Published on
Oct 20, 2023
Weekly Update

School Community Achievements

Angus Reid Debate Tournament

On Sunday, October 15th, St. Paul's High School was proud to host our Annual Angus Reid Senior Debate Tournament. Thanks to all of our debaters, judges, speakers and timers, and coaches who participated in this highly competitive event. Congratulations to Isaac Lavitt and Landon Pinette who placed 10th overall, and to Evan Peters and Nazar Bobelyak who placed first in the tournament and will go on to Nationals. 
St. Paul's will be hosting a Junior Debate tournament on Thursday, November 9th. Please cheer on our junior debaters as they compete in their first tournament at St. Paul's!

Along with the success of our students at the Angus Ried debate tournament, Joan Trimble and Anna McGill were recognized by the MSDA (Manitoba Speech and Debate Association) as the 2023 Willis S. McLeese Award recipients. 

The McLesse Award is presented annually by members of the CSDF (Canadian Speech and Debate Foundation) to a person (or persons) who made an outstanding contribution to debate in their jurisdiction. Congratulations Ms Trimble and Ms McGill. 

Victory for Varsity and JV Cross Country

The St. Paul’s Varsity and JV cross country teams both defended their Class AAAA championship titles held at Asessippi Ski Resort on Wednesday October 12th. The teams were met with favorable weather conditions, however, were faced with the most difficult course seen in years. The hilly route, 4km for JV and 5km for Varsity, was run on very rough and uneven terrain.

Official practices began in mid-August and included weekly hill work workouts at Westview Park affectionately known as Garbage Hill which proved to be instrumental in preparing for the harsh challenges of the Provincials.

The Varsity team of 17 runners was led by Adam Smith who finished 2nd and Sean Ehmann who was fourth. The other 2 counters for the Crusaders were Julian Brennan in 17th and Mitch Pollock who was 20th. The JV team of 23 competitors saw Demetre Alevizos finish 5th, Calum Brownlee 7th, Hayden Bowman was 10th and Seth Morrison was 11th.

Both teams went undefeated in the 4 WWAC conference races and both won the Milk Run Cross Country event sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. The team held its wind-up event last Saturday at the school with the inter-squad Crusader Cup Race. Team Yellow captained by Sawyer Ramsey came out victorious and got the honours of chugging chocolate milk from the  Crusader Cup. Edwin Dalke was the winner of the Prediction Run accurately predicting the exact time he would complete the course. Following the ceremonial hoisting of the Cup, the team awards were presented. Rookie of the Year went to Calum Brownlee. JV MVP was given to Demetre Alevizos. The Most Improved runner was Hayden Bowman, while Adam Smith and Sean Ehmann  shared the Leadership Award. It truly was a Championship Season and we give thanks to Almighty God for our victories and our safety throughout the season.

Thanks to our moderator, Mrs. Jacqueline  Jackson, our amazing Coach, Steve Chipman, four generous assistant coaches, Mr. Geoff Richardson, Duncan Smart ’20, Max Prescott ‘20, Sean Jackson ’16 as well as our two student managers, Luc St. Laurent and Baljot Rai, all of whom were critical in our success in their own way.

St. Sebastien- Patron of Cross Country Runners- Pray for us!


Crusader Golf Team Wins Provincial Title!

This year’s MHSAA golf provincial finals wrere held at Pleasant Valley Golf Club near Ninette, Manitoba. The St. Paul’s Golf Team sent four golfers to represent the school: Payne Wood, Bryson Harder, Liam Comaskey and Gavin Carver. Pleasant Valley is a very difficult course situated in the rolling hills of southwest Manitoba.  It presented many challenges and players were forced to play a tactical game. When all the scores were counted St. Paul’s was tied with Steinbach Collegiate. In tournament play organizers use a count back to decide on a winner in a tie situation. After the countback, St. Paul’s was awarded the Gold Medal and the Provincial Championship banner. This was the third straight Provincial Championship for the St. Paul’s Golf Team. We would like to thank both Mr. Carver and Mr. Harder for their help in supporting the team on this trip. Thank you, also, to Crusader Golf Moderator, Mr. Jeff Anderson for his support and learship. Tryouts for the 2024 season will begin in April of next year.

Calendar Changes: October 2023

St. Paul's has rescheduled a couple of PD Days in October/November as indicated below.

  • PD Day on Friday, October 27th moved to Friday, November 3rd
  • PD Day on Monday, November 13th moved to Monday November 20th

As a result, October 27th and November 13th will be REGULAR SCHOOL DAYS and there will be no classes on November 3rd and November 20th

These changes, along with the days of the school cycle (A, B, C, D), have been updated on the School Calendar*, PowerSchool, and SchoolMessenger.

*Note: school calendar changes will be visible when our webiste server completes synchronization. 



Click the image below for an updated
Year-at-a-Glance calendar. 

Wednesday, 25 October: Late Start for Students

Schedule IV is in effect.

Thursday, 26 October:  Maroon & White Sock Drive

The Maroon & White Society is organizing a sock drive in support of Main Street Project’s Socktober!

Bring in a new pairs of socks or a MINIMUM $2 donation. From 8:00–8:30 AM on October 26th.

Maroon and White members will collect socks and monetary donations at the student link and the Cass link. Students who donate will receive a dress code sticker and will be allowed casual dress for the day! After first period starts, donations may be brought to the reception desk.

