Starting at the beginning of October, 2015, spend Wednesdays after school from 2:15 - 3:15 with Mr. Card exploring various learning softwares around assistive technology in Student Services. 

Need Help With Homework?
A.  Homework Club:  
When:  Tuesdays & Thursdays (2:30 - 4:00)
Where:  SPI Learning Commons
B.  After School Numeracy / Literacy Class

University Mini Courses
University Mini Courses will take place during Education Week in May.  These courses are offered to highly motivated academic students who would like to explore a differentiated learning experience at one of the two Universities here in Ottawa.  (Carleton and Ottawa University)  Courses are offered to our gr. 8 Gifted learners and additional spots are filled through teacher recommendations.  

For more information, please visit the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program (EMCP) website

Assistive Technology Help for Students and Parents & Parents
Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa


My Blue Print
"With this program students are engaged in the process of setting goals, recording their activities and planning their future." - Education Form Review

This program is very valuable to not only students but allows access to parents and teachers to view and possibly provide additional directives towards their student's/child's education/ career life planning.

Students will investigate interests and learning styles, goal setting, high school planner, occupation planner, resume writing and personal reflections of career related experiences.


ESL & Your Child
At St. Pat's, we are very proud to be part of a school community that is rich in its linguistic and cultural diversity. Over two-thirds of our students speak a first language other than English! One program that helps ensure your child is getting the classroom supports (s)he needs is the English As a Second Language ("ESL") programming.

What is ESL?
ESL is for English language learners ("ELLs") who are learning English as an additional language. At St. Pat's, your child stays in his or her classroom with native English peers; (s)he does not leave the classroom to work in a separate ESL class. Researchers have found that this approach works very well for children and teenagers who are trying to learn a new language in a new country. Learning a new language is a challenge for newcomers, but the school's teaching and support staff are exceptional at supporting newcomer students.

How is my child assessed?
Our ESL teacher, Ms. Catherine Kilbride, uses your child's classroom work to assess her/his language progress. Then, she gives advice to your child's classroom teachers about how they can best help your child with her/his learning. Once a year, you will receive an update about your child's language progress with your child's report card. For more information about your child's language progress, or for information on ESL programming at St. Pat's, please contact Ms. Kilbride: or 613-733-3736.

We have many extra-curricular activities and groups that support our ELLs:
  • Our Newcomer Project with St. Patrick High School (various days and times)
  • Our GLS high school credit course for Grade 7 and 8 students (Tuesdays and Thursdays after school)
  • Our Hand of Welcome breakfasts for new registrants (3-4 times a year)
  • Homework Club in the Learning Commons (Mondays and Wednesdays after school)
  • Learning Commons access over lunch (Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Additional resources for individual students and their teachers (case-by-case recommendations)