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Halton Catholic DSB Young Women’s Summit

Female students in Grades 7 & 8 from the Halton Catholic District School Board are invited to gather for HCDSB’s Young Women’s Summit. The summit features a career carousel and interactive panel of female professionals that will expose students to a variety of pathways.

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre, Oakville



Education, career, life planning helps our students choose pathways that lead to successful, fulfilling careers. Young women are encouraged to explore careers,includingmale-dominated industries,and recognize their potential to revolutionize the future of the workforce. H.C.D.S.B.’s Young Women’s Summit gives grade 7 & 8 girls, in the Assumption Family of Schools, the opportunity to connect with women in various careers and explore their pathways to success.

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A Tech-filled Day of Learning Digital Skills for the Workplace!

On March 2, 2018, students from across HCDSB were invited to Microsoft Canada’s head office for a fun, tech-filled day of creativity, curosity, and excitement!

Students received hands-on experience with some of the latest gadgets in technology, while listening to famous technology influencers and learning about the wide-range of careers in technology. ​

According to the Ministry of Education, Ontario’s Vision is that “Ontarians of all ages will receive the supports they need to pursue postsecondary education (apprenticeship, college and university), have a fair chance to fulfill their dreams, achieve their potential and thrive in the global knowledge economy.”

Students were invited to this Microsoft student event to learn about the various career pathways and educational opportunities available once they continue on to their postsecondary studies.

Special thanks to Microsoft Canada for a fun and informative day of learning, and to our staff and students for their participation in this educational event! ​


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A Cardboard Race to the Finish Line!

Grade 7 and 8 students from Ascension, St. Andrew, St. Mary, Our Lady of Victory, St. Francis of Assisi and Queen of Heaven​ Catholic Elementary Schools recently participated in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race and Video Challenge.

For over 20 years, Skills Ontario​ has promoted the skilled trades and technologies, and has hosted Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario.

With the support of their teachers, students worked collaboratively throughout the process, creating design plans, gathering materials and planning how to best utilize each individual’s skill set to help achieve their end goal.

Using math, creative thinking, problem solving and hands on building skills, students were able to create two unique and effective boats. The event challenged students to create cardboard boats that could outperform other teams in both speed and weight competitions when placed in the water.

The two student video teams from Ascension Catholic Elementary School were also able to showcase a highlight reel of the performances and the creation of the cardboard boats. Action shots were recorded from various camera angles and students were able to incorporate their artistic abilities and techniques to document the day.

Congratulations to all students and many thanks to our HCDSB staff for their dedication and support for Pathways and Student Success​initiatives!


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Working With Community Partners to Explore Pathways


On Thursday, May 25th, 62 grade 5 students from St. Joan of Arc School participated in an experiential learning opportunity at Ikea’s Burlington store. The event was created to help our students fulfill the requirements of the Ministry’s Creating Pathways to Success document. The focal point of the day being the inquiry questions in the document: ‘Who Am I?’, ‘What are my Opportunities?’, ‘Who Do I Want to Become?’, and ‘What is my Plan for Achieving My Goals?’

The students participated in 4 workshops throughout the day. In keeping with our Catholic social teaching of Stewardship, the day was framed around the theme of sustainabilty. Students took part in a Scavenger hint that led students to seek out examples of Ikea’s commitment to sustainable products. Also, students worked collaboratively to create and present ideas for innovative ways to care for and sustain the environment.

During each of the workshops, students learned about the myriad career opportunities within Ikea and discussed how those opportunities could be achieved. Students were also given the opportunity to express their own hopes for the future. Using a comic strip, the students depicted their optimal career pathway. This activity included both the how and why for each student’s chosen pathway.

The student’s enjoyed the day immensely. Pairing with Ikea as a community partner helped to reiterate the value of experiential learning as a means of exposing our students to tangible career opportunities.

The Student Success Team extends its gratitude to both Ikea and St. Joan of Arc staff and students for their effort and enthusiasm. Their contributions to the day made it a great success.



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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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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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Team HCDSB at the 2016 Halton Skills

Check out pictures from our HCDSB Team at the 2016 Halton Skills hosted by Robert Bateman HS!