baffles me that this issue is concealed, almost as if it did not exist at all. I hope to continue creating awareness about this heinous crime, especially to a teenage audience, for a campus will likely become our daily environment in the next coming years.
I would like to thank my French teacher for mentoring me throughout this process, and my parents for supporting me at the competitions. I hope to participate in the Concours next year, giving me the opportunity to engage myself further into the French language."

- Kelsey McHugh, grade 10 French Immersion student from St. Francis Xavier High School
Winner of Ontario French Public Speaking Contest
Four OCSB students win $4,000 scholarships through national French video contest


L'Association canadienne des professeurs d'immersion française held a contest for grade 9-12 students called "Immersion clip" and four of our students were recognized with $4,000 scholarship to be used at Ottawa, St. Paul, Sudbury or St. Anne universities. The challenge was to create a 30-90 second video on the topic of "social media and my virtual identity." Congratulations to the following winners:

Congratulations and "félicitations" to all of our students who represented the Ottawa Catholic School Board so well in various French competitions throughout this academic year.​

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St. Patrick High School awarded for Exceptional and Collaborative Mathematics Teaching

The St. Patrick's Math Department won this year's Secondary School Department Award for Exceptional and Collaborative Mathematics Teaching. The award was given by Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME). According to OAME, the department received the award for their, "Innovative and creative uses of modern technologies, to day-to-day professional learning and dialogue, to the strong support you have for each other as well as that afforded by all the stakeholders in your program."

Letters of support were provided by students who attest to the math departments remarkable efforts. Students said they are well prepared for post-secondary education and that they use what they learned in high school in their post-secondary courses and every-day life. Students expressed their gratitude and asserted that the St. Patrick's math department has helped them in more ways than they can count.

St. Patrick High School is very proud of the dedication and caring teachers demonstrate on a daily basis. They personify the three words in "professional learning community" as they challenge each other daily to understand and meet the learning needs of their students. 

St. Patrick High School Math Department L to R Isabel Petien, Caitlin Tomka, Phil Herby, Carrie Stewart (Department Head), Mike Brinkworth, Anne Marie Steneker and Carling Sinclair.

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Art Achievements at St. Patrick High School

St. Patrick High School students' Lina Akkawi, Christina Collin and Tony Dinh have had tremendous success with their artwork submissions. Their captivating artwork has been selected to be displayed and distributed by various different galleries, art shows, and contests.

Lina Akkawi's art submission to be viewed with 3D glasses

St. Patrick's high school student Lina Akkawi's submission to the Young at Art Ottawa-wide juried competition has been selected for the 2016 exhibition. The total number of submissions to the competition this year was 379 citywide, with 133 of those coming from the East region. The East exhibition will display the chosen artworks at the Trinity Art Gallery in the Shenkman Arts Centre beginning on April 21st. 

Young at Art is a juried art exhibition that brings the work of young visual artists to local art galleries across the City of Ottawa. The exhibition, held annually since 1996, represents a tremendous opportunity for the public exhibition and recognition of the creative efforts of these young local artists. Creators of accepted works will have their pieces displayed in a community gallery – often near where they live – and are eligible for a number of prizes and awards contributed by the City of Ottawa and Young at Art Sponsors.

Wining art design by Christina Collin

St. Patrick's high school student,​ Christina Colin,​ has won the Kindness Ottawa Art Contest! ​As a result, Christina has won tickets to a Ottawa Fury game and her winning design will be sent on cards to local politicians and the mayor!  

Tony Dinh's submission for 2016 Brain and Mental Health Art Show

St. Patrick's high school student Tony Dinh, has had his artwork selected by the Society for Neuroscience Ottawa as part of its 2016 Brain and Mental Health Art Show. The art will be displayed at the Lansdowne Horticultural Building.

​Congratulations to Lina Akkawi, Christina Collin, and Tony Dinh for their achievements! The OCSB is very proud of your hard work and dedication.

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Best Buddies Chapter Award

Best Buddies at St. Patrick High School
Best Buddies at St. Peter High School

Students and staff at St. Peter High School and St. Patrick High School were recognized for their achievement as exceptional Best Buddies chapters on March 31st. Best Buddies Canada is a national charity that helps to foster friendships between individuals with special needs with student volunteers in over 450 universities, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools across the country. 

Through Best Buddies, students with special needs are given the opportunities to enjoy the same experiences many of us take for granted- such as going to the mall, watching a movie, or simply enjoying the company of a friend. Best Buddies Canada has selected St. Peter High School and St. Patrick's High School as two of the Top 20 Best Buddies schools in the country. Selections were based on important factors, such as demonstrating commitment to inclusion and going beyond expectations of running the Best Buddies program. 

