Notre Dame News

January 17-21

Declare the marvellous works of the Lord among all the peoples. (Psalm 96)


January 24: Last day of classes

January 25: Final exams (am: Block 1, pm: Block 3)

January 26: Final exams (am: Block 2, pm: Block 4)

January 27: Final exam make-up day

January 28-January 31: No school for students

February 1: First day of semester 2

Recent Parent Letters/COVID Updates

Check out the link above for any recent parent communications!

Student Services: Counselling Webpage

Did you know our counsellors have a website? Check out all the resources and information they've posted for our school community!

ND Timetable Change Requests

The timetable change request form is now CLOSED.

Changes to Semester 2 will not be permitted once Semester 2 begins on February 1st.

Learning Commons: Textbooks

If you are done with your textbooks and/or novels and do not require them for finals, please start returning them to the Learning Commons. Book deposit refund date to be announced.

Fine Arts

Notre Dame's annual musical is FREAKY FRIDAY! Shows run February 10-12 at RD Polytechnic. Tickets on sale now through the college website or the school website.
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Athletics: Basketball

Wednesday, January 19:
  • JV Basketball @ HHHS
  • Girls at 6:00 pm + Boys at 8:00 pm
  • Game is Livestreamed on HHHS Twitch Account - Lightning Athletics

Thursday, January 20:
  • SR Basketball @ SJHS
  • Girls at 6:00 pm + Boys at 8:00 pm
  • Game will be Livestreamed by SJHS

Please note that due to the recent spike - there will only be 4 fans allowed/student-athlete at the JV game at HHHS and only 2 fans allowed/student-athlete at the game at SJHS

Athletics: Football

7v7 Football meeting - Thursday, January 13 at Lunch in Fitness Center.

We will be starting our 7v7 Football at the Collicutt Center on Sunday, January 23 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.

Please see Rattan for more information or to sign up!

Grad Photos

It's time grads! Book your grad photos now. Click on the link below, enter Alberta and Red Deer in the search fields, select ND and follow along. You do not need the 8 digit appointment code.

Be sure to remember your photo time. Don't forget or be late! A few things to note...

  • Every grad needs to have a photo taken.
  • If you want a yearbook photo only, with no option to purchase photos, please book a standard session, scroll past the payment screen and click continue. When you arrive for your appointment, let photographers know you want the free, yearbook only session. It will be about 10 minutes, but remember, you will not have the option to purchase photos.
  • If you book the $40 standard session and you do not have a credit card for payment, no worries, scroll past the credit card information window and click continue. You can still book your appointment and will be able to pay at the time of your session. Photographers take cheque, cash or debit.

Computer Lab: Lunch

Students are reminded that the computer lab is only to be used at lunch if students are under the direct supervision of a staff member. If you are needing access to technology at that time, please go to the Learning Commons.

Grad Fashion Show

Grad Fashion Show! Please bring all forms (signed by parents) to Mrs. Letwin in 1906. We need to have an idea of the interest for the fashion show! March 23rd is the DATE!!!

Grad Service Project: Making a Difference!

Each year our graduating class leads a service project. The Class of 2022 has proudly chosen Central Alberta Refugee Effort, C.A.R.E., as our charity of choice this year.

We are excited to raise funds and awareness for CARE and help to celebrate diversity in our community.

All ND students, St Francis Grade 9 students and their families are encouraged to get involved! Don't miss out.

Create or join a team! 6 students, 1 ND staffer, 1 parent. Each team is challenged to raise at least $2022 for the chosen charity - prizes for the team that raises the most money!

All teams will attempt to complete challenges, activites, puzzles and tasks during the event week - April 4-9. The biggest challenge - the 24 hour scavenger hunt with 2022 items to be collected. Think you can do it? See Ms. Nivens for a registration form. Be ready to have a blast and make a difference!

Alpha Youth Series is back!

Join us every Wednesday at lunch in the Youth Ministry Office for food and discussion. Great to gain religion hours, learn and grow in faith.

