Guidance

Guidance is an area where students can receive assistance with educational planning, career goals, personal counselling, or referrals to outside agencies.  Guidance counsellors are teachers with additional expertise in the area of Guidance and Career Education and are trained to help students make informed decisions about their future.

Address Change
If you have moved or are planning a move, please provide the Guidance secretary with proof of your new address. Acceptable documents include a current utility bill or new purchase/lease agreement. Transportation requires up to 5 school days to process address change requests.
Appointment Requests 

Guidance appointments take place during school hours and students may choose to meet with any of our Four Guidance Counsellors if their appointment is for personal reasons. Otherwise, they will be scheduled with a Counsellor based on the purpose of their appointment as each Counsellor comes with a specific area of expertise (i.e. scholarships, skilled trades, student exchange programs, etc).

To limit the number of individuals in our Guidance office, students are required to schedule their Guidance appointment using the request form below. At this time, parents are not able to accompany students to their appointment but may join by phone during their student's appointment, if requested.

Request an Appointment

Bulletin Board Postings 
Durham Youth in Policing Summer 2022 Program 

Youth in Policing Summer 2022 program applications open Feb 9. 

 

This program provides 8 weeks of paid employment with Durham Region Police Service.  The program’s goal is to develop leaders of the future.

 

Successful candidates to the summer 2022 program will have the opportunity to earn 2 co-op credits while working.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.drps.ca/join-drps/youth-in-policing-initiative/

2SLGBTQl Alliance Virtual Drop-In

Join the 2SLGBTQl Alliance Drop-In every Wednesday from 7-8 pm starting January 12, 2022 to June 15, 2022.  

Register at: https://www.durhamallianceoutreach.org/programs/onlinegsa 

Commencement 2022

Commencement will take place on Thursday, June 29th, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Scugog Arena.  

The Commencement Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarship Application will be made available through the Grade 12 Guidance Hub under the Graduation tab in Class Work on Friday, April 1st, 2022.  The deadline for applications is Friday, April 29th, 2022.

Community Involvement Hours

Students Graduating in the 2021-2022 School Year:

For students graduating in the 2021-22 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement has been reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year. Deadline date to submit hours to the Guidance Office is June 4th, 2022.

Please drop hours off to the Guidance Office or email a scanned copy (as an attachment) to april.winter@ddsb.ca.

 

Acceptable Hours for the 2021-2022 School Year - Exceptions For All Students:

Students may wish to consider virtual volunteering, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youth. Outdoor volunteer opportunities could include, for example, picking up litter.

 

Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others. (This option is available to any Grades 9-12 students who are over 14 years old.)

 

All Other Students Who Are Not Eligible to Graduate in the 2021-2022 School Year:

Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the diploma requirements. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. Students will plan and select their community involvement activities in consultation with their parents and as part of the IPP (Individual Pathways Plan).

Although this diploma requirement applies to students in Grade 9 to 12, students in Grade 8 are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9. Students are encouraged to complete a minimum of 10 hours per year.

If students are unsure of whether the activity meets the requirements for eligiblity, please see a Guidance Counsellor for clarification.

Students may check the bulletin board titled "Community Involvement Hours" outside of the Guidance Office or view the binder in the Guidance Office for further details.

 

Submitting Your Community Involvement Hours:

Please drop your hours off or email (as an attachment) to april.winter@ddsb.ca. Students are encouraged to take a copy of their hours before submitting.  

 

Forms:

Community Involvement Hours Form

Employment Based Community Involvement Hours Form

Contact Us

Guidance Office Hours:   8:30 am - 4:30 pm  

Phone:   905-985-7337 ext. 260020

Office Staff: 

Guidance Dept. Head

AM. Schilling

Guidance Secretary

A. Winter

Guidance Counsellor

E. Cole

Guidance Counsellor

J. Daniels-McCormick

Guidance Counsellor

N. Ashmore 

 

Counselling & Support

At the heart of Port Perry High School, the Guidance Department supports and promotes students' well-being and continuous growth in three areas: personal (student) development, interpersonal development, career development in order to help them develop resilience and realize their potential (success) as individuals and as valuable members of society. Our Guidance Team is involved in all aspects of students' lives - academic, social and emotional - and can be a point of contact for services both inside and outside of the school.

Personal Well-being and Development:

  • Physical health and safety
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Self knowledge and esteem
  • Feelings of competence, usefulness, potency
  • Sense of future
  • Goal-setting
  • Self-management and self-regulation skills
  • Independence and autonomy
  • Learning skills
  • Problem solving

Interpersonal Well-being and Development:

  • Sense of belonging
  • Connection to school community

  • Interact positively with others

  • Conflict resolution

  • Sense of social responsibility

Our team uses solution-based counselling to help facilitate personal and interpersonal well-being and development. Our PPHS Change and Cope cards are utilized by students and staff to teach resiliency and self-regulation. Copies can be obtained from your Guidance Counsellor. 

