Grade Nine Orientation

Attention New Warrior Students!  


We would like to welcome you to the start of a new school year! We recognize that this year is going to look a little different than normal, but we still wanted to do something special to welcome you to St. Mary’s Catholic High School. 


Wednesday, September 1st will be an orientation for grade nine students. Schools are requested to limit the intermixing of students within the day. There will be two sessions for our orientation:


Morning Session

Students with surnames A-K will attend a morning session from 9:00-11:30 a.m.


Afternoon Session

Students with surnames L-Z will attend an afternoon session from 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Please note that students are asked to follow the session based on their surnames. There will be no exceptions to this rule in conjunction with COVID regulations as intermixing is limited as much as possible.


For students attending the session you do NOT need to wear your uniform. When you arrive in the building you will pick up a package which will include your schedule and other important information. Staff and our Warrior Student Council will be available to help (signs will be posted).


You will be expected to follow COVID-19 regulations upon arrival. These include wearing a mask, keeping a two-metre distance and sanitizing your hands. Please read and follow the Ministry of Health regulations that are posted around the school.  A snack will be provided for students. 


Students will participate in various activities throughout the day. Activities include picking up your course timetable, purchasing items such as Good Samaritan Team (GST) shirtslocks, physical-education uniforms and spirit wearasking questions to our Warrior Student Council and teachers, receiving important information on literacy and numeracy programming, and finally receiving some Warrior swag. 


To prepare for the first day of school and the orientation, we ask that you make sure that you go online to School Cash Online to pre-purchase any of the following items: GST shirts, locks, physical-education uniforms, and spirit wear.  Prepaying for your items on School Cash Online will allow for a smooth transition so you can pick up the paid items the day of the orientation. The orders must be placed by the end of the day on Monday, August 30th to receive them on the orientation day. 


School Cash Online will be available for purchasing items effective Tuesday, August 24th. The following is a list of costs for items: 


  • GST Shirts - $16
  • Locks - $8
  • Physical-Education Uniform - $16
  • School Spirit Wear - available on the SMHS school Spirit Wear store.
  • Student Activity Fee - $40 (for those who have not paid)


To purchase items be sure to check out the School Cash Online site.  Please note that Spirit Wear items can only be worn on Spirit Wear Days and are not part of the school uniform.


A used uniform sale will also be available on September 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables and rolling racks will be set up in the front of the school for students and parents to purchase used uniform items. We accept cash payment only for the used uniform items.


Further Information for parents is available on our school website with a SMHS Parent Handbook along with a video presentation to help answer further questions. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. D’Oria or myself if you have further questions regarding SMHS.


For further information please check out the SMHS website which has a direct link for new Warriors that will help answer any questions or concerns that you may have about starting at a new school. Click on the following link for the New Warrior Student Information.  


We have been waiting all summer for you and we cannot wait to meet you! 



Ms. Tornabuono 


St. Mary’s Catholic High School