Celebrating Student Success
Expanding Pathways for Every Student's Future
November 2017
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Year of Service
This year, we asked our Student Senators to share what service means to their secondary schools as we celebrate the Year of Service. Each month, we will feature a new article written by students that highlight how our school communities are called to serve.

Students at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School are Called to Serve
During the months of September and October, the students of Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School have taken part in many spectacular events. Our most recent being the annual Terry Fox run, organized by four of Austin’s very own leadership students with the help of many dedicated teachers and student volunteers.

With a small donation of $10.00, the students of Austin walked the main streets of Whitby collecting stamps from all six check points to ensure their yummy free snack. After the walk, five Austin students volunteered to shave or cut their hair for a donation to help cancer patients.

Following the magnificent tribute to Terry Fox, the students were treated to many fun carnival games and activities including: Pie the teacher, a cotton candy machine, music in the cafeteria and a wonderful bake sale - all of which raised money for Cancer research.

Following the success of the Terry Fox Run, Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School hosted an amazing university fair for Grade 11 and 12 students. The fair helped senior students to understand the options available to them from various colleges and universities.

Answering the call to serve and help others in our school and local community is a great privilege and positive experience for all involved.
Five female students wearing Terry Fox t-shirts and jeans
Student talking to the school community during Terry Fox Assembly
Mental Health and Wellness
Quotes from students on their AHA Moment of the Day
Students sitting at a table
students sitting at a table
Durham Youth Drug Awareness Committee (DYDAC) hosts 3rd Annual Student Conference - The Leader in Me: Awareness to Action
On Wednesday October 18, 2017, staff and students from Durham Catholic District School Board's (DCDSB)Secondary schools participated in the 3rd annual DYDAC student conference titled The Leader in Me: Awareness to Action . The intention of this day was for students to learn factual information about substance use and mental health and to begin the process of preparing a health promotion campaign back at their schools, with the support of their Public Health Nurse.

The day began with Diane Mullane, DCDSB Mental Health Leader, providing an overview of some key mental health messages, as well as general information about the connection between mental health, substance use and school connectedness. This was followed by a thought-provoking keynote address by Jeff Gauthier, Senior Addiction Counsellor from Durham Amaze Early Psychosis Intervention Program. Jeff focused on the topic of addiction and challenged students to think about potential reasons and possible solutions. A major “aha moment” for many of the students was Jeff’s statement “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection” and the fact that many individuals will use substances not just to get more of a good feeling, but often to get less of a painful feeling.

Following the keynote, students attended three information sessions led by our community partners at Pinewood Centre, Carea Community Health Centre and Durham Region Public Health to learn about alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, as well as opiods and over-the-counter medications. Participants then met with their school’s Public Health Nurse to begin discussion about their health promotion campaign. They were encouraged to think about the connections between the various topics and potentially merge some of their initiatives, e.g., embed the information that they had learned into a mental health week, or work on promoting belonging and connections as a preventative measure for substance use/abuse. There was great enthusiasm during this planning session, and most schools left at the end of the day with a scheduled date for their next meeting. When school plans are complete, they can apply for up to $200 in funding from DYDAC to run their health promotion campaign. Committee members shared that they are eager to support the school initiatives, and excited to learn more about the student plans.

DYDAC is a collaboration between the Durham Catholic District School Board, the Durham District School Board, Carea Community Health Centre, Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health, Durham Region Public Health and Durham Region Police Service. 
Diane Mullane
DCDSB Mental Health Leader
Experiential Learning
Centre for Success Students discover Enniskillen's Outdoor Education Centre
On October 18, the students from the Centre for Success program spent the day at Enniskillen Outdoor Education Centre. Students in the Centre for Success program are part of the Ministry of Education's dual credit program and are spending their final semester of school at Durham College as they prepare to transition to post-secondary education. 

One of the high school courses offered to students is Physical Education and Outdoor Education. While at Enniskillen, students learned orienteering which includes developing your navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate points of interest in the conservation area. Thanks to Mrs. Matthews-Altieri and Mr. Hanlon for arranging this trip.
student receiving instruction on how to orienteer
Students on a bus
Four female students pose for picture by the Our Lady Seat of Widsom sign
Two female student pose by Madama House sign
Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School Students take a SHSM trip to the Madawaska Valley.
Students in the Arts and Culture and Non-Profit Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School participated in a trip to the Madawaska Valley from October 15 to 17. The trip was arranged by Mr. Longauer and Mrs. Cannon. Students had the opportunity to participate in an Art workshop led by Mary's Mission. The theme of the workshop was 'Art and Acting Through Faith'. With fall colours at their peak, students spent time in the beautiful Madawaska Valley applying their artistic talents while learning how to express their faith through art.

