Welcome to 2017-2018

Welcome to 2017-2018

Welcome to the new school year!

As the new principal of ESPHS, I am excited to start this new school year journey with you.  In my 23 years in education, I have served the territory as a principal, assistant principal, program support teacher & teacher with Yellowknife Catholic Schools from Pre-school to High School, with student populations ranging 120-650. I have spent the last two years (2015-2016 & 2016-2017) with the Department of Education as the Territorial Inclusive Schooling Coordinator working with the educational regions across the north in inclusion and a number of territorial initiatives. 

I am excited to return to École St. Patrick High School in the role of the principal, having taught and been PST here in the past.  I look forward to working with the students & staff in this dynamic school.  Many ESPHS families may already know me from my 12 years in administration at École St. Joseph School.  Throughout the year, I am eager to meet all of our ESPHS families and engage with you about your child's learning. I am hoping that you will consider joining the ESPHS Parent Advisory Council (PAC) as this group serves an important role in the school.

Our staff at St. Pat’s offers a variety of programs and extracurricular activities which extend well beyond academics.  These include include Band, Sports, Drama, Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) and the Christian Leadership Team, Interact Club and Best Buddies—just to mention a few.  In addition we offer student travel opportunities throughout the year, linked to curriculum.  To enable everyone to participate, our staff run many fundraising initiatives to keep the personal cost to students low.  We also have a  tremendous Sports Academy that is partnered with Just Fitness and tailored to assist athletes from all areas to reach their maximum potential.  Everyone is accepted into our clubs and our teams at St. Pat’s High School and we look forward to seeing your child find their niche at our school.  

St. Pat's has a reputation as being a place where teachers and support staff genuinely care and where people are prepared to go the extra mile to help you succeed.  We have many supports in place to help you succeed, as well as career and personal counseling and daily tutorials. Our student services teachers are located in the Interagency Area, near the Rock Area.  

Our front office is open and Mandy & Eletha are there to provide assistance from 7:30am - 4:30pm.  High School begins with registration day on August 31.  Students come to school by grade at their assigned time:  

Grade 8 students should come between 9:00-10:00 and meet in the Rock Area where they will be welcomed and assisted through the registration process.
Grade 9 students should come between 10:00-11:00.
Grade 10 students should come between 11:00-12:00.
Grade 11 students should come between 1:00-2:00.
Grade 12 students should come between 2:00-3:00.


All students will be required to pay a refundable book deposit fee of $100.00. Please see the policy below for details.  There is a locker fee of $15.00. If you have difficulty with any of these financial requirements, please feel free to contact administration for payment arrangements.

In early September all of our grade eight students will take part in the grade eight retreat on September 15. This retreat marks the beginning of your child’s journey through St. Pat’s, one that culminates in Grade 12 with the Grad Retreat. It is an opportunity to bond with peers and come together as a group. The Grade 8 Retreat is the first step towards fostering the strong feeling of family and community that is so much a part of our school.  

Our schedule at the high school reflects a late start.  Period one begins at 9:10.  The time before, is called a 0 period where students can mingle, attend tutorials, team practices, drama rehearsals and other school activities. The school is opened at the regular time and you can be bussed or dropped off at any time that is convenient for you and your parents. Grade 8 students will participate in our Flex block in second semester.  We will guide the students as to class selection near the end of Semester One.


Period 1





11:05 (45 minutes)

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Period 4



*  Sit Tight And Read

Our school is  BYOD (Bring your own Device). Students are encouraged to bring their own device to enhance learning in the classroom. These devices can include a laptop, netbook, or tablet.  Cell phones are not considered a BYOD device as their functionality is limited. At St. Pat’s we are on the Google platform so a Google Chromebook will meet all the academic needs for your students.  We have arranged with Staples for parents to be able to purchase both the Chromebook and a warranty package at a very affordable price. Please call the school to get any further information.  While we encourage you to purchase a Chromebook for your child, we do have portable labs of Chromebooks for students who do not have Chromebooks.  These may only be used at school.  

We are very happy that you have chosen  École St. Patrick High School and we look forward to meeting you all soon.  We have a Welcome Back BBQ on September 7th at 6pm.  

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other member of the admin team (Don Reid and Alicia Larade) should you have any questions or concerns.  The district calendar for the year can be found at:  http://www.ycs.nt.ca/documents/general/YCS%20Calendar%202017-2018.pdf

Looking forward to meeting you!


Gillian Dawe-Taylor

Principal, Ecole St. Patrick High School


Refundable Book Deposit

In order to offset the high cost, loss, and normal wear and tear of textbooks, ESPHS has a refundable book deposit.

--A refundable $100.00 book deposit will be collected at the time of student registration or admission.

--Upon receipt of the deposit, student will receive all the necessary textbooks for each course for each semester.

--If textbooks are damaged or go missing, the cost of the text will be deducted from the book deposit and the deposit may be forfeited.   Any additional costs exceeding the deposit must also be paid.

--The book deposit balance must be restored to $100.00 at the beginning of each school year.

--The book deposit fee (whatever is remaining) will be returned to the student after graduation, once books are handed in for the last time. Cheques will be issued in the name of a parent/guardian unless other notification is given.