The Ontario Ministry of Education requires that all students have up-to-date vaccinations.
Students should try to have all vaccinations in place before they travel, however students can receive vaccinations once they are here. (Please note that most insurance programs do not cover the cost of vaccinations.)
List of vaccinations
- Tetanus. *
- Meningococcal conjugate-C.
- Meningococcal conjugate-ACYW.
- Varicella (chicken pox). Only for students who haven’t had chicken pox.
* Multiple doses needed
Students are registered for compulsory private health coverage when they get to school.
Their insurance card, claim forms and instructions usually arrive in 10 – 14 days. Those whose vaccinations are incomplete or out of date are given clear information on which vaccinations they need. If a child needs medical care, we facilitate appointments at a medical clinic. We also give students information and directions for other local clinics and physicians.
Each student gets a monthly bus pass.
So they can travel on all HSR (Hamilton Street Railway) buses. The cost of the Bus pass is covered in the fees. Also, students learn where to find and how to use bus timetables, maps, and travel apps. This lets them plan their travel from residence, school and other places. They quickly find their way around!
We know how important food is to teenagers!
Every day, students can find a large selection of healthy and tasty meals in our cafeteria. Menus change weekly. Here are some typical menu choices below.
- Variety of Cereals.
- Chicken, fish, beef (cooked in a variety of ways).
- Hot dogs.
- Jamaican Patties.
SOC has a trained Guidance Counselor who gives private counselling for students in need.
Teachers also have an open-door policy and are always able to help and listen. As a small school with a big focus on total care, we are very aware of children struggling with culture shock, homesickness, depression or any other challenges. If a student needs more help, we refer them to trusted local organizations who work with young people. These are Alternatives for Youth – https://ay.on.ca/ and Ngen Youth Centre – https://www.ngenyouth.ca.
If we think a student would benefit from further help, we will refer the student to qualified mental health professionals. This is covered by their medical insurance.
We have staff from the Hamilton Police Force visit the school.
Students benefit from this up-to-date information on local laws and how to protect themselves from theft and other risks. This helps the students get to know their local area.
SOC students are free to practice their religions and we do our best to help them in this regard.
Christian students are given free rides to the church of their choice on Sundays, while the Muslim students are notified of the locations of the nearest Mosque. During religious occasions such as Ramadan, Muslim students are given appropriate meals for fasting.
Students receive their uniforms in the first week of the semester. They are expected to wear proper uniform during the school day.
Code of Conduct
Students are held to high standards in both academics and personal behaviour. Each student is expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct (found from pages 4 of the Student Academic Course Calendar).
Students are met at the airport.
They are then taken to their residence or homestay and provided with a long distance calling card so that family knows they’ve arrived safely.
Students will need a mobile phone and a laptop or electronic notebook. School staff will assist in registration with any of the excellent telephone and internet service providers in Ontario. Residence provides basic internet services, as does the school.
SOC staff will assist students (and families if needed) in opening bank accounts at one of the reliable nearby banks to facilitate transfers, savings and expenditures.