Discover our School
Our school respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded Indigenous territory of the Algonquin Peoples,
on whose territory we pray, learn, play and work.
The OCSB acknowledges the suffering experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada's Residential Schools and is committed to Truth and Reconciliation. Read the OCSB Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action to learn more.
Grade 7-8 Timetable
Period 1 8:00 - 8:55
Period 2 9:00 - 9:50
Period 3 9:55 - 10:45
Period 4 10:50 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:00 (Gr. 7 eating, Gr. 8 outside)
12:00 - 12:20 (Gr. 8 eating, Gr. 7 outside)
Period 5 12:25 - 1:15
Period 6 1:20 - 2:10
Grade 9-12 Timetable
Homeroom 8:00 - 8:10
Period 1 8:10 - 9:25
Period 2 9:30 - 10:45
Lunch 10:50 - 11:30
Period 3 11"35 - 12:50
Period 4 12:55 - 2:10
Safe Schools Policies
St. Joseph Learning Commons Staff:
Teacher-Librarian — Andrew Pentlow
Library-Technician — Lorraine Vleck
The mission of the Learning Commons is to teach all students to read for breadth and understanding, to research with purpose and process, to build knowledge with insight and responsibility with respect to Catholic values, and to transform their knowledge into wisdom for a lifetime of learning.
As a centre for collaborative learning and inquiry, reference and research, the Learning Commons encourages students to pursue projects, develop interests and skills, and become knowledgeable and informed members of society. The Learning Commons also offers opportunities for students to complete homework and read for pleasure in a relaxed and studious environment. Staff are available to facilitate the research process and help guide students on their quest for quality sources of information. Staff are also able to support students and staff with technological questions and recommend the best web tools for academic purposes.
The Learning Commons is a place where students can use technology to engage in the learning process, i.e. Smart board, eBooks, Chromebooks, iPads, Kobos.
Students may also search our collection of physical and electronic resources by using our Insignia integrated library system in the Student Portal. Students login in to St. Joseph using their student number and network password.
Hours of Operation
The Learning Commons is available for quiet research and study from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday including senior and junior lunch.
Fines are set at 20 cents per day for each overdue book and $1.00 per day for each overdue Chromebook. Additional materials may not be borrowed or renewed until the books are returned and/or the fine is paid. Students will be charged the replacement value of lost items. Students who do not pay fines or return books will have their report cards, textbooks and yearbooks withheld. Students may renew their own books through their Insignia account!
Students will have three free pages per day if for academic purposes; otherwise 10 cents will be charged for each extra page.
The Learning Commons has over 13,000 titles in its collection in both English and French. The Learning Commons collection contains many current hot fiction titles for teen readers, as well as non-fiction titles.
Research Databases and Newspapers
The Student Portal on the school's webpage provides the student with access to a number of databases and the e-version of the Ottawa Citizen. Passwords are available on the "Students Software Links & Passwords" link in the Student Portal. Ask a librarian for help!
Learning Commons Technology is available for student use in the Learning Commons - Chromebooks, LCD projectors, smart Boards, Plasma TVs, and Kobo e-readers.
The chapel plays a major role in the life of our school community. The chapel is physically situated in the heart of the school and is at the same time, the spiritual centre. The chapel is a quiet place designed for both staff and student liturgies and personal prayer.
Chaplaincy Leader: Lindsay Moore-Chung
Our school community and every student and staff member has gifts for the building up of the community. As part of the community, the chaplain works closely with others in the school to assist in the general education of students within a spiritual framework. Celebration and service, two key elements of the spiritual life, are integral to the life of our Catholic school. The chaplain, in conjunction with students and staff, assists in the animation of these areas. The chaplain is available to both the students and staff through prayer, retreats and spiritual counselling.
St. Joseph Student Handbook
Key components our policies and procedures were reviewed on the first day of school, as well as during the Welcome Assemblies at the start of the year. The complete Student Handbook can be viewed here:
Download the document to navigate using the hyperlinked table of contents.