 

 

Career Development:

  • Positive transitions from elementary to secondary school and from secondary school to a variety of post-secondary destinations; including apprenticeship, college, community living, university, workplace

  • Career planning knowledge and skills

  • Skills for finding and securing work/employment

  • Resume, interview, work-search, etc.

Four Step Inquiry:

  • Who am I? (Knowing Yourself -- self assessment -- personal characteristics: interests, skills, personality, values, etc.)

  • What are my opportunities? (Exploring Opportunities -- variety of options for: fields of work and occupations, education and training)

  • Who do I want to become? (Making Decisions and Setting Goals)

  • What is my plan for achieving my goals (Achieving Goals and Making Transitions)

Course Change Requests 

**All students wishing to make a course change to their timetable MUST fill out a 'Course Change Request Form'. A Guidance Counsellor will call you down to review the timetable change, please DO NOT book a Guidance Appointment.**

Timetable changes are CLOSED for Semester 2.   

Course change requests will only be processed using the course change request form. After submitting the form, the legal parent/guardian on file with the school will receive an email confirming their consent and requesting acknowledgment. No requests will be processed until this final acknowledgment is received. Students must review the Course Schedule to confirm that a course is offered at a time that would work with their existing timetable. 

 

Course Schedule 2021-22 (student must reference this schedule when completing their course change request form)

Course Change Request Form (use this form to submit a course change request)

Diplomas

Diplomas are given to students at their graduation ceremony. Students who do not attend the graduation ceremony may pick up their diploma from the school; diplomas are not mailed to students. The Ministry of Education only issues one diploma per student so it is important to keep your diploma safe as it cannot be replaced if lost or damaged. If you lose your diploma and require proof of graduation, you may order a Transcript (see Transcript Requests below).

Important Dates 2021-2022
September
  • September 9 - First Day of Classes
  • September 17 - Last Day for Q1 Timetable Changes  
  • September 20-24 - Grade 9 Student Services Orientation 
  • September 22 - Youth In Policing Virtual Information Session (visit Guidance Bulletin Board for more details)
  • September 25 - OUF (Ontario Universities' Fair) Virtual Visit - 12:00-2:00
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange T-Shirt Day 
  • September 30 - Youth In Policing Application Deadline 
October
  • October 1 - Canadore College Virtual Visit - 11:30-1:30 - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub for the link
  • October 6 - OCAS Transmission (College) Demographics
  • October 12 - Georgian College Virtual Visit - 12:35-1:30 - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub for the link
  • October 14 - Destination: University Bound Research Tutorial - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub to sign up
  • October 15 - St. Lawrence College Virtual Visit - 12:35-1:30 - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub for the link
  • October 21 - Destinations: College Bound Research Tutorial - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub to sign up
  • October 21 - OUAC Transmission (University) Demographics
  • October 26 - OUF (Ontario Universities' Fair) Virtual Visit - 5:00-7:00pm
  • October 28 - Full Disclosure
November
  • November 3 - Take our Kids to Work Day - Grade 9 only
  • November 4 - How to Apply to University Workshop - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub to sign up 
  • November 5 - How to Apply to College Workshop - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub to sign up 
  • November 11 - Alyssa McLeod, Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator from Ontario Tech University - available in Room 185 at lunch
  • November 11 - OCAS and OUAC Transmission (Q1 Midterm Marks) ??
  • November 18 - OCAS and OUAC Transmission (Q1 Final Marks) 
  • November 24 - Budgeting and Scholarships Workshop - check out the Grade 12 Guidance Hub to sign up
  • November 30- NCAA Scholarships in the USA Workshop - 10:00am - Room 162 - sign up in Guidance
December
  • December 2 - Destinations:  "The Nuts and Bolts" of Apprenticeship - Room 162 - 10am
  • December 9 - GTA University Panel:  University of Guelph-Humber, University of Guelph, McMaster University, OCAD University, Ontario Tech University, Trent University and York University - 7pm  
  • December 13 - Alyssa McLeod, Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator from Ontario Tech University - talking about financing your post-secondary education - Room 185 at lunch
  • ​​December 17 - Recommended last day for OCAS/OUAC applications  
January 
  • January 13 - Deadline for Ontario Secondary School students to submit application to OUAC for equal consideration
  • January 17 - Full Disclosure
February 
  • ​February 1 - Deadline for Ontario Secondary School students to submit application to OCAS for equal consideration
  • February 8 - Last day for timetable changes 
  • February 8 - OCAS/OUAC Transmission (Q1 and Q2 Final Marks)

