General School Description
Huron Park Secondary School is located in the northeast part of Woodstock, Ontario. There are well-established neighbourhoods as well as new housing developments in the area. The grounds are spacious and attractive. The school itself is a composite school with a wide range of programs for students in the traditional academic subjects as well as the arts (music, drama and visual arts), technologies, computer studies, horticulture, special education (including ESL programs), and the social sciences.
Built in 1955, the school has excellent facilities for the Cafeteria, gymnasiums, drama room, technology shops, computer labs, etc. The school teams are known as the "Huron Park Huskies" and they have earned the school the reputation of "The Home of Champions." Huron Park S.S. is one of six high school's in Ontario with the Specialist High Skills Major of Horticulture and Landscaping.
Total school population includes approximately 240 Grade 9 students, 235 Grade 10 students, 210 Grade 11 students, and 300 Grade 12 students. There is a teaching staff of 65, plus 4.5 secretaries, 7 custodians and 2.0 Educational Assistants. The school is based on the semester system.
There is a full range of sports, male and female, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey, wrestling, badminton, curling, tennis, golf, cross-country running, cross-country skiing, rugby and track and field.
There are also dozens of clubs and committees in which students may be involved including Student Lead Initiatives (PRR), Athletic Council, Music Council, Bands and Orchestras, Drama Council, Variety Nights, School Musicals, Assemblies and Parades, Yearbook, Math and Science Contests, French Contests, Literary Contests, School Newspaper, Crimestoppers, Sewing Club, School Store, OSAID, Charity Campaigns, Fundraising Campaigns, Sound Crew, Art Club, Grad Committee, Prom Committee, Prefects, United Nations Club, Outdoor and Canoeing Club, School Reach, Pride Respect and Responsibility Committee, etc., etc., etc.
The Pride Respect and Responsibility Committee is a long-standing committee that works on school improvements. Come into the building and you will immediately see lockers painted with the school colours and Huskie "pawprints" throughout - one of the many initiatives of this committee.
There is a focus on excellence and on academics in the school as well. There are opportunities for students to receive extra help at lunch hour and after school. Our community is very generous in supporting the scholarships and awards which are presented each year at our Awards Assembly and Commencement.
Our horticulture classes do a great job of maintaining our greenhouse, and there are plant sales at various times throughout the year. With the Specialist High Skills Major program in Horticulture, students are able to learn valuable skills which are recognized within this industry.
The staff and students of Huron Park are very charity minded, and there are many different types of activities and collections to help the less fortunate people in our community and in the world (e.g., canned food drives, Shoeboxes for Hope, Toys for Kids, Coats for Kids, Raised money to build 2 school in Kenya, etc.).
The music, art and drama programs provide many special events and activities for students who enjoy performing and doing things "behind the scenes" such as variety nights, musicals, school shows, drama productions, musical performances, art shows, and many more.
Volunteers at the school
Community volunteers have been used in the past for coaching school teams, participating as parent representatives on school committees such as the Pride Respect and Responsibility Committee, tutoring, library assistance, mentoring for at-risk students, gardening, etc.
Interested individuals should contact the Principal and will require a police check.
Measures of Student Achievement and Success
At Thames Valley, we believe that assessment and evaluation of student achievement are integral parts of the learning process. Information gathered through assessment and evaluation helps teachers to determine students' strengths and weaknesses in their achievement of the curriculum expectations. It also serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students' needs and in assessing the overall effectiveness of programs and classroom practices. A variety of methods are used to gauge student progress including: teacher observation, classroom tests, projects and other examples of student work. For more information on our school's provincial assessment results, visit the Education Quality and Accountability Office.
School's Phone Number: 519-537-2347 School's Fax Number: 519-537- 5741
Principal: Mr. T. Doherty
Vice-Principal: Ms. M. Sullivan
Administrative Assistance: Mrs. M. Hagedorn
School Council Chair: Ms. S. Bousfield