Guidance and

Co-operative Education

Department

Virtual Open House Video

Available on Tuesday January 26th @7:00 pm

Meet our Chaplain and VPs

Introductory Messages and Prayer

Grade 8 Parent Information Night 2021

Information For Grade 8 Students Attending St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Beginning September 2021

SMCSS Virtual Open House Video

SMCSS Vice-Principal and Chaplain Introductory Message and Prayer

Frequently Asked Questions: Grade 8 Registrants

SMCSS Special Education Information

SMCSS Sports and Clubs

SMCSS School Uniform: R. J. McCarthy Ltd.

Welcome to Your Uniform Zoom Meetings in March 2021

Grade 9 Registration Package for September 2021


Links to Specialist High Skills Major Programs beginning in Grade 11:

Arts and Culture

Construction

The Environment

Hospitality and Tourism

Information Technology

Manufacturing

Sports Excellence and Athletic Leadership

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Information


St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Guidance Department will help students become aware of the need to:

  • develop as an individual

  • develop as a contributing member to their community

  • develop an awareness of the post-secondary opportunities available to them in a diverse and changing world

Through academic counselling, consultation with parent(s) and guardian(s) and working with community organizations, the staff in the Guidance and Co-operative Education Departments are committed to helping students work toward their graduation requirements.

From Grade 9 through Grade 12 students at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Take Your Kid to Work Day

  • Career Studies Exploration

  • Co-operative Education Opportunities

  • College Information Program

  • University Information Program Regional Fair

  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Students are encouraged to speak to the Guidance and Co-operative Education staff annually so they are informed of the opportunities offered.




Guidance staff are available to students on a regular basis to help students answer questions about course selection, post-secondary opportunities and volunteer opportunities.

GUIDANCE STAFF:

If you would like to speak to a Guidance Staff member, please call (905)372-4339

Chris Dunn: Grade 12 Students ext: 236

Kim Lowry: Grade 10-11 Students ext: 237

Patricia Carmichael: Grade 9 Students ext: 238

Michael Killoran: Student Success ext: 272

Dawn Clapperton & Samantha Bercier: Guidance Secretary ext: 256

Co-operative Education Staff are available to speak to students about co-operative education opportunities and OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) opportunities that exist in the local community.

CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION STAFF:

Chris Sebben: Co-operative Education Teacher ext: 233

Phil McDonell: Co-operative Education Teacher and OYAP Contact ext. 232



COURSE SELECTION:

Each year beginning in February students begin the course selection process using myblueprint.ca/pvnc. From February 8th, 2021 until February 26th, 2021 all students will have the opportunity to work with a Guidance Counsellor to help them determine which pathway is best for them. Students can begin the course planning process by reviewing courses they wish to take for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

2021-2022 Course Selection

Grade 9s Course Selection for 2021-2022

Grade 10s Course Selection for 2021-2022

Grade 11s Course Selection for 2021-2022

Flowchart 2021-2022


STUDENT PATHWAYS:

All students have the opportunity to select a pathway that meets their learning style. Students are encouraged to research post-secondary programs early in high school to ensure their pathway meets their desired post-secondary goals.


POST-SECONDARY INFORMATION:

All students considering applying to college or university for their post-secondary destination are encouraged to consult with a Guidance Counsellor through their Grade 11 and Grade 12 year. This is important to ensure the courses they are taking are prerequisite courses or courses required for admissions to the post-secondary program of their choice.

APPRENTICESHIP/TRADES OPPORTUNITIES:

Students considering the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program are encouraged to speak with Mr. McDonell during course selection in their Grade 11 year. OYAP is an application and interview based process. Students selected for this program will participate in the OYAP program during Semester 2 of their Grade 12 year.

The following sites are used to research Ontario Youth Apprenticeship information and apprenticeship opportunities:

oyap.ca

Apprenticeship in Ontario

ONTARIO UNIVERSITY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible to apply to university, a student must successfully complete the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, OSSD. These requirements include; the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement and 40 hours of Community Involvement. Students are encouraged to have both requirements completed prior to their Grade 12 year. All students applying to university are required to have completed 6 Grade 12 U or M level credits including ENG4U.

**It is the responsibility of the student applying to university to regularly check admission requirements (both academic and non-academic) and grade requirements for their post-secondary program of choice.**

Grade 12 students will participate in an information session to help them begin the application process. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student, along with parent(s)/guardian(s) to select program choices and pay for the application prior to the deadline.

The following sites are used to research and apply to university programs:

ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca- used for research

ouac.on.ca- used for research and to apply

Ontario University Spring Open House Opportunities 2021


ONTARIO COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible to apply to college, a student must successfully complete the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, OSSD. These requirements include; the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement and 40 hours of Community Involvement. Students are encouraged to have both requirements completed prior to their Grade 12 year. All students applying to college must complete ENG4C including the majority of their Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits at the College, College/University or University level.

**It is the responsibility of student applying to college to regularly check admission requirements (both academic and non-academic) and grade requirements for their post-secondary program of choice.**

Grade 12 students will participate in an information session to help them begin the application process. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student, along with parent(s)/guardian(s) to select program choices and pay for the application prior to the deadline.

The following sites are used to research and apply to college programs:

ontariocolleges.ca- used for research and to apply to college programs



FINANCING YOUR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

Students applying to post-secondary education opportunities should consider all scholarships, bursaries and/or awards for which they are qualified. Students are encouraged to use the following sites to review all scholarship and bursary opportunities available to them.

RESOURCES:

scholartree.ca

scholarshipscanada.com

osap.ca

SMCSS Graduation and Community Awards