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Welcome to St. Mary Student Services

Welcome to St. Mary Student Services

The Vision

Creating Pathways to Success is founded on a vision in which all students leave secondary school with a clear plan for their initial post-secondary destination, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace, and with confidence in their ability to implement, and revise or adapt, their plan throughout their lives as they and the world around them change. This vision sees students as the architects of their own lives.

Program Goals

The goals of education and career/life planning program are to:

• Ensure that students develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed education and
career/life choices through the effective application of a four-step inquiry process;
• Provide opportunities for this learning both in and outside the classroom;
• Engage parents and the broader community in the development, implementation, and evaluation of
the program, to support students their learning.

To achieve these goals, every elementary and secondary school, under the direction of the principal and with the assistance of key staff and students, will develop, document, implement, and evaluate an education and career/life planning program based on the policies outlined in this document. (Creating Pathways to Success 2013)

In order to achieve the above goals, guidance counsellors:

• assist the principal in developing, coordinating, and implementing the school’s guidance and career education program;
• provide instruction in guidance and career education through credit courses;
• deliver workshops and seminars;
• implement a process that will ensure that all students complete an Individual Pathway Plan;
• assist students in completing their IPP;
• assist in the IPRC process and correlate the IEP (including the transition plan) and the IPP for exceptional students;
• maintain and establish links between elementary and secondary schools and with community partners to coordinate their involvement with the guidance and career education program;
• deliver and monitor orientation and exit programs and peer assistance programs;
• provide individual assistance and short-term counselling for individuals and small groups;
• assist principals in arranging case conferences;
• recommend appropriate school board staff and community agencies for the provision of individual assistance and short term counselling beyond the school;
• assist students with the transition to postsecondary education, training, and the workplace;
• facilitate the ongoing review and evaluation of the school’s guidance and career education program and the program effectiveness survey.


K. Mcintosh (front desk) - Extension 3417

K. Pongetti, Department Head - Extension 3432

N. Castura, SHSM Counsellor - Extension 3431
J. Girolametto, Counsellor - Extension 3438
C. Roch-Hanaka, Counsellor - Extension 3430

Co-operative Education Teachers

N. Castura/D. Baldin - Extension 3434


K. McLaughlin, Christian-Service Animator (Wednesdays) - Extension 3429
K. Duffy-Kariam, Social Worker (Tuesdays & Thursdays) - Extension 3446
D. Lau, Public Health Nurse - Extension 3429


Ontario colleges are going virtual this fall, with a two-day fair that will showcase 24 of the province’s colleges for high school students, their parents and others interested in attending college next year.

The Ontario College Virtual Fair will be held November 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and November 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This will be a one-stop shop that will give prospective students from across the province the opportunity to learn about the myriad of programs offered at Ontario colleges.

The virtual platform will feature an interactive event space that replicates an in-person fair. Attendees will be able to personalize their own avatars, which will have texting and real-voice capabilities, allowing for interaction with staff, faculty and current students from participating colleges.

Each college will have its own exhibition floor space. Within that space, colleges will have multiple booths, where attendees will be able to have one-on-one discussions with staff, watch videos and ask questions. A virtual auditorium will allow attendees to hear about individual campuses, competitive programs, scholarship opportunities and other highlights.

Presentations on topics such as How to Apply for College, Paying for College and College Pathways will be available for viewing in a larger virtual auditorium.

Anyone interested in attending the Ontario College Virtual Fair will be able to register online starting the week of Monday, October 12, at

Participating colleges will be relying on Guidance Counsellors and teachers to bring this first-time event to the attention of their students and encourage them to register. Registrants will receive a link via email to participate in the virtual fair.

COVID-19 has presented the college community with a situation where large recruitment events will not be possible in the fall of 2020. But we believe this virtual event has the potential to reach a greater audience, giving attendees access to Ontario colleges from anywhere on any device.

Grade 12 Post Secondary Information

Grade 12 Post Secondary Information

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1. How many universities are there in Ontario?

