STUDENT SERVICES AT McNAIR
The goal of student services at McNair is to assist students to be successful in all aspects of their schooling. As a result of successful and meaningful experiences in school, we believe that students will be better prepared to meet challenges after graduation.
Student services include the following: Counseling, the Career Resource Advisor, the Resource Department, the Library, the school nurse, and the Cafeteria food services.
1. Incoming Grade 8 Students
Program planning for Grade 8 students begins in the spring of a student's Grade 7 year. At this time the Grade 7 classes visit McNair for a morning. They are given information on many aspects of the school and their Grade 8 program. They tour the school, participate in some group activities and have lunch. In addition, counselors and administrators hold an information evening for parents. We encourage all parents to attend and participate actively in their son/daughter's program planning.
2. Students at McNair
Program planning for students who are already at McNair is completed at the school in the spring each year. Sessions focus on informing students of the graduation requirements and providing them with information about post-secondary opportunities and entrance requirements. This allows students to begin thinking about life after secondary school. Students must select courses that they will be happy with as course changes will be very difficult to make after the timetable has been built.
During late August, all registered students receive a package of materials necessary for school start-up on September 3.
If there are any problems with the courses or if students need some help in planning timetables, counselors are available at the school during the week before school opens Aug. 26 - 30. Please call the school to make an Appointment.
For purposes of checking records and interviewing, students are assigned to
specific counselors. Students are welcome to work with any counselor regarding personal concerns.
Counselors will check all students’ records as they progress towards graduation and advise individuals of any problems that might hinder graduation at the expected time. The alphabetic breakdown of students assigned for each counselor is:
A - K Mr. J. Daniel L - Z Ms. C. Bagnall
Counselors provide support in the follow areas:
- crisis counseling involving home or school problems.
- resolving problems arising from difficulties related to class and/or school routines and policies
- inter-community referrals to qualified specialists who may offer additional assistance.
- course planning leading to graduation, post-secondary education, and employment.
- arranging assistance for students experiencing academic difficulties.
- providing scholarship information and applications.
- referring students to prospective employers who have contacted the school.
- exploring career alternatives and checking for prerequisite courses and requirements for various occupations
Students may make appointments with the counselors during school hours, before or after school, and at lunch. Parents are also welcome to phone counselors if they have any questions or concerns or to make an appointment
Career Information Events
Student Advisors from various colleges and universities will meet to inform parents and students about their programs, financial aid, activities and admission requirements. Please take note of the following dates:
Time: Lunchbreak, 12:50-1:30 p.m.
- October 14, Wednesday - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- October 22, Thursday - Emily Carr University of Arts & Design
- November 3, Tuesday - Western University
- November 9, Monday - University of Calgary
- November 20, Monday - Simon Fraser University
McNair Secondary School will host the Post Secondary Institutions of BC (PSI BC) Event on November 20, Friday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Fishbowl/Cafeteria area. Admission Advisers from PSI BC member institutions will be coming to meet parents and students. They will answer queries regarding their programs, admission requirements, scholarships, residence, clubs, etc.