Student Services Department

The Student Services Department at Sacred Heart Catholic High School comprises several key areas in the school: 

Guidance

High School Guidance encompasses three types of counselling - educational (course selection and post secondary), career education (linking career exploring with high school programming) and personal (assisting students with difficulties that may be interfering with their education).

Intermediate Guidance is a resource for all grade 7 & 8 students. The counsellors help in supporting students’ academic success, career education and personal/social development, including social skills and bullying prevention.
       
2017 - 2018  Guidance Counsellors
A - Da    Nick Brisson      

De - He    Eleanor Wallace  (Department Head)
Hi - Me    Melanie Keogh
Mi - Sa     Marie Burnett  
Sc - Z       Matt McCarthy



Inclusion Co-ordination

The Inclusion Co-ordination Room, also known as the “Bridge”, provides support for exceptional students to be fully integrated into the school community. Based on their individual learning needs and abilities, all students will receive support that fosters a culture of commitment to achievement (Special Education Transformation, 2006). Using a team approach, including the classroom teacher, Bridge resource teachers, the Inclusion Coordinator and Educational Assistants, appropriate programming, planning, accommodations and modifications are made to ensure that each student, regardless of ability, is learning to his or her potential.

Inclusion Co-ordination Staff - Melanie Moore, Jennifer Klatt



Resource

The 7/8 Resource Room is a place where students can drop in to ask a question, print a document, borrow a book, or just sit quietly for a few minutes. Resource teachers support students with an IEP according to their needs. Resource teachers work closely as a team with students, classroom teachers and parents to ensure that each child has the best experience possible at our school.
7/8 Resource - Denise Hoppner, Meg McGarry,


The High School Resource Room encourages all exceptional students to take advantage of one-on-one support, signing out a laptop or finding a quiet spot to work in an inclusive environment. We encourage students to be prepared, communicate their needs, and take responsibility for their learning. We facilitate an environment that supports individuals to achieve success along their educational journeys and help them transition to post-secondary education. We encourage students to acquire the skills needed for lifelong learning.
High School Resource – Lisa Kennedy, Julie Favreau, Ryan McCloskey, Natalie Henry, Bonnie Rossiter

Student Success - Marianne Patterson



High School Achievement Centre
The High School Achievement Centre is a support mechanism in place for students who may be struggling with their credits and need further assistance in order to graduate, including catch-up after an absence. The program consists of a variety of supports including credit recovery, access to experiential learning opportunities and flexible scheduling.
Achievement Centre – Marianne Patterson (Student Success Teacher), Allison Camilucci, Karen McNally



Destination Employability Pathway (DEP)
The Destination Employability Pathway program allows students in grades 7-12 opportunities for experiential learning through job shadowing/twinning with co-op students, off site work experiences, guest speakers, and field trips, specific to the student's area(s) of interest and career aspirations.
Destination Employability Program – Matt McCarthy



Co-operative Education
Co-operative Education is a method of learning that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement in the community. It allows students to participate in valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace.

Co-operative Education – Cindy Zwolak, Susan Tourigny

Click here for the Co-operative Education website.



SHSM

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting their high school graduation requirements. The program also helps students transition into their chosen path once they graduate. By taking a specific cluster of courses, students gain specific skills and knowledge related to their chosen field.



Peer Support Programs

The Peer Mentor program is similar to a Big Brother/Big Sister program where senior high school students mentor a younger student. Peer Mentors are very much like a friend lending support, socially or organizationally. The Peer Mentor Coordinator matches a high school student with a grade 7 or 8 student. Once the match between the Peer Mentor and student is made, a suitable schedule is determined by the Peer Mentor Coordinator. The Mentor and student may meet once or twice a week for twenty minutes, on school property. Students may request a Peer Mentor for themselves by speaking with their Guidance Counsellor or teachers. Teachers, parents or administrators may ask that a student be assigned a Peer Mentor. Teachers, counsellor or administrators may nominate or recommend a high school student to the Peer Mentor Coordinator or students can apply themselves. Training and orientation will be provided by Student Services.

Peer Mentor Co-ordinator: Marie Burnett


Peer Tutors Students sometimes find themselves struggling to succeed in a subject. Extra help is usually available from teachers. If a student is still searching for extra support, Student Services coordinates different types of tutoring for students. We maintain a list of professional tutors available in our community. We also coordinate a Peer Tutoring Program. Through Peer Tutoring, students can be matched with an older student for extra help in a particular subject. As Socrates said, “even when men teach, they learn”. Students find both teaching and learning from their peers a rewarding experience. Some peer tutors use these hours towards their community service requirement, others use it to supplement their income. For more information about tutoring, please contact Student Services.

Peer Tutor Co-ordinator: Marie Burnett


Peer Ambassadors   One of the first people new Grade 7 students meet at Sacred Heart is a Peer Ambassador. Sometimes they even meet them while they are still in Grade 6, touring Sacred Heart for the first time. Our enthusiastic Peer Ambassadors welcome new students at the welcome BBQ and throughout the year.  They build community in whole-school initiatives such as Bullying Awareness Week and Christmas hampers. They are ambassadors at school open houses and community events, such as the CHEO telethon. Along the way, Peer Ambassador gain valuable leadership skills.

Peer Ambassador Co-ordinator: Christine Deschenes, Shawnie Lane

Peer Helpers  The Peer Helpers main mandates are educating students regarding mental health and anti-bullying initiatives.

Peer Helping Co-ordinator:  Melanie Keogh