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.

2017 Afternoon Summer Camp *** NEW ***


From July 4 to August 4, the Ottawa Catholic School Board will offer a morning Mandarin (Traditional) International Language Program at St. Nicholas Adult High School for elementary students from ages 4 to 14 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8).

Ottawa Mandarin School will hold Afternoon Summer Camps which followed the morning IL Program.  Students will enjoy many afternoons full of fun, which will include singing, cooking, calligraphy, Chinese painting, arts and crafts, badminton, dance, martial arts, and more.

Registration information will available soon.

2017 Cultural Summer Day Camp *** NEW ***


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, Ottawa Mandarin School will hold the camp from Augto Aug 11 at St. Nicholas Adult High School.

Registration information will be available soon.

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.


Year End and Graduation Ceremonies

Jun 17, 2017 is the last day of this school year. We will be celebrating the achievements of the students and congratulating the graduating class. 


Summer Programs

We are now accepting registrations for the Ottawa Mandarin School July Afternoon Summer Camp and August Cultural Summer Day Camp

Registration forms are now available for download.


Taiwan Day

In celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Canada will host the "Taiwan Day" on Sunday, July 9th at the Heritage Building, Lansdowne Park from 10 am to 6 pm.  Admission is free.

Representative H.E. Chung-Chen Kung and Mayor Jim Watson will give their opening remarks from 2:05 to 2:15.


Program includes dance performance by Dancing Group of Taiwanese Canadian Association of Montreal, Concert by Moments from Montreal (a Taiwanese Youth group), Ocarina Performance by Taiwanese Canadian Association of Ottawa, Bamboo Flute and Modern Dance Performance by Shuni Tsou and Gernevieve La, violin performance by Sophie Pan accompanied by pianist D. Kai Ma. 

There will also flower arrangement demo and two film screenings. In addition, there is a kid's education and interaction corner (teaching painting and crafts).

For more information, see the English and Chinese schedule of event.


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