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Principal’s Message for Grade 8 Students

  • Each Grade 9 student will take a combination of these courses:
    • 8 courses total- 6 Compulsory and 2 Electives (Art, Business, Phys Ed and/or Technology)
    • Course levels available are Applied (P), Essential (L), Academic (D), Open (O), Destreamed and Community Living and ACTIVE Programs
    • For more detailed information click here (List of grade 9 electives with course description)
    • Choose your courses using myBluePrint through your “My Apps” page when you login into myBluePrint
    • Course selection deadline – February 26th 2021

Headstart is a voluntary, value-added summer support program offered for FREE for Grade 8 students entering Grade 9. Although this program is NOT mandatory, separate registration for HeadStart is required.
This program is only available to students enrolled in our Catholic Secondary Schools each September.
Headstart to Grade 9!

Link Crew: Your personal team of orientation partners!

Meet the LINK Leaders!

At St. David, we pride ourselves in doing what we can to support our students.

  1. Teachers and staff contacts [please click  on this link to go to a staff list on the website].
  2. Guidance  
  3. Guidance Grade 8 Welcome Video
  4. SST (Student Success Teachers)  What do we do?
  5. Special Education – Special Education Information 
  6. Nutrition for learning
    At St. David, we believe that a healthy breakfast is a good way to give your brain fuel for the day!  In Room 109, our hospitality kitchen, we have breakfast options available each morning at 7:50am that includes toast/bagels, cereals, yogurts, granola bars, fruit and juices.  To accommodate during Covid restrictions, carts are placed in the front foyer, off the main doors, with “grab and go” style bags that have food in them.
  7. Child and Youth Workers
    Child Youth Workers (CYWs) respond to the social, emotional and behavioural needs of students through direct intervention and consultation. They support, coach and advocate on behalf of students to develop social/emotional learning skills to foster a student’s positive experience in school and in the community. CYWs work in collaboration with the Administrators, Guidance Counsellors, Special Education Teachers and Student Success Teachers.  The CYWs help students recognize their personal strengths, next steps and together set goals to be successful.

Please click on the link below to visit the:
Chaplain’s Welcome
Press the Play button when you see the video on your screen.

For more information about the Chaplain please follow the link below.
Chaplaincy

Uniform Information:

Though you will be wearing the uniform to school almost 100% of the time you attend St. David’s, there are also some Non-Uniform days. Civvies days and Spirit wear days.

Guidelines:

  1. Uniforms need to be clean and in good condition.
  2. Pants, capris, and shorts are to be worn around the waist. Shorts are not to be rolled up. The St. David emblem must always be visible.
  3. All athletic wear is to be left in the student’s locker and is not to be worn in the school at any time.
  4. For safety reasons, open toed or heeled footwear may not be worn in the Art, Science, or Technology areas.
  5. Uniforms are to be worn on all school excursions or trips unless permission is granted by the principal.
  6. No accessories are to be added to the uniform.
  7. Upon entering the school, all non-uniform items such as coats, hoodies, sweaters, track pants, scarves or any other non-uniform items must be removed and will not be worn in the school during school hours.
  8. For the safety of identifying all individuals in the school building:
    1. Hats will NOT be worn in the school at any time and confiscated hats may be held for a period of time.
    2. Hats are to be left in lockers during the school day. This includes civvies days.
  9. Bandanas will not be worn while in the school or at any school related activity.

Still need more info?

  • What is the Uniform policy about what can be worn under a uniform top?
    The only items to be worn under a uniform top is a t-shirt that is plain white, black or grey short or long sleeved crew-neck t-shirt.

SPIRIT WEAR DAYS

Spirit wear days occur every Wednesday.
Spirit wear is defined as Celtics approved club, team or event shirts and has the words “St. David” or “Celtics” or the school logo on them.
Spirit wear shirts must be worn with regular uniform pants, capris, or shorts.

No backpacks, hats, coats, hoodies, sweaters, track pants, scarves or any other non-uniform clothing are allowed in the cafeteria and library.
Backpacks are also not allowed in Science labs or Technology areas for safety reasons.

CIVVIES DAYS

  • Several times a year, mainly as charity fundraisers, students are permitted to wear non-uniform clothing to class.
  • Clothing choices must be appropriate for a Catholic school learning environment.
    Students are not able to wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts, short shorts, crop tops or bare midriffs, and no undergarments showing. Students will need to change if their attire does not meet these parameters.
  • School administration reserves the right to send those students home whose choice of attire is not in keeping with the above guidelines.

McCarthy’s Uniforms for St. David

  • Because of our COVID-19 situation, things may be different in September when you come to St. David. However, here is some of our regular and adapted information for 2020-2021. 

Lockers

  • Currently, lockers are not being used by students, but if they were, lockers are assigned and have locks attached to them. Locker combination information will be distributed with school start-up information later this year. 

Here is what a Grade 9 timetable could look like:

Student Portal

You will be able to access this information through the Student Portal from Aspen. Click here for instructions. 

Extra Curriculars

At St. David there are a lot of ways of getting involved from sports and clubs to performances and service learning. To learn more click on the links below.

As a St. David Student, a Celtic, there is a lot to do here other than academics. This space is designed to show you how you can make the most out of your high school experience and make these years to remember.

We are so happy that you have decided to be a part of the Celtic community and we look forward to journeying with you.

Student Council

Grade 9 Social Squad

ARTS Council

Athletic Council

Meet the LINK Leaders!  Your personal team of orientation partners!

Clubs and Activities 

Team DAVE

Intramurals

What you need to Graduate

    1. 30 credits – learn more at this link: What you need to graduate!
    2. 40 Hours of Community Service – FYI – Grade 8s can begin to do their hours starting July 1st.
      Links to both the Volunteer Action Centre and SPARK Ontario
    3. Completion of the Literacy Test (written in Grade 10)-preparation will take place in Grade 10.

If you have a child in Grade 8 who is not currently attending one of our WCDSB Elementary Schools, we would be happy to help you register your child at St. David.
Please contact Erin Kelly, Guidance Administrative Assistant, for registration information at erin.kelly@wcdsb.ca
Registration should be completed prior to February 26th, 2021 in order to submit course selections on time.

Thank you very much for considering St. David Catholic Secondary School.

Do you have a Question?

Please give the school a call at 519 885 1340, press 0 to talk with the Main Office. Thank you.

St. David is the best, small high school in Waterloo!

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