Boards across Ontario are required to conduct anonymous school climate surveys of their students, parents and school staff at least once every two years. A safe, inclusive and accepting school environment is essential for student success and wellbeing. The data collected from these surveys helps to inform school and board planning and decision making about programs and resources aimed at preventing bully and harassment. Students and staff will also be completing the survey electronically between April 15th and May 3rd.
If you are a parent or a guardian of student within the Bluewater system, we are asking you to complete a survey. The parent survey is available onlinebetween April 15th and May 3rd and can be accessed through following the link.
The required Access Code for West Hill Secondary School is 6-TVV-159-U .
School Name Access Code
Alternatively, parents can request a paper copy of the survey from the school.
It is important that we hear from as many parents as possible. Thank you for taking the time to provide this important feedback.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Grade 8 Parents Night.
Option Cards now need to be handed in by Wednesday February 6.
If you missed the night, please don't hesitate to call the school and request support.
Click here for the most current version of the courses offered at West Hill
If you have misplaced your grade 9 option card, please click here.
Literacy Preparation Course
A free after-school Literacy Preparation Course open to all students writing the EQAO Literacy Test on April 11, 2013 is being offered Tuesday and Thursdays from March 5 to April 4 (excluding March Break). Sign up in the Guidance Office. More information is posted on the Literacy site.
Snow Day Bus Cancellations
It's that time of the year again when we start to think about the potential for bus cancellations. As always, radio announcements will be on as early as possible and we will update this web site as soon as we hear the details. When busses are canceled a scrolling banner will appear at the top of this page providing all of the details. This is often the first site updated so you may wish to bookmark this page. When busses are canceled, you will hear one of the two following messages.
No rural buses are running into the Owen Sound Public and Catholic Schools. In-city school buses are operating to Catholic and Public Schools. All schools remain open for those who can get there safely. PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION AND DISCRETION IF THEY PLAN TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.
No school buses are running into Owen Sound Schools including all in-city school buses to Public and Catholic Schools. All schools remain open for those who can get there safely. PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION AND DISCRETION IF THEY PLAN TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.
If the School is Closed
This action is taken only in extreme emergencies. School closures will occur when it is considered too dangerous for students to attend school because of unsafe walking conditions. For Bluewater schools: The closure of schools is initiated and coordinated by the Principals of Hillcrest Elementary and Sydenham. The decision is made in consultation with Jean Stephenson (superintendent ).
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Welcome to West Hill Secondary School! We are in Owen Sound on Georgian Bay located in a beautiful area just below the West Rocks, which is part of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail runs right past our front doors. We are only thirty minutes from Sauble Beach and Blue Mountain and are at the base of the Bruce Peninsula. Owen Sound is an area known for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, boating and sledding to name a few. We are also a cultural centre and home to the Tom Thompson Art Gallery, Grey Roots Museum and the Roxy Theatre.
West Hill is the largest secondary school in Bluewater with an enrolment around 1200 students and over 100 staff. We have a great Link Crew program in our school which has senior students welcome our new grade 9’s to the school and mentor them for their entire first year of secondary school.
Our parents are always encouraged to be a part of our school. West Hill has a very active School Community Council who is a valued part of our school community. New parents are always welcome. Meetings are held bimonthly, on the second Wednesday of the month. Contact the school to find out the date of the next meeting.
We have a wonderful diversity in our programs at West Hill. We offer French Immersion, allowing students to take 1/3 of their secondary courses in French. We have a strong technology department offering courses in construction, manufacturing, automotive, design, communications and hospitality. The Arts are alive at West Hill! Our drama students put on great plays each year. Our music department is a thriving area which is award winning. Our art department offers a wide variety of courses including photography. We offer a very popular Specialist High Skills Major in Art and Culture where our students will specialize in fashion and hairstyling and aesthetics. This year marks our first graduates from this program.
West Hill offers a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities in the form of teams and clubs. We enter a team in almost every sport that participates in the Bluewater Athletic Association. Many of our teams and athletes are very successful winning league, CWOSSA and OFSAA championships.
West is best! We say this because we have such great students in our school and a hard working and caring staff who make being at West Hill such a pleasure.
The WHSS Code of Conduct is derived from the Ontario Code of Conduct, Bill 81 - the Safe Schools Act, 2000, and Bluewater District School Board Policies – Foundations For Learning, and Safe Schools. It has been developed in collaboration with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community.