LOSSA and OFSAA
All secondary school sports at the Durham Catholic District School Board are governed by the Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics (LOSSA) and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). LOSSA and OFSAA are non-profit organizations that are responsible for the rules and regulations of all high school sports in Durham Region and Ontario.
To access information for specific sports, visit the LOSSA and OFSAA websites.
Student's safety and sports
For the protection of your child, the Ministry of Education has mandated that every student that wishes to try out for a specific sport must have his/her parent and/or guardian complete the following forms prior to team tryouts:
For more information, read our Board's Concussion Management and Prevention Policy.
If a child has experienced a previous concussion, then the following form must be completed:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's safe participation in sports activities please contact our school office.
- Science Clinic: Wednesdays in Room 265 (3 - 4pm)
- Peer Tutoring: If you are interested in being a Peer Tutor, or would like to be Peer Tutored, see your Guidance Counsellor for application forms.
- Students Striving for Success (S3) - Literacy and Numeracy After School Clinic: S3 is a FREE extra help clinic for Grade 9 and 10 students that offers the opportunity to improve your grades, time management and study skills through a 6 week workshop series that focuses on enhancing your literacy and numeracy skills in the core courses of study. Wednesdays in November - January and May - June in the library (3 - 4pm). See Ms. T. Baglole (Student Success Teacher) or a Guidance Counsellor for more information. November 2016 - January 2017 Information and Permission Forms.
- Free Online French Homework Help through DCDSB Launch Pad Learning Portal
- Online Math Homework Help (Gr 7 - 10). Get started with the Homework Help Guide.
- To see Arts Concerts and Showcases, please visit the Arts Department page.
- St. Mary Singers: Practices are Mondays after school in Room 167. All are welcome! See Mrs. Yukich for more information.
- To see St. Mary Monarchs Athletic Teams, please visit the Physical Education and Health Department page.
- Student Athletic Association: The objective of the S.A.A. is to promote athletics, school spirit and Monarch Pride. The S.A.A. is involved in running the annual dodge ball tournament, sport buyouts and home games. See Ms. Breaugh for more information.
Faith and Leadership
- Arts and Culture
- Alliance for Compassion: Meets Fridays afterschool in the Chapel. See Mr. Valookaran, Ms. Minardi and Ms. Spiers for more information.
- Anime Club: We are anime and manga united here at St. Mary! We share many different types of anime and manga and provide lots of opportunities to watch, connect and create! We are more than happy accept anyone who wants to add to our anime family! We will be having contests and share prizes as well. We hope to have you join us on Thursdays in the library after school! See Ms. Cote for more information.
- Black History Committee
- Film Club: Film club meets after school on Thursday, about twice a month, in Room 166. The purpose of this club is to introduce students to the concept of film as an art form. This semester, we'll be studying La Nouvelle Vague (The French New Wave), a highly influential film movement from the late 50s and early 60s. See Mme. Lawrynowicz for more information.
- First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) Committee: Meets Mondays after school in Room 262. See Ms. Hudson in Room 207 and Ms. O'Leary in Room 262 for more information.
- Law Club: Do you like debating controversial legal issues, watching crime based dramas, visiting the courthouse or discussing current cases in law? Then join a great group of like-minded students for law club in room 202 every Wednesday from 3 - 4pm. We are also putting together a team to compete in the 2017 Kelly Cup mock trial competition and planning our trip to Washington DC in November 2017. See Ms. Allore or Ms. Riva for more information.
- Robotics Club: Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in Room 257. See Mr. O'Connor for more information.
- SMART (St. Mary Reach Team): The St. Mary Reach team meets weekly during the season to practice our skills at fast paced questions and answers quiz format games. Teams of four compete against others. In February there is a Durham Region tournament where we face teams from all the Durham Region High Schools. The winner of the tournament goes on to compete at the provincial level with dreams to compete against the best teams in Canada. We end the season with an exciting game against teachers. The teachers must work very hard to beat us! Come and join us in room 233 on Thursdays and have some fun! See Ms. Murphy for more information.
- Smash Bros. Club: Stop by the St. Mary Smash Bros. Club for some fun and games in Smash Bros. 4! The club takes place after school every Tuesday in the library from 3 - 4pm. See Ms. Frysztacki in the library for more information.
- White Pine Book Club: Students are invited to join our St. Mary White Pine Book Club! Read a great selection of books by Canadian authors, join in lively book chats, attend a Battle of the Books competition, and have fun at our final school board White Pine Celebration. All are welcome! Visit the Library Learning Commons for more information.
- Writers' Club: Are you interested in any kind of writing? Do you have a desire to share your work and your time with other like-minded people? Come join us at the St. Mary Writers' Club every other Wednesday after school in the library. See Mr. Partlow in Portable 6 for more information.
Students who participate in extra-curricular activities must represent the values of St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Our students must show exemplary behaviour and respect for all persons or property at school or any other location where they represent the school. A student's participation in any extra-curricular activity is at the discretion of the administration.
Alternative and Enrichment Education
- Deep River Science Academy: Advanced public understanding of science and engineering developed by engaging students across Canada in research and development in partnership with educators, industry and government.
- Explore: Explore is a five-week intensive summer language-immersion program. Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the programs, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Enjoy five weeks of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery!
- International Student Exchange - Ontario (ISE): ISE a registered not-for-profit corporation, has a proud tradition of providing exceptional reciprocal exchange programs for Ontario elementary and secondary students with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany & Quebec! In cooperation with Ontario school boards, ISE ONTARIO is pleased to offer Ontario students the opportunity to invest in their future as they develop and improve their language skills, discover exciting cultures and places, and make friendships abroad.
- Hamilton Health Sciences: High School Health Research Bursary Program - An invaluable opportunity for top high school science students in grades 11 and 12 to apply for a seven-week summer internship placement program working alongside Hamilton world-class researchers and team members in July - August. Applications are due in April
- Ontario Science Centre - Science School: Spend an enriching semester at the Ontario Science Centre Science School and earn Grade 12 University Preparation science and mathematics credits!
- SHAD: Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 600+ students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math).
- Toronto Zoo Summer School: Earn your Grade 11 Biology, University Preparation (SB13U) credit at the Toronto Zoo! This unique learning experience engages students through interactive learning opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours, career discussions with Zoo staff, and formal classroom lessons.
- University of Toronto - Summer Mentorship Program: The Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. Students get hands-on experience through lab work, lectures and special projects, discover university education and professional careers in the health sciences, and earn a credit towards your high school diploma - GLN4O - Navigating the Workplace.
- University of Toronto - Faculty of Law's Youth Summer Program: Every summer, high school students are offered a unique law school experience by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. During the Law YSP, students in grades 10 - 12 spend between one and six weeks at the University discussing legal concepts, learning about the realities of our legal system, and applying their knowledge in a variety of engaging interactive activities. The Law YSP features six week-long modules in the areas of Criminal Law (offered twice), Law & Politics, International Law, Corporate Law, Trial Advocacy, and Entertainment & Sports Law.
- University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine's Youth Summer Program: Every summer, high school students are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. The Med YSP features four one-week-long modules in the fields of Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Microbiology. These modules are open to students in grades 10 and 11. Our fifth module offers students the unique opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to do research in a scientist's lab! This three-week Research Module is open to students currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12.
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Community Extra-Curricular Programs