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 Site Adminstrator and Instructor for Traditional Mandarin **

The International Languages Program of the Ottawa Catholic School Board is looking for a site administrator and instructor for the Traditional Mandarin Program.  If you are interested and qualify, please send your resume to [email protected] by Sep 28, 2017.

For more information, visit Ongoing Job Opportunities / Continuing Education on the OCSB website.

Reference Numbers:

COMP CE 027 17 for IL Instructor - Traditional Mandarin

COMP CE 026 17 for Site Adminstrator 

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

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

2018 Afternoon Summer Camp 

From July 3 to August 3, the Ottawa Catholic School Board offered 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 held Afternoon Summer Camps which followed the morning IL Program.  Students enjoyed many afternoons full of fun, which will include singing, cooking, calligraphy, Chinese painting, arts and crafts, badminton, dance, martial arts, and more.

2017 Cultural Summer Day Camp -- (Not Available 2018)

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.

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.


First Day for ILP Classes 

Saturday morning classes for the OCSB International Languages Program start on Sep 9, 2017.


First Day for Culture Classes

OMS Culture Classes will begin on

Sep 23, 2017.


TECO Movie Screenings

In partnership with the Canadian Film Institute, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Canada (TECO) will host a movie screening of "Hang in There, Kids!on Friday, October 27th and "Grandriders" on Friday, November 3rd in the Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly called River Building), Carleton University.

TECO will provide light refreshment starting around 6:30 pm.  Movies will start around 7:00 pm.

Admission is free.  Campus parking is $8 after 5:00 pm for the entire evening.


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Contact Us



[email protected]