There are 19 universities in Ontario (including the Royal Military College) - many have affiliate colleges and/or multiple campuses:
Brock (St. Catharines) Carleton (Ottawa)
University of Guelph Lakehead (Thunder Bay)
Laurentian (Sudbury) McMaster (Hamilton)
Nipissing (North Bay) University of Ottawa
Queen's (Kingston) Royal Military College (Kingston)
Ryerson (Toronto) Trent (Peterborough)
University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario (London)
Wilfrid Laurier (Waterloo/Brantford) University of Windsor
York (Toronto)
University of Toronto (downtown Scarborough, Mississauga)
Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto)

2. Do any other institutions offer degree programs?
A number of colleges offer applied degree programs with admission requirements similar to universities'. For more information go to

3. What's the length of programs?
Most undergraduate degree programs are four years

4. What's the approximate cost for a year?
The approximate cost for one year of study if a student moves away from home is approximately $20,000(includes tuition, student fees, residence, meals, textbooks, personal costs)

5. What are the admission requirements?
The basic requirement for admission under the new curriculum is 6 "4U" or "4U/C" ("M") courses; most programs have specific subject requirements; some universities require a minimum number of "U" type courses.

6. How much does it cost to apply through OUAC?
The cost is $150 for the first three application choices, and $50 for each additional choice.

University Research Checklist

1. Research your many options by using the following publications and resources:
a. eINFO -
d. Not sure what career:

2. Record the programs
3. Obtain your confidential PIN letter from Student Services
4. Apply On-line by January 16, 2019
5. After you submit your COMPASS application – you can review and change

Research What? What do you need to know?

The following information:
• Course content * Program availability
• Prerequisites needed * Size of the university
• Location of university * Cost
• Distance away from home * Housing
• Athletics * Student life
• Scholarships and financial assistance


AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES American College Board American College & Universities


Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Scholarships, bursaries and awards can be granted based on academics, athletics, leadership, community involvement, creativity, theatrics, humanitarianism and financial need.
Research your options by using eINFO and the universities’ websites, and visit student services, flip through the university handbooks and speak to your guidance counsellor about the programs and universities you are interested in. WWW.ELECTRONICINFO.CA Apply online by January 15, 2021, at:

There are a number of awards available through external agencies. Some of these awards are listed below alphabetical by award name and/or organization with links to the appropriate web sites. Use these links to learn more about the terms & conditions, application deadlines and more, of each scholarship being offered.
TIP – It is never too early to begin your search. Apply early as many awards have application due dates well in advance of the next academic session.
Online Search Engine
• Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
• Academic Invest
• National Educational Association of Disabled Students (N.E.A.D.S)
• Indspire (Indigenous Education)
• Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
• Campus Perks - Community Achievement Awards
https://yconic .com

The attached chart outlining scholarship and award opportunities is not conclusive but it meant to be a guide of some of the opportunities that are available for each student to access and research. The chart will be amended if the need arises, and additional information will be added as it becomes available in Student Services.



1. Select the “Login” bubble
2. Select “Register”
3. You will need a valid e-mail account
4. Select Account Type – “Student” (parents select “Caregiver”)
5. Enter your student ID (student number) or OEN (dashes included)
6. Create an 8 character password, confirm it and submit (do not cut and paste when confirming, re-enter your password)
7. You will receive an e-mail containing a link to activate your account. Click on the link in the e-mail to make your account active. (if you haven’t received an e-mail, check your junk mail folder)


Download the FREE APP at the APP Store.

Search for the APP using HWCDSB myPath

1. Select the “Register” button
2. You will need a valid e-mail account
3. Select Account Type – “Student” (parents select “Caregiver”)
4. Enter your student ID (student number) or OEN (dashes included)
5. Create an 8 character password, confirm it and submit (do not cut and paste when confirming, e-enter your password)
6. You will receive an e-mail containing a link to activate your account. Click on the link in the e-mail to make your account active. (if you haven’t received an e-mail, check your junk mail folder)

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