Holy Heart currently has an enrollment of 1040 students and offers curriculum for Levels I to III as prescribed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education. Also both International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs provide opportunities for students to attain post-secondary credits and placement.
There are over 60 rooms at Holy Heart including choral, instrumental, home economics, challenging needs, and industrial arts rooms. Also four computer labs, an art room, gym and language labs are used regularly for instruction during the school day. There is a resource center, and physics, chemistry, biology and physical science laboratories. Other specialized areas include a Partnerships Center, English Second Language Center, International Baccalaureate Center, Guidance Center and Special Services Center and the new Heart 911 Centre. These areas are now an integral part of the instructional space at Holy Heart and are a reflection of the changing organization of educational process for students.
At Holy Heart there is an emphasis on the provision of a diversified set of educational opportunities for the students in our school. The inclusion of the English as Second Language population in our student body provides an increased international perspective enabling many students to develop an understanding of the importance of international communication and collaboration. We also provide a number of programs which require an international component. The International Baccalaureate Diploma program and new partnerships with Stemnet/Human Resources Development Canada provide many of our students and teachers with opportunities for exchanges, internships and other international/national experiences.
The successful implementation of each program is critically important to the academic success of each student. Students must be challenged with appropriate curriculum.
The academic programs at Holy Heart can be identified as follows:
The Special Services Department at Holy Heart provides a myriad of services to students with documented exceptionalities within the framework of the Pathways to Programming and Graduation developed by the Department of Education. In order to meet the needs of our students with exceptionalities, an ISSP (Individual Student Support Plan) is developed using a team approach and then appropriate services are put in place. These services may include accommodations and modifications to the prescribed curriculum, alternate courses, or an alternate curriculum.
At Holy Heart there is a Special Services Center where students with exceptionalities who need support, can access help. Most students will be supported by a special education teacher who will ease their transition to high school, monitor their progress, and advocate on their behalf to ensure they access all services available to them. Every effort is made to meet the individual needs of students so they can meet success in a supportive, caring, and challenging environment.
Information on scholarships and awards is available from the Guidance Office including a complete data base of 16,000 scholarships available to students in Canada. Students should sign up in the Guidance office early in the school year for assistance in researching appropriate scholarships and obtaining other information.
Some scholarships require nomination from the school. Any student who wishes to be considered for nomination is requested to submit a resume to the Guidance office in September. A meeting for all students interested in scholarship is held early in the school year to provide further information.
Holy Heart’s Guidance Centre is staffed by two counsellors and a number of trained peer counsellors who together offer students a full range of services including:
An on-going activity throughout the year, designed to raise school spirit, academic performance and student participation is competition between clans within the school. In keeping with the highlander tradition of Holy Heart, the house system actively consists of a group of clans. Each student belongs to one of six clans, Wallace, MacNeil, Campbell, MacDougall, MacLeod and MacGillivary.
Membership in a clan is for a lifetime. We hope even our alumni will express an interest in how well their clan is faring in any given year. Family members will follow their predecessors into the same clan whenever possible, unless the family requests otherwise, in the hope that brothers and sisters will encourage each other in support of the clan.
Each faculty member is also made a member of a Clan on arrival at the school and acts in an advisory capacity to the Captains and other student leaders. Teachers also participate in activities, such as those on spirit day and earn will earn points for their clans.
Early in September, each House holds a general meeting at which the Captain and Assistant Captain for the year will be elected by the student members of the House. In addition to participation in extracurricular events the students can accumulate points for their clan as a result of success in academics and good attendance throughout the school year. For example at academic assemblies each year Awards are presented and points are awarded to the individual students who have earned the highest marks and attendance. Each year, the Clan Championship Trophy is awarded to the Clan with the highest points total.
Clan points are awarded in various categories: academic, sports, music, drama, other extra curricular activities and Inter-House competitions.
Membership in clubs and organizations can be held as long a student?s attendance, academic standing, and behaviour are at an acceptable standard.