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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


Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will award ten (10) students, living with Crohn’s and colitis, a one-time scholarship of $5,000 CAD through the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program. Supported by an educational grant from AbbVie, these scholarships are available to students of any age, living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who are enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary educational institution in the fall semester of 2019.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants of any age are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be:
• A legal and permanent resident of Canada
• Diagnosed by a health care professional with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
• Enrolled in or awaiting acceptance from a Canadian-based post-secondary educational institution for the fall semester of 2019
• Demonstrating academic aspiration and strives to sustain an optimal level of wellness in spite of their Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis; allowing them to excel to reach personal and academic goals and inspiring others to do the same
Selection of recipients and determination of the scholarship amount

The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program is a competitive bursary. Application for the program does not guarantee funding for the upcoming educational year. Employees of AbbVie or Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and their immediate family members are not eligible for this scholarship. Past recipients of the AbbVie or Abbot IBD Scholarship are not eligible to reapply. Selection of recipients will be at the sole discretion of an independent selection committee of leading gastroenterologists, community partners and patient representatives from across Canada. Applications will be assessed based on two (2) letters of personal recommendation and a one (1) page essay (500 word max.), outlined in the selection criteria.

Winners will be notified during the month of July 2019 via a personal telephone call and a confirmation letter. After a winner’s educational enrolment has been verified for the fall 2019 semester, the scholarship cheque will be made payable to and directly mailed to the educational institution. Individual scholarship amounts will be awarded up to $5,000 CAN to cover the recipient’s tuition and/or required educational materials (if a student does not have a minimum of $5,000 CAN in tuition and required educational materials, the scholarship amount will only cover the actual cost of tuition and/or required materials). Eligible educational expenses for the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program include: tuition, student fees, required educational materials and on-site residency. All other applicants will be notified by email.

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted, in full, online no later than 5 pm EDT on June 1, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. In order to submit your application online, you must be able to scan and upload your supporting documents (total document file size must not exceed 20 MB), including:
• A signed Proof of Diagnosis form;
• A completed Applicant Consent form (must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if applicant is less than 18 years of age at the time of application submission);
• Two (2) letters of personal recommendation from a mentor, teacher, a guidance counsellor, coach, professional colleague or employer; and
• A one (1) page essay (500 word max.) outlining how you demonstrate your academic aspiration and strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness in spite of your Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, allowing you to excel to reach your personal and academic goals and inspiring others to do the same. You may want to incorporate why you strive for academic success, how you strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness, your personal and academic goals, how you inspire others through community and school involvement and how you would benefit from the scholarship.
You must submit the application online using the webform INCLUDING uploading all required documentation in one single step; you are not able to save your application and return to it at a future date, therefore it must be completed all at one time. All fields marked with an * must be completed.

Please ensure you have all supporting documents scanned and ready to upload before beginning your application. In order to prepare your application materials, applicants should print supporting documents in order to review and prepare the required information and documentation which must be uploaded. Please note that this PDF is for your information only, in order that you may prepare all the required documentation for submitting your completed online application. Failure to complete all mandatory sections will result in your application failing to be submitted.


Optimist Club Essay Competition

Optimist Club Public Speaking Contest

Waterloo Math Scholarships and Bursaries


Apply to Become a Burger King Scholar!

See attached pdf.


The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award program honours the spirit of one of Canada’s greatest heroes, Terry Fox. This humanitarian award is open to all graduating students who strive to emulate Terry Fox’s courage and determination by providing their communities and those in need with humanitarian service.
The maximum award value is $28, 000 disbursed over four years. The deadline is Friday, February 1, 2019. For award criteria please visit:
How To Apply
Applications are submitted online and must be completed before the deadline of February 1st of this year.
Applicants must provide three (3) referees and upload online an (un)official transcript detailing the applicant’s last two years of schooling (official transcripts, sealed by the issuing institution will be requested from applicants who are selected for an interview). Referees will be emailed a link requesting they complete an online Referee Form on behalf of the applicant.
The online application, including all the accompanying documents, must be completed and submitted online by the deadline – before midnight. Applications and all documentation (including Referee Forms and unofficial transcripts) received after that date will not be considered, nor will they be held over for the next year.
In cases where the applicant is unable to complete an online application due to extenuating circumstances, all materials (including completed application, referee forms, and the transcript) must be mailed together (in one envelope) and sent directly to our office (and postmarked by the deadline). Applications with missing materials will be considered incomplete and automatically disqualified. Materials received after that date will not be considered, nor will they be held over for the next year. Application materials will not be returned to students.
If you would like confirmation that your application and all relevant documents have been received in good order, or if you would like more information on how to complete the application process, please CONTACT THEM directly.

Schulich Leadership Scholarship

Schulich Leadership Scholarship
Launched in 2012, this $100 million program funds 50 undergraduate scholarships each year, across top Canadian universities. Our most promising students can pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
They are innovators. They are Schulich Leaders.
How It Works
Step 1 School: Select your Nominee
Get the word out
• All high schools and Cégeps across Canada are eligible
• Display promotional materials.
Notify staff and graduating students about the program.
Select your Schulich Leader Nominee
• Nominees must possess at least two of three criteria:
o Academic Excellence
o Leadership (community, business or entrepreneurial)
o Financial Need
• To qualify, Nominees must:
o Graduate high school in the 2018/2019 academic year
o Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
o Enroll at one of our partner universities
Submit your one Nomination by January 30, 2019
(Cégeps can submit two nominees)
• Access Nomination form. Email if you are not on our electronic mailing list and we will send you the link
• Choose a school staff member to submit the Nomination
• Nomination form includes:
o Name and contact information for your school
o Name and contact information for your Nominee
• Student takes action:
o Your Nominee will receive an email with a link to the Schulich Leader Scholarship Application.
Step 2 Student: Complete Schulich Leader Scholarship Application

Application requires:
• Universities where the Nominee wants to attend
• List of top three achievements (academic or other)
• 600 word essay demonstrating why they should win
• Optional 250 word essay to outline extenuating circumstances
• Two letters of reference (at least one from a school staff member). Letters must be:
o Maximum 1 page in length
o Addressed to Schulich Leader Scholarships Selection Committee
o Include Referee telephone number and email address for verification purposes
• Copy of an up-to-date transcript or credit counsel summary
• Headshot profile image for marketing purposes
Schulich Leader Scholarship Application due: February 20, 2019
Step 3 Universities: Select Schulich Leaders using their own rubric
• Review scholarship applications starting March 1, 2019
• Offers will be made between March 1 & June 15, 2019
• All Schulich Leaders are finalized by June 15, 2019
Who Is Eligible?
Schulich Leader Scholarships are open to all graduating high school or Cégep students across Canada who have an interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) at one of our partner universities.
In order to become a Schulich Leader and receive the scholarship, a student must first be selected by their high school or Cégep as a Schulich Leader Nominee. High schools (outside of Quebec)* may select one Nominee each, while Cégeps may select two.
Nominees must possess at least two of three criteria:
1. Academic excellence
2. Outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership
3. Financial need**
To qualify, Nominees must:
• Graduate high school or Cégep in the 2018/2019 academic year
• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
• Enroll at one of our partner universities



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

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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