Course Planning: All Eyes on September

In assembly this week, both Mr. Anderson and our Health & Wellness student representatives spoke about New Year’s Resolutions (deserving of capital letters), as well as the importance of setting SMART goals and finding opportunities in this term to create experiences with others that are meaningful and memorable.

As soon as the calendar turns over into January, those of us in University Counselling and academic advising skip over the present and start focusing on September! We look ahead to our course offerings and school program, we scan for significant post-secondary requirement changes and we begin to pull together the resources needed to help students make informed decisions about their high school courses.

Here’s what you and your child can anticipate from University Counselling in the weeks ahead:

  • Course Information Evening on Tuesday, Feb. 6. We invite all parents and students of grade 8-11 students to attend. Following the event, I will post links here on the SMUSpaper to download the slides and handouts.
  • Classroom-based sessions about University Counselling topics with each grade in the Senior School:
    • Grade 9 students have a University Counselling Start-Up event (half day) on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
    • Grade 10 students have a University Counselling Boot Camp event (full day) on Thursday, Jan. 25 or Thursday, Feb. 1.
    • Grade 11 students have a double block Graduation Transition Plan (GTP) on day 8, beginning February 20.

Grade 8 and 9 students have fewer course selections to make and are usually able to make these selections with support in a classroom session.

We also set up individual appointments in February with grade 10 and 11 students to discuss their course options. Students will receive an email with suggested appointment times.

We hope you can attend the Course Information Evening and that your daughter or son will talk with you about their session with the University Counselling team. If you have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s Academic Advisor.

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