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September 2020

RETURN TO LEARNING: Durham Catholic "Return to Learning" is the primary resource for information regarding the 2020-2021 school year. More detailed information regarding learning formats, Health and Safety protocols, Transportation, Communication to Parents/Guardians from the Ministry of Education and DCDSB are available at Durham Catholic Return to Learning. For information such as daily/weekly/quadmester schedules and cohort calendars, please visit St. Mary Return to Learning. See St. Mary Online Support for instructions regarding student login/passwords, Edsby, @dclive email, student Launchpad, and D2L Brightspace.

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 2019-2020 and the process for requesting timetable changes. 

October 2020

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

COMMENCEMENT CLASS OF 2020: Friday October 9th at 7:00 pm - Virtual Ceremony and Saturday, October 10th -Diploma/Yearbook/Awards Pick-up at St. Mary (back parking lot). Please visit Commencement (Graduation) for more information.


November 2020

TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY: On Wednesday, November 4th, all grade nine students will be participating in the province-wide "TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK". 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. 

NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION WEEK: Please visit our Stand Up To Bullying page for more information.

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 2020

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 2021

This event is offered as a pre-recorded evening which will be designed to provide you and your child with important registration information to assist when registering and picking courses with your child at St. Mary. The event will be a combination of informational materials/presentations as well as an opportunity to learn more about course offerings within each department at St. Mary. To view "Welcome to Grade 9 at St. Mary" please visit Grade 8 Parent Information Virtual Evening 


February 2021

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

QUADMESTER 2 REPORT CARDS: Electronic distribution Monday February 8th

LENT: On Ash Wednesday, February 17th, we begin the liturgical season of Lent as a time of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians honour Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Traditionally, Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities, prayer and almsgiving. In recognizing that this season of Lent, looks and feels very different we can strive to find meaningful ways to grow in our relationship with God and journey with Jesus on the road to Calvary. Please see DCDSB Lenten Calendar to participate in our daily activities and prayer. 

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 2021-2022. Course selection forms and fees are due Wednesday February 24th. 

STAND UP TO BULLYING WEEK: Monday February 22nd - Friday February 26th Durham Catholic District School Board will be celebrating Stand Up to Bullying Week with the theme Living as Joyful Disciples to Promote a Positive School Community. As we work together to create safe and accepting 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. 


March 2019


OSSLT: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is scheduled for Wednesday March 27th. 


April 2019

REPORT CARDS: Thursday April 18th


May 2019


June 2019

EXAMS: Wednesday June 19th - Tuesday June 25th

COMMENCEMENT: Wednesday June 26th

PROM: Thursday June 27th


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