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this web site is “moving”

In order to comply with Board standards, this web site will be phased out as we transition to The Hub – students should check there (Westmount Guidance) for future announcements/information and turn on notifications (click next to your name on top right corner) if you wish to be texted/emailed for new posts.

Grade 10 Leadership Opportunity

This year’s three-day Central Ontario Leadership Seminar (COLS) is taking place from May 27 – May 29 at the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto.  Each year, Westmount selects ONE representative (and ONE back-up) to attend this exciting and cost-free leadership conference.
If you are a demonstrated leader or a leader-in-the making and are interested in being selected as Westmount’s representative, please submit a very brief write-up (no more than one page) to Ms. Rex in the guidance office by no later than Monday, February 29th , describing why you should be selected as Westmount’s representative for this conference.
The teachers of all applicants will be contacted for reference purposes.  In the event that we receive more than one strong application, a random draw will occur among the semi-finalists.
Note – this opportunity is available only to students in grade 10.
For further details, please visit the COLS web site (and share with your parents):


Sem. 1 course changes

Remember that Thursday, Dec. 17 is the last day to change your timetable – for any reason – for THIS semester. That means that if you finish a course after this date, you must stay in the class and work on other subjects. If you finish a course by Dec. 17 and are not eligible for a spare (minimum 20 credits) and do not wish to headstart a course, then you also must stay in the class and work on other subjects. Do not come to guidance with a yellow course completion slip – stay in class.

PLAR – reminder of mandatory info session


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby students may obtain credit for prior learning. Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. Students may have their knowledge and skills evaluated against the expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits toward their secondary school diploma.

PLAR challenge for credit is only available to students registered in regular day school program in a Hamilton-Wentworth secondary school. Grade 10, Grade and 11 and Grade 12 courses that may be challenged for credit are courses currently being taught in this board that have been developed from a provincial policy document. Students interested in challenging for a credit must attend the Orientation Workshop at the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Education Centre, 20 Education Court, Hamilton, ON, on January 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Registration for the Orientation Workshop and further information are available through Student Services.

NGen Youth Centre – hang out or get volunteer hours!

NGen Youth Centre is the only youth-led space in Hamilton where young people (ages 13 to 24) have the opportunity to bring forth their ideas, with the mentorship of staff, to create and develop new programs, engaging in their communities.

We are located in the core of downtown Hamilton, right across from the MacNab bus terminal. We are an unincorporated organization who has a collaborative partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, as well as St. Joseph’s Youth Wellness Centre. We also have partnerships with organizations across Hamilton and the Greater-Toronto-Area.
Westmount Secondary School has been identified amongst our youth leaders and staff as a community who we have not yet reached out to about where we are, who we are, and what we have to offer your youth!
At NGen we offer a space for young people to just “be”, without judgement or trying to categorize youth identity into a box. In addition, we provide core programming that youth may choose to participate in such as beginner dance lessons, cooking class, DJ lessons, knitting, homework help and Y.A.C. (Youth Action Council).
Getting involved in NGen is also a great way to complete volunteer hours!
All of our programs are free and a bus ticket is provided to all youth who participate in a program to ensure accessibility is not a barrier to participation.
Our regular hours of operation are as follows;
Tuesdays: 3:00 – 6:30pm
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 3:00 – 9:00pm
Attached you will also find an example of our monthly program calendar and the NGen brochure.

NGen Brochure

NGen Nov. schedule



Rachael Edge
Initiative Lead
NGen Youth Centre
in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton
24 Main Street West, Hamilton ON
L8P 1H2

Kiwanis Club Bursaries Available – due Nov. 23/15

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton supports students from low-income families to make it easier (less stressful) for students to stay in high school.  If you are making good progress, have regular attendance, and participate in extra-curricular activities, you may be an ideal candidate for this bursary ($100/month starting in December).  Please note that schools may submit only two names.

If interested and eligible, please complete the application below and submit to your guidance counsellor ASAP, but by no later than Nov. 23.

Kiwanis bursary application 2015