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Counselling Department



Ms Hornby (Grade 10, Grade 9 A-P)                   


Ms Watanabe (Grade 12, Grade 9 Q-Z)              


Ms Chen (Grade 11)                                            


School counsellors are teachers who have post graduate training in counselling psychology. Typically, a counsellor begins with a student in grade eight and follows him/her through to grade twelve. In addition to teaching the Career Education curriculum, the counsellor provides personal counselling for students. Students may confer with counsellors when they need assistance. Counsellors are available to help students before school, during lunch hour, and after school.

Parents or guardians who have any concerns are encouraged to contact the counsellor via email to schedule an appointment.




The Graduation Program consists of courses at the Grades 10, 11 and 12 levels.  Students in Grade 9 must take eight courses of which English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical Education, Applied Skills and Fine Arts are mandatory.  While most students take a Modern Language for their eighth course, it is not required for graduation.  Students must obtain 80 credits in The Graduation Program in order to receive their Dogwood Diploma as outlined in the table below.

Required Courses        (52 credits)  


English 10,11 and 12  


12 Credits   

Social Studies 10  4 Credits   

Social Studies 11 or  Civics 11or BC First Nations 11  4 Credits   

Mathematics 11 or 12

Mathematics 10  4 Credits

4 Credits  

Science 10  4 Credits   

Science 11 or 12  4 Credits   

Physical Education 10  4 Credits   

Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12  4 Credits   

Planning 10  4 Credits   

Grad Transitions  4 Credits   


Elective Courses       (28 Credits)  


Minimum of 16 credits at the Grade 12 level (including English 12).   


Total  80 Credits    


Post-secondary institutions require students to complete specific courses to get into certain programs. All students need to keep in mind the requirements of any post-secondary programs in which they may be interested.




COMMUNITY SERVICE                                                                                YCPM-1D


This course is designed to involve students in a variety of service activities in the school.  Students must apply to their Grade Counsellor for enrolment in this course which is only open to Grade 11 and 12 students.  Note that as Community Service is a credit course, hours performed for Community Service may not be counted toward service hours required for Graduation Transitions.  This course does not count toward Honor Roll.


PEER TUTORING                                                                                          YIPS-2B


Peer Tutoring is a credit course designed to give background information on learning differences and diversity in learning.   The course provides training in effective strategies for supporting other students in academic areas through tutoring.  It also provides an opportunity to learn leadership skills that will have future applications.  Students must be willing to follow criteria as outlined on the U-Hill website.  This course does count toward Honor Roll.


LIBRARY SERVICES 11                                                                                YBMO-1B


A grade 11 or 12 student with particular interest and enthusiasm in working in the Library must get prior permission from Ms. Ekdahl or Ms. Love. Only 1 student will be accepted per block.


CAREER EDUCATION 9                                                                                MCE-09


This course is completed through pull out sessions held by the Grade 9 counsellor.


DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 9                                                                    XDPA-09

DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 10                                                                  XDPA-10

DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 11                                                                  XDPA-11


It is a Ministry requirement that all students in all grades participate in daily physical activity (DPA).  Students in Grades 8 and 9 must complete 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.  For students in Grades 10 through 12, this requirement will form part of their Grad Transitions Program. 


GRADUATION TRANSITIONS                                                                    MGT- - - -


There are four basic components to Graduation Transitions: Personal Health, Community Service, Transition Plan and Portfolio.


All students must complete all requirements of the Grad Transition to receive the four credits and it is a required that every student complete this by their Grade 12 year. Complete information is available on the UHill website ( under the "Grad Transitions" icon. 


Youth Resources

Youth In BC Crisis Centre

Canadian Mental Health Association

Kelty Mental Health

Teen Mental Health

Anxiety BC

Mindfulness for Teens

Dealing With Depression

Need Help Now

Erase Bullying

Mindfulness Breath App


Parent Resources

Work BC Parent Guide

Family Smart

Anxiety BC for Parents

Mentoring Boys

Alcohol Drug Education Service