Summer School – Transition/Literacy (Gr. 8s)

Summer School Program for Transition / Literacy

Grade 8 students can attend a non-credit bearing transition / literacy program at their secondary school before starting Grade 9 in September. There is no cost associated with attending this program. Attendance is mandatory for all days of the program. Registration opens January 13, 2020 and will close August 3, 2020.  

*Times/Locations Subject to Change




BENEFITS of the Program

  • Literacy/Numeracy strategies
  • Organization skills
  • Study skills and concepts
  • Learning strategies
  • Time management methods
  • Understanding academic expectations
  • Meeting classmates & making new friends
  • Meeting school admistrators, peer leaders and school personnel
  • Guided tour of the school, including locker & classroom locations
  • Timetable and schedule review
  • Extracurricular opportunities overview
  • Uniforms guidelines and expectations
  • Busing loading / unloading information
  • Familiarization with a new school community and environment

After completing this transition / literacy program, students will arrive for their first day of school, armed with valuable knowledge, strategies and skills to tackle their courses and understanding the academic expectations at a secondary school level. They will recognize a few familiar faces, and already be acquainted with their new school community and evironment, including where their classes, lockers, etc. This provides students with an advantage and level of comfort they wouldn’t otherwise have, and they are able to relax and enjoy the start of their new academic adventure!


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Dates & Attendance

  • SJC, ACS and HT – August 25, 26 & 27 2020 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3 days) – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

  • Every day attendance and participation by all students is mandatory and will promote maximum benefit from the planned activities. 

  • Please note: A fire drill may be included in the agenda of activities.

Locations, Hours and Transportation

  • Students must arrive at 8:45 am each day in order to sign in. Students will be required to sign in will be daily.

  • The front entrance of the school will be used on all program days.  Teachers will greet students in the main foyer.

  • Transportation to and from the program is NOT provided and is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s).


  • Holy Trinity Catholic School Bus Schedule – TBD
  • Assumption College School / St. John’s College Bus Schedule – TBD

Uniforms / Clothing

  • School uniform is not required. Comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the purposes of physical activity should be worn.  Running shoes are recommended.

Refreshments, Snacks, Lunch

  • Students should bring a snack/drink to consume every day. Water bottles can be brought and refilled as required.

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones will stay stored in a backpack during the organized activities and can be accessed at break.

Grade 9 Registration Documentation and Timetables

  • All Grade 9 school registration forms and documentation are required by a student’s secondary school, and must be handed in to the student’s secondary school main office prior to beginning the Ready, Set, Go! program.

  • This includes Student Information Verification, Collection & Use of Personal Information, Student Information & Communication Technology Use Agreement, Medical Alert AND any outstanding registration fees. 

  • Submission of grade 9 registration forms & documentation to a student’s secondary school is imperative in order to fully participate in the Ready, Set, Go program.

  • Each school has different processes and procedures, but will be making timetables and lock purchases available in advance.  Please call the secondary school main offices for more information.

Combination Locks for Lockers and Timetables

  • Use of combination locks, timetables and site orientation (school layout etc.) will be reviewed as part of the planned activities of this program.

  • Locks must be purchased directly from the secondary schools, and not brought from home, as the locks are also keyed for emergency access.  

  • Students should bring the lock they purchased through their secondary school to the RSG! program, however, please note that each secondary school has different procedures and times for when locks are available for purchase.

  • If a student has not already purchased a combination lock through their secondary school prior to the start of Ready, Set, Go! there will be an opportunity to do so on the first day of the RSG! program.  Students should bring money with them on the first day of RSG! if they wish to purchase a lock.

  • Please note each Secondary School charges a locker combination lock fee (cash only):  $9 at Holy Trinity, $10 (new) and $5 (used) at St. John’s College and $10 (new) or $5 (used) at Assumption College School.

Withdrawal from the Ready, Set, Go! Program

    • If circumstances change and a student is no longer able to/does not wish to participate in Ready, Set, Go! this August, please contact the Continuing Education Secretary at hbouckhuyt@bhncdsb.caprior to August 3, 2020.  The student’s name will be removed from the Ready, Set, Go! registration list.

    • Please note: Parental consent is required for removal from a course for all students under the age of 18, so a parent/guardian must be the one who makes the contact.

      For more information about Reach Ahead during the school year, please contact the Student Success Teacher at your Secondary School:


      257 Shellard Lane
      Brantford, ON N3T 5L5

      NITA APOSTOLI-SURETTE 519-751–2030 x232


      128 Evergreen Hill Road
      Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5

      SHANNA HANSON 519–429–3600 x105


      80 Paris Road
      Brantford, ON N3R 1H9

      For more information about Summer School programs.

      Please contact the Continuing Education offices at:

      Main Office 519-753-0552



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