Prayer and Praise

Every Thursday morning in the Chapel @ 8:00 am! Great way to start the day! All are welcome!

Notre Dame is going to Switzerland & Italy Spring 2023.

Do you want to learn how to yodel in the Swiss Alps? or wanted to set foot in a Roman coliseum?

Attend the virtual information meeting on Wednesday, January 19 @ 6:30 pm to find out what this amazing experience has to offer!

Sign up using the QR code and a link will be sent out. If you have any questions please see Ms.Tessari in room 1405 for more information :)

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How to Find and WIN More Scholarships in 2022

Myblueprint will be hosting a session featuring Janet MacDonald with mycampusGPS ( to help students get more scholarships in less time. Scotiabank will also be announcing their brand new scholarships (exclusive to myBlueprint users) during this webinar! Students and staff are welcome to sign up.

When: January 17 @ 2 PM (Red Deer Time).

A video recording will also be made available to students who sign up but are unable to attend due to class and other commitments. To sign up, visit:

Please let Ms. Halter know if you have any questions.

U of A Getaway for Grade 11 Students

The University of Alberta is welcoming 20 lucky students with the opportunity to get away and experience U of A! U of A Getaway is a whirlwind weekend of exciting events where students will stay in residence, explore state-of-the-art facilities, learn about our 200+ programs, discover hidden gems on campus, and experience all the U of A has to offer! Attendees will join us in person in Edmonton on North Campus.

The adventure will include transportation reimbursement (up to a maximum based on location), accommodations, meals, and a jam-packed schedule of events! This event is open to Grade 11 students throughout Canada and will take place May 27 - 29, 2022. Students can apply at (The application deadline is January 28, 2022.)

Upcoming RAP & Internship Opportunities

For students interested in the Registered Apprenticeship Program and/or Internship opportunities available through CAREERS, please see a summary of upcoming opportunities:
  • Future Ag (Red Deer) is looking for a student interested in Heavy or Agricultural Equipment to begin an internship in Semester 2.
  • Fortis (Rocky/Red Deer) is looking to hire a student this summer. Students must have a Driver’s License and be fully vaccinated. Applications and Cover Letter/Resumes need to be submitted by May 1.
  • Ceres Solutions (Olds/Crossfield) is looking for 3 student interns for Semester 2 to work in their unique mushroom farm facility. Students should have a Driver’s License and be interested in horticulture, technology, and sustainability.
  • Information & Communication Technology Internship: This is a super cool opportunity for a dog breeding business in Central Alberta. The employer is looking for a keen student to do web development and social media work. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Mrs. Millar by email (
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John Hasselfield Endowment Fund

Do you have a passion that you would love to pursue, but need financial support to do so? All students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and are attending a public school in Alberta are eligible to apply for the John Hasselfield Endowment fund.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

More info can be found here:

Optimist International Essay Contest 2022

The topic for the 2022 Optimist International Essay Contest is: “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Essay submissions are evaluated at the Red Deer Club level. Winners go on to the District level. The winning prize at the District level is $2,500. For information on planning your essay, the contest rubric and more, please visit:

Note: If you are planning to compete in the essay contest, please notify Ms. Halter of this intention before Christmas break (December 21). Completed essays must be submitted to Ms. Halter before 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 27 (

Optimist International Oratorical Contest 2022

The topic for the 2022 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is: “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times''. The possible progression of contestants all depends on the number of contestants but can be expected to look like this: Club, Zone, Area, District, Regional, Worlds.

The scholarship money is at District, Regional and Worlds and is $2,500, $5,000 and $15,000 respectively. This year the District Oratorical contest will be held in Red Deer on May 7, 2022. In order to compete, contestants must submit their registration by March 11.

For more information, please visit:

Are you interested in Trades and Technologies?

Are you interested in Trades and Technologies? Check out the virtual sessions that Careers Next Generation will be hosting through to the remainder of this school year. Students in all grades are welcome to register to attend.
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