Notre Dame Students Place First in Computer Programming Contest

A team of four tech-savvy Notre Dame CSS students placed first at this year’s Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) sponsored Computer Programming Contest at the Halton Catholic District School Board.

The contest involves teams of four students who are challenged to solve four programming problems in three hours, using one computer. The teams have the ability to use any programming language they choose.

This year’s contest was held at Christ the King CSS on March 25th, 2019. Teams from across the HCDSB competed for a chance to represent the Board at the regional level contest to be held in April at York University in Toronto.

Congratulations to the Top 3 winning teams!

1st Place – Notre Dame CSS

2nd Place – St. Thomas Aquinas CSS

3rd Place – St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS

Learn more on HCDSB’s website.

University of Waterloo Student Trip

On March 21, 2019, secondary International Students from across our Board visited the prestigious University of Waterloo.

The University of Waterloo is known world-wide for its innovative programs. Its Computer Science program ranks #1, and its Engineering program ranks #2, in Canada.

“Waterloo is at the forefront of innovation and is home to transformational research and inspired learning. Located in the heart of Canada’s technology hub, we are growing a network of global partnerships that will shape the future by working beyond disciplines and building bridges with industry, institutions and communities.”

University of Waterloo Website

Our International Students broke out into smaller groups to tour the expansive campus. Current University of Waterloo students acted as tour guides, showing students the various buildings and facilities, and talking about various programs, including program requirements and the admission process.


Thinking About Life After High School?

International Students and their parents, guardians, custodians, and/or homestay parents are invited to attend an information session that has been designed specifically for International Students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary options in Canada. Click here to view the promotional flyer.

This informative session will include:

  • An overview of how the post-secondary application process works in Canada
  • Unique and interesting programs to consider
  • How to be successful after graduation
  • A special guest speaker from Mohawk College
  • International Student alumni will be sharing their past experiences


Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required.


Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School
5150 Upper Middle Road
Burlington, Ontario


Applying as an International Student is different. We want to help you explore all of your options before you decide on your post-secondary pathway!

Welcome Orientation February 2019

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, students new to the International Student Program (ISP) attended our Welcome Orientation Day, held at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Oakville.

International Students from around the world gathered for a fun and informative day, which included a Get to Know You BINGO social game (with prizes!), an informative presentation, and a catered lunch.

Our International Student Team, including Adriano Perusin, ISP Vice Principal, and Corinne Laurin, ISP Coordinator, welcomed students to the Halton Catholic District School Board and presented important information about the program. Rui Cai, Youth Settlement Worker, interpreted the presentation into Chinese, and Luz-Elena Arias, Youth Settlement Worker, interpreted the presentation into Spanish.

Student volunteers, including our Board’s 2018-2019 Student Trustees and returning International Students, were on hand to help our new students navigate the orientation, including providing translations, sharing their school experiences, and answering questions.



Arrival Checklist

International Students who are entering our program for the first time can best prepare for their arrival by completing this Arrival checklist.

Personal Documents

It is recommended that you provide as many of the below listed documents as possible before your arrival in Canada.

These documents must be provided before you are able to start school:

  • Valid Study Permit
  • Verification of age (Birth Certificate/Passport)
  • Student email address in Canada
  • Halton Address where the student will be living
  • Notarized custodianship Agreement (pages 1 & 2)
  • Most recent school report card translated into English and Notarized
  • Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate (elementary only)

Immunization Record

Students attending school in our Board must provide their Immunization Record with proof of the vaccines they have received. Failure to do this may result in a student being suspended from school.

The most efficient way to provide your Immunization Record is to use the Canada Immunization Record Form.

Submit a copy of the completed and signed form to:

Required vaccines are as follows:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Polio
  • Meningococcal disease and Varicella (if born in 2010 or later)

School Supplies

Depending on the courses you choose, this list may be different.

  • Textbooks are provided
  • Computer, laptop, tablet, or similar technology 
  • Stationary: 3-ring binders, folders, lined paper
  • Writing Utensils: Pencils, pens, highlighters, correction tape
  • Math Kits: Scientific calculator, protractor, ruler
  • Storage: Back pack, insulated lunch bag, food containers, thermos
  • School Uniform: Including Gym shoes

Seasonal Clothing

If you are well-prepared, winter can be fun! The snow and ice make Ontario beautiful and you will find a variety of winter sports to enjoy. Get outside and enjoy the weather!

  • Coat: Should be thick, heavy and water-resistant for maximum warmth.
  • Hat: Winter hats, or toques, are often seen as an unofficial Canadian symbol.
  • Gloves: Keeps your fingers warm!
  • Scarf: Keeps your neck warm!
  • Boots: Should be insulated and water-resistant.
  • Snow Pants: Keeps your legs warm during winter activities like snowboarding.


  • Cell Phone and phone plan: Make sure your cell phone will work in Canada.
  • Canadian Bank Account: Make sure your bank account will work in Canada.
  • Ingle Insurance Card: Replacement copies are available by emailing
  • Umbrella: For protection from the rain

An International Perspective on School

Notre Dame students share their Canadian and Chinese school experiences

A group of Chinese International Students at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School cooperatively wrote an article for their school’s online newspaper The article (featured below) gives a brief comparison of their experiences in school back home in China versus school here in Canada.

