Have a safe and happy summer. See you in September!

Guidance Updates


Aquatic Leadership Program - Part 1

Registration for the Aquatic Leadership Program - Part 1 is now open. In Part 1 of the program, the students work on the Healthy Living and Aquatic Activities, Grade 10 Open (PAQ2O1) course.  Embedded in the course are the Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C Certifications.  In order to receive the PAQ2O1 credit, students must demonstrate the expectations in the Ontario Curriculum which go beyond the Lifesaving Society's certifications. 

The program is being offered at 4 locations in the fall.  Registration for Fall 2024 is now open.  Students must register for the program on the Board website before registering with the municipality.  As a courtesy, we ask students to let their guidance counsellor know that they are working on an external credit. 

Please see flyer attached.



PLEASE NOTE:  There are a few enhancements to the Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarships program here at the University of Toronto.

In acknowledging past challenges, particularly regarding the misalignment of our scholarship adjudication process with our standard admissions procedures, we are excited to introduce the following changes for the upcoming 2025 Pearson Scholarship program:

1.     Earlier launch day: 2025 Pearson Scholarship application process       opens July 1, 2024.

2.     Earlier deadline: 2025 Pearson Scholarship nomination deadline is          October 11, 2024.

We have also made changes to the deadlines for your nominee to apply to the University of Toronto and for them to submit their required documents. These changes have been reflected on our website: future.utoronto.ca/pearson/about/

We are confident that these enhancements will streamline the selection and award process, enabling us to recognize and support outstanding students in a more expeditious manner.

Should you have any inquiries or require further clarification, please reach out to us at pearson.scholarship@utoronto.ca, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Thank you for your continued support of the Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarships program.

Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF)

  • October 5-6, 2024, from 9:30 am to 5 pm, daily
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
  • Gathers Ontario's universities in 1 place
  • Once-a-year, free event where attendees can talk directly with university representatives

Note: There are no university presentations at OUF 2024. If students are looking for a similar experience, we encourage them to attend the virtual Information Sessions. 

More Information

Email us if you have any questions 

Newcomer Youth Opportunities


Update From Guidance



· Young people between the ages of 15+ can find new job opportunities on Canada's Job Bank website and mobile app. New jobs will continue to be added over the coming weeks.There are jobs in childcare, the hospitality sector, wildlife conservation, recreation, agriculture and more. Full time work (30-40 hours/week) for six to sixteen weeks, with the average duration being eight weeks. The Canada Summer Jobs program prioritizes projects that support youth who face barriers to employment. This includes youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, as well as Black and other racialized youth

· Interested in travel? Parks Canada hires a large number of young people each summer to work in some "spectacular" locations across Canada. Search under Job Type: Regular Job Postings.


· Applications are open for the  Ontario Learn and Stay Grant.


“I’m a current Ontario high school student. What can I do if I am refused admission to all my choices at University?

Beginning in June, Ontario high school students can search for possible openings at Ontario universities.

To begin your search, visit the Undergraduate page and click the “Search Open Programs” button.

Once you find an open program of interest, add it to your application.

View the Admission Information Service flyer [PDF] for more information.

We also encourage you to contact universities directly for more information about available programs.

Keep in mind that certain programs may have different deadlines. We advise you to contact the universities directly to be considered for late admission. It may be possible to seek admission as late as August.

BFCN Scholarship Application Workshop

Black students and their families are invited to join us for a virtual edition of the BFCN Scholarship Application Workshop on Friday, June 14, 2024, from 7 PM - 9 PM EST

Message from Our Trustee

June 2024

It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of another school year. I hope that this has been a great school year for you and your child, and you continue to see evidence of your child’s learning and engagement at school. 

As a school board, there are several things we have been focused on in recent months that I want to update you on.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan consultations. The plan sets our priorities and direction as a school board. Your input will help ensure our plan reflects both the priorities established by the Ministry of Education and the community we serve. The revised plan will be announced in the fall and I look forward to sharing those updates. 

I also want to thank everyone who shared their feedback in the budget survey. Again, we want to ensure that the community has voice in these important decisions. We are committed to transparency and you can find information about the school board budget on the board website that will continue to be updated.

This is an exciting time of year as schools host end-of-year events including concerts and graduations. I want to offer my sincere congratulations to all of our students on your hard work this year, and a special congratulations to the graduating class of 2024. This is an important milestone and a celebration of years of perseverance, commitment, growth and learning. Graduates should feel proud of all they have accomplished. I wish you all the very best for the future and hope you continue to cherish the memories you have made in this school. 

I also want to acknowledge all of the many ways that you support your child’s learning and our public education system as family members throughout the year, whether it’s helping with homework, reading communications, making sure they’re out the door on time or volunteering in the school. We recognize that this is a partnership and value the relationship with families. 

As we wrap up the school year and look ahead to summer, I want to remind families:

  • While report cards are shared online, families can request a printed copy through the school. 
  • The school board offers a number of summer learning opportunities for students in elementary and secondary school.
  • You can also access links to resources to support student learning on the Board website to support summer learning. 

I wish everyone a positive end to the school year and a safe, happy and enjoyable summer. We look forward to welcoming back returning students in the new school year.

Estelle Cohen, Trustee, Vaughan Wards 4 and 5

Venture Week



MONDAY, JUNE 3rd – FRIDAY, JUNE 7th, 2024

The Entrepreneurship Program, now in its’ thirty fourth season, is the ultimate, Westmount Collegiate Institute eighteen-week job interview, where candidates compete, in teams, over the duration of the semester in a series of rigorous business tasks, that require the perfect balance between street smarts
and book smarts to conquer, in order to show Mr. Coates, the boss, that they are the best candidate for his company, Coates Securities. In each task, the teams are sent to the boardroom, where Mr. Coates and his hired associates judge 
the job applicants on their performance in the task. 

The current season include ten teams (between Mr. Coates and Mx. Orr’s classes), challenged to combine both "Street Smarts" and "Book Smarts" as they go 
head-to-head to see which team is most innovative and enterprising. This season’s ventures include everything one might need this summer and beyond. 
As the tasks have become tougher, the judging has become harder, and the contestants have become fiercer.  All profits raised are combined with the 
profits raised through Bare Necessities and Marketing Event Week, to support 
the Canadian Cancer Society. Over the past thirty-four seasons, over 
$170,000 has been raised to support those in need. 

In the end, the question will be answered in the showdown of the semester – The Final Challenge – Venture Week 34 (June 3rd to June 7th, 2024 in the atrium). Who will take their well-earned place, this season, with Mr. Coates and Mx. Orr on the other side of the boardroom table? Who will succeed? Who will be ordering a taxi? And who will be hired?    



When to Worry about Worry: Youth and Anxiety in a Post Pandemic World

JF&CS invite you to an evening discussion about the increase in anxiety youth are experiencing since the onset of the Covid-19 with keynote speakers, Dr. Rosalie Steinberg and Dr. Karen Wang. More information is available in the flyer below.