1. Student Services:
A. Education and Career Planning: Your counsellor can help you in developing plans to meet personal, educational and career goals. Also, every grade 10 student will take a half-credit course in Career Education as part of his/her compulsory credits for graduation.
B. Personal Counselling: Your counsellor can assist in developing your ability to communicate, solve problems, to make decisions and to relate to others.
C. Timetable Changes: It is our hope that students will make wise choices based on their academic and career goals. The school is timetabled based on the students' original requests and as a result classes may be filled or cancelled depending upon the subject enrollment. The priority for change will be:
1. students who have failed a prerequisite for a course which is in their timetable;
2. students needing a course to meet graduation requirements for their diploma;
3. students who have made a career/academic change in their plans;
All changes must be made through the guidance counsellors and new courses for any semester can be added only during the first two weeks of class.
D. Dropping Courses: To drop a course, a form must be obtained from your counsellor, filled in and signed by the student, subject teacher, counsellor and parent if the student is under 18 years of age. When you select a course, you are expected to complete it.
2. Student Success Teacher: The Ministry of Education requires each secondary school to have a Student Success Teacher who knows and tracks the progress of students at risk of not graduating; who supports school-wide efforts to improve outcomes for students struggling with the secondary curriculum; who provides direct support/instruction to these students in order to improve student achievement, retention, and transitions; and who works with parents and the community to support student success.
3. Health Services: A public health nurse is available once a week to discuss health concerns with students and/or parents. For an appointment with the nurse, check with the Guidance secretary or your Guidance counsellor.
4. Attendance Counsellor: Our family of schools share an Attendance Counsellor whose office is housed in our school. Referrals are made by Guidance and Administration. The counsellor is available for parents and staff concerns regarding student attendance.
5. School Psychologist: Banting's family of schools shares a school psychologist whose services are accessed by school administration, guidance counsellors, resource teachers or the School Team for students whose social/emotional needs require expert assistance.
6. Community Resources: There are many businesses in our community which take students for cooperative and work internship experiences. Banting is also involved with the Northwest Community Centre and the Limberlost Chaplaincy and Outreach Programs. The WAYS (Western Area Youth Services) and the Regional Mental Health Care London are also agencies which support our students. For more information, please contact guidance.
7. Library Resource Centre: The Banting Library offers students and staff facilities for quiet research, computer access and individual study from 8:00 am to 2:50 pm most days. You will find novels, non-fiction, paperbacks and French Immersion materials. Books may be signed out for a three week loan period, and periodicals for one night.
8. Computer Labs: There are computer labs available for student use outside of class time. These labs are situated in the resource centre and in the business department. Please contact these areas for the specific times when the labs are available. Use of computers in the school must follow the guidelines for appropriate use as established by the Board. Computers in Guidance are available for students to access for career searching, post-secondary information and scholarship information.
9. Co-curricular Athletics and Co-curricular Activities (e.g. Students' Council, school show, clubs, music, etc.): Any student who is a registered full time student in a school may be granted the privilege of taking part in any activities offered by the school, subject to conditions.
The Thames Valley Region Athletic Association (TVRAA) will follow the OFSAA bylaws for academic eligibility. "For the first four years of high school, in a traditional school, a student must be registered in a minimum of six full day school credit courses; in a semestered school, a student must be registered in a minimum of three full day school credit courses in the semester in which he/she participates. After the fourth year of high school, a student must be taking four non-semestered full day school credit courses over the school year or two full day school credit courses per semester."
10. Fees - Students will need $45.00 for a student fee that will entitle them to all of the following:
* a personalized Student Identification Card which will enable students to participate in any of the various co-curricular activities sponsored by the Students' Council, and the Student Athletic Association (e.g. school dances) and to take out material from the library
* a Bronco Planner which is a handbook listing all of the significant events of the school year together with a summary of school policies and procedures.
* a Bronco Yearbook which will provide students with a visual memento of the highlights of the school year.
Families with two or more students at Banting have the option of either purchasing the package deal above for each student (at $45.00 each), or acquiring just one yearbook per family, in which case the following fee structure will apply: student #1 would pay $45.00; each brother/sister in the family would pay $20.00 each.