March

 

April 
  •  April 1 - 14 - myBlueprint (course selection) will open on April 1st at 10am.  The closing date is April 14th at 4pm - this is the FINAL DATE to SUBMIT and have parent/guardian approve selections AND any supplementary forms (ie) Cooperative Education/Peer Tutoring Applications returned to the Guidance Office
  • April 1 - Commencement Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships Application Launched
  • April 6 - OYAP Information Session for those applying for OYAP - Lunch - Room 162
  • April 7 - PPHS Grade 11 Eastern Ontario College Virtual Fair - 5-6pm - If link asks for passcode type in "Durham" 

    https://durhamcollege-ca.zoom.us/s/96701571913?pwd=N2U1cTVMeVppTlBRTm9LdStLWExIQT09#success

  • April 12 - Destinations: Apprenticeship Bound Tutorial - 1:30pm in Room 162 - sign up in Guidance
  • April 22 - Term 2 Begins
  • April 22 - OCAS Transmission (Midterm Marks For College Bound ONLY)
  • April 28 - OCAS and OUAC Transmission  (Midterm Marks for College and University Bound)
  • April 29 - Commencement Awards, Bursaries Scholarships Application closes at 4pm
May 

 

  • May 1 - Confirmed offers of admissions to Ontario colleges (most common deadline, but may vary)
  • May 6 - Full Disclosure
  • May 27 - Latest Date by which secondary students shall expect a response from an Ontario university
June 
  • June 21 - Last Day of School for Grade 12
  • June 22 & 23 - Credit Completion for Grade 12 only
  • June 24 - Last Day of School for Grade 9 -11
  • June 27 & 28 - Credit Completion for Grade 9-11 
  • June 29 - Commencement
July 
  •  July 6 - OCAS/OUAC  Transmission (Final Marks and Diploma Status)
August 
  •  August 11 - OCAS/OUAC Summer School Mark Transmission
MyBlueprint Course Selection 2022-2023

myBlueprint is open for Course Selections; however, students are unable to submit their course requests until further notice.  Students may still access myBlueprint and complete their IPP and their Course Selections for the next school year. 

myBlueprint will open for Course Selection SUBMISSION on Friday, April 1st, 2022 at 10am and will close on Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 4pm. 

What is myBlueprint?

myBlueprint is a comprehensive online education, career/life planning, and digital portfolio tool designed to meet students' learning needs, interests, and aspirations. myBlueprint gives students the opportunity to become an architect of their own future.

As students begin this journey, they should be asking themselves:

 

  • Who am I?
  • What are my opportunities?
  • Who do I want to become?
  • What is my plan for achieving my goal?

 

myBlueprint is a robust way for students to plan their education and possible career pathways. Students can access:

  • Who Am I: Comprehensive interest and career/life assessment surveys to help students learn more about themselves and their occupation matches.
  • Goals: Create S.M.A.R.T Goals and a plan of action to stay on track.
  • Resume & Cover Letters: Record experiences and export them for school or work.
  • High School Planner: Plan to graduate and discover the impact of course selections.
  • Post-Secondary: Research the opportunities available in every pathway across Canada.
  • Occupations: Compare extensive information on careers across Canada.
  • Budgets: Improve financial literacy and build an interactive budget.
  • Portfolios: Upload and share photos, files, and videos to multiple portfolios to document and communicate your learning journey.
  • Guides: Information on topics related to education and career/life planning.
Accessing myBlueprint
Click on myBlueprint for course selection at Port Perry High School School. 
Course Calendar 2022-2023
  Click the image to view a listing of courses offered for the 2022-2023 school year. 
myBlueprint Step-By-Step Instructions
Course Selection Grade 9 to 10 GuideCourse Selection Grade 10 to 11 GuideCourse Selection Grade 11 to 12 Guide 
Plan Your Education 

Durham District School Board (DDSB) provides a variety of resources to help students direct their learning. This allows them to receive relevant academic and practical experience regardless of the career pathway they choose.

Supplementary Forms

Cooperative Education Application Form 

Peer Tutoring Application Form

Not Returning to PPHS Form

Request to Return to PPHS Form

Online Learning Graduation Requirement Opt-Out Form

New Student Registration
Please review our new student registration handout for details on how to register at Port Perry High School. A document review appointment will be required prior to doing course selection. There is typically a February intake date and an August intake date for document review but with the current pandemic, these plans are being reviewed. In the meantime, please ensure you read the handout and have the required documents ready for your review appointment. We thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. 

