Grade 8 Info

Welcome to the next step in your education. Joining a great high school right here in Grey and Bruce Counties--St. Mary's!

At St. Mary's we strive to ensure all students feel a sense of belonging.  We work together with families to ensure success.  St. Mary's has a large selection of courses and continues the long standing tradition of providing a safe and inclusive atmosphere for students to learn.


for SEPTEMBER 2018

St. Mary’s High School Grade 8 Information Packages for September 2018 are now available.  Grade 8’s who are not attending an English Catholic elementary school are asked to please contact our guidance department to have their name added to our mailing list.

Transition to Grade 9 Orientation Days

New Grade 9 students are encouraged to take advantage of these days, to get oriented to their schedules, the building, and make new acquaintances with staff, peer leaders and new grade 9's from other schools.

Day 1 -Wednesday, August 22nd - (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Agenda Items:

Other Notes:

- Welcome and Opening Prayer

- Learning about St. Mary's High School and being a Mustang

- Getting to Know New Classmates, Peer Mentors and Teachers

- Introduction to Peer Mentors

(Grade 9 students will be matched with a Grade 10, 11, or 12 student)

- Distribution of Timetables/Reading Your Timetable/Finding Your Classrooms

- Assignment of Lockers

- Learning to Log-In to the School Computer Network

- Information on How To Get Involved in Co-curricular Activities

(Sports, Clubs, Events, etc.)

- Overview of Expectations (School Handbook)

- Student Services offered

(Guidance, Student Success, Resource Support, Chaplain, Extra Help)

- Study Skills/Learning Strategies

-A pizza lunch will be provided for the students on this day

- Students are encouraged to bring a combination lock for their locker

Day 2 - Thursday, August 23rd - Mustang Fun Day - Field Trip to Canada's Wonderland

Departure Time from St. Mary's - 9:00 a.m.
Return Time to St. Mary's - 9:00 p.m.

Grade 9 students, along with their peer mentors and a number of teachers will have the opportunity to travel to Canada's Wonderland for a day of fun and friendship building. The cost to attend is $55 per

student (this includes admission to Wonderland and busing). Families who are unable to cover this cost at this time are asked to contact Mr. van Wieringen. It is our hope that fill students will be able to attend.

Other Notes:
Students will be responsible for their own food on Day 2. Students are

encouraged to bring enough food for the day or to bring spending money to

purchase food at Canada's Wonderland.

- Even if you don't like rides, there are lots of other activities to do at

Wonderland. We will group you with like-minded people.

- Students with a Season's Pass to Wonderland only need to pay for

transportation ($20).

- A permission form for the field trip is enclosed.
- Transportation to and from St. Mary's High School will be provided from various locations on both days of the Transition Program for those who sign up in advance. Please see the enclosed handout for the designated pick-up and drop-off locations and times.

Please complete the enclosed Response Form indicating whether or not you will be attending our 
Transition to Grade 9 Program and whether you will require transportation. This form must be returned to St. Mary's High School (via mail or in person) by Thursday July 5th. To assist with our planning please ensure that you meet this deadline.

Full details of the transition days are here:
Transition to Grade 9 Program.pdf

Parent / Student Information Nights will be held on:

Thursday January 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
Inclement weather date is Thursday, January 18

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Grade 8 Orientation Day will be held on:

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s High School
(inclement weather date is Monday, February 5, 2018)

Students who are not attending an English Catholic elementary school are asked to call the school to pre-register for the day.

Grade 8 Option Sheets are Due: Friday, February 16, 2018

In the event of inclement weather for any of these events, please contact the guidance department for the date that they have been rescheduled. 

Phone: (519) 376-4278 ext. 3002

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