The primary focus of the CDS Student Services department is to support every student's growth, by attending to their present and future learning needs (academic and career development) and providing individual support for their emotional and social development.
We achieve this goal by providing a safe and nurturing environment for all students and working closely with teachers and parents to customize learning activities and support students in and out of the classroom; this ensures a highly integrated approach to student support.
The department is committed to ongoing professional development to ensure best practices in counselling and in the classroom.
We are fortunate to have Mr. David Huckvale, Director of Admissions and University Placement, and Mrs. Darby Moreau, Admission and University Placement Coordinator, who work with students on planning for their post-secondary future. We work collaboratively with them to ensure that students ultimately find the best fit for their future. Click to see more details on University Placement.
Our counsellors are committed to helping students find the support they need so they are best able to achieve both personal and academic goals.
Counsellors can offer students the opportunity to explore, understand and work through personal issues such as:
• Conflict resolution (teacher, parent, friends, etc.) • Grief, loss and trauma • Family and relationship problems • Motivation, perfectionism • Sexuality • Anxiety, stress, depression and anger • Self-esteem • Catching up after an extended illness, injury or emotional circumstance
Counsellors/Learning Strategists are also able to support students with academic needs such as:
• Time management techniques and prioritizing activities • Organization • Study and test taking skills • Exam Preparation • Course Selection • Community Service requirements • Implementation of Educational Assessment recommendations • Enrichment Opportunities and Summer Programs • Career Development (through the Gr. 10 Career Studies Class)
Our department offers a variety of initiatives to support student learning. These include: • Peer Tutoring • Gr. 7 & 8 Learning Strategies Classes • Special Education Accommodations for students who have undergone psycho-educational testing • Binder Bootcamp (Organizational and Homework support club) • Learning Strategist support in classrooms
In addition to programs and support offered for all students, our Counsellors/Learning Strategists have several community contacts and may help refer you to appropriate professionals (tutors, therapists, psychologists, etc.).
Each student is assigned a guidance counsellor. This information is located at the top of their timetable or students and parents should feel free to contact Mrs. Huckvale, Administrative Assistant in Student Services, to find out to whom they should address any questions.
Some students seek our support daily, some weekly and others choose only to seek us out during stressful times. There are also many students who choose to navigate their time in the School independently, but we are happy to offer any assistance needed.
Our counsellors are committed to helping students find the support they need so they are best able to achieve both personal and academic goals. We believe that it is important that students learn how to be their own advocates, and we will work with them to develop this lifelong skill.