With the exception of new grade 8 students coming from our family of schools (Cartwright Central, Prince Albert, RH Cornish, SA Cawker, MCCaskill's Mills) all new student registrations must be initiated online at https://www.ddsb.ca/en/our-schools/register-for-school.aspx

Online Learning Graduation Requirement Opt-Out Form

Beginning with the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-2021 school year, all students must earn a minimum of two online learning credits as part of the graduation requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma unless they have been opted-out or exempted. 

Families wishing to opt-out of the mandatory online courses required for graduation must complete the “Opt-Out Form.

 
PPHS Virtual School Tour 
https://sites.google.com/ddsb.ca/pphs-virtual-tour/home
School Policies, Procedures & School Structure

To view our school policies, procedures and school structure, click the PPHS crest.       

Student Success

Port Perry High School is currently using several Learning to 18 strategies to meet individual student’s needs.

  1. Expanded Co-op: Port Perry High School has been working diligently to broaden opportunities for experiential learning and give more students a chance to start working and "test-drive" career options. Port Perry H.S. offers two-credit, and four-credit co-op options.
  2. Grade 8 to 9 Transition Program: Interventions have been established to help students make a smooth transition from elementary to secondary school. A team meeting takes place in the spring of each year to identify students in need of extra support. Activities are planned such as the Grade 8 Information Night, the Grade 8 Road Show to our community schools, and the Grade 9 Orientation at the start of the school year. 
  3. Student Success Team: Port Perry High School has a Student Success Team that is comprised of the administration, guidance and special education heads, and student success teachers. Together they will identify and support struggling students, provide more options for learning, monitor student progress, and develop procedures for all student success initiatives. As well, each Student Success Team will work with school staff, students, parents, and the community to ensure more students earn the credits necessary to graduate. 
  4. Dual Credit Program: With the dual credit program, students can earn a number of credits by participating in apprenticeship training and/or post secondary courses that count towards both or either their high school diploma and their post secondary diploma, degree, or apprenticeship certification. 
  5. Specialist High Skills Major: The SHSM allows students to focus on a career path that matches their individual skills and interests. Each major has a bundle of 6 to 12 courses in a selected field. Students who choose a major learn on the job with employers and at skills training centers, as well as in school. They can earn valuable industry certifications; including First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, and Basic Health and Safety qualifications. Students who complete a major can be confident that they leave high school prepared with the knowledge, skills, and industry-recognized qualifications desired by employers, and post-secondary education and training institutions.

For more information, please contact the Guidance office.

Summer School 

Registration for Summer School is NOW open!

CONTINUING EDUCATION SUMMER SCHOOL COURSE SELECTION GUIDE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Please check Durham Continuing Education website www.dce.ca for further information regarding summer school. 

Transcript Requests

Students are provided with one free transcript at graduation that is included inside their graduation envelope along with their diploma and other certificates. These are legal documents and should be safely stored.

If you have lost your transcript, or need an additional transcript, you may purchase additional copies through School Cash Online (purchase as a guest, do not set up an account) at a cost of $10.75 per transcript.

After purchasing your transcript(s), please forward your payment receipt by email to april.winter@ddsb.ca and the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address (transcript will be mailed to this address) 
  • Last year you attended Port Perry HS
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number

You will be asked additional security questions prior to obtaining the transcript. Only the student (or legal guardian if student is under the age of 18 years) may request and receive his/her transcript. Port Perry High School will only have your transcript if this is the final high school you attended in Ontario. If you would like your transcript sent to a specific organization or institution, please provide the complete mailing address in your email.

Transcripts will mailed through Canada Post and requests will not be fulfilled until proof of payment is received. We do not provide a courier service for transcripts, however, the requester may arrange and pay for their own courier pick-up and provide details to the Guidance department. 

Are you a former student applying to a college or university in Ontario?

If you have already graduated and are requesting your transcript to apply to a public post-secondary institution in Ontario, your transcript request is made through the Ontario Colleges or OUAC websites. After creating an account, you will authorize Port Perry HS to send your transcript and complete the required information. Your transcript will then be transferred electronically by the application centre to your requested colleges or universities. Other major universities such as Acadia, Dalhousie, McGill, Simon Fraser, and UBC also process transcripts from Ontario applicants through OUAC. 

