Principal's Message

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 09:30

 An invitation to join us.  Rideau High School is proudly hosting a mobile exhibit on global development on Tuesday April 28 and Wednesday April 29.  The exhibit is housed in a large transport truck that will be stationed in our front parking lot for the two days.  It features interactive modules and displays that help students understand Canada's role in global development.  There are many obvious connections to our course curricula, particularly in the CWS, Humanities and Social Sciences Departments.   Please come and visit if you can, all are welcome.


  Tours of the exhibit are facilitated by staff from the Aga Khan Foundation and take approximately 20-25 minutes.  

 Hope to see you here.

Mr. Walker

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:33

Dear Parents:

I wanted to respond to some information that you might be hearing in the media.  In September 2014 an insecticide was used in Rideau High School.  The insecticide applied includes the chemical Propoxur.  This chemical has been the subject of investigation at Charles H. Hulse Public School. However, my understanding is that the particular product used at Rideau contains a lower percentage of the chemical. The school district is currently doing an investigation of about the use of insecticide in schools and more information will be posted on the school district website at . You may also want to read the information sheet prepared by Ottawa Public Health which is posted on the district website and can be translated into other languages on that site.

I understand that you may have questions on this matter.  Please direct any inquiries to me and I will do my best to get you the information you need. 


Thank you,


I understand that you may have questions on this matter.  Please direct any inquiries to me and I will do my best to get you the information you need.


 Mr Walker

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:41

 Hi everyone

 Mid term Report Cards go home today .  Please join us for Parents /Guardians  teacher meetings Thursday April 23.15 from 3:30-4:30 - 5:30-6:30.

Student academic and athletic awards are being given out Thursday April 23.15 at 2:00-3:00 please join us if you wish .

 Rideau Green house:  Greenhouse you say? YES!  We have a greenhouse.  We are trying to grow herbs and vegetables for our very own food pantry.  Our greenhouse has not been used in many years and we are trying to change that.  We are extremely fortunate to be the recipients of a large donation in memory of Bob Couchman to make repairs so that it can be in full bloom once again!  If you are interested in helping out in the greenhouse please see Ms. Ledgerwood.


 That is  all for now.

Mr. Walker


Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 08:44

 HI everyone  Here is a letter from our Director:

April 8, 2015 Dear Parents/Guardians of Secondary School Students:

I wanted to share some information with you regarding the possibility of labour disruption in our secondary schools. Effective April 19, 2015, our secondary school teachers and secondary school occasional teachers will be in a legal strike position. Strike action can take a number of forms, such as work to rule, partial withdrawal of service, rotating strikes, or full withdrawal of service. However, the union must provide 5 days’ notice prior to commencing any type of action. Our secondary teachers and occasional teachers are represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). In a statement on Saturday, March 14th, the president of OSSTF Ontario announced that OSSTF is considering a full withdrawal of services in 7 Ontario school districts, including the OCDSB, by the end of April 2015. At that time, our union was not in a legal strike position and the school district remained and continues to remain committed to negotiating fair local collective agreements. However, this week, the possibility of labour disruption became more imminent once we received formal notification that the union will be in a legal strike position on April 19, 2015. Based on this information, the OCDSB has begun the strike contingency planning process in the event of a full withdrawal of service. To date, there has been no impact on curriculum delivery or extracurricular activities offered at our schools. Regular secondary school operations are expected to continue as usual unless and until we receive formal notice from the union of a withdrawal of service. Should that happen, we will notify students and their families immediately. I understand that the potential for labour disruption creates anxiety for our students, parents and staff. I am very sorry to have to raise this possibility with you, but the district is committed to keeping parents and students informed. We are actively working on contingency plans so that we can answer the many questions that you will have. We have posted background information on the OCDSB website and will continue to add to that in the days ahead to ensure that you have as much information as possible. You can also follow the updates posted to the OCDSB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail us at In closing, I would like to reiterate that this situation affects secondary schools only; elementary schools, including students enrolled in elementary programs in 7-12 schools, are not affected at this time. Regular school operations will continue at secondary schools until further notice.

Yours sincerely, Jennifer Adams Director of Education/Secretary of the Board

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 15:46

 Hi everyone

 A reminder Rideau  School is closed for Friary April 3 and Monday April 6 . Classes resume April 7 as usual. Have a safe and restful weekend.

 Mr Walker

In the Spotlight

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 12:48

Some important dates...

Friday Feb 6 - Semester I report cards sent home

Thursday Feb 12 - Course Selection Information Fair (all day, Cafeteria)

Thursday Feb 12 - Meet-the-Teacher Event (5:00-7:00pm)

Friday Feb 13 - PA Day (no classes for students)

Monday Feb 16 - Family Day (no classes)

Wed Feb 25 - Black History Month Assembly (time TBD)

If you have any questions about upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:27

Over the next few weeks, students will be selecting their courses for the 2015-2016 school year.  Yes, it's that time of year already!

Guidance Counsellors and our Student Success Team will be distributing option sheets to all current students during early February.  To assist with course selection, students are encouraged to speak with their parents, teachers, Guidance Counsellors and our Guidance Services Assistant, Ms. Wilson.  Information about Rideau's course offerings for next year can be found by clicking here.  You will find a link to the online Secondary Course Guide as well as helpful tips and advice.

Course selection must be completed by all students no later than February 20, 2015.

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

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