Welcome to Ottawa Mandarin School

Ottawa Mandarin School provides various programs that give students the opportunity to learn and enhance their Mandarin language skills and to enrich their Chinese cultural experiences.  These programs are offered to students of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Looking for Supply Teachers

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is accepting applications for supply teachers to teach Traditional Mandarin in the International Languages Program.  For more information, visit the OCSB webite.

Looking for volunteers

Would you like to get involved?  We are looking for parents who are interested in joining the parent advisory group or volunteering to help out with various Ottawa Mandarin School activities.  Come see us in the front foyer of the school on Saturday mornings or send us an email.

Saturday Morning Interest Programs


These programs are offered to preschool age children and adults:


Parent and Child Class

Children learn Mandarin through singing songs, playing games, reading stories, and making crafts.  No previous Mandarin experience required.

Adult Conversation Classes

*** NEW*** This year, Ottawa Mandarin School is pleased to offer two Adult Conversation Classes - a beginner level and an intermediate level.

Both Adult Mandarin Conversation Classes are aimed at non-Mandarin speaking adults who are interested in learning to speak Mandarin and about Chinese culture.

The beginner level is targeted towards adults who do not have any Mandarin experience.

Please contact us for details.

Extra Support for Students - Free

The Bopomofo Class provides students with extra help learning the BoPoMoFo phonetic system.  The Homework Club offers support to students who need extra help with their homework.  Both classes are held on Saturday afternoons from 12:15 to 1:15.

Saturday Afternoon Programs


A variety of afternoon cultural classes are offered to students and parents of Ottawa Mandarin School.  Activities include Arts and Crafts, Badminton, Chinese Dance, and Diabolo.

2016 Afternoon Summer Camp


From July 4 to August 5, the Ottawa Catholic School Board offered a morning Mandarin (Traditional) International Language Program at St. Elizabeth School.  Ottawa Mandarin School held Afternoon Summer Camps which followed the morning IL Program.  

Our OMS Afternoon Summer Camp was a success.  Students enjoyed many afternoons full of fun, which will include singing, cooking, calligraphy, Chinese painting, arts and crafts, badminton, dance, martial arts, and more.  We look forward to seeing all our campers again next year!  We thank all our teachers and volunteers, without whom we could not have our Afternoon Summer Camp.

2016 Cultural Summer Day Camp


Each summer, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada and the Overseas Community Affairs Council (Republic of China, Taiwan) sponsor a 1-week Summer Day Camp in Ottawa.  This year, the camp was held from 

Aug 15 to Aug 19.

Special Events


OMS sponsors a number of special events that take place during the year to allow students to experience Chinese culture and to showcase student performances.  Students attend demonstrations and try new activities during Culture Day.  The Chinese New Year celebrations welcomes the New Lunar Year and feature student presentations from all classes.  The Handwriting Contest gives students the opportunity to display their penmanship skills.  Students build their confidence and show their Mandarin speaking skills during the Speech Contest.

OMS reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient registration or other reasons.

OMS News and Events


Check our Calendar for upcoming events.


March Break

There will be regular classes on

Mar 11, 2017

There will not be any classes on 

Mar 18, 2017.


Afternoon Summer Camp - Jul

From Jul 4, 2016 to Aug 4, 2017, the Ottawa Catholic School Board will offer a Traditional Mandarin International Language Program at St. Nicholas High School for elementary students from ages 4 to 14 years (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8).

Ottawa Mandarin School will offer an afternoon program.

Registration information will be available soon.


Summer Day Camp

Each summer, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada and the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan) sponsor a 1-week full day summer camp in Ottawa.

This year, Ottawa Mandarin School will be hosting the full-day summer camp from Aug 8 to Aug 11 at St. Nicholas High School.

Registration information will be available soon.