Principal's Message

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:53

 HI all  

 It is with mixed feeling that i announce on behalf of Ms Gunawardena's retirement this October 31.14. She has been a staff member her at Rideau  for many years and has impacted many students. I have enclosed a quote from a student who recently contacted me upon learning of the retirement.

  "I have have now known Mrs. Gunawardena for 7 years now, she started as my grade nine teacher, then my grade twelve teacher and finally was someone who I had the pleasure to learn from while palling for one of her grade nine classes. She has made a great amount of impact in my life. Mrs. Gunawardena truly engages in teaching as a way to help and shape students’ futures. She works everyday to make sure that she impacts and makes a positive difference in all of our lives. She allows us to become the best that we can become, with skills that she either developed even further or was able to watch blossom through her continuos effort. She is not only an excellent math teacher, but also an outstanding human being as she continues to set an amazing example for all students who are lucky enough to cross paths with her:  (Former  Rideau student graduating class 2009.)

 I know you all join me in wishing Mrs. Gunwardena all the best with her future plans .


 Mr .Walker 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:12

 Hi everyone

 Please join us for Meet the Teacher night this Thursday Night  from 5- 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and staff. It  is also a great time to  establish a communication process which works best for you and your child's teacher. Look forward to seeing you here.

 Mr Walker

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 09:20

 HI everyone

 Here are some notes from our school Board. 


Across the district we enjoyed a great first week of school.  Full-day kindergarten is running in every elementary school and most are running an extended day program for before and after school care.  Secondary sports teams are already scheduling try-outs and practices!  


We welcomed two new Superintendents of Instruction to the senior staff team at the school district.  Brett Reynolds moved from the position of Principal, Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools to Superintendent for the Kanata area.  Norah Marsh joined the OCDSB from the Limestone District School Board where she was a Superintendent.  Norah is responsible for the schools in the Southeast area.


We also welcomed back Alison Buchanan to her role as Policy Analyst.  Alison is the point of contact for school council questions and can be reached at or at 613-596-8253.

 Greetings from the Director

Take a minute to read the Welcome Back message from Jennifer Adams, Director of Education.  The message is posted on the Director’s webpage  which is a great place to watch for regular updates from the Director.


School Transportation

The OCDSB is pleased to be offering school transportation to secondary students who meet the eligibility criteria.  Transportation may be by yellow bus, OC Transpo or other bus service depending on the location.  The Ottawa School Transportation Authority (OSTA) is responsible for providing transportation services to eligible OCDSB students. If you have questions about school bus service, go to

School Fees

All students are entitled to participate in school activities and access resources regardless of personal financial barriers. As such, school supplies, school fees, and class fees are voluntary. There are some fees for non-essential supplies/services. For additional information please review our procedure. If you require assistance with respect to fees, please contact your principal.

School Council Elections


 We have tried to organize a school council each year at Rideau . I am happy to meet with any members of the community who wish to organize our School Council  October 7,@7:00 pm .



 Year-end reporting of School Generated Funds - Due 16 September 2013

The provincial government requires that school council financial activities be included in the school board’s year-end financial statements. A letter has been sent to each School Council Chair through the School Principal explaining the reporting process and the form to be completed. Please ensure that the form is completed and returned by email no later than 16 September 2013.


Continuing Education

Check out the new  Continuing Education  Learning for Life Magazine. To receive the Continuing Education Newsletter in your inbox contact Jane Jones at


Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings

Regular meetings of the Board are held in the boardroom at the administration offices at 133 Greenbank Road, unless otherwise directed by resolution of the Board. Board meetings will be held once per month, except for July and August, on the fourth Tuesday. In Camera session start at6:30 p.m.. Open, public session are held at 7:30 pm.


For a list of upcoming meetings please view the Board Meeting Calendar.


The first regularly scheduled  Committee of the Whole is September 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Read the agenda.


Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

At the OCDSB, our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) seeks to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the District level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. PIC serves an integral role within the District by providing parents with the opportunity to voice their concerns, ideas and challenges while promoting further parent involvement through events such as the OCDSB Speakers’ Series. Interested in coming to a meeting? The next meeting is September 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.. at 133 Greenbank Road in the Mezzanine.  The first PIC meeting of the year is September 10, 2013.  Read the agenda.


