Saturday Programs

Traditional Mandarin International Language Program

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) offers a Traditional Mandarin International Language (IL) Program for elementary and secondary students on Saturday mornings at St. Thomas More School.  The IL Program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Registration is free for Ontario residents (with only a $10 consumable fee). See official program website


Students learn to read, write, and converse in Mandarin.  Students are taught Traditional Chinese characters and use the Zhuyin Fuhao / Bopomofo phonetic system to help students with pronunciation.  The curriculum includes multimedia teaching resources for teachers to better utilize Smartboard functionality in the classrooms, as well as learning aids to help parents support learning at home.  Students from all school boards are welcome.

Elementary Mandarin Classes

Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8

9:30 - 12:00

Classes are from Sep. to Jun. following the day-school calendar

- Onsite registration starts first Sat. of Sep and is ongoing throughout the year

- Parents should see the site administer for registration

- For more information, you may contact the Ottawa Catholic School Board at


Information and Registration Form

Secondary Credit Mandarin Classes

9:00 - 12:30

Classes are from Sep. to Jun. following the day-school calendar

- Registration is first two weeks of Sep.

- Parents should see the site administrator for registration

- For more information, you may contact the Ottawa Catholic School Board at


Information and Registration Form

For more information during school year (Sep. - Jun.), you may contact the site administrator at

St. Patrick High School on Saturday mornings at the school (9 am - 12 noon).

Note for 2020-2021 school year, due to COVID19 pandemic measures, all classes will commence online via google classroom with possibility of physical attendance later in the Fall.


Saturday Cultural Programs and Extra Student Support

The Saturday cultural programs and extra student support are operated by Ottawa Mandarin School in partnership with OCSB.


The Bopomofo Class, Homework Club, and Mandarin Library provides support to student learning and the Saturday cultural programs give students the opportunity to learn and enhance their Mandarin language skills and to enrich their Chinese cultural experiences.

Bopomofo Class

12:15 - 1:15

Free - Registration is not required (availability depends on request and enrollment)

This class provides students with extra help learning the BoPoMoFo phonetic system.

Homework Club

12:15 - 1:15

Free - Registration is not required

The Homework Club offers support to students who need extra help

Mandarin Library

Over the years, the OMS library has acquired many books, and VCDs with children's stories, Chinese culture, and science.  No fees for OMS students.

Student Resources

Parent and Child Class (2020 Sept. availability pending)

11:00 - 12:00

$75 - Session 1 (12 classes) from Sep. to Jan.

$75 - Session 2 (12 classes) from Jan. to May. (see school-year calendar for dates)

The Parent and Child Class is for children ages 2.5 to 3 years old, accompanied by a parent.  Children learn Mandarin through singing songs, playing games, reading stories, and making crafts.  No previous Mandarin experience required.

Registration form


Adult Mandarin Conversation Class (2020 Sept. availability pending)

9:45 - 11:45

$80 - Session 1 (12 classes) from Sep. to Jan.

$80 - Session 2 (12 classes) from Jan. to May (see school-year calendar for dates)

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

Registration form


Afternoon Cultural Classes

12:10 - 1:10 Arts and crafts

12:10 - 1:10 Badminton (9 years and older) - free play


Registration form will be available soon.


Visit our Calendar to see the dates for our classes.

Registration In Person (not available for 2020 Sep)

Payment by cheque or cash

  St. Patrick High School

  2525 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa ON

  Saturday mornings from 9:30-12:30 during school year (Sep - Jun.)

Parents should see a member of the Parent Advisory Group for registration


Registration forms should not be mailed to the Ottawa Catholic School Board or to St. Thomas More School.



Cheques should be payable to Ottawa Mandarin School.


Registration fees are due at the time of registration.  Registration is considered only after both the registration form and payment are received.


Incomplete registration forms and registration forms submitted without payment will not be processed.


A $20 charge will apply for cheques returned as "Non-sufficient funds" (NSF). 




Refunds will not be allowed after the second class.

A $10 administration fee will be charged if a withdrawal is requested before the second class.

Class Changes - Afternoon Cultural Classes

Students may switch cultural classes after the first day of class.  Changes are not permitted after the second class.


OMS reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient registration or other reasons.  In such case, a full refund will be provided.

Registration Forms

The OMS registration forms are fillable PDF forms.  You can fill out the information onto the form, print it, and register in person.

If you have any difficulty filling out the form in your browser, save a copy of the form to your computer and open it with Adobe Reader.  You can get Adobe Reader here for free. 


St. Patrick High School

2525 Alta Vista Dr.

Ottawa ON

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Saturday Cultural Programs, you may contact us by email at or in person at

St. Patrick High School on Saturdays from 9:30 to 1:00 during school year (Sep - Jun).

2525 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5N6