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Assumption’s very own, Ian Corbett, competes at the Canada Skills Competition!

Iain, who runs his own summer business, had a feeling he “placed top ten” and decided he would make the drive into Toronto just to see where he placed. As the announcer moved into the top 3 and Iain had not heard his name yet, he was a bit dejected but thought maybe he hadn’t done as well as he suspected. That all changed when he saw his name flashed across the screen as the Ontario Skills Competition Gold Medal winner for Carpentry. 

Having successfully competed at the Halton Skills Competition and won Gold, Iain Corbett moved on to compete at the Ontario Skills competition at the Toronto Congress Centre on May 7th. 

As a result of winning gold at Ontario Skills, Iain was afforded the opportunity to compete in the Skills Canada national championship. The event took place in Halifax on May 28-29th. Iain travelled with competitors from across Ontario to compete against the best high school aged carpenters in Canada. Iain performed incredibly well placing 9th. More importantly, he gained valuable experience – first flight, new friends, future connections and skill development- and got the chance to see a beautiful Canadian city. 

It should be noted, that the Skills Canada competition is an exceptional event. Competing students are celebrated like Olympic athletes and 7500 students from across Nova Scotia witnessed the event. It is remarkable to see so many talented students exhibit their God-given talents. As well, it is a powerful recognition of the importance of all post-secondary pathways. 

Iain was an exceptional representative of his family, Assumption CSS, the Student Success Department and the HCDSB as a whole. We are all extremely proud of his accomplishments. 

Congratulations Iain!

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A THANK YOU from Skills Ontario!

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School Within a College

HCDSB grade 12 students experienced School Within a College (SWAC) in their 2nd semester during the 2016-2017 school year. From February to June, 2017, students in the program experienced college life at the Mohawk-Stoney Creek campus, taking courses in the trades, and obtaining credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

The program is an excellent fit for students wishing to explore a career in the trades, a college pathway, or students who are behind in credits and are interested in exploring hands-on studies. Through SWAC, students are able to learn theory in the classroom, combined with practical, experiental application in welding and carpentry shops, all located on a college campus.

SWAC is Coming Back!

SWAC will be back for its second consecutive year in the winter of 2018! Grade 11 or 12 students interested in taking the following courses: Intro to Construction and Trade Calculations in the SWAC program are asked to contact their school office directly for more information and registration requirements. The deadline to submit applications is November 30, 2017.

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This program was a blessing to me because at my high school there was only wood-shop programs, so it gave me the opportunity to get hands on experience with a field I was not familiar with. I’m very happy I was given this opportunity to meet new people and experience a school away from school. ​​​​ – Student experience in the SWAC Program

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Summer School Dual Credit Applications are NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Summer school applications for the Dual Credits at Sheridan College are now available to download to register. Course descriptions are below.

Dual Credit Halton Summer School Registration Form

Course descriptions

Introduction to Industrial Trades 9-1:00 July 4- 28th

Students are introduced to a variety of machining techniques applicable to the machining and tooling manufacturing sectors such as: Tool and Die Maker, Tooling tool Maker, General Machinist, Machine Tool Builder and Integrator, Pattern Maker. Students practise the safe setup and operation of different types of machine tools including: Engine Lathes, Milling Machines, Drill Presses, Pedestal Grinders. Students are taught safe lifting techniques, as well as rigging and hoisting. Students also learn to assemble and disassemble mechanical equipment such as motors, gear boxes etc. Students are exposed to the basic fundamentals of oxy-fuel cutting, brazing and welding, plasma cutting, as well as shielded metal arc welding.

Sound Design 9-1:00 July 4 – 21

Computer lab demonstrations, illustrative lectures and computer-based project assignments will form the core of this fundamental course in Sound Design. Students will explore the principles of sound and sound recording, including basic audio physics, aesthetics of sound, and digital audio theory. Application of sound design will be examined through analysis of the elements of a film or television soundtrack, the history of sound film, and the techniques used for dialogue.

Profiles of Crime – Criminology 9-1:00 July 4 – 28th

Students critically analyze the Canadian criminal justice system and the impact of crime on victims and our society. Students explore criminal typologies, the causes of crime and the changing definition of crime and criminals. Through in-class activities, presentations, group discussion, relevant readings and multi-media presentations, students gain a deeper awareness of current issues facing the criminal justice system including police discretion, the role of the criminal court system, the plight of victims of crime, and proposed solutions

Art Fundamentals 9:00-1:00 July 4-21

2D Design is the first of a two part introduction to design fundamentals which introduces the students to basic essentials of design. Students examine elements of design, including line, shape, texture, value and colour. Through interactive lectures, in-class and homework assignments, students use a conceptual process to develop basic compositional techniques in order to create unity and variety.

Should you have any questions contact Cathy Jenkins: jenkinsc@hcdsb.org 

 

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7th Annual Student Success Conference

This past spring, the Halton Catholic DSB hosted its 7th Annual Student Success Conference at the Oakville Conference Centre. More than 1000 students, staff and parents walked in and explored a variety of career fields, volunteer opportunities, post-secondary and trade booths to help with their pathways planning. All participating schools were treated to a keynote presentation by either Jeff White or Joel Hilchey. Both keynote presenters spoke about “taking risks” when it comes to decision making on future plans and using transferable skills from home and school life to the work place. Cogeco was on hand to document the day for our Halton community and shared students experiences for the rest of us to see what a great day it was!

