Published on
Apr 12, 2024
Weekly Update

Farewell to Fr. Boutilier, S.J. 

With mixed emotions, we bid farewell to our beloved chaplain, Fr. Boutilier, S.J. who will embark on a new ministry next year (to be announced at a later date).
Fr. Boutilier, S.J. first joined SPHS on July 1st 1985 and since then he has served 22 remarkable years via three separate placements and he has left an enduring legacy.  
We also prepare to honour Fr. Boutilier, S.J. as a jubilarian, commemorating his 50 years in the Society of Jesus. Let's express our heartfelt appreciation for his tireless efforts and compassionate leadership.
Fr. Boutilier, S.J., your presence will be deeply missed, but your spirit will continue to inspire us. May your new journey be blessed, knowing you leave behind a cherished legacy of love and service at St. Paul's High School.

This Weekend: Spring Drama Production

The St. Paul’s Dramatic Society is pleased to present THE ODYSSEY, April 12–13, in Murray Hall. Curtain for all  performances will be at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased ONLINE (or in person) via the Cru Shoppe.

Note that there are no physical tickets. Please keep a copy of your receipt on your phone that you will present upon entrance.

Students can access their free ticket via the QR code displayed on the hallway monitors.


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37TH Annual SPHS Fashion Show “Takin’ It To The Streets” SILENT AUCTION

The Class of 2024 proudly presents Taking it to the Streets, it’s 37th Annual Fashion Show on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at the Victoria Inn & Conference Centre.

Ticket sales are now closed but you can join in on the action by bidding on our fantastic Silent Auction Prizes here. St. Paul's High School- 2024 campaign | Powered by Givergy

Bidding closes at 9:30 PM on April 17th! All proceeds support the SPHS Magis Fund.

Contact Kerri Moore, Head of Advancement and Special Projects at or 204-831-2325 for more information.

Semester 2 Progress Marks/Comments and Parent-Teacher Conferences

Semester 2 Progress Marks and Comments and are now accessible to parents and students via the PowerSchool Parent Portal and Mobile App. Printed report cards will be provided in June at the conclusion of the school year. 

This guide provides details for accessing progress marks, comments, and assignment results, as well as instructions for booking Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

Semester 2 Parent-Teacher Conference Sessions

  • Thursday, 25 April, 3:30–7:30PM
  • Friday, 26 April, 9:00AM–12:00PM

In person conferences are preferred, however, parents have the option of booking virtual conferences. The standard length for each conference is five minutes. Should you wish to schedule a longer conference, please contact the appropriate teacher to arrange an alternate meeting date and time.

Please refer to the attached guide for instructions on scheduling conferences. A list of teachers and room locations is also included. Rooms are colour-coded based on locations in the school to aid in planning the order of conferences. 

  • Conference Booking OPENS: Monday, 15 April at 7:30AM
  • Conference Booking CLOSES: Wednesday, 24 April at 5:00PM

After conferences have been booked, you will receive an automated email message confirming each conference scheduled. If your email application flags automated messages as junk, please add to your email address book or check your junk email folder to find the automated messages sent by Conference Manager.

If you opt for virtual conferences, you will receive an email reminder on the date/time of each conference with a link to join each virtual meeting. Please sign-up for a free WebEx account prior to your conferences:

School Clothing Sales

The Nearly New sale will be set up in the school Thursday, April 25 from 3:30–7:00 pm during parent teacher meetings.

We will have slightly used uniform polo shirts, suits and dress shirts available for purchase. The Crusader Shoppe will be open that same evening from 3:30–7:00 pm.

Please note, the Nearly New Shoppe cannot accept credit cards for payment. *CASH OR CHEQUES ONLY*

***Remember, students switch back to casual uniform attire May 1st***

Monday, 15 April: School Assembly

Scott Oake, father of Bruce & Darcy (SPHS class of 2005), will be at St. Paul's to present on the topic of addiction. Specifically, Mr. Oake will share the very personal story of his son, Bruce, who struggled with addiction and, tragically, lost his battle with addiction in 2011. We will follow a modified schedule to accommodate this assembly. All students are expected to attend the assembly. Parents are welcome. 

  • Assembly: 9:50–10:50 a.m.
  • Location: Richardson Gym, MultiPlex

Wednesday, 17 April: Late Start for Students

Schedule IV is in effect.

From the Maroon & White

Dear members of the St. Paul’s Community,  
The Maroon and White Society would like to thank all of you for your support during Mission Week 2 in support of Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatawin (OPK) Manitoba. It was a week full of tremendous support, education, and awareness. We would like to thank Mr. Daniel Hidalgo for spending time with us to kick off Mission Week and sharing his knowledge and experience with us about OPK. We would also like to thank Ms. Leah Gazan, Member of Parliament who represents Winnipeg Centre in the House of Commons and Mr. Mitch Bourbonniere, an extremely devoted volunteer at OPK and alumnus of St. Paul’s High School for their presentations and willingness to share their immense knowledge with the St. Paul’s Community on the ongoing crisis of the murdered and missing Indigenous women. Finally, we would like to thank everyone who supported Mission Week through the daily $2 relaxed dress codes, the pizza lunch, bannock sales, the volunteer group, and the infamous Benefit Bash. Without your support and willingness to make change we would not have been able to help OPK Manitoba in the impactful way that we did. Thank you to all students and community members who made this week possible.
The 2023- 2024 Maroon and White Society 

Monday, 22 April: Diabetes Canada Clothing Drive 

Hello St. Paul's community!

