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Summer School - Transition/Literacy (Gr. 8s)

Summer School Program for Transition / Literacy

Grade 8 students can attend a non-credit bearing transition / literacy program at their secondary school before starting Grade 9 in September. There is no cost associated with attending this program.  Registration links are now opens (see links below for individual schools) and will close June 15, 2022.  *Times/Locations Subject to Change






Looking for a great way to transition to secondary school? Read the benefits here!

  BENEFITS of the Program

  • Literacy/Numeracy strategies
  • Organization skills
  • Study skills and concepts
  • Learning strategies
  • Time management methods
  • Understanding academic expectations
  • Meeting classmates & making new friends
  • Meeting school admistrators, peer leaders and school personnel
  • Guided tour of the school, including locker & classroom locations
  • Timetable and schedule review
  • Extracurricular opportunities overview
  • Uniforms guidelines and expectations
  • Busing loading / unloading information
  • Familiarization with a new school community and environment

After completing this transition / literacy program, students will arrive for their first day of school, armed with valuable knowledge, strategies and skills to tackle their courses and understanding the academic expectations at a secondary school level. They will recognize a few familiar faces, and already be acquainted with their new school community and evironment, including where their classes, lockers, etc. This provides students with an advantage and level of comfort they wouldn't otherwise have, and they are able to relax and enjoy the start of their new academic adventure!




   Dates & Attendance

  • SJC, ACS and HT - August 31, 2022

  • Please note: A fire drill may be included in the agenda of activities.

  Locations, Hours and Transportation

  • The front entrance of the school will be used on all program days.  Teachers will greet students in the main foyer.

  • Transportation to and from the program is NOT provided and is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

   Uniforms / Clothing

  • School uniform is not required. Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the purposes of physical activity should be worn.  Running shoes are recommended.

  Refreshments, Snacks, Lunch

  • Students should bring a snack/drink to consume. Water bottles can be brought and refilled as required.

 Cell Phones

  • Cell phones will stay stored in a backpack during the organized activities and can be accessed at break.

  Grade 9 Registration Documentation and Timetables

  • All Grade 9 school registration forms and documentation are required by a student's secondary school, and must be handed in to the student's secondary school main office prior to beginning the Here We Go! program.

  • This includes Student Information Verification, Collection & Use of Personal Information, Student Information & Communication Technology Use Agreement, Medical Alert AND any outstanding registration fees. 

  • Submission of grade 9 registration forms & documentation to a student's secondary school is imperative in order to fully participate in the Here We Go! program.

  • Each school has different processes and procedures, but will be making timetables and lock purchases available in advance.  Please call the secondary school main offices for more information.

Combination Locks for Lockers and Timetables

  • Use of combination locks, timetables and site orientation (school layout etc.) will be reviewed as part of the planned activities of this program.

  • Locks must be purchased directly from the secondary schools, and not brought from home, as the locks are also keyed for emergency access.  

  • Students should bring the lock they purchased through their secondary school to the HWG! program, however, please note that each secondary school has different procedures and times for when locks are available for purchase.

  • If a student has not already purchased a combination lock through their secondary school prior to the start of Here We Go! there will be an opportunity to do so on the first day of the HWG! program.  Students should bring money with them on the first day of HWG! if they wish to purchase a lock.

  • Please note each Secondary School charges a locker combination lock fee (cash only):  $9 at Holy Trinity, $10 (new) and $5 (used) at St. John's College and $10 (new) or $5 (used) at Assumption College School.

   Withdrawal from the Here We Go! Program

  • If circumstances change and a student is no longer able to/does not wish to participate in Here We Go! this August, please contact the Continuing Education Secretary at hbouckhuyt@bhncdsb.caprior to August 3, 2022.  The student's name will be removed from the Here We Go! registration list.

  • Please note: Parental consent is required for removal from a course for all students under the age of 18, so a parent/guardian must be the one who makes the contact.

For more information about Here We Go! during the school year, please contact the Student Success Teacher at your Secondary School:

Assumption College

257 Shellard Lane
Brantford, ON N3T 5L5

NITA APOSTOLI-SURETTE 519-751–2030 x14232


Holy Trinity Catholic High School

128 Evergreen Hill Road
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5

SHANNA HANSON 519–429–3600 x16105


St. John's College

80 Paris Road
Brantford, ON N3R 1H9

RYAN MACKINLAY 519-759–2318 x15234



Main Office 519-753-0552

Continuing Education Secretary - Hailey Bouckhuyt 519-756-6505 x12407

Principal of Continuing Education - Terre Slaght 519-756-6505 x12402




All BHNCDSB students have the ability to download and use a copy of Microsoft office at home free of charge. Students must also know their BHNCDSB username and password to do the installation. The following link will walk you through how to install it on your computer: Install MS Office for home.