Arrival Checklist

International Students who are starting school in September 2018, can best prepare for their arrival by completing this Arrival checklist. […more]

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International Payments to the HCDSB Just Got Easier!

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is now offering our International Students (paying from outside of Canada) an easier way to pay their application and tuition fees! Western Union GlobalPay for Students is now the recommended payment process for International Students to pay their fees from outside of Canada. This option allows you to pay your fees in the currency of your home country, in both an efficient and inexpensive manner. Learn more. Advantages to Paying With GlobalPay for Students You can easily obtain a foreign currency quote You can pay your tuition and fees in the currency of your choice, which will then be converted to Canadian Dollars There are NO additional transaction charges from Western Union or HCDSB, though you may be charged a transaction fee by your bank The exchange rate is valid for 72 hours after the transaction is initiated, taking the uncertainty out of the […more]

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Student Interview: Sam Wen From St. Thomas Aquinas CSS

At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, International Student Program Staff spoke with Sam Wen about his experiences at the Halton Catholic District School Board. WHO ARE YOU? “Hi, I am Sam Wen. I’m currently in Grade 12 at St. Thomas Aquinas.” WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE WITH TEACHERS? “In terms of the teachers, they are really helpful, especially to International Students, because they know that those students will have some difficulty with language and such, so they will usually take more care with them. They are really patient, I have to say.” DID YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CLASS OR TEACHER? “In terms of teachers, as I mentioned, they are really helpful. Especially my Physics teacher Mr. Moore. He is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. Because my Physics course is my last course of the school day, I could spend some time after school with my teacher. Usually, […more]

ISP Events

ISP Welcome Orientation Day!

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, students new to the International Student Program were invited to the HCDSB Welcome Centre at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School in Oakville for Welcome Orientation Day. Students from around the world came together for a fun and informative day, which included a catered outdoor barbecue lunch. The day began with students being welcomed to Canada, Halton Region, and to the Halton Catholic District School Board. Students also learned about the Canadian Educational System. Presentations were interpreted in Mandarin, Spanish and Korean. Students had the opportunity to socialize with one another during an ice breaker activity called, “Getting to Know Each Other BINGO”. A Scavenger Hunt activity followed, where students were able to tour the school. The afternoon session included a safety presentation by Halton Regional Police. Students were then able to tour community information booths, including: Halton Multicultural Council/HCDSB Youth Settlement Program YMCA Burlington Emergency Medical Services Halton Region – […more]


In Review: 2015-2016 School Year

Check out some awesome videos that document what the past school year at the Halton Catholic District School Board was like! CLICK HERE to share your awesome HCDSB experiences!