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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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2018 Summer Dual Credits at Sheridan & Mohawk College

2018 Summer Dual Credits at Sheridan & Mohawk College

Click the link below to see what courses are offered for July 2018.

Summer School 2018 Dual Credits Course Listing Information

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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.


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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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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Team HCDSB at the 2016 Halton Skills

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


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Float your cardboard boat!

On Tuesday, January 26th, 12grade 8 students and 2 teachers from Ascension School in Burlington participated in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race and Video Challenge. ‘Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies. For over 20 years, Skills Ontario has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario’.

The purpose of the competitions is to engage students in a project that helps them to recognize the importance of honing specific skills. As our students utilize and demonstrate these skills during the event, they are learning where their strengths and interests lay. The result is that the competitions help our students to develop an understanding of how to make career and life decisions that are best suited to their individual abilities.

The day’s events challenged our students to create cardboard boats that could outperform other teams in both speed and weight competitions when placed in the water. As well, the two video teams from Ascension were required to document the event, and then create and edit a video that showcases the event and the skills that students utilize during the creation of their boats.

With the support of Mrs. Giammarco (Gr. 8 Teacher), students worked collaboratively throughout the process, creating design plans, gathering materials and planning how to best utilize each individual’s skills to help achieve their end goal. Using math, creative thinking, problem solving and hands on building skills, the teams were able to create two unique and effective boats. All the while, our video teams filmed the action from strategic vantage points and incorporated various camera angles and setting to document the day.

The day was a great success and provided our students with the opportunity to showcase their skills and take part in a fun filled event.

Congratulations to our students and many thanks to Mrs. Giammarco for her support.

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Coming soon ….. Riding in style with Bishop Reding’s Spirit Car!


Bishop Reding’s SHSM and Car Club members pose around BR’s Spirit Car half way through its rebuild. The special events vehicle aimed at promoting student success in the trades will be unveiled in May 2016 at the school carnival.