 

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Halton Catholic Students Achieve Great Things at Skills Ontario Competition

From May 1-3, 2017, the Halton Catholic District School Board was thrilled to send 18 elementary and 12 secondary students to the Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Earlier this year, students who advanced to Skills Ontario achieved top marks at the Halton Skills Competition, held in March of 2017.

Skills Ontario is Canada’s largest skilled trade and technology competition, offering a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their outstanding skills in a chosen field of study. Over two and a half days, they share their talents in front of educators, family, friends and prospective employers.

Winners are awarded with gold, silver or bronze medals, and some students receive monetary awards and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Congratulations to our elementary students who competed in the following categories:

  • LEGO Robotics (St. Paul Catholic Elementary School)
  • Technology Challenge (St. Mary Catholic Elementary School)
  • TV and Video Production (St. Peter Catholic Elementary School)
  • Green Energy Challenge (St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School)

Our Intermediate Robotics team (Liam Boyle, Anthony Fuca, David Colterman and Matthew Clement) from St. Paul Catholic Elementary School successfully took home a bronze medal at the competition.

Students in secondary school also competed in the following categories: Architectural Design, IT Network Systems, Graphic Design, Carpentry, Robotics and Control Systems, Photography, Cabinet Making, Refrigeration, Hairstyling and Coding.

Congratulations goes out to all secondary students, as well as Adam Farrow of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School who won bronze at the competition in Architectural Design.

All teams had a fantastic day and represented our Board and their respective schools admirably. A special thank you goes out to our coaches for their time, effort, and dedication in making these opportunities available for our students. ​

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A ‘Taste’ of Niagara

On February 9th, grade six students from St. Michael, Lumen Christi and Holy Rosary (B) School took part in an Experiential Learning opportunity at Niagara College’s Niagara on the Lake campus. The purpose of the visit was to introduce our students to the opportunities provided by a college in close proximity to the Halton Region. As well, by making our students more aware of the post-secondary choices that exist for them, we increase the chances that they will make informed decisions when choosing their pathways.

The day’s events began with a tour of the campus. Students were shown the various services and amenities offered to students who attend Niagara College. As well, students toured the various professional kitchens affiliated with the Culinary Arts program and some were lucky enough to receive some freshly baked samples. The tour finished with a look at the college’s active greenhouse.

The day was punctuated by a lunch prepared by students in Niagara’s Culinary program. The delicious meal helped activate the students’ brains for the two afternoon workshops.

The first workshop focused on Food Science. The students were given an overview of what ‘food science’ is and what careers are available to someone who completes the Food Science program. The workshop concluded with students posing as food critics to determine the difference between a traditional Oreo cookie and the ’30% Less Fat’ variety of Oreo.

The second workshop saw the students engaged in a collaborative inquiry session based on Event Planning. Students were given a set of success criteria that helped to guide them through the process of planning a grade 8 graduation. Students worked in groups to determine a theme, food, entertainment and overall budget for their proposed graduation party.

Many thanks to all of the schools who took part in the day and the team at Niagara College who helped to provide this amazing experiential learning opportunity for our students.

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Watch our Grade 7 Students Engage in the Trades at Mohawk College!

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12 Volt News recognizes the hard work in building the Bishop Reding Spirit Car!

Project Eclipse has been recognized by Michael Van Horn, CEO of the United States company 12volt.com. 12 Volt specializes in vehicle customization and electronics and has been following the progress of the Bishop Reding Spirit Car.

For the full article click here.

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HCDSB Students Demonstrate Their Skills

During the months of April and May, over 200 students from our High School and

Elementary School panels took part in the Halton and Ontario Skills Competitions.

On April 5th, students competed in the Halton Skills Competition at Robert Bateman

High School. Halton Skills is an event where students from Grade 4 – 12 from the Halton

District School Board and Halton Catholic School Board demonstrate their technical

skills in a friendly but competitive environment. This year was the 27th for the event.

This year, Ascension Catholic Elementary School became the first HCDSB school to

serve as a host site for the competitions.

 

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Students in both elementary and secondary from across the Board took part in

competitions ranging from culinary skills, to carpentry to LEGO robotics. HCDSB teams

performed incredibly well with 32 students receiving medals.

 

Also of note, this was the first year for students to take part in a robotics demonstration

as an extension of the MInistry’s CODE Robotics initiative. Approximately 30 primary

and junior students from the HCDSB were given the opportunity to share what they

have been learning in their classrooms to a panel of observers. All of our students

embraced the opportunity to demonstrate their God given talents in a challenging and

rewarding environment.

 

Students who received medals at Halton Skills move on to Ontario Skills which is a

province wide skills competition held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 2nd-3rd. Ontario

Skills includes students from across the province who received medals at their Boards’

regional competition. Ontario Skills also supports Pathways planning with exhibits from

colleges, trades, OYAP and the workplace. As part of the events at RIM, the Student

Success team facilitated 10 busloads of HCDSB students to go and observe the

competitions and to immerse themselves in the Pathways information presented

throughout RIM Park. All in all, approximately 500 HCDSB students experienced

Ontario Skills in varied forms.

 

HCDSB students returned from Ontario Skills with 4 medals — 3 Silver (Secondary) and

1 Bronze (Elementary). Congratulations to all of our student competitors and a special

thank you to the staff who dedicated their time, effort and mentorship to our teams.

 

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