From the Counselling Department

Scholarship News

The Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship at the University of Manitoba is the one scholarship that considers grade eleven marks for eligibility. Students with an average of 90% or higher in Pre- Calculus 30S, English 30S, and three other 30S courses can apply. It also takes into consideration extra-curricular involvement. All students in grade 12 were given information about the scholarship this week, with personal messages sent to those with gold honour roll status in grade eleven. The application deadline is December 1st.

Several Scholarship with November Deadlines that all students are eligible for:

Scholarship Reminders

The Queen's University Chancellor's Scholarship is due to Ms Kolton by noon on November 14th to be considered for school sponsorship. 

The TD Scholarship for Community Leadership is due November 15th, 1 p.m. EST

University News

Application Portal Now Open for those interested in applying to the University of Winnipeg.

University Visits

The University of Calgary will be visiting St. Paul's on Wednesday, October 25th. They will be set up in the hallway outside of the library/science labs starting at 2:45 and continuing until after school.

The University of British Columbia will be visiting St. Paul's on Tuesday, October 31st during the lunch break. Any interested students are welcome to attend in the Aulneau Room.

Huron College at Western will also be visiting the school on Tuesday, October 31st during the lunch break. Location to be determined.

Open House Reminders

University of Manitoba

  • Open House:  Wednesday, October 25th, 2023, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • UMSU University Centre, Fort Garry Campus

Canadian Universities Fair:  38 Canadian Universities in Attendance

  • Wednesday, November 1st, 6:00–8:30 p.m., St. John's Ravenscourt
  • Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Balmoral Hall School

University of Winnipeg

  • Future Students' Night:  Tuesday November 28th, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
  • David F. Anderson Gymnasium Duckworth Centre (400 Spence St)

Academic Help

Math Help

A reminder that math help is available every school day at lunchtime in Room B32. There is always a math teacher present, as well as students who excel at math and willing to tutor.

Peer Tutoring

A reminder that peer tutoring is available to students in all grades, for all subjects.  Students can request an appointment with their counsellor to discuss being matched up with a peer tutor.

Out-of-School Tutors  

Counsellors can recommend out-of-school tutors for student who are interested in professional tutoring in a subject area. These tutors are often recent graduates of St. Paul's or retired teachers. Tutors set their own prices.

Parent Social

SAVE THE DATE: The Parent Guild would like to invite you to their annual Parent Social on Thursday, November 16th at Alumni & Friends Hall.
Join us for a casual evening with introductions to fellow parents, laughter and making new memories! Drinks and appetizers will be served.
Tickets ($10 per person) are available to purchase now.

From the Parent Guild

Coordinators Needed

We are looking for coordinators to oversee the following events:

Parent Teacher Evenings: November 23rd and 24th, 2023

Refreshments are served during both days of Parent Teacher Conferences. You will be assigned 4–6 volunteers to pick up supplies and help out each day of the event.

Open House: January 11th, 2024

You will be assigned 10–12 volunteers that will be required to complete tasks such as picking up supplies,     setting up before the event and cleaning up afterwards. This evening event offers interested families an opportunity to come and hear about the school, while enjoying our traditional hospitality.

Custodial Staff Appreciation Luncheon: TBD - June 2024

Approximately 2–4 parents will be requested by our Volunteer Coordinator to pick up supplies, and help before, during and after the event. This Luncheon is held to recognize the exceptional commitment the custodial staff have to our boys and the parent guild.

If you are interested in taking on one of these events or need more information, please contact Gillian Hauser at

Next Parent Guild Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place: Aulneau Room

The Crusader Cash Raffle 

We are officially two weeks into the Crusader Raffle. Here is the link for ticket sales: Crusader Raffle Tickets

You can also check your inbox for an email from Rafflebox, our online Raffle platform, with the link for ticket purchases for a chance to win six cash prizes.

  • 1st prize - $10,000
  • 2nd prize - $5,000
  • 3rd prize - $2,000
  • 4th prize - $1,000
  • 5th prize - $1,000
  • 6th prize - $1,000

Ticket sales close on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at midnight with the draw taking place on Thursday, November 23, 2023. Students are asked to sell a minimum of $200 worth of tickets in support of the Bursary and Grad Fund.

As an incentive for our student sellers, we will draw for three $100 Cru Shoppe Gift Cards from all students that have reached their quota of $200 in ticket sales. In the following week, relaxed dress code will be awarded for each grade that hits 50% of their quota the week of November 6–10, 2023.

The top 3 student sellers from the raffle will also win:

  • 1st place – $300 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd place – $200 Apple Gift Card
  • 3rd place – $100 Cru Shoppe Gift Card

Thank you in advance for your support for the 2023 Crusader Raffle. For more information, please feel free to contact the Advancement Office at (204) 831-2344 or email


Tickets and Sponsorship Available for the 28th Annual Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner

Tuesday, November 7, 2023                                                                                         Join a table of current parents!

Join us in honouring this year’s recipient of the Ignatian Challenge Award, Mr. Paul Soubry ’80, on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the RBC Convention Centre. Proceeds from the annual Tribute Dinner support the St. Paul’s High School Bursary Fund. Ticket and sponsorship deadline is November 1, 2023.

More information can be found at Tribute Dinner - St Paul's High School ( or contact Kerri Moore at or 204-831-2325.