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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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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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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.

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New SHSM Programs for 2015-2016

The Halton Catholic DSB is excited to introduce three new Specialists High Skills Major Programs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

You will find the brand new SHSM Programs at the following Catholic secondary schools:

Not For Profit SHSM at Assumption high school

Sports SHSM at Assumption high school

Manufacturing SHSM at Notre Dame high School

Please contact the Guidance Department at these respective schools for more information.

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Holy Trinity Student Achieves Gold at Skills Ontario & Bronze at National Skills Competition

Congratulations to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School​’s Grade 11 student, Kassandra Bot, who received a gold medal in Architectural Design at the Skills Ontario Competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4-6, 2015.

Kassandra was able to move forward and represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, held in Saskatoon for 2 days, and brought home a bronze medal! With over 500 students competing in over 40 competitions in the skilled trades and technology, Kassandra completed two different sets of drawings within a 7 hour period.

Prior to Kassandra’s recognition and journey to the national and provincial competitions, Kassandra won gold at the Halton Skills Competition that took place at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, on April 9.

The purpose of the Architectural Technology and Design evaluations in the Skills Ontario competition is to assess the technical skills of each competitor in performing design and drawing tasks. In addition, students are evaluated on their skills and knowledge of the core teachings of Architecture and Engineering, and their understanding of regulatory building codes and construction.

95% of the evaluation is practical, based on the competitors’ Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) skills, and their sketching techniques, as well as 5% of the evaluation is based on their resume and job interview skills.

Kassandra not only won gold at Skills Ontario, but she was awarded with a $500 bursary for achieving the highest grade amongst all female participants. She also received a $1500 bursary for achieving the highest score amongst all participants in the entire competition!

Kassandra aspires to pursue a career path in Engineering, but has always appreciated the hands-on learning components of Architectural Design. She hopes that these skills will help her to one day design and build her own house. When asked if she intends on defending her gold medal at the Skills Ontario competition next year, Kassandra replied, “Absolutely!”​

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Halton Catholic Students Showcase Their Skills

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Halton Catholic District School Board witnessed the unbelievable talents of our Grades 4 – 12 students at the 26th Annual Halton Skills Competition, held at Craig Kielburger Secondary School, in Milton.

The Halton Skills Competition showcases the many skills and talents of elementary and secondary students in the Halton Public and Halton Catholic School Boards.

The activities highlighted at the competition demonstrate the wide variety of apprenticeship programs available at our schools. These programs equip our students with the skills necessary to pursue a career path in the skilled trades.​

Congratulations to all students for their achievements at this year’s competition! Special thanks to over 300 students for cheering on their peers, as well as the staff and coaches who encourage our students to use their God-given talents. With 125 competitors at the event, 20 of our students will move forward to compete in the Skills Ontario Competition!

Please see the chart below, for a list of student winners in the Halton Catholic District School Board:​

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2015-2016 New Programs

The Halton Catholic District School Board is excited to announce the introduction of new Dual Credit Programs into our secondary system.

WRITER’S CRAFT at Bishop Reding CSS in conjunction with Mohawk College.

FITNESS LEADERSHIP at Jean Vanier CSS in conjunction with Sheridan College.

MANUFACTURING at Notre Dame CSS in conjunction with Mohawk College.


For more information about these new and existing Dual Credit Programs, visit this link or contact Cathy Jenkins at


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2014 Pathways Information Evenings Presentation

In case you missed one of the four regional Pathways Information Evenings, here is the presentation that was discussed. You will find information regarding pathways choices, regional programs and planning considerations.