Principal Norma McDonald, Principal Brid McDonald and the entire Best Buddies Chapter teams at these two schools exceeded these criteria. "I hope our chapters will see how St. Peter High School and St. Patrick's High School have involved Best Buddies into their school" says Steven Pinnock, executive director of Best Buddies Canada. "Out of 450 schools, these two schools fall in the Top 20 in the country. It really shows that students and staff in these chapters are committed to promoting inclusion and friendship."

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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Jan 26

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • Principal announced for new school 
  • Principal wins national award 
  • Summer programs for 2016 
  • Professional journal articles authored by Board staff 
  • Board committee composition 
  • New Board procedural by-law
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Brid McDonald wins national principal award

Brid McDonald, named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals for 2016

St. Patrick's High School's Brid McDonald was named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals™ for 2016. Every year, principals from across the country are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members with finalists narrowed down by a national selection committee. She is among 40 exceptional Canadian educators who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.

Brid will join the ranks of other illustrious OCSB Principals who have won this award: Jim Rogers (2015), Jane Hill (2013), Jennifer Oake (2012), Tom D'Amico (2007) and Eugene Milito (2005). She is also now a member of the National Academy of Canada's Outstanding Principals™, which now boasts almost 400 members. The National Academy offers principals ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities so they can constantly enhance their leadership skills.

"The strength of our world-renowned public education system is built on great principals, who are educators, managers and leaders in their schools and communities," says Akela Peoples, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership. "These dedicated principals contribute tremendously to creating nurturing learning environments to enable all students to succeed. We are delighted to celebrate their achievement and contribution, and recognize them as important leaders in Canadian society."

All 40 winners will be recognized at the 12th annual Canada's Outstanding Principals™ gala on February 23rd, 2016, in Toronto. They will also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. They will also participate in a "Changing World of Work" day where they learn about today's workforce from notable business leaders.

"In Education, we are on sacred ground.  We are charged with the growth and development of young people who become the voice of our future.  By honouring the unique voice of each student and teacher, we have the ability to create a learning environment where all can grow and accomplish goals."

Brid McDonald, Principal of St. Patrick's High School

A profile of an outstanding principal

Brid McDonald began her career in education 25 years ago as a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and joined St. Patrick's High School in 2013. She has served as a secondary school principal for the past 10 years, and has made a tremendous impact on the school and local community. Here are some of the reason's Brid was highlighted as an outstanding principal:

  • She believes a school should be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and adopted the mantra "what is essential for some is good for all."
  • She supported the establishment of a school Robotics program, winning accolades across the country.
  • She created a Literacy Committee to increase success rate for Grade 10 students writing the provincial literacy test, realizing an impressive 10% increase in the success rate.
  • She was selected as one of 10 principals in Ontario to sit on the Minister of Education's Principal Reference Group to help address challenges in education.
  • She chaired the Aboriginal Education Steering Committee and hosted a "Legacy of Hope" event to promote awareness and understanding about the legacy of residential schools and its impact.

"Brid is a Catholic leader of tremendous vision, energy, and exemplary follow through.  Her faith is evident in all that she does, and she is a true role model for students, staff, and the greater school community.  She inspires other staff members to see the best in every student and supports them in ensuring students are very well served."

Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education
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St. Pat's Grade 12 Immersion wins french class contest

St. Patrick's High School's Grade 12 French Immersion video has been selected winner of the 2015 edition of La meilleure classe de français en Ontario! Bravo!

According to the judges, the evaluation was not easy. The judges looked at specific aspects of the class: bilingualism, leadership and community engagement. They also considered elements such as respect for the theme, quality of the written and oral French, choices of images, soundtrack and originality. Each student in the class will receive a $2000 scholarship to a French Immersion Program at the University of Ottawa. Congratulations!

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St. Patrick's High School student uses art to spread joy

Israel Ozonwanji is a grade 12 student from St. Patrick's High School who loves using his artistic talents to bring joy and happiness to others. He's accumulated over 50 community service hours drawing portraits of St. Patrick's Retirement Home residents. Israel has already completed three portraits and hopes to do as many as he can before he graduates.

"It has been a very rewarding experience for me," he says. "While working on these drawings, I have had the opportunity to interact with some of the seniors as they casually walk by and ask me questions about my work." The home has even asked Israel to showcase his drawings of the residents along with some of his own artwork at their upcoming gallery night.

Israel, one of many talented artists at St. Patrick's High School, is a great example of someone who lives out the Catholic Graduate Expectations. Well done, Israel!

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