About our Regional Sports Program
St. Martin Catholic Secondary School Regional Sports Program, is an athletic and leadership focused learning program that promotes healthy lifestyles and lifelong skills to assist our students to excel in their future careers. Our program is open to all students entering grade nine from any region. Our students are exposed to a variety of opportunities to increase their knowledge of sport specific skills and build their leadership skills. Students do not have to be elite athletes to join the program. The program is developed for students who have a passion for sports.
Key features of our program:
- All year Physical and Health Education courses in grade nine and ten. Students will be able to choose between four different courses in each grade. Students will transition into our Sports SHSM in grade 11
- Required involvement in Leadership opportunities which are built into the program courses.
- Students have the opportunity to participate in unique events afforded to our Regional Sports students
- Participate in career forums and hear from guest speakers
- Attend sporting events and hear from professionals to better assist in choosing a career path
- Participate in an overnight camping trip to foster a team building atmosphere. (Fall grade 9, Spring grade 10)
Key dates to remember:
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:30-8:30 St. Martin Open House and Regional Sports Info Night
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – Applications due to St. Martin Secondary School
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – First Round of Offers. Parents will be contacted by phone and/or email
Thursday, January 23, 2020 – Last day to confirm acceptance via payment of Program fee
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Second Round of Offers is available. Parents will be contacted by phone and/or email
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Last day to confirm acceptance via payment of Program fee for second round offers
Upcoming feeder school visits
Representatives from our Regional Sports Program will visit Dufferin-Peel feeder schools throughout October to promote the program and answer any questions. This has always been a great way to gauge interest for our program, and for students to get their first indication of the program and what it entails.
Please come and see the school and the Regional Sports Program first hand at our School Open House. See here for poster.
Details are as follows:
- Wednesday, November 6th
- Regional Sports Presentation 7:30-8:00 in the cafeteria
Frequently Asked Questions About our Regional Sports Program
Who can apply?
Anyone that has a passion for sport, fitness, and recreation is encouraged to apply! This can take many forms:
- sports journalists,
- sports photographers,
- sports physicians,
- event planners/coordinators,
- and trainers are all examples of pathways to explore within the Regional Sports Program.
Do I need to be an elite athlete?
Elite athletes are always welcome but are not the main focus of our program.
Do you have a High Performer’s Program?
We do not have an official High Performer’s Program, but we do work with students’ unique and specific training demands. Contact the guidance department for more information.
Do I need to be Catholic to attend St. Martin?
Dufferin-Peel is an open access school board, and we welcome all students of all faith backgrounds.
What happens to my elective credits?
You are required to take two physical education credits each year for grade 9 and 10. This means that by graduation four of your thirty required credits for an OSSD will be Regional Sports Credits. Our Regional Sports students transition into our highly successful Sports SHSM program for grades 11 and 12. You will still have room for electives as you move through your high school career as a student.
Do you provide transportation?
No, we do not. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board does not provide bus transportation to any regional program.
Where do extracurricular activities fit?
As a Regional Sports Program student you are expected to be involved in promoting fitness, recreation, and sport in the school and in the community. As a Regional Sports Program student, you need to fulfill volunteer hours within the program in addition to the 40 hours required for you to graduate from high school.
Why are there program fees?
Program fees are in place to subsidize curricular content. Field trips, certifications, guest speakers, transportation, and apparel are all included in program fees. There is an annual $200 program fee in order to participate in this program. There is no application fee.
What happens if I leave the program?
If you decide to leave the program, you will be re-directed to your home school at the conclusion of the semester/year.