Published on
Sep 22, 2023
Weekly Update

Week of Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Week at St. Paul’s will be recognized from September 25–29 and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is Saturday, 30 September. Throughout the week students, staff and families are encouraged to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential institutions, their families, and communities. St. Paul’s staff and students will be participating in educational opportunities of remembrance and reconciliation. Our school remains committed to ongoing learning and formation with respect to reconciliation and collaboration will all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities.

Monday, 25 September: Semester 1 Course Change Deadline

This date is the deadline for submitting requests for Semester 1 course changes. Students should contact their counsellor before this deadline to ensure their course change is considered. 

Wednesday, 27 September: Orange Shirt Day

St. Paul's invites all staff and students to wear orange shirts. Grade 9 students, along with new Grade 10–12 students, will be provided with a school-designed orange shirt. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. (Source: Government of Canada National Day for Truth and Reconciliation). 

St. Paul's will have an all-school assembly in this day. The assembly will include traditional Indigenous drumming and Mr. Kevin Chief will be our guest speaker. Schedule V is in effect. All students are required to attend the assembly and should report to their core group locations at 8:30 a.m. for attendance. 


Grades 10 and 11 Students: Ignatian Service Registration

The Ignatian Service Registration for all Grades 10 and 11 students is due on October 5, 2023. The registration is to be submitted online. Students must also submit an Ignatian Service Contract, to be uploaded as part of the online registration. Printed copies of the contract are found outside the Campus Ministry office or students may print their own (the file is found in the Ignatian Service Teams channel). For clarity, the physical contract, filled out and signed, is not to be submitted to Mr. Martinez. Students must scan or take a photo of the contract and include it in their online registration. For any questions, please contact Mr. Christian Martinez, Campus Minister.

Grade 10 Online Registration (click)
Grade 11 Online Registration (click)


From the Counselling Department

Parents of Grade 12 Students 
If you are interested in the information that was presented to your son on the topics of university and scholarships, you may want to watch a video recording of the presentation. We are encouraging our senior students to be especially organized and independent in their final year at St. Paul's, so parents should feel no pressure to manage this material.
Students considering out of province universities may be interested in chatting with a St. Paul's graduate from the class of 2023 who is now studying at the university of their choice. We have willing graduates who have provided their contact information in various programs at the University of Western Ontario (Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Financial Economics, and Huron U1), University of Ottawa (Social Sciences- Criminology, Political Science and Economics Joint Program), McMaster (Mechanical Engineering), University of Windsor (U1), University of British Columbia (Science), and University of Calgary. The list will continue to grow as more students from the class of 2023 respond, so your son should reach out to his counsellor if he is interested in a match. 

Graduates are prepared to answer any questions, including queries about the application process, living away from home, finding housing, university life, general impressions of their new university, or program-specific information.
Admission Statistics for the University of Manitoba are now available for the 2023 school year.  Student received this information on Teams. This information helps students clarify what grades were required to be accepted into a faculty for the past two years. For example, the published requirement for entry into the Faculty of Business is 85%, however the actual grades necessary in 2023 was 86% and in 2022 it was 89%. It is also helpful for planning for non-direct entry programs. For example, the Faculty of Medicine typically has approximately 1100 applicants in a year, and they accept 125.
University Applications: The application portals are now open for the University of Manitoba as well as O.U.A.C., the site for applying to Ontario universities.

Parent Guild

Save the Date!
The Parent Guild is looking for 3 volunteers to coordinate the hospitality reception for the following events:

  • Career Day: November 1, 2023
    Coordinator and volunteers put together a reception area at the front entrance with coffee, juice, fruit, muffins. Approximately 60 presenters are spread out over the morning from 9:30 am-12:00 pm.
  • Convocation Reception: June 25, 2024

To make sure things run smoothly for next year, we like to have “shadows” for some of the coordinator positions, the following are still vacant: 

  • Angus Reid Debate Tourney: October 15, 2022
  • Junior Debate Tournament:  November 9, 2022
  • Open House – January 11, 2024

“How to” folders and many volunteers come with the above events.

Please email for further information.

Growing Christmas Hamper Funds 
Thank you to all parents for donations of gently used dress code and St. Paul’s branded clothing to the school. The Nearly New “pop up” Shoppe had lots of traffic! All monies collected from Nearly New go directly into the Christmas Hamper Fund. 

Clothes too Tight?
We are still accepting donations for the next Nearly New Sale that will take place in November. Please drop off items to the front office anytime in September.

Graciously accepting the following: blazers, dress pants, dress shirts, ties, belts and dress shoes, khakis, St. Paul’s polos, gym shorts, t-shirts, sweats & sweatshirts. (St Paul’s branded, athletic clothing only)