Student Services

Guidance Counsellors

Guidance Counsellors are available to answer questions related to timetables, career planning, personal and social issues, special educational needs, and to suggest possible referrals to appropriate school personnel and outside agencies.

Nick Brisson (A - Cor )
Eleanor Wallace (Cot - Gn )
Cindy Zwolak (Go - Mar)
Marie Burnett (Mas - Sco)
Andrew Bain (Se - Z)

Office Administrator: Kelly Nixon

Achievement Centre:
Allison Camilucci, Matthew D'Angelo, Karen McNally

Student Success: Allison Camilucci

Resource (HS): Randy Baird (A-D), Julie Favreau E-J ), Natalie Henry (K-O), Lisa Kennedy (P-Z )

Resource (7/8): Denise Hoppner , Meg McGarry, Dave Hanna, Jonathan Schouten, Maureen Mercer

Listen to the announcements and check the Community Service binder in the Guidance Office for Community Service Opportunities!

Young Worker Safety
Rights at Work
Parenting Young Workers

Preparing for Next Year

For more information on Courses and Course Selections

Select courses for next year at myblueprint.ca/ocsb

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: Dave Hanna, Denise Hoppner, Meg McGarry

Student Success - Jon Schouten

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: Randy Baird, Julie Favreau, Natalie Henry, Lisa Kennedy

Student Success - Allison Camilucci

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: Allison Camilucci, Matthew D'Angelo, Karen McNally

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: Rick Ronberg, Patricia Pilon

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: Susan Tourigny, Ryan McCloskey

Click here for the Co-operative Education website.

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 Contact: Andrew Bain

Peer Support Programs

Peer Mentor

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: Andrew Bain

Peer Helpers

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

Peer Helping Co-ordinator: TBA


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: Nick Brisson

Peer Ambasadors

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: Deanna Ebner

Tutoring

In order to answer the needs of students at Sacred Heart who have expressed the desire to have some tutoring in subjects in which they are experiencing difficulty, students can request a peer tutor. While adults have specialized skills and knowledge, young people often learn best from someone who shares their perspective of the world. “The Peer Tutoring Program” offers affordable academic help for students while providing valuable experience to older students who already possess strong academic skills in a particular subject. Applications to request or become a peer tutor are returned to the Guidance Office. NOTE: Student tutors charge $15/hour.

Request to Receive a Peer Tutor--please see Guidance for information

Application to Become a Peer Tutor

The Guidance Office also provides a list of professional and adult tutors. This list contains names of individuals, as well as organizations. Parents are asked to contact these individuals directly. As each student has individual needs that must be met, we encourage parents to interview potential tutors to ensure that their child's individual needs are met.

Professional/Adult Tutors List

NOTE: Professional/Adult tutors rates vary.