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Guidance Corner with Mrs. McAllister – Oct. 2011

October 1, 2011

Post-Secondary Open House:
This annual open house will take place on October 11th from 10:00-11:30am at Master’s College. This event gives Grades 9-12 students the opportunity to speak to representatives from universities across Canada. There will be a brief pre-session giving information on university, college, and technical schools, etc. Parents are welcome to attend.

Pre-SAT Testing:
The SAT is a standardized test that generates individual scores students can use when applying to international universities. Post-secondary institutions use this as a way of comparing “apples to apples” as high school course work and transcripts vary depending on location. All Grade 11 students will write the Pre-SAT on the morning of October 12th. They will be tested on general math knowledge, grammar, and reading comprehension. This happens annually for students in Grade 11 in October. The score can be used on a post-secondary application, but does not count against a student if they do not score well.

Upcoming Events:
November 2, 2011 – National “Take Our Kids to Work Day” for Grade 9 students. Students in Grade 9 will find a work placement for the day rather than attend class. More details and permission forms will go home closer to the date. Here is some information on the program:
What will students get out of the program?

  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of staying in school, getting a high school diploma, and pursuing post-secondary studies.
  • Gain exposure to the skills required in today’s workplaces.
  • Develop an appreciation for their parents’ roles in making a living and supporting their families.
  • Begin career discussions with adults about the work they do.
  • Gain a better understanding of the complexity of career choices and the benefits of early exploration.
  • Explore career options in practical ways.

What will parents get out of the program?

  • Participate in a shared experience with your child.
  • Begin career discussions and dialogue based on actual experiences.
  • Enrich the experience for your child by providing opportunities to talk before, during, and after the visit.

Where can students go for the day?
Where possible, parents invite their own child to spend a day on the job. If you are unable to host your own child, there are still ways for your child to participate. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask a relative, neighbour or family friend to host your child at his/her workplace.
  • Contact the school, speak with the principal, career studies or co-op teacher and ask if they can assist you with finding a suitable placement.
  • Ask the parent of another grade nine student who is participating if your child could join him/her for the day.
  • Contact local businesses .Ask if they are hosting students for Take Our Kids to Work. Inquire if someone within their organization would be willing to host your child providing you make the necessary transportation arrangements.

November 8, 2011 – Dr. Chris Reid will be speaking at Master’s College about transitioning from high school into university. He will address psychometric tests (skill and interest inventories) as well as the process of deciding what to do after high school. It is designed for parents to attend with their son or daughter and is most appropriate for senior high students. This free seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th from 7:00-8:00pm. Watch for more information to be sent home.

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