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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.


L. VanKooy (front desk) - Extension 3417

K. Pongetti, Department Head - Extension 3432

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

Co-operative Education Teachers

R. Genovese - Extension 3421
M. Tarquinio - Extension 3434


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



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




College/ University/Visit Date
1 University of Guelph-Humber College - Wednesday, October 3, 2018
2 Brock University - Friday, October 12, 2018
3 Niagara College - Thursday, October 18, 2018
4.Niagara University, U.S.A. - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5 University of Guelph - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6 Fanshawe College - Thursday, November 1, 2018
7 Western University + Brescia University College + King’s College - Tuesday, November 6, 2018
8 McMaster University - Thursday, November 8, 2018
9 Wilfrid Laurier University - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10 Mohawk College - Monday, November 19, 2018
Ontario Universities' Fair 2018

Ontario Universities' Fair 2018

The largest educational fair in North America, where students and their parents may speak with representatives from each Ontario university about programs, campus life and anything else that may help them make a decision about which Ontario university to choose.

September 28–30, 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm daily
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Free admission

If you’re thinking about attending an Ontario university, don’t miss the Ontario Universities’ Fair – the only event where you can visit all 21 Ontario universities in one place!

Grade 12 Post-secondary information 2019

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 16, 2019, 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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