About St. Mary
What does St. Mary have to offer students?
French Immersion Program
This program is explained in more details within the Academic Calendar. Students will take the following 10 courses in French to earn their certificate:
Grade 9: French, Religion and Geography
Grade 10: French, Religion and History Grade
11: French, Religion Grade
12: French, Religion
Triple "A" Award Program
Triple "A" involvement is a critical part of St. Mary school life. Participation is recognized by awarding points in Academics, Athletics and Activities to all students in all grades. Students strive for SILVER or GOLD, levels during their four years at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Students can begin earning a Silver Recognition Award by achieving an overall 80% average in each of their Grade 9 and 10 academic years and by participating in 3 or more activities or athletic teams offered at SMCSS during their Grade 9 and 10 school year. Students can earn a Gold Recognition Award by achieving an overall 80% average in each of their Grade 11 and 12 academic years and by participating in 3 or more activities or athletic teams offered at SMCSS during their Grade 11 and 12 school year.
Specialist High Skills Majors
St. Mary is home to four successful Specialist High Skills Majors; Hospitality, Environment, Construction and Arts & Culture.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program
The Duke of Ed 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.
Male and Female Team Sports (can vary from year to year):
Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cross Country Running, Golf, Gymnastics, Floorball, Football, Varsity Hockey, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball
Male & Female Individual Sports:
Badminton, Cross Country Running, Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (can vary from year to year):
Anti-Bullying Initiative (A.B.I.) Student Group, Art Club, Basketball Club, Culinary Competitions, Curling Club, Design/Fashion Club, Dragon Boat Club, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program, Fitness Club, Girls Rugby Club (Spring and Winter Training), Golf Club, Graphic Novel Club, Jazz Band, Musicals, Prom Committee, Respect Ed: Bullying Awareness Group, Retreat Leaders, Ski and Snowboard Club, SMSS Literature Circle, Social Justice Committee, Speak Up Leadership Program, St. Mary's Singers, Stratford Theatre Trip, Student Council, Thunder News AV Club, Treblemakers Girls Choir, White Pine Book Club.
Music concerts and tours, drama productions, extra-curricular clubs, full athletics program, Habitat for Humanity Build, opportunities for international travel or exchange, outdoor education class trips, participation in many charitable projects and events, Semi-Formal and Prom, Religious Celebrations, retreat days for all grades, Student Spirit Days and Assemblies.
Students in 9 and 10 choose 4 optional courses worth half a credit. These courses run for a shorter period of time which allows students to try more elective courses. In grade 11 they return to full credit.
The Locally Developed Program s specially developed for students who require a smaller class, who may not yet have achieved all the outcomes for Grade 8 and can benefit from close teacher monitoring. The elementary Principals referral is required. Please contact our Head of Special Education for more information.