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Senior School Newsfile

December 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

Our Grade 12's have been busy completing their post-secondary applications. Graduating students have now participated in an application workshop focused on completing the OUAC application (for Ontario Universities). If you have any questions about this process, we encourage you to refer to our written resource: and/or feel free to contact us as follows:

Lotem Baram (Gold House and Red House) - lbaram@pickeringcollege.on,ca

Sheri Simon (Blue House and Silver House) - ssimon@pickeringcollege.on.ca

In a recent Morning Meeting, Guidance Counsellors addressed Senior School students on the topic of character strengths; students later completed a character Strengths assessment during an Advisor Meeting, ask your child about their signature character strength! Guidance also introduced students to the course selection process for 2018 to 2019. Watch for additional information about this in the new year. Course selection for students entering Grades 9, 10 and 11 will begin on January 28. There will be a series of workshops to prepare students for the academic planning process.

Next week, lost property will be on display in the Admission Office hallway. Our lost and found bins are overflowing with items waiting to be claimed by their owners. Many of these items are not labeled with student names, making it difficult to identify the ownership. We encourage you to label your child's clothing.

The Pickering College Christmas Concert is on December 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Egan House. This is one of the most popular and highly anticipated events in the school year. We look forward to welcoming our families.

Parking on campus can be a challenge on this evening. We encourage carpooling among family and friends to help alleviate congestion. Parking is available down the north side of the main driveway, in the north parking lot, the Firth House parking lot, behind the back of the school, and in front of the arena. There will also be overflow parking available on the baseball diamond beside the arena. If you require accessible parking, contact Anna Cook at acook@pickeringcollege.on.ca.

On the evening of the concert, please enter Egan House through the spectator doors. Dinner is available in the Dining Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at a cost of $7.00. RSVP to Anna Cook at acook@pickeringcollege.on.ca and sign in at the servery to charge your student account.

On Wednesday, December 19 our students will enjoy a Christmas banquet at lunch time. On Thursday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. there will be a full school Christmas Meeting in Egan House. Parents are welcome to attend the Christmas Meeting.

The Student Committee has a plan to beat the winter blues! Spirit days begin in January.

•Friday, January 11 - Silver House Spirit Day - support your team in your favourite Sports Jersey.
•Friday, January 18 - Gold House Spirit Day - dress up like your favourite Superhero. 
•Friday, January 25 - Red House Spirit Day - feel the warmth on a chilly day for Tropical Vacation day. 
•Thursday, January 31 - Blue House Spirit Day - keep warm and cozy on Pajama Day.  

As the purpose of these days is to raise school spirit and build our community, students are reminded that they are permitted to dress in the set theme or in the full house colours of the host house on Spirit Days. If they do not wish to dress up, they must wear full school uniform. They are not permitted to dress down in casual clothes of choice.

The Senior School faculty would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019 (Day 2).  


Janet Downer
Director Senior School