Workshops
Our Guidance Counsellors host a number of free workshops for senior students throughout the year.  Please check out our tab titled Important Dates and if you are a Grade 12 student, please accept the invitation to the Grade 12 Guidance Hub GoogleClassroom. 
Useful Websites 

           Applying Post-Secondary

Ontario Colleges 

Ontario College University Transfer Guide

Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) 

Guide to Ontario Universities

OSAP

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities: Transition Resource Guide

CASPer Prep

SAT - CollegeBoard

           Apprenticeships

Apprentice Search

Apprentice Trades

Apprenticeship Programs

Careers in Trades

Construction Apprenticeship

Construction Training and Apprenticeship Ontario

Ontario Skilled Trades

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Skills Ontario

Tradeability

Youth Employment Information

Youth Jobs

Welding Schools of Ontario

           Career Planning

Canadian Careers

Kuder Occupational Interest Survey

Hloom Resume Templates 

Monster.ca

Ontario Work Info Net

Volunteer

Work Search - Job Bank

Workopolis

Youth Employment Information

           Colleges

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology - Ottawa

Cambrian College - Sudbury

Canadore College - North Bay

Centennial College - Toronto Scarborough

Collège Boréal - Sudbury

Conestoga College - Kitchener/Waterloo

Confederation College

Durham College - Oshawa/Whitby

Fanshawe College - London

George Brown College - Toronto Centre

Georgian College - Barrie/Orillia

Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology - Toronto Etobicoke

La Cite Collegiale - Ottawa

Lambton College - Sarnia

Loyalist College - Belleville

Mohawk College - Hamilton

Niagara College Canada - St. Catharine's

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology - Timmins

Sault College - Sault Ste Marie

Seneca College - Toronto North York/King City

Sheridan College - Oakville/Mississauga

Sir Sandford Fleming College - Lindsay/Peterborough

St. Clair College - Windsor

St. Lawrence College - Kingston

           Community Resources

About Face

Addiction and Mental Health

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Carea - Community Health Centre

The Canadian Association for School Health

Distress Centre Durham

Egale

Girls Inc. - Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Information Durham

Durham Mental Health

Kids Can - Durham

Kids Help Phone

Teen Legal Helpline

Mental Health4Kids

Mind Your Mind

my40hours.ca

myImpact

Nedic (National Eating Disorder Information Center)

Pflag Canada Durham Region

Pride Durham

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

TAMI - Durham

Teen Mental Health

YouthConnect.ca

 

           Destination

 

Canlearn

Go To College

Summer Jobs

Youth Connect

Resume Templates

           Financing Your Education

Student Budget Worksheet

Academic Invest

CST Plan

CanLearn

Get Smarter About Money - Education Cost Calculator

NCAA Athletic Scholarship Eligibility

OSAP

Scholarships Canada

Scholarships and Student Loans for the U.S.

Student Awards - Scholarship

Youth Canada - Financing your Education

           Indigenous Education & Cultural Services

Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP)

Ontario Universities' Indigenous Student Resource

Indigenous Institutes in Ontario

Indigenous Institutes Consortium

Indigenous Link Careers

 

           Private Institutions

Canadian Coast Guard College

Career Colleges

Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute - Ottawa

Haliburton School of the Arts

Harris Institute

Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology

Ontario Police College

Stratford Chefs School - Canadian Cooking School including Culinary and Pastry Chef Schools

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Toronto Film School

Welcome to Metalworks Institute - Canada's Elite Entertainment Arts School 

           Universities

Canadian Universities

Canadian Virtual University

Council of Ontario Universities

Studying in the UK

Brock University - St. Catharine's

Carleton University - Ottawa

Lakehead University - Thunder Bay/Orillia

Laurentian University - Sudbury

McMaster University - Hamilton

Nipissing University - North Bay

Ontario Tech University - Oshawa

OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) -Toronto

Queen's University - Kingston

Royal Military College - Kingston

Toronto Metropolitan University

Trent University - Peterborough/Oshawa

University of Guelph - Guelph/Toronto

University of Ottawa - Ottawa

University of Toronto - Toronto/Scarborough/Mississauga

University of Windsor - Windsor

University of Waterloo - Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge

Western University - London

Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo

York University - Toronto

           Workplace

Confederation College - CICE (Community Integration Through Cooperative Eduction)

Department of National Defence

Drive a Bus

Durham College - CICE

Fanshawe College - CICE

Fleming College  - CICE

Fleming College for Workplace Graduates

Georgian College - CICE

H Careers

Lambton College - CICE

Local Work

Loyalist College - CICE

Metaservices - Making Employment Transitions Attainable

Mohawk College - CICE

Monster

Niagara College - CICE

Ontario Work Info

Ontario Youth Jobs

OREA Real Estate College

Pathways to Jobs

Sault College - CICE

St. Lawrence College - Workplace Programs

Summer Jobs

Work InFoNet

Workopolis