On behalf of the Environmental Action Committee, we encourage students to donate gently used clothing or textile recycling in support of Diabetes Canada on April 22, 2024, Earth Day. Please have your sons bring their clothing to the Cass Gym link from 8:00-8:30 a.m. We hope to promote reuse and sustainability. Thanks for supporting this cause! 

Also, if your sons are interested in bettering the community and supporting environmentalism, the EAC is always welcome to new members!

Tuesday, 23 April: Grade 11 Religion Field Trip

(ALL Grade 11 students)

Attention all Grade 11 students. You must complete the Grade 11 Religion Field Trip form by Thursday, 18 April using the link below. Failure to do so will result in an MI for missed appointment. Please direct questions to Dr. Puchniak, Mr. Costa, or Mr. Borges. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Tuesday, 30 April: Parent Retreat

St. Paul’s High School is proud to offer its annual Parent Retreat for all parents of current students. This year’s retreat theme is “WALKING IN OUR SON’S FOOTSTEPS”.

The retreat will be held on Tuesday evening, April 30th, from 6–9pm, in Alumni & Friends Hall. A hot meal will be provided early on in the retreat.

During our three hours together, there will be prayer time, a meal, presentations, student-witness talks, table discussions as well as a large group discussion.

The cost of the retreat will be $15 per adult. Tickets can be purchased via the online Cru Shoppe. (The link is provided on digital the registration form). If ever cost is a factor, please do not hesitate to reach out to me so the school can easily cover the cost.

Ray Comeault

Director of Mission and Ignatian Identity

REGISTRATION LINK (and link to ticket purchase):

Friday, 3 May: Grade 12 Mother-Son Celebration

It is time to register for the Mother Son and Tree Planting Ceremony.

Please click HERE to register for the event, and remember to include your son in your registration numbers.

This event takes place on Friday, May 3rd at 8:30 am in the Multiplex, and there is no cost.

Please note that this event is traditionally reserved for mothers of graduands and their sons.  Should there be a need to consider other options, please contact Mrs. Paterson directly.

Crusader Football Tryouts

On April 11th at lunch, an information meeting was held for students in grades 9, 10, and 11 who are interested in learning more about Crusader Football tryouts. If your son missed the meeting or is still in need of information, please have your son contact Mr. Dainard via Teams.

Varsity Camp – May 9, 10, 11.

This camp is open to any 2024–25 St. Paul’s student who will be in grade 11 or 12*. (*2024–25 grade 10 students who wish to try-out for Varsity football should contact Mr. Dainard).

Junior Varsity Camp – June 17, 18, 19, 20.

This camp is open to any 2024–25 St. Paul’s student who will be in grade 9 or 10.

If there are any questions, please have your son contact Mr. Dainard via Teams.

From the Counselling Department

Two new scholarships were shared with students this week:

An essay contest for the Manitoba Young Liberals:  The essay should discuss the applicant’s vision for the future of Manitoba, and answer the question, “If you were elected Premier of Manitoba, what would you do?”  1000 word essay.  Due May 17th.  Mayor's Scholarship for Community Leadership 2024.pdf

Mayor's Scholarship:  For those who have made a significant contribution to Winnipeg and demonstrated outstanding community leadership.  Due May 31st, 4 pm.  manitobaYoungLiberals.doc

We also re-posted the information for two scholarship that are open to St. Paul's students only: the Duncan Norrie Scholarship and the Acheson Cadieux Memorial Award.  Information can be found on Teams and on the school's scholarship database. 

Congratulations to grade 11 Rodmehr Filizadeh who was one twenty-five students in Canada selected to attend an all-expenses paid trip to the University of Alberta with their U of A Getaway Program.

UBC Indigenous Summer Science Programs (grades 9-12)

UBC Summer Science offers two 1-week programs for Indigenous high school students to experience university first-hand and engage in health science, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and cultural activities. Students will make friends and memories that will last a lifetime! Throughout the program, they will learn from Summer Science Elder(s) as well as the numerous program coordinators and workshop facilitators!

Grades 11 & 12 attend from June 30- July 6, 2024

Grades 9 & 10 attend from July 7 – July 13, 2024

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM

Register at:

UBC Future Global Leaders' Program (ages 15-18)

High school students can try out a university subject before applying to university in our summer Future Global Leaders program.  

Students can enjoy the full university experience by attending Future Global Leaders at the UBC Vancouver campus (where students can choose between staying in a student residence or commuting daily to campus), or study at home with online courses. 

Future Global Leaders on-campus

Future Global Leaders online

St. Paul's High School Welcomes Katherine Brito

Please read this letter announcing Katherine Brito as our newest staff member in the role of Executive Assistant to the President. You may contact Ms. Brito by email,, or by calling 204-831-2312.