Guidance Office

Welcome!

The Guidance Department wants to ensure all students succeed in high school. Our job is to assist all students and provide individualized support for academic, personal, and post-secondary pathway counselling.

Our Staff

(all emails directed to @hdsb.ca)

For general inquiries, questions, transcript requests, etc, contact Mrs Peddie, Guidance Secretary (peddied)

As of August 2021, students are assigned a Guidance Counsellor based on the following surname breakdown.

A-G: Ms Foster (fosterk)

H-M: Ms Tin (tind)

N-Z: Mr Presutti (presuttir)

Student Success: Ms Howarth (howarthj)

Summer School Registration - Now Open

HDSB Summer School registration is now open. General information about summer school is available here. The course offerings are available here. Instructions on how to register on myBlueprint are available here. If your student has any further questions or concerns please ask them to contact the GDHS guidance department.

Timetable Change Requests

Course Changes for next year (2022-2023 school year)

To request a GDHS timetable/course change for next year, please complete the Course Change Request Form below:

Summer Mental Health Offerings

What services will be provided?

Virtual group sessions will be offered in two blocks this summer during July and August. Block 1 : July 11-28 and Block 2 Aug. 8-25 to offer maximum flexibility for youth and their families. Group services will be provided by Child and Youth Counsellors, Social Workers and Community Partners.


Deadline for referrals to summer groups will be June 17, 2022 . Group referral forms will be closed once referral maximums have been reached.


If you are interested in participating in a virtual group, please fill out this form


Summer Group Offerings:


AFFIRM: An eight-session Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed treatment group specifically for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ youth to develop coping skills for anxiety and stress related to experiences of discrimination connected to their sexual and gender identities. The goals of AFFIRM are to decrease unhelpful thoughts, feel better about yourself and to make healthy choices for sexual and mental health. For ages 14+


TRAILS Anxiety: TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) groups are designed to help our children and youth (Grade 3-5 and Grade 7‐12) who struggle with moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and/or depression by teaching evidence‐based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness skills. Children and youth who might benefit from the group are primarily having difficulty with both anxiety and depressive symptoms/low mood that is impairing their functioning. Children and youth interested in participating should have some awareness of their struggles and would be motivated to improve their coping skills.


PEERS®-based: The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based didactic social skills to socially-motivated adolescents, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other socio-emotional difficulties. This program is suitable for students who want to learn how to make and keep friends and handle conflict, rejection and bullying. Suitable for Grade 6-12.

Skills for Regulating Emotions and Tolerating Distress: This is a program for secondary school students who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression, managing big emotions and feelings of being overwhelmed that are impacting their ability to attend school, perform in school, and/or interact with others. This is a DBT-informed group for elementary students in Grades 7 and 8 and high school students in Grade 9-12.


Black Kids Voices: This group will focus on elevating and affirming the voices of Black youth. Many of our youth may be experiencing the harmful impacts of Anti-Black Racism. Students in Grade 7-12 will be welcomed in a culturally responsive program to talk about their struggles, affirm each other, be heard and focus on their wellness. This group will give our youth a strong sense of belonging.


Macchiato Meets South Asian Wellness: HDSB is partnering with PCHS to co-lead groups for South Asian identifying youth. The sessions will focus on: increasing knowledge and awareness of the challenges faced by youth; for example, barriers in accessing support and services; understanding stigma and its impact on the mental health and wellness of youth within these communities; appreciation and mindfulness of the relationship between the eastern and western cultures they live in; providing internal and external resources to participants. Grades 9-12.


Macchiato Wellness for Muslim Youth: Youth Mental Health and Wellness Sessions: HDSB is collaborating with PCHS to facilitate group sessions for Muslim identifying youth (Grades 9 to 12). The sessions will focus on: increasing knowledge and awareness of the challenges faced by youth; for example, barriers in accessing support and services; understanding stigma and its impact on the mental health and wellness of youth within these communities; appreciation and mindfulness of the relationship between the eastern and western cultures they live in; providing internal and external resources to participants.


Enaahtig Services: Indigenous Circle (Grade 6-12): Enaahtig Services will be holding an Indigenous Circle for HDSB students. The purpose of this group is to share knowledge and questions about transitions and changing times.

Submit Community Service Hours

Volunteer Hours

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Guidance Office will be accepting documentation for Community Service Hours digitally.

Please complete this form for EACH DOCUMENT you have. Only submit NEW Community Service Hours evidence that you haven't previously submitted to the Guidance Office.

Paid Hours (NEW)

Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement are required to complete a brief reflection answering the question using the Google Form below: