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Grad Awards

Each year graduating students have the opportunity to win grad awards at Graduation. Close to 90 community sponsors donate over $29,000 each year to help grads finance their post-secondary education. Each award has different criteria. Awards can be based on marks, community service, post-secondary programs or financial need. Each award has its own criteria. Visit the Scholarships & Grad Awards page for more information.

Honours & High Honours Certificates

Each semester students are awarded a Honours Certificate if they had an average of 80% + or a High Honours Certificate for having an average of 90%+ at one of the Good News Assemblies.

Athletics Awards (click here for complete list of criteria)

  1. Unsung Hero Recognition Recipients are those students in our community who volunteered significant time outside of class on behalf of Thunder Athletics. The selfless contributions of these students contribute greatly to the success of our programs. Examples include score keepers, managers, coaching assistants, and other important roles relevant to athletic programs. 
  2. Awards of Merit for OFSAA Participants Student athletes who qualify to participate in OFSAA championships have achieved a rare accomplishment. These student athletes will receive certificates to honour their achievement. 
  3. Team Awards Thunder teams who achieve excellence in the form of Kawartha, COSSA or OFSAA championships will be recognized with a banner in the school gym honouring their achievements. Team members will receive a certificate which recognizes their achievement. 
  4. Coaches Awards Each school team will select 1 athlete for this award. Team plaque will be engraved with recipients name and recipient will receive a plaque. The recipient will be the student athlete judged to be most deserving by their coach(es) based on a combination of factors.
  5. Athletes of the Year 1 Junior Male, 1 Junior Female, 1 Senior Male and 1 Senior Female will be selected for these awards. School trophies will be engraved with recipients name and recipient will receive a plaque honouring their achievement. Recipients are those students judged to best exemplify combination of athletic excellence and ambassadorship while participating in Thunder Athletics. Coaching staff will vote on the most deserving candidate. 
  6. Graduating Athlete/ Colin Hood - OFSAA School Sport Award The recipients of these certificates are selected by the respected coach(es) of a team the student participated on. 

They are awarded at the Athletics Assembly held in June.

Completion of Community Service Hours

This certificate is awarded to students who completed and handed in their completed community service hours before the end of June in their grade 10th year at our Fall Good News Awards Assembly in their grade 11th year.

Highest Academic Standing Awards

These certificates are given out at our Fall Good News Award Assembly to students who achieve the highest average in their grade from the previous year.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

The Duke of Ed Program is a self directed development program for young Canadians age 14 to 25. There are three award levels to achieve; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Achieving an award is as easy as setting and achieving your personal goals in the four areas of the program: Community Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. These awards are handed out during our Good News Assemblies throughout the school year.

Triple "A" Achievement Recognition Points System

Involvement is a critical part of secondary school life and everyone is encouraged to participate in all aspects. Participation is recognized by awarding points in Academics, Athletics and Activities to all students in all grades. Students strive for Silver, Gold, or Excellence levels over their secondary school careers. These awards are handed out throughout the year at the Good News Assemblies.




Points Accumulated



Over 60
(Only awarded at graduation to grad students)

How points are tallied




Any credit completed at 80 89%
=1 Point

Participation on non-league school team
= .25 - 1 Point

Student Council Representative
= 1 - 4 Points

Any credit completed at 90-99%
=2 Points

Participation on Kawartha League team
= 1 - 2 Points

Major Productions (Bands, Yearbook, Music Theatre)
= .5 - 3 Points

Any credit completed at 100%
=3 points

Team Captain (playing)
= .5 Point

Major Productions (Bands, Yearbook, Music Theatre)
= .5 - 3 Points


Participation at COSSA/OFSAA level
= 1-2 Points

Participation in teacher sponsored clubs
= .5 Point


Not-for-credit peer tutoring or Peer Leadership
= .25 - 1 Point

French Immersion Certificate

In order to achieve the Certificate of Immersion a student must complete a minimum of 10 credits which includes four French Language courses and six other subjects in French. This certificate is awarded in June at Graduation.





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Specialist High Skills Major Red Seal

Successful completion of an SHSM is indicated on the student's Ontario Secondary School Diploma by a red seal. These are handed out in June at the Graduation Ceremony.

  • The student also receives an SHSM Record that documents his or her achievement of the required components, including sector-related certifications earned and/or training courses completed.
  • Successful completion of an SHSM is indicated on the student's Ontario Student Transcript (OST).

Applications Due Before Graduation



Due Date

Canadian Merit Scholarship

Foundation - Loran Award

University only, grades and additional criteria

Deadline to Guidance Oct 3, 2012

October 3

Horatio Alger

Ontario Scholarship Program

College & University, additional criteria

October 30

Canada Trust - TD


College & University, additional criteria required

October 31

Father Ted Colleton


College & University, essay required

November 30

Violet Richardson Award /

Soroptimist for Volunteering

Females only, essay required

December 15

Fireside Bible Publishers

College & University, essay required 
See the Religion Department

December 19

Schulich Leader Scholarship

University only. One student chosen & additional criteria required. Must submit application to Guidance before Dec 19th

December 19

BK (Burger King) Scholars

College & University

January 10

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship

College & University, evidence of environmental activity or leadership

January 31

Hal Rogers Endowment


College & University

February 1

J.V. Findlay Scholarship

Student attending post secondary in Ontario

Download application at

February 1

Terry Fox Humanitarian


College & University, additional criteria required

February 1

Garfield Weston

College only

March 29

Tom Tittel Memorial Award

College & University, Post secondary applicants in the social services (child care, teacher, social worker)

See Guidance

March 31

OFSAA Alumni Scholarship

Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni

Brian Maxwell Memorial

OFSAA Alumni (Rotating Regions)

College & University, male & female athletes going into post secondary

April 1

Knights of Columbus Bursary

College & University, family connection to the Knights organization is required

See Guidance

April 12

Baptie Fund Bursary

College & University, Residents of Cavan/Millbrook/North Monaghan

April 13

Colonel Douglas Gunter

History Award

College & University, $1,000 awards

Original work in Art, Web Design or Video

April 15

Unifor Scholarships

College & University, essay required

April 15

Whipper "Billy" Watson


College only, students with physical disabilities

April 27

Aird Scholarship

College only, students with physical disabilities

April 29

Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) Bursary

College & University, post secondary applicants who are members of the OHF

April 29

Kiwanis Club

College & University, two awards of $1,000

Academic - post secondary applicant

Music - post secondary applicant

See Guidance

May 15


Fairhaven Foundation

College & University, graduating students who have volunteered at Fairhaven, application in Guidance

May 22

4 -H Agricultural Bursary

College & University, students entering Agricultural College or University of Guelph/Agriculture

May 28

Land of Shining Waters

College & University, resident of Peterborough County, demonstrate financial need, application in Guidance

May 28

Harry Jerome Scholarship

College & University, financial need, Afro Canadian heritage

May 30

Maurice Izzard Award

College & University, students with physical disabilities

May 30

Spirit of Hospitality Awards

College & University, post secondary applicants in hospitality

May 31

Stacey Levitt Scholarship for


College & University, athletic involvement & participation

May 31

Conservation Foundation

McCulloch Scholarship

College & University, post secondary studies in Biology or Environmental Field, must be nominated 
See Guidance

June 1

R. L. Beck Bursary

College & University, post secondary studies in Chemistry, Biological Sciences & studies related to water. Offered alternate years. Check with Guidance

June 1

Kiwanis Club of the

Kawarthas Scholarship

College & University, application in Guidance

June 15

OTIP/RAEO Academic


College & University, dependent of someone insured through OTIP, entering first year

June 15

Peterborough Sports Hall of

Fame Scholarship

College & University, application in Guidance

June 15

RBC Amateur Hockey


College & University, minor hockey or high school players graduating & going to post secondary

June 15

Aiming for the Top Tuition


College & University, apply on OSAP form and check website as due date can change.

June 18

Keene Lions Club

College & University, resident of Otonabee Township

June 19

Canadian Golf Foundation

College & University, references from Golfing community 

June 30

Gerry Carey

College & University, at least 2 years in Peterborough Minor Hockey including Jr. B., application in Guidance

June 30

Harry S. Gairey Memorial


University only, must be of Afro-Canadian heritage

June 30

National Union Scholarships

College & University, essay required, for students whose parents are members of OPSEU or CUBGW Unions

June 30

National Union Scholarships

College & University, dependents of National Union


June 30

Ontario Hostelry Institute

College & University, entry into Hospitality programs

June 30

Wally Beavis Memorial


University only, must have played at least 6 years

Peterborough Minor Hockey, application in Guidance

June 30

Applications Due After Graduation

Royal Canadian Legion


College & University, children & grandchildren of Legion members and / or war veterans

See Guidance

June 30

Peterborough Professional

Hockey Alumni Bursary

College & University, awards of $1,000, male & female winners, applicants must have played a minimum of two years of high school hockey

See Guidance

July 15

Landmark & Associate


College & University, residents of Douro Dummer Township for any post secondary program

August 1

Enbridge Consumers Gas

College only, entrance into gas technician program

See Guidance

August 15

Johnson Scholarships

College & University, members, employees & dependents of Johnson Incorporated

August 31

CAW Bursary

College & University, financial need

September 1

Frank Marek Earth Day Scholarship

Open to Grade 12 students in Ontario, essay required

September 10

Norwood Agriculture Award

College & University, graduate of Norwood elementary schools, going on in field of Agriculture

September 15

RBC Royal Bank Financial

Lifeskills Scholarship

College & University, accepted into University or College with 65% or better, application at, applications postmarked no later than May 12

September 15

Shaw Memorial Scholarship

University only, agriculture programs at University of Guelph

September 20

Vari Scholarship

Victoria College U of T

University only, this award is open to students applying to the one-year B.Ed program at University of Toronto, students in fourth year of University can apply

January 12

Peterborough Lakers


College & University, former Minor Lacrosse participants, male & female, apply during first semester at post secondary

January 28