PLAR Info Meeting Jan. 21/16


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.

Waterloo Unlimited – due Dec. 16th for March Break

Students of exceptional potential are invited to apply for a unique transdisciplinary program hosted by Waterloo Unlimited.

Application deadline: December 16th, 2015

Grade 11 Program | Theme of Design | March 14 – 18, 2016 ( March Break for many schools)

From engineering and the environment to science fiction and virtual reality, students will explore the theme of “Design” across disciplines. Attending lectures, seminars, and workshops on the University campus, they will join a community of like-minded high school peers from across Canada as they learn the Design Process and its application.

Program fee: $450 includes meals
Supervised overnight shared hotel accommodation: $300

Details on all programs, including an easily printable flyer to distribute to students, available here:

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Kind regards
Rae Crossman
Program Director, Waterloo Unlimited
Department of Knowledge Integration
University of Waterloo
EV1 Room 206
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 35159
Waterloo Unlimited offers an enriched, transdisciplinary learning experience for exceptional high school students from across Canada.

Honour Roll list has been posted

The Honour Roll list for 2014/15 has been posted outside the main office. Please check it  & report any errors or omissions to your guidance counsellor.  The Awards Assembly will be held in the auditorium at 1:00 on November 24th.

Queen’s University – important dates (read!)

Dec. 1 – will make offers on a rolling basis

Dec. 1 – last day to submit Major Admissions Awards applications – please submit as early as possible

Feb. 15 – recommended last date to submit the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Essay (if applicable)

Feb. 15 – last date to submit Admission Bursary applications for all programs

Engineering Contest!

Please see this poster: engineering contest along with these additional details:

My name is Zuheb Khetani, and I am a 4th year Biotechnology student attending McMaster University. Myself along with four other individuals are planning an event associated with McMaster University and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute called “McMaster Earthquake Engineering Competition”. This event will consist of 75 highschool students from around Hamilton. Once the students have arrived at McMaster, they will be received and escorted by our event organizers to a central spot where they will get the opportunity to meet and greet McMaster engineering professors along with PhD students and other professionals. The students will then be exposed to the content and criteria of the competition, and will be split in groups of 5 and taken to their individual work rooms. Each group will have a few hours to construct a stable and physically appealing tower, along with a full presentation explaining their design and engineering concepts. At the end of the allocated time, all students will be asked to meet in the common room where they will be provided a pizza lunch. After lunch, each group will present their tower to the audience and will have their tower put on an actual earthquake simulator which mocks the effects of an earthquake. We will have PhD students and engineering professors grading and judging the tower based on different criteria’s along with its ability to withstand the earthquake simulator. The group with the highest graded tower wins the competition along with a prize for each member of the winning group. All students part-taking in the event will be provided a certificate of participation from McMaster. The event will be held on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm (could be potentially shorter) and cost of the event is $20 per student, where 100% of the proceeds will be going to EERI for Earthquake research.

Apart from the successful completion of our project, the students will have a great opportunity to visit the university, meet and network with professors, part take in a challenging competition where they will have to design, construct and present their work to a fairly large audience.

Global Vision Enrichment Opportunity

From Global Vision:

I wanted to send you a quick reminder that Global Vision will be in Ontario very soon and we’re inviting Westmount Secondary School students to join us!

The Ottawa Regional Round Table
November 15th-16th, 2015
University of Ottawa

The Greater Toronto Area Regional Round Table
November 29th-30th, 2015
Northern District Public Library

The Regional Round Table series provide young Canadians (aged 16-25) with unique opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to excel in the global economy while increasing their knowledge of and attachment to Canada’s rich heritage.

This Round Table will be an exciting opportunity for your students to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills; connect with leaders from business, government, education and community; and work with their peers from across the region to develop innovative solutions to local challenges. This is an opportunity for students to set themselves apart from the competition while getting the experience that matters!

More details, a draft agenda, and the registration portal can be found online at . I hope that you will share this exciting opportunity with your students. If you would like a promotional poster for advertising, please let me know.

Should you or your students have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or connect with one of my colleagues at our national toll free line: 888.829.2838.

Best regards,


Adam Peabody, B.A.
Project Coordinator
(902) 471-0983
Global Vision

College/University Fair at Westmount (Cafeteria)

Reminder that a number of representatives from Ontario Colleges/Universities will be here tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 3) from 8:45 until 10:45 am in the CAFETERIA. All students are welcome to come to the fair but you need to follow proper sign out procedures with your teacher i.e. please go to period 1 for attendance first, etc.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect directly with a representative to discuss programs about a particular College and/or University you are interested in and get their view books. Don’t miss out!!