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1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3B 7Z5| Phone: 604-941-5401| Contact Us
Terry Fox Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Counselling

​​​​Counselling Staff:

Students are assigned to counsellors on an alphabetical by last name basis. Students wishing to see a counsellor should go directly to the counsellor’s office. If a parent has any questions concerning the program, progress, or attendance of a student, please contact a counsellor at 604-941-5401.

GENERAL SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Help in program and course selection.
  • Help in solving academic difficulties and problems, in arranging for tutorial assistance, and in improving study skills.
  • Information about the school and its functioning - orientation.
  • Information on post-secondary training and registration (universities, regional colleges, vocational schools, technology institutes, apprenticeship programs, etc.), and on transition to such training.
  • Information on vocational and career planning, family life, intellectual skills (learning styles, learning disabilities, study skills), relationships, child/sexual abuse, substance abuse, mental well being and healthy living.
  • Discussion of personal problems and assisting students in making their own personal decisions.
  • Support in crisis situations and referral to community agencies (mental health, counselling, public health, social services, etc.).
  • Career Resource Centre.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Seeing a Counsellor

  • Counsellors are located in the Counselling Office on the main floor. For academic counselling, students are asked to see their alpha counsellor (by last name). Students are also free to see the counsellor of their own choice for personal counselling. Students are welcome to make appointments to see counsellors or to drop in to see counsellors before school, at break, during lunch, after school, or (with class teacher permission only) during class time.

Youth Worker

  • Ms. Maarit Kell, our Youth Worker is available in the Counselling Office on the main floor. Students are welcome to make appointments or to drop in to see Maarit before school, at break, during lunch, after school, or (with class teacher permission only) during class time. Programs such as POSSE and PA are supported by Maarit and our District Aboriginal Youth Worker, Ms. Lori Halcro. Students must make appointments to see Lori. She is available on Tuesdays at Fox.

Career Resource Facilitator

  • Ms. Moorhouse, the Career Resource Facilitator is available in the Career Centre located in the Counselling area. She is at the school Tuesday and Thursday from 8am to 3:45 pm.  She is available to assist students with career planning, post secondary education, personality assessments, job and volunteer opportunties, cover letters/resumes, and applying for scholarships.

Course Changes

Students may only request schedule changes if there is an error in their schedule. Changes may be requested by seeing your alpha counsellor. All courses changes must be approved by the administration and completed by the end of the first week of classes each semester.  No course may be dropped after Dec 2 / April 2 without being counted as a Withdraw / Fail on your record (some exceptions may apply with Admin approval).

  • Requests to ADD an extra course must be applied for and approved by Admin via your alpha counsellor.
  • After semester start, course DROPS must be approved by your alpha  counsellor and administrator using a course drop form. In general course drops will not be approved unless there is a sound educational reason to do so. If a student does not formally drop a course, but stops attending, he/she will receive a Withdraw / Fail mark at semester end for the course.
  • Requests to upgrade courses or repeat a failed course in the next semester must be applied for via your alpha counsellor and approved by Admin - very few spaces are available for this request, in most cases you must repeat the course the following year or attend summer school to gain credit.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Loans

There is a great amount of financial help available for those planning on going on to post secondary education if you search it out and apply for it. See Ms.Ough and /or Ms. Moorhouse in the Counselling office for information and support regarding applications and deadlines for scholarships. 

Learning Support

Support is available for students who are experiencing difficulty with courses. Students who have been found to have a learning disability will receive support via the Learning Centre (room 221) and their assigned case managers. Other students may seek support via their teachers and Peer Tutors/ Community tutors who can be accessed via counsellors. Students are encouraged to establish study groups within their classes to support their learning.

Online Courses

Online Learning Overview

This district program provides students with the opportunity to take courses in a flexible online environment. While most courses follow a common framework, each course is unique and is designed in a way that suits the course subject, the teacher's personal style and student's preferences. The common elements of online courses that students are expected to use regularly are email, discussion boards, web pages and face-to-face meetings. Contact your counsellor if you are interested.

Self-Paced Online Learning
Some self-paced coursework is available for students that choose to learn independently. This type of learning is not suitable for all students. This option requires advanced approval of a counsellor and the administration.

See your counsellor for details.

Apprenticeship Info

Pre-apprenticeship training info and access to apprenticeships can be accessed via Ms. Moorhouse in the Career Centre. If you qualify, the apprenticeship program is an excellent way to jump start your career and work and earn while you are in school.

Work Experience

All students are required by the Ministry of Education to complete work experience hours in order to graduate. Work experience hours may be from a paid job or from accumulated volunteer hours.  To have your hours signed off you must have the appropriate form filled out and signed by your employer / volunteer agency. See Ms. D'Alfonso (Grad Transition Program coordinator). Some students will complete this expectation by participating in a  Work Experience course at Terry Fox wherein work experience hours is an integral part of the program. A list of suggested volunteer agencies can be accessed below:

Terry Fox Secondary School

1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam British Columbia
Canada V3B 7Z5
604-941-5401 604-937-8059 terryfox@sd43.bc.ca
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
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