On the second day of the trip, students attended at tour of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom University in Barrie's Bay before heading to Madonna House where they experienced a day at the lay Catholic apostolate founded by Catherine Doherty.

A main focus of the SHSM program is to have students experience their education outside of the school setting. We thank Mr. Longauer and Mrs. Cannon for arranging this most meaningful excursion. 
Careers in Construction Day
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, students from Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School and Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School participated in a Construction Industry tour event.

Students learned about paving, bridge and road construction, mining, and the many career and job opportunities in construction in our region. 

Students toured the Dufferin and Miller Yards in Whitby, entered the 407 extension on Harmony road and rode along the newly paved highway and toured the LaFarge Quarry. The event was organized in partnership with the Miller Group and the Ontario Construction Careers Alliance. 
students wearing safety vests and hard hats pose for a picture under a highway overpass
Group of students standing outside
His Worship, John Henry Mayor of the City of Oshawa speaking to students
Industry Oshawa Tour for Students

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the Durham Workforce Authority, in collaboration with the City of Oshawa, held a full-day industry tour for students. Staff and students from Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School and Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School toured the Oshawa Port Authority, Triad Metals International, Cleeve Technology Inc., and Rider Tool Manufacturing. 

The event provided students with the means to explore labour opportunities in their own region and to see how their classroom learning applies in a workplace setting. The day finished at the Jubliee Pavillion Banquet Hall where his Worship, John Henry, Mayor for the City of Oshawa discussed his own career pathway and the benefits of working in Durham Region.

Exchange Programs – Opening Doors to Opportunities Around the World
“If you can do an exchange program, just do it,” said Etienne Bresteau-Rivoal who is an exchange student from Saint Brieuc, in France. Etienne attends Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School with his exchange partner, Kersten Roffey, a Grade 10 student at Austin. “An exchange program can only benefit you!”

After two months in Canada, Etienne is making huge progress with his English. “I understand English better and speak more naturally,” said Etienne. “Everyday I see myself improve. I speak more and understand more – its very rewarding to see yourself improve.”

An exchange will offer you an opportunity to learn a new culture (which includes new food, a new country, a new town). You will meet new people and make new friends! You will go to a new high school and be given a new schedule with different subjects and courses. Etienne adds, “Don’t be afraid to do an exchange, it’s a great experience.”
Participating in a student exchange program offers students the opportunity to take part in a unique life experience that is rewarding for many reasons. Not only will Etienne and Kersten both benefit from the chance to use their English and French language skills in their respective exchange locations, but they will also grow in their confidence to use the language in real-world situations with native speakers. 

When asked why students should consider participating in an exchange, Kersten shared these positive benefits and advice:

Une nouvelle langue, culture et les opportunités et personnes inoubliables. Les échanges sont vraiment des expériences comme aucun autres. Cette année je suis en train de participer dans mon deuxième échange avec ISE Ontario et chaque jour j’apprends quelque chose de nouveau. À mon avis, il y a plusieurs avantages qui sont associées avec la participation dans un échange culturel. Premièrement, c’est la meilleure façon d’apprendre une nouvelle langue car ils vous permettent d’ apprendre hors de la salle de classe. Quand vous arrivez, vous êtes complètement immergé dans la langue. Au début, c’est difficile, mais avec temps vous commencez à comprendre ce que les gens disent, vous commencez à penser dans la langue puis, vous commencez à communiquer avec les autres. Un des meilleurs conseils que je peux vous donner, est qu’il faut toujours essayer de communiquer avec les autres. Si vous décidez de parler ou pas, vous trouverez que vous pouvez comprendre beaucoup, mais il faut remarquer que vous êtes aussi là pour améliorer votre communication. Donc, soyez courageux, prenez des risques et communiquez avec votre partenaire, leur famille et les autres que vous rencontrez.

