School News

OPH Vaccination Clinics for Grades 7 & 8 on May 30 & 31

Ottawa Public Health will be on site Tuesday, May 30 , and Wednesday, May 31, to provide vaccinations for our Grade 7 & 8 students.

All students in Grade 7 (students born in 2010), have received a package from their homeroom teacher with the consent form for the hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal disease vaccines. 

For students in Grade 8, if you and your child signed the consent form last school year, the consent is STILL VALID (consent is valid for 24 months following the date it was given). If consent is on file and your child is due for a vaccine mentioned above, nurses from Ottawa Public Health will, with child consent, proceed with the vaccination. If you are unsure if consent is on file, call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

Key Information

These vaccines are publicly funded, so no payment is needed. Please speak with your child about the vaccines. You and your child need to sign the consent form for each vaccine you want your child to get.

Even if you do not want your child vaccinated, fill out the consent form indicating “No” forall vaccines you do not wish your child to receive.


On vaccination day, please eat a good breakfast,  bring an extra juice or snack to school,  wear short sleeves or a loose shirt so that the upper arm can be exposed easily, without undressing, bring a mask to wear in the clinic, and bring the consent form to school.

Lions' Lap May 12

The Lions’ Lap is a school spirit day/fundraiser that is put on by the School (Parent) Council.  

All students are asked to get pledges for completing the “Lions’ Lap” which is a 5 km walk (5 loops of a 1 km neighbourhood walk).   Pledges can be made at this link  St Mark Lions Lap.  When making donations Please uncheck the Myself box and enter the name of the student you are donating on behalf of in the "Who are you purchasing this for?" There will be prizes for the students who receive the most donations.  All funds collected will go to support school initiatives/activities/equipment that directly benefit our students.

After the walk, the students will be treated to a hot dog lunch put on by the parent council and the rest of the day will be filled with fun, spirit-building activities.  The local radio station Hot 89.9 will be on hand during the walk/lunchtime to provide entertainment.

The Lions' Lap day is scheduled for Friday, May 12th.  We hope that this will be a fun day for our students and an opportunity to raise some funds to support students in our school.  Thank you for your consideration.

Update - Proposed changes to Catholic school attendance boundaries in the Riverside South community (2024)

Parents can provide their input and submit feedback by May 30.

A new Catholic elementary school is coming to the Riverside South community. The proposed attendance boundary for this new school affects the existing boundaries for St. Jerome and St. Leonard elementary schools. Consequently, the existing boundaries of St. Francis Xavier and St. Mark High Schools will also be affected.  Read the notice about the proposed changes. 

Slide presentation from April 24 public consultation meeting:
New Riverside South Catholic Elementary School Attendance Boundary Public Meeting Presentation.

Parents can provide their input and submit feedback by completing this feedback form. The deadline to provide your feedback is Tuesday, May 30, 2023

High School Midterm Report Cards Available April 27. 

High School Midterm Report Cards will be made available via the Parent Portal on Thursday, April 27th at 5:00 PM. There will be no Parent-Teacher Interviews after this reporting period.

Grad Fees due April 28th via School Cash Online

Our 2023 Graduation Ceremony will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 28th, 2023 at The MET.  Preparations for this very special day are already underway.  In order to facilitate our efforts to plan your graduation, the St. Mark Graduation Committee is requesting the collection of our annual "Grad Fee" ($100.00).  This fee will cover many graduation-related expenses such as:

Please pay the graduation fee before April 28th via the link:  School Cash Online.  More detailed information regarding graduation will be sent out in the weeks ahead.

Boundary changes coming to schools in the Findlay Creek Community (2024)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has approved the new Findlay Creek Elementary School attendance boundary and associated boundary revisions to St. Bernard, St. Thomas More and St. Mary elementary schools. Consequently, the existing boundaries of St. Francis Xavier, St. Mark and St. Patrick's high schools are also affected. These changes will go into effect at the opening date of the new school in September 2024. Visit the Board website for more details.

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Letters of Intervention Available Wednesday, March 22th by 3:00 PM

Letters of Intervention will be available on Wednesday by 3:oo PM. These letters will be emailed to students and parents. They will also be available on  MyMRH.