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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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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.

Contact Ms. Giammarco for more details at

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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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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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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 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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Men and Women as Career Coaches Inspire Halton Catholic Students

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On April 22, 2015, Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)​, a not-for-profit organization connecting industry leaders and the community, hosted a ‘Men as Career Coaches’ event. The evening served as an opportunity for business professionals to inform and inspire male secondary students with their knowledge of post-secondary destinations, occupational pathways and career options.

Part of the evening included inspirational videos, table discussions, as well as spotlight speakers sharing their stories with the audience.

“We are trying to bring people together even at an early age,” says Anthony Di Palma, Christ the King Catholic Secondary School teacher and attendee at the HIEC event. “To start building bridges and moving forward with a type of mentorship platform that’s going to build a better community.”

In addition, Halton Industry Education Council hosted the eleventh annual ‘Women as Career Coaches’ evening on March 26, 2015. Female mentors and career coaches representing all occupational sectors attended the evening to empower young women and inspire them to take control of their futures.

Students were able to hear stories from an ironworker, plumber, business owner, and even a female jockey; the first woman to ever win the Queen’s plate! The evening was capped off by keynote speaker, actress, wellness coach and author; Jessica Holmes. Her fascinating career pathway, diverse and relatable life experiences, and candid approach to addressing wellness and positivity made her a great candidate for this year’s keynote address. Learning from failure, not giving up, and the journey of self-discovery were powerful key messages presented to students.

Both career coaching events were thoroughly enjoyed by all students and mentors in attendance. Many thanks to the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) for hosting two spectacular events!​

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St. Thomas Aquinas Students Learn About Workplace Safety

On Monday, April 13, 2015, MySafeWork gave a powerful presentation on workplace safety to students and staff at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Oakville. The Minister of Labour, MPP Kevin Flynn, Mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton, and over 40 members of the business community were amongst the guests and panelists in attendance for the special presentation.  Also in attendance were Arlene Iantomasi, Vice-Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board, Superintendent of Education, Toni Pinelli, the Board’s Health & Safety Officer, Kim George, and Pathways Itinerant Teacher, Mike Johnston.

MySafeWork, a charitable foundation aimed at preventing workplace injuries and death in young workers, was founded by Rob Ellis after losing his son, David Ellis, in a workplace accident when he was 18. Rob Ellis and his daughter, Jessica Di Sabatino, offer a unique approach to their safety presentations by bringing students, parents, educators, corporate executives and workers face-to-face to talk about workplace safety.

“I need your help, because I cannot get through this alone,” Rob Ellis shared with students in an emotional recount as he walked them through the tragic events that led up to David’s death.  He explained how the tragedy became his current ‘journey in life’ – and how it has become his purpose to travel across the country with Jessica to increase awareness around youth worker safety. According to MySafeWork, young Canadians sustain 125,000 injuries on the job each year.

The presentation at St. Thomas Aquinas was organized by Mhairi Ferguson, Cooperative Education Teacher at STA.

“Student safety is our highest priority,” says Ms. Ferguson. “And a crucial part of our program involves teaching students about potential hazards in the workplace and ensure they are able to demonstrate safe work practices before they head out to their work site co-op placements.”

Learn more about the co-op programs offered through the Halton Catholic District School Board at: HCDSB Pathways and Student Success.

For more information about MySafeWork, visit their website at: