Guiding you to success
At Pickering College our Guidance team is committed to supporting students in all facets of their educational experience. Our Guidance Counsellors provide support, services, and resources to help students to develop and reach their personal, academic, and career goals. It is their mission to ensure that each student feels known and supported, and that they receive the encouragement, information, and skill-development needed to achieve personal success. Our Guidance Services team consists of two Senior Guidance Counsellors with Guidance Specialist qualifications and one Guidance Administrative Assistant.
The Guidance Counsellors take a collaborative, whole child approach to providing student support; they work closely with parents, teachers, Advisors, the Learning Services team, and outside specialists. Counsellors meet with students both individually, and in small groups, and also deliver Guidance programming through the Advisor Program and the Grade 10 Career Education course. Each Counsellor acts as a proactive point person for student concerns, whether academic, personal, or social-emotional. Students will be assigned a Guidance Counsellor in Grade 9, or as they enter the school, and this counsellor works closely with them throughout their Senior School Career.
The Guidance Program promotes self-awareness, career planning, and educational decision-making at every grade level. For example:
Grade 9 students as well as students who are new to the Senior School will be engaged in transition activities that will allow them to better navigate their new academic landscape.
In Grade 10, the Guidance Counsellors deliver the .5 credit Career Education course which provides students with the opportunity to deeply explore their interests, skills, and aptitudes and conduct detailed post-secondary and career research.
In Grade 11, students are well supported in making important decisions in furthering their post-secondary planning and research.
In their graduating year, Counsellors provide step-by-step instruction and support in navigating the post-secondary application process including both domestic and international options, and scholarship opportunities.
We strongly encourage PC families to make full use of the resources and support available in our Guidance Department. In addition to the programs and support offered for all students, parents may contact Guidance Counsellors for information about tutoring referrals, special learning needs, outside counselling resources, summer opportunities, or any other concern that they need assistance with.