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Counselling Department

 Counsellors                                        Email                                                               
Ms Hornby (Gr 12, Gr 9 A-J)............................................. shornby@vsb.bc.ca
Ms Watanabe (Gr 11).......................................................... ewatanabe@vsb.bc.ca
Ms Chen (Gr 10, Gr 9 K-Z)........................................ ........ ehchen@vsb.bc.ca
 
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.
  
 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
 
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.
 
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
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 (http://uhs.vsb.bc.ca) under the "Grad Transitions" icon.
 
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