First Day of School: Tuesday, September 8th


Welcome to the start of the new school year, 2015-2016! Some of you may be returning, some may be graduating this year, and others may be new to high school. Your Guidance Team wishes to welcome each and every one of you to the start of something great!

On Tuesday September 8th, 2015, all students will notice a set of instructions on the entrances into St. Mary, directing everyone as to the procedures of our first day. Students in grades 10-12 are asked to check for their name on one of several wall lists that will be posted around the school. Once you find your name, you will see a room number beside it. You are asked to proceed to the appropriate assigned room number. There you will meet your first period teacher, and receive your timetable. Students in grade 9 are asked to check the wall lists posted outside of the library and the cafeteria area. Grade 9 students ONLY – please find your name on the “Grade 9 Wall List” and the corresponding homeroom number assigned to you (ie., 09A, 09B, etc). Please sit in the cafeteria in the row labelled by your homeroom number. There you will be greeted by our Administration and then accompanied to your first period class by your teacher. Enjoy your first day, and many blessings for a successful year!

Please be reminded that timetable changes will occur in order of priority starting with Grade 12 students first. Students can pick up a “Timetable Change Request Form” from Guidance, complete and return this form as soon as possible. Please be reminded that there are strict deadlines for both elective course changes and level changes. Also, be aware of the criteria for a timetable change (see below). Changes to an elective will be considered for Grade 11 and 12 students only. Thank you for your cooperation.

Timetable Course Changes Requests

Monday September 14, 2015: Deadline for timetable changes (elective courses only)
Tuesday September 29, 2015: Deadline for Semester 1 Course Level changes

 Students must be aware of the following:

  • All forms must be complete, with appropriate criteria identified and parent/guardian signature included. Forms that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
  • Changes to electives will only be considered for grade 11 and 12 students interested in a pathway change.
  • Due to the lack of availability of electives, students in grade 9 and 10 may request course level changes ONLY.
  • Timetable changes will be considered in priority sequence starting with grade 12 students.
  • Students will be called down to Guidance to either receive their new timetable or discuss any concerns. Please listen carefully for your name throughout the day, especially over the lunches!
  • Students in grade 12 may drop a course at any time in the semester up until the first day of moratorium each semester. Students will incur full disclosure on their official transcript if course is dropped 5 school days after the midterm report is issued.
  • Students who have attended summer school must ensure timetable reflects the updated information.

Your Guidance Team


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Durham Student Transportation Services (DSTS)

DSTS is responsible for the management and administration of all home to school transportation for students eligible for transportation, in accordance with the Transportation Policy of the Durham Catholic District School Board. Secondary students are eligible for transportation if their primary address is within St. Mary's attendance boundary at a distance of more than 3.2km.

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