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 
Grade 12 Student Forms 

Students Who Are Not Returning to PPHS

Request to Return to PPHS

Youth In Policing

Join the virtual information session on Wednesday, September 22 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdemrrj0tHNRq_tJNp1G4yEtOI1W2DZjf 

 

  Closing date for applications is September 30th.

 

YIP program is open to students 15-18 years of age.

It provides 14 weeks of part-time PAID employment and successful students will earn 1 credit of co-op.  

YIP Job Posting Information (click for more information) 

Commencement 2022

 Information to be provided closer to the date. 

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.

Volunteer opportunities, such as connecting young people to be technology mentors to seniors, can be found through agencies such as Spark Ontario.

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.**

Last day to submit Q1 timetable changes is September 17th. 

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).

Note: Diplomas for 2019/2020 graduates (born 2002) were sent to by courier to students the week of December 7, 2020 as there was no commencement ceremony and visitors are not permitted in the building. 

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 - during Course 2
  • September 22 - Youth In Policing Virtual Information Session (visit Guidance Bulletin Board for more details)
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - Youth In Policing Application Deadline 
October
  • October 2 - Virtual integrated Session Co-op (pm only)
  • October 8 - OCAS Transmission (College Demographics)
  • October 15 - Ontario College Virtual Fair 
  • October 16 - Destination: University Bound Research Tutorial 
  • October 16 - Virtual Integrated Session Co-op (pm only)
  • October 20 - Destinations: College Bound Research Tutorial 
  • October 22 - Saint Mary's University Open House
  • October 28 - Full Disclosure in effect 
  • October 30 - Virtual Integrated Session Co-op (pm only)
November
  • November 2 - How to Apply to University Workshop 
  • November 4 - Take our Kids to Work Day - Grade 9 only
  • November 4 - How to Apply to College Workshop 
  • November 5 - OUAC Transmission (University Demographics)
  • November 5 - Destinations: Apprenticeship Bound Tutorial 
  • TBD - Junior Recognition & Awards Assembly
  • November 10 - Scholarships, Bursaries and Budgeting Workshop 
  • November 11 - Canadore College's Zoom Meeting 
  • November 12 - Virtual Integrated Session Co-op - pm only
  • November 17 - Aboriginal Post Secondary Online Information Program – please contact Jennifer.Henderson@ddsb.ca for more information
  • November 18 - Aboriginal Post Secondary Online Information Program – please contact Jennifer.Henderson@ddsb.ca for more information
  • November 19 - Aboriginal Post Secondary Online Information Program – please contact Jennifer.Henderson@ddsb.ca for more information
  • November 19 - OCAS and OUAC Mid-term Mark Transmission
  • November 19- NCAA Scholarships in the USA Workshop - Sign up with Guidance
  • TBD - Rotary Exchange Information Session
  • November 20 - Saint Mary's University Open House
December
  • ​​December 18 - Recommended last day for OCAS/OUAC applications  
January 
  • January 15 - Deadline for Ontario Secondary School students to submit application to OUAC for equal consideration
  • January 15 - Full Disclosure in effect
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 11 - OCAS/OUAC Final Mark Transmission
  • February 16 - myBlueprint Course Planner opens
  • February 16-17 - Roll Out of myBlueprint Course Planner information through home rooms

March

  • March 2 - myBluePrint (course selection) closing date - FINAL DATE to SUBMIT and have parent/guardian approve selections AND any supplementary forms (ie) Cooperative Education Applications to the Guidance Office
  • TBD- Destinations: Apprenticeship Bound Tutorial 
April 
  • April 6 - Full Disclosure in effect
  • April 22 - OCAS/OUAC Mid-term Mark Transmission
May 
  • May 1 - Summer School on-line registration begins
  • May 1 - Confirmed offers of admissions to Ontario colleges (most common deadline, but may vary)
  • May 29 - Latest Date by which secondary students shall expect a response from an Ontario university
June 
  • June 11 - Full Disclosure in effect
  • June 27 - Commencement
July 
  •  July 2 - OCAS/OUAC Final Mark Transmission
August 
  •  August 13 - OCAS/OUAC Summer School Mark Transmission
MyBluePrint Course Selection (2021-2022)

myBlueprint is now closed for Course Selections.  Students may still access myBlueprint for planning purposes.

