School News & Announcements

Students Grade 7-9 2018/2019 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey

posted Dec 10, 2018, 6:06 AM by Tracy Murray

St. Mark Catholic High School has been invited to participate in the 2018/2019 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey. This is the only survey conducted nationally to monitor smoking, alcohol and drug use behaviours of Canadian youth and also asks questions about bullying and sleep. CSTADS is funded by Health Canada. On December 19, 2018, students in grades 7, 8 and 9 with parental permission will be asked to take part in the survey. An information letter and permission form has been sent home with your child. Completed permission forms need to be returned to student services before December 19, 2018. To complete the form online, please visit .  For more information about the project and access to copies of the questionnaires visit

Smoke Free Ontario Act

posted Nov 5, 2018, 7:07 AM by Tracy Murray

There has been a change to where smoking/vaping may occur around a school.  From the Government of Ontario website:

You cannot smoke or vape in any public or private school's:

  • indoor space
  • outdoor grounds, including playgrounds and sports fields
  • public areas within 20 meters of the school’s grounds
This means smokers have to be at least 20 meters away from the perimeter of the school grounds (and not from the front entrance).

St Mark Christmas Craft Fair

posted Oct 31, 2018, 11:09 AM by Debbie Findlay   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 10:33 AM ]

Get a jump on that Christmas shopping!  Free parking • Over 100 Vendors. Come join us Saturday November 10th from 10AM to 4PM and Sunday November 11th from 10AM to 3PM. Admission: Donation of canned good for local food bank or $2. Please click here for a list of vendors

Grade 7&8 After School Literacy & Numeracy Program

posted Oct 10, 2018, 10:45 AM by Debbie Findlay   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

Are you interested in having your grade 7 or grade 8 child get support after school in Numeracy or Literacy? Once again, St. Mark is offering extra Math and English support on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Courses run until December and from 2:30-4:30p.m.  Late buses are available on these days.  Please click here for more information on the numeracy program. Please click here for more information on the literacy program


posted Oct 3, 2018, 5:28 PM by Tracy Murray

Students: school safety starts with you!

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OCSBconnect is a service that allows Grade 7 to 12 students to submit anonymous tips on incidents of bullying, student safety, and crime to school staff by phone, text, or mobile app.

This service, which was requested by our students, strives to make our schools safer and more welcoming by providing students with a tool that allows them to report bullying incidents without putting their own safety at risk.

For help or to share anonymous tips on bullying and crime, text or call:  613-604-9766

(standard text messaging rates apply)  Download the free OCSBconnect App from iTunes or the Android store.


For more information visit the OCSB website at:

Public Health- Vaping and Teens

posted Oct 2, 2018, 8:04 AM by Tracy Murray

If you’re the parent of a teenager, you might have heard about the rising number of teens that are using vapour products, such as electronic cigarettes. Rates of vaping have now surpassed tobacco smoking among youth. For instance, 23% of Ottawa high school students in grades 9-12 have used an electronic cigarette at least once compared to 14% that have tried tobacco.

This growing vape culture is concerning as the long-term safety of inhaling the chemicals from vaping products are still unknown. Vaping products may also contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can alter brain development and can affect concentration and memory in youth.

For more information, please visit

Water Testing

posted Sep 25, 2018, 10:27 AM by Debbie Findlay

Since 2007, the Ontario government has been requiring child care centres and schools to flush the plumbing in their facilities and test drinking water for lead. Please read the following letter for more information. Letter

History Trip 2019

posted Sep 10, 2018, 6:15 AM by Tracy Murray   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 6:17 AM ]

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and honour Canadian heroes by visiting the Beaches of Normandy this April.
See Mrs. Bain in room 206 for an information package.
Time is running out!

First Day of School (Sept 4th) - Procedures

posted Aug 21, 2018, 8:56 AM by Tracy Murray

Grade 7 Students -  All Grade 7 Students are asked to report to the cafeteria gym upon arrival on the first day of school.

Grade 8-12 Students - All Grade 8-12 Students are asked to find their names on locator lists found around the school and report to homeroom to receive their timetable and locker assignment.

Grade 7/8 Calypso Field Trip

posted Jun 12, 2018, 6:13 AM by Tracy Murray   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 10:09 AM ]

The Permission forms for the grade 7/8 field trip to Calypso on June 25th are due tomorrow (Wednesday June 13th, 2018).  No late forms will be accepted.

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