Published on
Dec 15, 2023
Weekly Update

Lessons & Carols Event

Experience the true meaning of the Advent season at St. Paul’s High School’s Lessons & Carols.

Join us in prayerful reflection and joyful celebration as our student bands and choirs illuminate the beauty of the Christmas story. Let the music and lessons of this special night inspire and uplift your spirit.

  • December 18, 2023
  • 7:00–8:30pm
  • Murray Hall

The Freshman Retreat

Congratulations and many thanks to all the student-leaders, faculty, and staff, on this year's Freshman Retreat which took place December 7–8.

​The purpose of the retreat was to help ensure a smooth transition of new students to St. Paul's, to provide an opportunity to build friendships, and to be welcomed into our community by the senior students. The theme of the retreat was "Walking in Lasting Devotion" with focus on building relationships, taking care of one another, learning to be aware of God's presence in our daily lives, and finding opportunities to care for all those we encounter.

All members of the Grade 9 class participated in the retreat. The retreat was planned and led by students with fifty-two grade 12 students serving as leaders/mentors for groups of Grade 9 students. In addition, there were nearly forty grade 10 and 11 students who worked behind the scenes to look after all the logistics during the retreat. The teachers responsible for coordinating the retreat were Mr. Hurton and Mrs. Cindy Kochanski. We are also grateful to the many alumni, clergy members, service placements, parent-drivers, parents who opened their homes for meals, the cafeteria staff for cooking lunch and breakfast, and especially, Mrs. Tasha Lagasse, Mrs. Cindy Kochanski, and the Grounds Crew, for ordinating and distributing food  throughout the two-day retreat. 

Computer Science Education Week

On Tuesday, December 12th, our Grade 12 Computer Science class went to Gonzaga Middle School for Computer Science Education Week. St. Paul’s students created and facilitated workshops incorporating computer science concepts using Micro:Bits, remote control cars, robots, codebreaking and Hour of Code. The day was a big success and has hopefully inspired some GMS students to pursue computer science in the future. Many thanks to our Computer Science teacher, Mrs. Latimer, who coordinated this event, and to all Computer Science students that facilitated workshops at GMS!

Tuesday, 19 December: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

The Human Rights Initiative is hosting Ugly Sweater Day on Tuesday, December 19th. You can wear an “ugly” sweater and donate $1, or wear a regular relaxed dress code for $2. There will also be donuts for sale and a Christmas photobooth in Murray Hall. Students can take festive photos with their own phones for $1 or receive a small polaroid print for $2.

All proceeds go to the Foot Clinic and Holiday Party at Sunshine House, which is a local walk-in centre that helps those struggling with homelessness and addiction.

Wednesday, 20 December: Late Start for Students

Schedule IV is in effect. 

Friday, 22 December: Admin Day

No Classes. 

From the Counselling Department

From CMU: Two New Events

  • Discover Day: February 2, afternoon or all day. Tour, class visit, lunch, facultyconversations, info sessions, and more.
  • NEW Open House: February 22, 6:00–8:00 PM. Campus tours, program information booths, and more.

Scholarships: Here are a few scholarships we are featuring this week.

Jungle Scout Scholarship: A $2500 award for students studying in business, entrepreneurship, computer science, or related fields. Requires a three-minute elevator pitch for a SaaS or ecommerce-related idea.  Application due: Dec. 31, 2023.

Rise Challenge Scholarship: A $500,000 scholarship for students who demonstrate brilliance, perseverance, integrity, empathy, and calling. Rise Global Winners hail from around the world and demonstrate brilliance in a range of disciplines. Some may excel in STEM fields, others may show outstanding artistic ability, and others may have a gift for community service and organizing. Application due: Jan. 17, 2024.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship: A $20,000 scholarship to support students entering into Engineering.  Application due: February 1, 2024.

Stossel in the Classroom Scholarship: $2,500 essay writing scholarship. Application deadline: March 22, 2024.

Kochar and Company Scholarship: $1,000 essay writing scholarship on accounting.  Application deadline: March 31, 2024.

Parents of Grade 11 Students

Is your son interested in studying at the University of Alberta? The U of A is offering the possibility of an all-expenses paid weekend to visit their campus. Twenty students will be selected from across Canada. It includes transportation reimbursement, accommodations, meals and a schedule of events. They will stay in residence, visit the facilities, and experience U of A student life first-hand. Chaperones will also take them around the city on tour.

  • Who: 20 Grade 11 Students From Across Canada
  • What: U of A Getaway
  • When: May 24–26, 2024
  • Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Students can learn more and apply at The application deadline is January 31, 2024.

University of Manitoba

Access Program - Apply Now

The Access Program provides support to students who have experienced barriers to post-secondary education due to economic and/or cultural reasons. Benefits for students include academic and financial advising, personal counselling, tutoring support and more. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024.

Preparatory Skills Classes

Students who need to strengthen or build their math skills, or who are missing a required math pre-requisite, can register for Math Skills courses offered through Extended Education. Courses are taken online and are recommended prior to studying at university. For students who may not have completed high school Chemistry or Physics pre-requisites, the Faculty of Science offers two courses (PHYS 1018: The Mechanics of Nature and CHEM 1018: The Central Science) that may be of interest, students are encouraged to contact an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Science for more information.


From the Parent Guild

Thanks so much to all the following coordinators who orchestrated these Parent Guild Events/Hospitality this fall: 

  • Debate Tournament - Gillian Hauser
  • Parent Teacher - Susan Robson and Michelle Martin
  • Grad Pizza Lunch - Kirsten McConnell Band concert- Tracy Bowman
  • Bake Sale - Daryla Christie Stewart and Jill Hanson
  • Christmas Decorating Aliyah Rahaman
  • The Freshman Retreat- Jeff Sadowsky Career Day - Kim Mercury and Gillian Hauser
  • Parent Social Evening Rosie Gupta
  • Christmas Staff Brunch- Kelly Morganti and Jen Melo

There were also many additional volunteers who showed up at these events to help make them run smoothly, thanks to all of our hardworking families.

Some parents also take time out of their day to do volunteer shifts in the Cru Shoppe. The Parent Guild is so appreciative of all the support we have been given this year! We couldn’t do it without you.

  • ​7:00–8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
  • MultiPlex
  • Click HERE to register to attend.

Congratulations, UMAN 15–17 Boys!

The UMAN 15–17 Boys, including Senuth Edirisinghe '24 (picured far-left), set a new provincial record for the 4 x 50 Medley Relay wtih a time of 1:45.33.