 

The 2021-2022 School Year, Students Have The Choice Between Two Delivery Models: Face To Face/In Person Learning OR Synchronous Virtual Learning ***Students MUST choose ONE OR THE OTHER, not a hybrid!***

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 (2021-2022)
  Click the image to view a listing of courses offered for the 2021-2022 school year. 
myBlueprint Step-By-Step Instructions
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.

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

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 

DCE Secondary Summer School Course Information Now Available

With continued safety measures in effect at schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Durham Continuing Education (DCE) summer programs will be offered through online learning this summer. Depending on the program, online learning will be either in synchronous/real-time or asynchronous/flex-time mode.

Secondary summer school course registration is anticipated to open on April 1, 2021, while elementary course registration (SMILE-e and Getting Ready for High School programs) will be available soon after that. Stay tuned for more information about the elementary summer courses in the coming weeks.

Although registration will open in April, details about the secondary summer school courses are now available for viewing on the DCE website and we encourage students and parents/guardians to check out the courses in advance: https://www.dce.ca/en/summer-school/summer-school-2021.aspx.

For any questions related to registration, please connect with our Guidance Department.

Click here for Summer School Registration Instructions 

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 including:
  • How to Apply to College
  • How to Apply to University
  • Destinations: Apprenticeship Bound Tutorial
  • Scholarships, Bursaries and Budgeting
  • NCAA Scholarships in the USA

To register go to "2021-2022 Important Dates" above (students must be logged into their DDSB Google account to submit their registration). 

Useful Websites 

           Apply to College or University

Ontario Colleges

Ontario College University Transfer Guide

Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) 

Guide to Ontario Universities

OSAP

Ontario Universities' Indigenous Student Resource

Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP)

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities: Transition Resource Guide

           Apprenticeships

Apprentice Search

Apprentice Trades

Apprenticeship Programs

Careers in Trades

Construction Apprenticeship

Ontario College of Trades

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Skills Ontario

TradeAbility

Youth Employment Information

Youth Jobs

Welding Schools of Ontario

           Career Planning

Canadian Careers

Damn Good Resume

HRDC Job Star

Kuder Occupational Interest Survey

Monster.ca

Next Steps Org

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

Community Colleges & Technical Institutes in Canada

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. Catharines

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology - Timmins

Ontario Colleges

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities: Transition Resource Guide

SAT Information

Sault College - Sault Ste Marie

School Finder

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

BlueWave - ok2bblue

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 Health

Mental Health4Kids

Mind Your Mind

my40hours.ca

myVolunteerPage.com

Nedic (National Eating Disorder Information Center)

Pflag Canada Durham Region

LGBTQ Prideline Durham

Pride Durham

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

TAMI - Durham

Teen Mental Health

YouthConnect.ca

Youth Voices

           Destination

Aboriginal Careers

Canlearn

Go To College

Summer Jobs

Youth Connect

Resume Templates

           Financing Your Education

Student Budget Worksheet

Academic Invest

CST Plan

CanLearn

Financing your Education - Ontario

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

           Private Institutions

Academy of Design and Technology - Toronto

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

A Guide for Ontario high school students applying to Ontario’s Universities

Canadian Universities

Studying in the UK

Brock University - St. Catharines

Canadian Virtual University

Carleton University - Ottawa

Council of Ontario Universities

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

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities: Transition Resource Guide

Royal Military College - Kingston

Ryerson University - Toronto

SAT Information 

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

Department of National Defence

Drive a Bus

Durham College CICI (Community Integration Through Cooperative Education)

Fleming College CICI

Fleming College for Workplace Graduates

Georgian College - CICE

H Careers

Home Building Careers

Insurance Brokers Association

Local Work

Monster

Ontario Work Info

Ontario Youth Jobs

OREA Real Estate College

St. Lawrence College - Workplace Programs

Summer Jobs

Work InFoNet

Workopolis