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The Guidance Office is responsible for providing a caring, compassionate environment that is inviting to all who enter. As guidance counsellors and educators, our role has been organized into three distinct areas:

  • student development;
  • interpersonal development; and
  • career development as it relates to pathway planning.

Our counsellors are equipped to provide ongoing academic, social/emotional, and pathway planning supports for our students. We encourage students to take an active role as vibrant, positive members of our school community and lifelong learners.

Meet our team

Our Guidance team is here to help you navigate your pathways. Our office is open:

Monday to Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Contact a member of our team by calling 905-666-2010.

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Paul Frawley, OCT

Curriculum Chair

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Erin Malkin, OCT

Counsellors

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Kevin Polidano, OCT 

Counsellors

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Joanne Guindon, OCT

Student Success Teacher

 

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Ted Longauer, OCT 

Co-operative Education Teacher

 

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Chris Waghorn, OCT 

Careers Teacher

 

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Sarah Sirizzotti

Secretary

 

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Making a Guidance appointment

We welcome you to speak to a guidance counsellor regarding any questions you have about navigating your way through your high school experience and beyond. Making an appointment is easy.

  1. Come in to Guidance before school begins, on your spare (Grade 12 students only), or on your lunch.
  2. Ask the guidance secretary that you would like to speak with your guidance counsellor.
  3. Tell her either your last name or the name of your counsellor.

Things to remember...

  • Appointments are 10 minutes in length;
  • Only students on a spare can book an appointment during their spare. No student should book appointments during class time;
  • Any additional time with a counsellor can be determined between the counsellor and student; and
  • All parents should notify their child's counsellor to book either an appointment by phone or in person.

Important dates 

Below are key dates that you should be aware of:

  • Ongoing - Continue to check Guidance for employment and volunteer opportunities

Register for school

We welcome students of all faiths at our Durham Catholic secondary schools. 

ALL PROSPECTIVE Father Austin students MUST complete a Pre-Admission Package (excluding students from our associate elementary schools who live within the Father Austin boundary). Print off the package using the attached link, complete and submit to Guidance with ALL required documentation. The registration process is ongoing throughout the year.

ANY PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS who are NEW to our Board MUST complete the DCDSB Online Student Application IN ADDITION to the Pre-Admission package.

Please contact our guidance secretary for further details -   sarah.sirizzotti@dcdsb.ca, or  905-666-2010  (x.51010)

 

Transcripts

To request an official transcript, please email sarah.sirizzotti@dcdsb.ca, or call 905-666-2010 (x.51010). Indicate your full name, date of birth, year you graduated from Father Austin, and contact phone number. Transcripts are $5 per copy (up to a maximum charge of $20). If you will not be the person picking up the transcript, please indicate who will be doing so on your behalf. Please allow 1 business day for processing. 

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Contact us

Have questions? Speak to a member of our team.
Phone: 905-666-2010
Fax: 905-666-3035

 

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