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.

Notice of online session for 2020-2021 school year

Following the OCSB decision, all elementary (JK-Grade9) and high school credit Mandarin programs will start with online sessions only with possible option for physical school attendance later in the fall semester.  

Online classes via Google Classroom/Google Meet will commence on Sept. 12, 2020.

Online registration for all classes is now open (OCSB registration page and high school page).  Please select Traditional Mandarin Program at St. Patrick HS to register.

Please visit the registration page for additional info about online class format.

Please note that due to limited access to physical class rooms, all other PAC run programs such as adult and parent-n-child classes are suspended during the first half of the school year (Sep-Dec 2020).

Adult Conversation Class available for 2020 school year

Due to pandemic measures, class is available via google meet - once a week Saturday only.  Please contact us for enrollment information.

We have moved!  New School Location starting 2019

Starting 2019 school year, all programs are relocated to the St. Patrick High School located a few minutes away from our original STM.  See official OCSB Flyer

St Patrick High School is located at 2525 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa
St. Patrick High School Ottawa

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.

2019 Afternoon Summer Camp (Cancelled for 2020)

From July 2 to August 5, 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 2020)

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. (available soon)


Adult Class (now available online for 2020-Sep!!)

Adult conversation classes available - online only via google meet.

Please contact us via email for enrollment information.


First Day for Mandarin Classes 

Saturday morning classes for the OCSB International Languages Program start on Sep 12, 2020.

See official OCSB Calendar:

Elementary program

Secondary program


Elementary and High School Credit Classes Starts Sep 21 2020

- 9:30 am for JK - Gr .8

- 9:00 am for Gr. 9 - Gr. 12

Elementary class registration available throughout the year.


Community Notices:

Webinar session on "Taiwan Meets Talents - Career Opportunities for Youth", to take place on Thursday, September 3r 2020.



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