Mother Teresa High School

St. Mother Teresa High School is a Catholic secondary school in the Nepean district of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It supports grades 7–12. The name of its sports team is the 'Titans'. The motto of the school is Amor et Dignitas or "love and dignity."

St. Mother Teresa High School
440 Longfields Drive

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Coordinates45.2850°N 75.7393°W / 45.2850; -75.7393
School typeCatholic High School
MottoAmor et Dignitas
(Love and Dignity)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School boardOttawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
SuperintendentDiane Jackson
Area trusteeCathy McGuire-Urban
PrincipalGerard Stephenson
Enrollment~1500 (May 2016)
LanguageEnglish, French
AreaBarrhaven, Ottawa
Colour(s)Blue and White         
Team nameThe Titans


Mother Teresa has many sports teams, including Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Baseball (does not have a team every year), Basketball, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Ski Club, Soccer, Softball, Field Lacrosse, Swimming, Touch Football, Football, Track & Field, Varsity Girls Rugby, Varsity Girls Touch Football, Volleyball, Weight Room, and Wrestling.[1]

On May 28, 2014, the OFSAA division baseball team won the NCSSAA city championship giving the school its seventh city championship win of the school year.


Mother Teresa's Drama Department put on a production of twinkly stars in 2015. The production was nominated for 16 Cappies awards in total.


The population of Mother Teresa is currently approximately 1500 students. The population has been steadily increasing with the increasing population of the sub-urban Barrhaven community. As much as it is a Catholic school, Mother Teresa is proud to be home to students of many different religions, ethnicities, and cultures from around the world which make up a tremendous part of its school spirit and heart.


High school subjects include: Mathematics (functions, calculus, etc.), English at all levels, French, Italian (not every year), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religion (mandatory for Catholic school diploma), Business Studies (accounting, management, marketing, etc.), Technology, Computer Science, Media Arts including broadcasting and animation, Parenting, Hospitality, Automotive and construction technology, Politics (not every year), World Issues (as of 2013), Sociology, and a variety of personal development and learning courses.

Clubs and trips

Mother Teresa supports many clubs and holds many trips. Clubs include Theatre (a drama production is held every year), Reach for the Top, Outdoor Club, Tax, Enrichment Program, and Red Maple Reading (offered to students in Grades 7 and 8). Mother Teresa's students are also encouraged to take part in one or more of the school's many trips, including the Stratford Festival Trip and its marine biology trip to St. Andrew's, NB.

2011 Explosion

On May 26, 2011, an empty barrel of peppermint oil[2] exploded in an auto-shop class, killing 18-year-old student Eric Leighton, a hockey player with the Almonte Thunder.[3] as well as causing minor injuries to four other students and one staff member.[4][5]


On 4 September 2016, the school's patron Mother Teresa was canonized into Sainthood by Pope Francis. She is now referred to as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in the Catholic Church. The Ottawa Catholic School Board decided to rename the high school, St. Mother Teresa Catholic High School to keep with tradition.

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2007-11-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Metal drum that exploded had once stored peppermint oil". Ottawa Citizen. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  3. "Ottawa student dies of injuries from high school blast". Montreal Gazette. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  4. "High school explosion rocks school, sends teen to hospital". CTV News. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  5. "Mother Teresa Catholic High School". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-26.


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