Programs and Courses
We offer specialized and focused programs in the following areas:
- Guidance and Counselling
- Family Life Education
- Resource Program
Should you have any questions about these programs, and your child(ren)'s use of them, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Guidance and Counseling
The Guidance and Counseling Program is developmental, theory-guided, and structured in its orientation. It takes the form of whole class guidance, group guidance, group counseling, and individual counseling. The major thrust is preventative in nature and primarily concerned with meeting the normal developmental needs of all students. The program includes educational, career and personal-social guidance and counseling.The counsellor's main function is to develop in the child a greater maturity in self-understanding, interpersonal relationships and communication, problem-solving and decision-making, understanding human development, social awareness, and acceptance of responsibility. Direct service is provided to children with special needs related to their social and emotional growth. Parents and teachers work with the counsellor to create a
positive environment for the child.
The Guidance and Counselling programs include: orientation, problem-solving, student helper, personal safety, Family Life, Sexual Abuse Prevention, self-esteem, and conflict management.
Family Life Education
Family Life Education is a developmental program which includes the teaching of facts as well as skills and encourages the development of attitudes conducive to self-understanding, healthy interpersonal relationships and a successful family life.
- Different aspects of the program are introduced in grades K, 2, 4, and 5.
- In grades Kindergarten, two and four, the main topic is Sexual Abuse Prevention. In Kindergarten, the program is entitled "Better Safe Than Sorry" and in grades 2 and 4, it is "Feeling Yes, Feeling No".
- In grade Five, four main topics are explored:
- The importance of families
- Relationships and responsibilities
- Promoting positive life style practices
- Human growth and development
A parent orientation meeting will be held each year providing parents with more detailed information about these programs.
The Resource Program aims at facilitating and supporting programming for children with exceptional needs within the mainstream of education.The prime purpose of the resource teacher is to enable children with learning disabilities to receive assistance in terms of revised teaching methodology and classroom arrangement so that they may progress adequately personally, socially, and educationally, without being removed from the mainstream of the education system. The resource teacher's main function is to determine the needs of children perceived by the classroom teacher as having significant learning problems. The resource teacher is seen as a consultant and helper who assists the classroom teacher in programming appropriately for children who encounter academic problems.
The Heritage School Library has approximately nine thousand items including books and magazines. There are a number of computers available in the library for student use in searching for books or other information electronically. Students are allowed to take books out once a cycle and return their books before additional books are issued.
The Library Technician is at the school Day 2, 4 and 6 each 6 day cycle. Library classes are scheduled, and students are taught library skills and can borrow from the wide variety of books in the library.