The Guidance Department at SATEC is staffed by counsellors, and an administrative assistant. In addition we have access to the services of a social/mental health worker, a child and youth counsellor, a child and youth worker and a psychologist – all appointed by the school board.

Our mandate is to encourage the success of our students through close contact with staff, students, parents and community agencies. Counsellors are available to discuss personal, educational and career concerns with students and parents. Students may consult a counsellor regarding diploma requirements, course selections, career information, career destination, and information on financial assistance for post-secondary education.

Guidance guarantees confidentiality to all students on all matters. Exceptions to this policy are the disclosure of abuse or a situation where a student poses a risk to someone else or to themselves. In these instances, counsellors are legally bound to contact the appropriate agencies and/or mental health practitioners.

Making a Guidance Appointment

  • Students are assigned to counsellors according to last names.
  • The guidance secretary creates a weekly appointment schedule for students to meet with counsellors
  • When you visit the guidance office, check for your assigned counsellor on the appointment schedule, and enter your name in one of the time slots to reserve an appointment.
  • Indicate in your AGENDA the date and time of the appointment and the name of the counsellor.
  • The guidance secretary will validate the appointment by stamping your agenda book beside the appointment time you have reserved.
  • At the end of the appointment, the guidance counsellor will initial and record the time in your planner to confirm the completion of the meeting.
  • Parents are also invited to contact counsellors by telephone to arrange interviews. Parents who wish to see a counselor are asked to call the Guidance Department Secretary (416) 396-3365 Ext.20040 for an appointment.

Don’t Be Left Out!

Guidance counsellors send important information to students using the REMIND App. There are critical points in the school year, where students must adhere to deadlines (e.g. requests for timetable changes, course selection, summer school applications etc.). Guidance counsellors also receive time sensitive information about volunteer, employment, and scholarship opportunities that is disseminated to students via a REMIND notification. Students can have these important messages sent to their smartphone or computer. Go to to sign up and see visit the guidance office to obtain your graduating class code to join.

Guiding Students in their Post-Secondary Exploration

Every fall, post-secondary information fairs take place to assist students in their decisions about college and university. The Ontario University Fair is held annually at the Metro Convention Centre the last weekend of September and the Ontario College Fair takes place the second last week of October at the Enercare Centre.  These fairs provide students with an opportunity to meet with all the representatives from Ontario’s universities and colleges, gather information about the program offerings and make inquiries. The calendar in the student agenda book indicates the dates of these two events.

SATEC @ W.A. Porter C.I. also holds a post-secondary information fair at the end of November at the school. While most of the representatives are from post-secondary institutions in the GTA and southern Ontario region, there are some representatives from educational institutions further away.

Students are encouraged to participate in opportunities to explore post secondary destinations and visit the guidance office to review any of the available materials regarding careers, post-secondary institutions, apprenticeships, scholarships, summer and part-time job information, volunteer opportunities and community programs.

Community Involvement Hours

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement as part of the requirements for graduation.

Changes to Community Volunteer Approval Procedures – Effective June 1, 2019

After June 1st, students will have to book an appointment with their guidance counsellor before starting their community volunteer service to receive pre-approval for the volunteer experience they wish to do. This means that students must do their research and be prepared to present to their guidance counsellor the following information prior to volunteering:

  • With whom will you be volunteering? (the name of the organization and the name and number of the contact person)
  • What activities will you do as part of your volunteer experience?
  • Where will the community volunteering take place?
  • When will the volunteering taking place?
  • How have you connected with the organization? (through email, website, phone? Have you been confirmed as a possible volunteer?)

An appointment with the guidance counsellor following the completion of the community volunteer experience will no longer be required after June 1st.

The changes on June 1 apply to volunteering experiences that have not yet begun prior to this date. Students who completed their volunteer hours prior to June 1, 2019 will continue to secure their guidance counsellor’s approval following the completion of their community volunteer experience.

Students who complete more than 20 hours at one community volunteer experience, must continue to secure a letter from the organization- on the organization’s letterhead – attesting to the number of volunteer hours they completed.

Hard copies of the Student’s Guide to Community Involvement  and the Student Community Involvement Activity and Notification Completion Form  are also available in the Guidance office. Students should return the signed forms to the Guidance Office when they have completed their 40 hours.

More than 40 Hours?

Students are encouraged to volunteer beyond the 40 hours mandated by the provincial government for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirement. Volunteerism benefits local communities and is instrumental in building the soft skills in students that employers desire in their employees (i.e. problem-solving, initiative, leadership, teamwork, communication skills, attention to detail, etc.)

Effective June 30, 2019, guidance counsellors will no longer be entering any hours in excess of 40 into the student information system.  Students are advised to keep all their hours, and especially those beyond the required 40, in a personal portfolio in case the information is needed for a post-secondary supplemental application or a scholarship submission.

Guidance Courses

Course CodeCourse NameCourse Profile
GLS1O1Grade 9 Learning Strategies (Open)PDF
GLS4O1Grade 12 Learning Strategies (Open)PDF
Last Modified: May 14, 2019