Updates

Welcome to our updates page. Please see our most recent news updates below. These updates are written by our office staff and are very important for those who want to keep up to date with events and announcements. If you, or someone you know is currently attending SOC, see below to see our school’s most recent news.

June 2022

From the Principal
June 2022

Graduation Approaches

Southern Ontario Collegiate is buzzing with excitement as graduation is just weeks away for many of our students.  Our guidance counsellor Molly Mignault has done an amazing job in supporting students’ applications as well as advising them through the acceptance processes.  Well done, everyone!

Please encourage students to continue to check their emails and university/college accounts regularly.  Institutions will continue to communicate with students regarding payment, study permits, residence, follow up documents, course selection, start-up dates.  All correspondence from universities and colleges is directly through their accounts and it’s crucial that students stay up to date.

Graduation is set for June 28th.  After the trials of Covid lockdown, we’re so happy to be able to hold graduation at the school with students, their family members, and staff all on site.  We’ll also be streaming the graduation for those of you outside Canada.  Information on the link will be released soon.  Grad photos will take place June 6 – 8th.

Graduation is as much a beginning as an end:  it marks the culmination of students’ work in secondary school, years of studying in order to attain a place in university and college; simultaneously it’s a door to a new world of post-secondary academic studies – the first steps toward their careers and a place in the larger world.  Graduation is saying good-bye to friends, looking forward to a new city and residence and preparing to take your place in a larger, even more diverse community.  Fast-paced, academically-demanding, with high expectations, this next stage of students’ lives also brings great excitement and rewards.

As much as we’ve focused on academic success, Southern Ontario Collegiate also supports students in building practical approaches to life through our Skills for Life program.  Personal safety, protecting privacy online, how to communicate clearly with professors and administrators, financial integrity and acumen – students are given practical advice on best practice in these important interpersonal and practical matters.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at alison.currie@mysoc.ca

Final Exams June 21 – 23

Before we can celebrate graduation, all students at SOC will be writing final exams.  For some courses, they’ll also be completing a culminating activity such as a major research essay or project. This final portion of the semester is worth 30% of the student’s final mark; it’s important that students do well.  A poor result on a final exam or essay can affect not only a student’s final result, but also their admission to university;  all offers are contingent on achieving a specific level of achievement and some universities do revoke offers if students’ final results are too low.

Please join us in encouraging students to devote time and energy to these final, important academic requirements.  Teachers are focusing on preparing students, and every student knows what is expected in terms of assignments and exams. We all need to remind students that these next four weeks are all about focused studying and preparation; this isn’t the time for lost hours to TV, Instagram and video games – which can all be put on hold until June is over.  All students who would like advice on optimizing their study habits should speak to me, Molly Mignault or their teachers.

Uniforms – Part of the SOC philosophy

This semester has seen a lot of discussion around uniforms in school life.  It is not unexpected for some young people to test boundaries, however like most other private schools SOC maintains a uniform policy as part of its day-to-day operation.  The uniform ensures safety, fairness and immediately recognizable identity as students of the school.

The uniform policy includes: dark trousers, the school polo shirt (in various colours) and the school’s fleece jacket/sweater for additional warmth when needed.  The policy is very clear that religious head coverings are allowed, as are those required for medical reasons.  Other than those, no hats, hoodies or other headgear, including durags, should be worn within the school.  Durags have been a subject of extensive discussion within the school lately, and we thank all of you who have shared your ideas with us.

Community Volunteer Service

A reminder that 10 hours of volunteer service for each academic year is required as part of the Ministry of Education’s graduation requirements. Please check with Molly Mignault if you have any questions if this is still outstanding.

Niagara Falls

The school’s trip to Niagara Falls at the end of May proved to be a highlight for many students.  It was a beautiful, hot summer day, perfect for adventures.  While the Falls themselves are pretty amazing, the day was filled with activities:  go-carts, ferris wheel, games, mini-golf, all the games and experiences that we could fit in.  Many thanks to the teachers and staff who accompanied the students and ensured that everyone came home well-fed, happy and safe.