Un deuxième avantage est que vous pouvez améliorer votre confiance. Quand quelqu’un participle à un échange, il ou elle peut voir leur propre amélioration et avec ceci ils vont avoir plus de confiance et vont essayer des nouvelles choses. Finalement, des échanges sont les opportunités qui ouvrent les portes à une nouvelle vie. Pendant que vous participez dans un échange vous apprenez à propos de vous-même et tout ce que vous êtes capable de faire. Vous obtenez une passion pour le voyage et vous devenez plus reconnaissant aux cultures du monde et comment les gens sont différents. Après avoir fait un échange, je me suis rendue compte que je veux utiliser tout ce que tu as appris dès que possible. Alors, avec tout que vous apprenez en faisant un échange je vous encourage à faire le plus que possible. Par exemple, faites du bénévole en français dans votre communauté (les amis de lecture à la bibliothèque), ou considérez de continuer votre éducation en français. Les échanges sont les opportunités qui peuvent aider dans votre avenir. Ils ouvrent les portes et vous donnent beaucoup de confiance. Si vous pensez à faire un échange, je vous promets que ce sera une expérience inoubliable avec les avantages qui sont interminables.

If you are interested in learning more about exchange programs to improve your French language skills, please visit Canadian Parents for French Ontario website .
Female student wearing school uniform sitting with her exchange partner a male student from France
Female and male student holding a sign that says Welcome to Canada Etienne
Male student standing in front of Algonquin Park sign
Male and female student standing in front of Parliament Building in Ottawa
Student Achievement
Adults and students accepting their Platinum EcoSchool Award
Female and male adult accept their platinum EcoSchool Award
100% of Durham Catholic schools are Certificated EcoSchools
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Durham Catholic District School Board honoured every one of our Durham Catholic schools at the annual EcoSchools Celebration. The event recognized students, staff and parents for their dedication to environmental awareness within their school communities.

Congratulations to all our Durham Catholic schools for achieving 100% certification in EcoSchools. Bravo to the students and staff at St. John the Evangelist and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Schools for achieving Platinum Level certification.

To learn more about EcoSchools, visit our website .
My Individual Pathways Plan
Career Cruising can help you plan your future. By using the personal assessment tools, exploring detailed career profiles and post-secondary education information, you can learn more about who you are, set goals, and plan your educational pathway.

Save all information in your on-line portfolio and use this information before you choose your secondary courses that lead to your pathways destination: apprenticeship, college, community living, university or the workplace.

To get started or to continue building your profile, go to www.careercruising.com . You can also access your account by going to the Board’s LaunchPad Learning Portal.
Diagram illustrating pathways and questions students need to ask themselves
Group of students with adults
Female and male students talking at a microphone
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School participates in Altona Forest Project
On October 26, 2017 Mrs. Hummel and her Grade 6 class at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School participated in the Altona Forest Project. The students together with Altona Forest, Shores of Lake Ontario, and the City of Pickering took part in planting a pollinator garden as well as native trees to enhance the tree canopy that provides buffering for the forest.

The project was made possible after receiving environmental funding from the province’s Great Lakes Guardian Community fund. The funding is going towards habitat enhancements to the south end of Altona forest. This partnership helps maintain the forest which provides essential habitat for plants and animals. BRAVO!
Upcoming Events
Flyer inviting parents of Grade 11 and 12 students to learn how they can apply to Ontario's Student Financial Aid Program.
Flyer that promotes Let's Talk Trades dinner for Grade 7-10 female students and parents on November 14 over dinner.
November 2, 2017
New OSAP: Ontario's Student Financial Aid Program Transformed
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
DCDSB's Pope Francis Centre, 652 Rossland Road West, Oshawa

Parents of Grade 11 and 12 students are invited learn how they can apply to the newly transformed Ontario Student Assistance Program for their post-secondary education. All are welcome to attend.
November 14, 2017
Let's Talk Trades
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
DCDSB's Pope Francis Centre, 652 Rossland Road West, Oshawa

Female students in Grades 7 - 10 and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the opportunities in the skilled trades and the apprenticeship pathway.

Keynote speaker, Jamie McMillan will share her career journey as an Ironworker and tradeswomen over dinner.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, click here to register .
Darlington Refurbishment Open House
Family and friends are welcome to tour OPG's Darlington Refurbishment Open House on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Darlington Energy Complex
1855 Energy Drive, Courtice, ON

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn how the Darlington Refurbishment Project is creating thousands of jobs and generating 30 more years of safe, reliable, clean power. Take a tour of their cutting edge training facility, which features a full-scale nuclear reactor mock-up and more.
Promotional flyer inviting people to the Darlington Refurbishment Open House on November 18, 2017.
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