OCASC Co-chairs 
Welcome to the new co-chairs of OCASC, Tracy Neufeld and Chris Bridgen!



2014-2015 School Year Calendar

Both elementary and secondary classes began on September 3, 2013. Secondary classes end on June 18, 2014 (exams run until June 25) and Elementary classes end on June 27, 2014. TheSchool Year Calendar for 2013-14 is available online in multiple versions - elementary (full page),elementary (half page), secondary (full page) and secondary (half page) and an electronic version.

 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Voluntary Self-Identification

During the first two weeks of September, all students in the OCDSB will receive a copy of the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Voluntary Self-Identification brochure, offering all families an equitable opportunity to self-identify. In 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Education outlined their commitment to deliver quality education to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students through their First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework. The OCDSB is committed to providing equitable, inclusive, and engaging educational opportunities for all of our students, including our First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. For more information please contact the Principal of your school.

 Student Accident Insurance

Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses.


Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Reliable Life Insurance Company. Forms can either be picked up from the school office or downloaded at, or you may apply online at


The OCDSB encourages all parents/guardians to consider purchasing this insurance. If your child is involved in school related sports activities or is participating in any field trips out of the province you may wish to seriously consider the coverage options, which range from $13.00/year to $31.00/year. This coverage is for the entire calendar year and also applies outside of school hours.  If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers directly at 613-226-1350.As always, please continue to check the School Council Information and Updates webpage for the most up-to-date and detailed information. You can also follow the OCDSB on Twitter (@OCDSB),Facebook, LinkedIn.


 If you have any question please contact me at the school. 

Mr.Walker, Principal

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 13:30

 Hi Everyone

 Hope you all had a great summer. I am really looking forward to another school year here at Rideau High School. I am exciting to continue  working and learning along side you and with our student body. Our school offices are open August 25 - 29  from 8-4. If you have not already registered for school, please call or come in to make an appointment to meet with our Vice Principal team members and register.

First week back at school starts Tuesday  September 2 , 2014

Grades 10-12 Students arrive at 8:50 am and proceed to main hall to receive their  first period  room  assignments,   all students proceed from main hall to  the auditorium for assemble at 9:00 am. After the assemble these students will go to their period one classes to get  their time tables.

Grade 9 students arrive at 9:30 am students arrive and meet in main hall. Our Link leaders will meet  them  there and guide them through the day.

Parent and Guardians of Grade . 9 students  are welcome to join me @  9:30 am  in our  the library for questions and answers opportunity. All students Grade 9-12  will have a full day of Instruction 300 minutes - the Grade 9 lunch hour has been modified to ensure 300 minutes of instruction for the first day. Wednesday September 4th all students Grade 9-12  will arrive at 9:00 am proceed to first period class and be dismissed at 3:10 pm. Lunch hour is from 11:35- 12 :35 

 If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call me.  Have a nice weekend.

 Mr .Walker



Monday, June 23, 2014 - 11:14

Hi everyone


 I wanted to share some of the great work our students are doing with the support of our amazing staff. Here is an example, please have a look and listen to the documentary now online at  It's wonderful, and so moving. 

 Mr. Walker




In the Spotlight

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 07:31

Report cards are ready for pick-up in the Main Office.

Please note our office hours are as follows:

Jul 3- Jul 25 (Mon-Fri) - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Jul 28 - Aug 8 (Mon-Fri) - School Closed

Aug 11 - Aug 29 (Mon-Fri) - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 13:49

Rideau Rams save a piece of Ottawa history

Read the full Ottawa Citizen May 23, 2014 article and view the video

"The Rideau High School shop students have since September spent about 1,300 class hours helping an existing group of volunteers, by fashioning wood and metal items, such as hinges, doors and window frames, for the restoration of the 600-series streetcar."

Rideau’s involvement has been a boon to the restoration group, but the restoration project has benefits beyond learning metal- and woodworking skills for the students.


Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 15:23

Watch the Video below for information for International Students

Rideau HS Galleries