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For all news articles, visit our Celebrating Excellence page.

You may also be interested in our Daily Announcements (as posted on the TV screens in the hallways).



September 2016

REGISTRATION: We welcome students of all faiths at our Durham Catholic secondary schools. Please visit the Guidance home page for information regarding the Pre-Admission Application process. 

COURSE SELECTION/TIMETABLE CHANGE REQUESTS: Course Selection is an important component of Secondary and Post-Secondary Pathways Planning. Please visit Guidance: Course Levels and Calendars for more information about courses offered in 2016-2017 and the process for requesting timetable changes.

"Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God" - Micah 6:8
To help promote a safe and caring environment, we will be celebrating our annual Safe and Caring Schools Week from September 19th to 23rd. This year, the theme is "Walking Together to Promote Safe and Healthy Catholic School Communities".
Daily themes:

  • Monday: Walking Forward Together with God
  • Tuesday: Walking Forward Together with Our Families 
  • Wednesday: Walking Forward Together with Others
  • Thursday: Walking Forward Together with Creation
  • Friday: Walking Forward Together in Hope


October 2016

OSSLT: On October 20, 2016 all Grade 10 and other eligible students in the Durham Catholic District School Board will be provided the opportunity to participate in writing a special online trial of The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).  For the first time, the Education Quality Assessment Office (EQAO) is offering this assessment in an online format in advance of the traditional assessment date in March 2017.  Providing students with the opportunity to write this online trial will not only benefit them in terms of practice and preparation, but this will also provide both EQAO and the Board an opportunity to test the online environment. Please visit our OSSLT page for more information.

Open Our Hearts...Open Our Minds: A Journey of Acceptance of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Culture.  Please visit our FNMI Committe page to see St. Mary Initiatives during October.


November 2016

TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY: On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, all grade nine students will be participating in the province-wide "TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK" day, when you, the parent, will be taking your child to work with you.  Take Our Kids to Work Day is an initiative of The Learning Partnership. Please visit our Take Our Kids to Work Day page for more information. 

In order to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships, the province of Ontario has designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week - November 6 to 12, 2016. Please visit our FNMI Committee page for educational resources.

This year, the Durham Catholic District School Board will be celebrating the November bullying prevention awareness weeks with the theme Walking Together to Promote a Positive School Community.  As we work together to create safe and caring school communities we are reminded of the mercy, tenderheartedness, and loving compassion that God has shown to his people. Please visit our Stand Up To Bullying page for more information.
Daily themes:

  • Monday November 14, 2016: Walking Together with Friends
  • Tuesday November 15: Walking Together with Family
  • Wednesday November 16: Walking Together with Everyone
  • Thursday November 17: Walking Together with the Environment
  • Friday November 25: Walking Together with Hope

POST-SECONDARY PLANNING: For information on post-secondary pathways of Apprenticeship, College, Community Living, University, and the workplace, please visit Guidance: Getting Ready for Post-Secondary.  


December 2016

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH: Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts. During Advent, the St. Mary community unites to help spread the joy of the season through our annual Christmas Outreach Campaign.


January 2017

EXAMS: Wednesday January 25 - Tuesday January 31


February 2017

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Durham Catholic District School Board recognizes and embraces Canada's diverse culture. During the month of February, we join with other schools and organizations across the nation to celebrate the contributions and history of Canadians whose roots are in Africa and the Caribbean. Black History Month gives our schools a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Black community's achievements. As a faith community, Durham Catholic District School Board embraces and promotes human dignity, inclusivity, respect, diversity and justice. Please visit the Black History Committee page to see how St. Mary will celebrate.  

COURSE SELECTION: Course Selection is an important component of Secondary and Post-Secondary Pathways Planning. Please visit Guidance: Course Levels and Calendars for more information about courses offered in 2017-2018. Course selection forms and fees are due Tuesday February 21st. 

Please visit our Stand Up To Bullying page for more information. In addition to our morning prayers and announcements, here are some classroom challenges and activities being held during the week.
Daily themes:

  • Tuesday February 21: Walking Together with Family
  • Wednesday February 22: Walking Together with Friends
  • Thursday February 23: Walking Together United Despite Our Differences
  • Friday February 24: Walking Together in Hope

Additional activities include:


March 2017


OSSLT: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is scheduled for Thursday March 31st. 


April 2017

REPORT CARDS: Friday April 20

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