Welcome to Guidance at Notre Dame!

We look forward to helping you navigate your years at ND.

 Office Hours

Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 3:00 pm

Please Contact Us

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Di Cesare Administrative Assistant  General Info & OSR Requests 52024
Darren Hodkinson Counsellor N - Z 52020
Wendy Manuel Counsellor H - M 52023
Lori Nájera Curriculum Chair A - G 52021
Tanya Ashman Co-op Teacher   52019
Catherine Wilson Co-op Teacher   52017
Mike Winters Co-op Teacher   52019
Felicia Marshall  Intermediate Guidance Counsellor ND Elementary Associate Schools  

We will respond to calls and messages as quickly as possible throughout the school day.
Due to the increased volume of calls and messages, response time may be impacted.
We appreciate your patience.



Students can drop into Guidance on their lunch or send their Counsellor an Edsby message with their questions.  Questions will be answered or an appointment can be arranged at the Counsellor's earliest convenience.

How Can We Help You?

The Guidance Department provides a friendly, non-judgmental and confidential environment to support students in a variety of ways:

  • Academic Counselling
    • course selection
    • extra help
    • problems with courses and other academic issues
  • Career Counselling
    • career awareness
    • prerequisite checks and post-secondary pathways planning
    • scholarship support
  • Personal Counselling
    • decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, coping with stress, and time management
    • personal and crisis counselling
    • referral to student services (child/youth counselling or social work) and community resources


Grade 8 Parent Information

Visit us during our Parent Night on January 11, 2024 at 6:30 pm:

Presentation Slides
Meet & Greet Map
Parent Handout

Additional resources for course selection are available on our Course Selection page.


Register for School

We welcome students of all faiths at Notre Dame CSS.

Students who have never been registered with the Durham Catholic District School Board must create an account and complete an online student application.  Note that Applications for September 2024 admission will be available through the online student application system commencing January/February 2024.

Once the online application is complete, students must

  • download and print the pre-admission package,
  • complete and submit the pre-admission package to our Guidance Office, with all required documentation.

Students returning to the Durham Catholic District School Board and students who do not fall within the school's boundary are asked to contact our Guidance Office at 905-686-4300 ext 52024.

Students enrolling in the French Immersion Program are asked to contact our Guidance Office to obtain an enrollment package.

Students enrolled at one of Notre Dame's associate Schools are not required to complete this process as they will automatically be transferred in February of their grade 8 year.  These schools include St. Andre Bessette CS, St. Catherine of Siena CS, St. James CS, St. Josephine Bakhita CS, St. Jude CS, St. Patrick CS, and St. Teresa of Calcutta CS.