On their first day of school, Durham Catholic secondary schools welcomed Grade 9 students to an orientation day designed just for them. Students toured their secondary school, met teachers, learned how to join clubs, teams and activities, found their classrooms and lockers and learned how to open their locks.
“I’m finding today extremely helpful,” said Carissa Armorer, Grade 9 student at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School. “Staff are friendly, I’m meeting new friends and I feel more comfortable navigating the school.” Fellow Austin student, Lucas Greto added, “I feel pretty at ease and have already had an opportunity to find my locker and open my lock – it’s great to have one less thing to worry about.”
“Student well-being is important to us and we wanted to offer a day where Grade 9 students can learn the layout out of the school. They can meet their new teachers, or a Chaplain and Guidance teacher, which are also key to a student’s success and happiness,” said Mr. O’Reilly, Superintendent of Education.
The Durham Catholic School Board is celebrating it’s 50th year serving families in the cities of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa, and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. Celebrations include a 50th anniversary Mass, 50th Day of School celebrations, a family picnic and a