English Translation

School in China is very different from school in Canada. In China (for junior high school), I get to school at about half past seven every morning and finish school at six o’clock. Everyone has one classroom with about fifty other students, and they have most of the classes in this one room, they also keep their school bag here. Everyday we have morning reading where everybody reads the textbook aloud together. We start the first class at eight and every class is forty five minutes long with ten minutes to rest, we have seven or eight class a day. You can have nap or do your homework after lunch, because the lunch time is much longer than school in Canada. When you get home, you’ll be busy because you have a lot of homework to do, our homework is much more than Canada’s. Lots of students don’t get enough sleep. School is much different in China.

Chinese Translation

中国的学校和加拿大的学校很不一样。在中国 (初中), 我每天早上七点半左右到校, 六点钟放学。每个人有他们自己的一间教室,和其他约五十名学生一起,他们也把书包放在这里。每天我们都有早读, 每个人都一起大声朗读课本。我们八点开始上第一节课, 每节课45分钟, 休息10分钟, 每天有七八节课。午饭后你有空闲时间,可以小睡一会儿或者做作业, 因为中国学校午饭时间比加拿大学校长很多。当你回到家的时候, 你会很忙,因为你有很多作业要做,我们的作业比加拿大多很多。许多学生得不到足够的睡眠。中国的学校和加拿大的学校有很大的不同

Oakville named Canada’s Best Place to Live!

MoneySense Magazine has named the Town of Oakville as Canada’s Best Place to Live!

A total of 415 Canadian cities were ranked, with 10 categories determining their ultimate position on the list:

  1. Wealth and economy
  2. Affordability
  3. Population growth
  4. Taxes
  5. Commute
  6. Crime
  7. Weather
  8. Access to health care
  9. Amenities
  10. Culture
Our data-driven analysis pegs Oakville as not only the best place to live overall, but the best place for New Canadians, third best place to retire and fifth best place to raise a family.

Claire Brownell, MoneySense Magazine

HCDSB Oakville Secondary Schools

Our Board has three popular secondary schools located in Oakville.

Halton Region Maintains ‘Safest Large Region in Canada’ Ranking!

According to Statistics Canada CSI Reports, Halton Region has maintained the lowest crime severity index of all Canadian municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more for the thirteenth straight year!

“It is quite remarkable that the Region of Halton and the HRPS [Halton Regional Police Services] has maintained the lowest crime severity index of all Canadian municipalities with a population over 100,000 (52 in total) for a 13th straight year,” said Halton regional police Chief Stephen Tanner.

Read the full article by InsideHalton. 

School Spotlight: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School

Located in Burlington, Ontario, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School (CSS) provides its students with countless opportunities for learning, exploring, and having fun!

International Student applications are currently open for all grades, apply now!

STEAM Club: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

The innovative STEAM club at Notre Dame CSS is run by 8 knowledgeable staff members, whose original goal was to increase cross-curricular connections and engage students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Follow the STEAM club on Twitter! @nd_steam

The STEAM club constantly strives to expand their knowledge, and one way they accomplish this is by visiting reputable universities. STEAM club members have visited McMaster University’s (located in Hamilton, 30 minutes from Halton) Engineering Program’s “Factory of the Future” – where they learnt about the cutting edge technology being taught there. They have also visited the University of Waterloo’s (located in Waterloo, 40 minutes from Halton) campus for a full tour and participation in their educational seminars.

The STEAM club recently participated in a STEAM Night for elementary students in grades 1 – 8. STEAM club members assisted in organizing 10 STEAM-related activities for elementary students, ranging from coding to making lava lamps. This massively successful event had over 100 attendees.

The STEAM club has also organized a Board-wide STEAM Conference for elementary students in grades 7 and 8. Joseph Kinsella, a Notre Dame CSS alumnus, Valedictorian of 2010, University of Waterloo Mechatronics graduate, and cofounder of Pegasus Aeronautics, was at the conference and spoke to students about his educational and career path starting from his Grade 10 Robotics class at Notre Dame CSS, to where he is now.








With over 75 members and growing, the STEAM club’s upcoming ambitious projects include:
– Renewable energy and the Notre Dame CSS electric car
– Biotechnology and cutting edge experiments
– Horticulture and growing sustainable food sources through technology
– Computer science and coding contests
– An all female application development team to compete at the Technovation Challenge

Updating Notre Dame’s Look

There have been some impressive recent upgrades inside the walls of Notre Dame CSS, including some fresh painted walls and lockers, and new banners!

If you are interested in touring Notre Dame CSS in person, you can book a tour by contacting the school at 905-335-1544.

Inside ND – Student School Newspaper

Inside ND is a popular student led online school newspaper that features excellent articles, all written by Notre Dame CSS students, about what’s happening at the school and within the surrounding school community.

You can visit to get the latest school news, and to see what it’s like being a Notre Dame student!


Become a Host Family!

Hosting an International Student in your home provides a unique opportunity for you and your family to share customs, traditions, culture, and new experiences with a student coming from another country.

You can help to provide a safe and encouraging environment for a student while they are thousands of miles from the comfort of home.

If you are interested in hosting an International Student while they attend school here, please contact us to learn the next steps.