Join Us – School Council Meeting – Jan 20th, 2021

Our next School Council meeting is scheduled to be held virtually on Wednesday, Jan 20th @ 7pm.

Parents with students in both the in-person and the distance learning programs are welcome to attend.

If you already completed the PHS School Council form, you will be sent a meeting invitation prior to the meeting. If you have not yet completed the form but would like to attend, please complete this form to indicate your interest.

All parents are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Future Grade Nines: What You Need to Know

Every year, thousands of students across the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) make the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9, entering the next stage of their learning journey. From choosing courses to understanding graduation requirements, there is a lot involved in making this next step.

To help you with this transition, we’ve collected all the relevant information in one location. Click the button below to find out what you need to know.

I have some questions

If you still have questions after reading through the page linked above, please reach out to the PHS guidance department for more information.

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Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Event – January 19

As part of our ongoing Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, we are inviting parents and caregivers to attend a webinar on January 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. In partnership with Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program from St. Mary’s Hospital, the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) as well as the Waterloo Region Police Service, this event marks […]

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency

We want to provide WRDSB families with further information regarding the declaration of a second provincial emergency and the most recent direction from the Ministry of Education. By January 20, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with local public health units, which school boards will resume […]

Information for Grade 8 students outside of the WRDSB

We welcome you to PHS for September 2021!  During the pandemic it is easy to feel ‘out of the loop’ but we want you to know that you can email us anytime with your questions at  We will continue to update our “Future Grade Nines” button found on the front page of our website […]

Welcome to Quadmester 3 and 4 in the SDLP

Dear Quadmester 3 and 4 Secondary Distance Learning Program (SDLP) Students, For our new distance learning students; welcome to the program! We can’t wait to have you connected to your quadmester 3 teachers soon. For our returning students, we are looking forward to working with you again in our secondary distance learning classrooms in quadmesters […]

Update for Families of Special Education Students in Specific Secondary and Elementary Congregated Classes

Further to our announcement yesterday regarding the extension of remote learning, we wanted to provide more information to students and families in our Secondary and Elementary Congregated Classes. Today, we received an update from the Ministry of Education in which they have mandated that school boards will provide in-person learning opportunities for their most complex […]

Secondary School Quadmesters 3 and 4 Calendar and Daily Schedule

We would like to update secondary school students and families on the details of Quadmesters 3 and 4. About Quadmestering In the adaptive/hybrid model, the traditional semester is split into two Quadmesters, with two credits being offered in each Quadmester. From there, students will be divided into two cohorts that will attend in-person learning for […]

Province Announces Extension of Remote Learning

Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that school closures and distance learning will continue for elementary schools through Friday, January 22 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. No changes for secondary students have been announced.  All elementary and secondary students are now scheduled to return to in-person learning on […]

Responding to Events in the US at Capitol Hill: Resources for Families and Students

All of us are disturbed by the events that unfolded in Washington, D.C. yesterday with many distressing images that raise legitimate questions about democracy, the rule of law, white privilege, and anti-Black racism. Educators have been provided with resources to engage students in these conversations, in an age appropriate manner. Staff are available to provide […]

Deadline to Request a Mode of Learning Change for Quadmester 3 and 4 is Jan 6th, 2021

We are asking families of secondary students who want to change their child’s mode of learning (in-person to distance learning or vice versa), to do so by Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Only those who wish to change the mode of learning should fill out this form.

If you complete this form and then change your mind between now and January 6, 2021, please complete the form again. We will use your last response as the final decision.

Please note that this change will be for the remainder of the school year, both Quadmesters 3 and 4.

Secondary students will transition to their new learning environment, in-person or distance learning, at the start of Quadmester 3 on February 4. In the meantime, we encourage our families to have their child continue to attend their in-person or distance learning program.

If you have any questions about the different modes of learning, please contact your school on December 16 or 17, 2020 or January 4 to 5, 2021. Schools will be closed during the winter break.

Questions about the survey should be directed to our Research Department at

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