More photos are available on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Important Dates

  • June 6, 7, 8: Grad photos taken
  • June 21, 22, 23: Final Exams
  • June 28: Graduation Ceremony and Lunch
  • June 29: Trip to Canada’s Wonderland

How to reach us at SOC

May 2022

Update from the Principal
May 2022

Mid-Term Exams Begin

For students who are graduating in June, this is the start of an intense time. Teachers are providing support and preparing students for the next stages.  Mid-term exams are written on May 16 and 17.  These are very important as universities will use these marks for admission purposes for some students.

Mid-terms are just as important for students who aren’t graduating; they identify how well students are absorbing and processing the first section of their courses.  Teachers will be meeting with each student this week to discuss any concerns and questions students may have.  Please encourage students to speak with their teachers at any time if they need additional information or support.  Teachers are always ready to help.

You’ll soon receive an update from our Guidance Department regarding university offers and acceptance, conditional offers and deadlines.  Molly Mignault, SOC’s guidance counsellor, is working hard to support students finalize these important steps.  Students need to remain aware that university deadlines are definite.

Is procrastination a problem for students?

For many of our students, the answer is ‘yes’.  How can we help students avoid delays and wasted time that can result in poor marks and unnecessary stress?

Students who leave assignments to the last minute tend to do badly. How can we all help them plan their work in a practical, organized way? Here are some of the best time management skills.

  1. Help students plan a master schedule that includes school time as well as before and after.  Note all assignments for each course (different colours for different courses helps) and add other activities. Schedule specific recreation time, as well as tv/online time. Online recreational time should be limited and kept within a specific time slot to avoid wasting hours in the evenings and nights.
  2. Use an agenda/diary to include all assignments/due dates, tests, exams.
  3. When you’re studying or working, stay out of social media. Turn your cell phone off.
  4. Set daily goals (reading two chapters, completing the first draft of an essay).
  5. Start working on assignments as soon as they’re assigned. Don’t delay. 
  6. If you’re working on a project, break it down into simple parts that can be completed individually.
  7. Focus on one assignment at a time. Complete your math homework, then move on to something else.
  8. Take breaks.  Work for 30 minutes and then take a 10 or 15 minute break – walk around, have a snack, go outside. 
  9. Work in a quiet, comfortable place: a good chair and a table/desk; good lighting; the equipment you need (computer, books, pencils/rulers, erasers). Avoid loud music or tv in the background.
  10. Ask for help if you can’t organize your time or are falling behind.  Don’t ignore the problem.

Covid Updates

Universities and Colleges – We encourage students to check with each university regarding their requirements for vaccination and masking for the coming year.  Each university and college is establishing their own policies and they are amended regularly.

Government of Canada – continues to update travel requirements. All travellers to Canada over 18 must be vaccinated. To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before you enter Canada
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1, then Thursday, July 15 would be the first day that you could travel
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
    • complete your ArriveCAN submission and have ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age must complete the 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, even when they are accompanied by travellers who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Please check for updates at  https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada

Uniforms and Dress Code

SOC’s uniform policy is straightforward: SOC shirts, SOC fleece jackets for cooler temperatures, dark trousers (student choice from list of acceptable options).  Hoodies and other jackets/sweaters are not acceptable.  No hats, apart from religious head coverings), are worn in school.  All students are aware of the dress code.  Students who do not meet our uniform and dress code requirements are warned, then fined.  If students continue to ignore the school’s requirements, additional action includes loss of privileges around field trips, for example.

未来的活动

  • 16, 17 May: Mid-term exams (all grades, all students)
  • 23 May: Victoria Day holiday (all staff and students)
  • 31 May: Field trip
  • 1 June: Last day to accept university offers of admission
  • 6, 7 June: Grad photos (April and June grads)
  • 21, 22, 23 June: Final Exams
  • 28 June: Graduation (April and June grads)
  • 29 June: Trip to Canada’s Wonderland

How to reach us at SOC

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