Notre Dame Secondary School

Our School

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School is located in North Burlington between Guelph Line and Walkers Line (in Headon Forest area). 

With Mary as our role model, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School enshrines the tenet of human dignity in treating everyone as a reflection of God among us by encouraging respect and compassion to ensure all will reach their full potential.

Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good. It is the good of “all of us”, made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society. It is a good that is sought not for its own sake, but for the people who belong to the social community and who can only really and effectively pursue their good within it. To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity.

Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI.
The distinctive nature of the Catholic school is to promote, through its many activities and events, a culture that at its core promotes and pursues justice, peace and solidarity with others. Our goal at Notre Dame is to encourage students to become life-long learners formed in faith and equipped with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global community.

Notre Dame has a rich tradition of assisting and caring for others in our local community as well as our larger global community. Our clubs, teams, activities and events have raised awareness and money for a variety of causes and charities and we hope to continue to promote justice, peace and solidarity through our continued service to others in the overall promotion of the common good.

Faith formation is foundational to the culture of Notre Dame Catholic school community. Our Chaplaincy Team Leader works in cooperation with students, staff, parents and the parishes of St. Paul and St. Gabriel, to provide opportunities for spiritual growth as well as meet the faith needs of our school community. Liturgies, prayer gatherings, and the sacrament of reconciliation are planned and offered to all throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the life of our faith community.

Notre Dame opened its doors in 1990. Our current school enrolment is approximately 1075. Our uniform colours are green, white, navy and grey. Our athletic colours are green, navy and gold. The Notre Dame family consists of four elementary schools: Canadian Martyrs, St. Gabriel, St. Mark and St. Timothy.​ ​​​

Student Success Programs

Our Student Success Team supports all students on their academic journey. Individualized programming is available for students in grades nine and ten through the support of our school-based Student Success Teacher to ensure students meet with success.  
Credit Recovery and Credit Rescue program.
Extensive Co-Op opportunities for our students.

Program Highlights

Various Technology Programs

  • Computer Tech and Engineering
  • Construction
  • Hairstyling and Aesthetics
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Specialist High SKills Major Programs Offered

  • Business Leadership
  • Horticulture and Landscaping
  • Computer Engineering
  • Hospitality

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, which is part of the Ministry of Education’s Student Success initiative in the province of Ontario, has been introduced to offer province-wide specialized programs in specific ministry-identified sectors to support the success of all students. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in apprenticeship, college, university and work, valuing all 4 destinations.

The Componenets of the SHSM Program

  1. Bundled Credits
    Each SHSM program offers students a bundle of 9 - 11 credits, including 4 “major” credits in the identified sector in Grade 11 and Grade 12 and 2 or 3 supporting credits in English, Mathematics or Science that will be delivered in the context of that sector.
  2. Certifications and Awareness Training
    Sector-recognized certifications that are related to the major
  3. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLAs)
    Units of study that are embedded into the delivery of supporting credits such as English, Mathematics or Business courses and are sector-specific.
  4. Experiential Learning
    A minimum of two credits in Co-operative education in addition to job shadowing and twinning, work experience, and reach ahead activities such as field trips, tours, and career exploration.

Other Progams Offered

  • OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprentiship Program)
  • Hairstyling and Aesthetics
  • Several grade 12 Leadership courses.
  • Business Leadership Conference.

Our Literacy rates are consistently at or above Board and Provincial averages.


Co-Curricular Activities / Clubs / Teams

  • Art Club
  • Arts Nights
  • Book Club (Library)
  • Breakfast Club
  • Business Club
  • By Your SIDE
  • Spring Carnival
  • Choir   
  • Christmas Assembly
  • Christmas Semi-Formal
  • Concert Band
  • Culture of Life Club
  • Development & Peace
  • D.R.E.A.M.S.
  • Environmental Club
  • Grade 9 Religious Retreats
  • Grade 10 Religious Retreats
  • H.E.A.T. (Healthy Eating Active Team)
  • Jazz Band
  • KIVA
  • Math Contests
  • ND Leads
  • New Mentality Team
  • Peace Train
  • Peer Tutors
  • Prefects
  • Robotic Club
  • Safe School Action Team
  • School Newspaper
  • School Play
  • School Reach Teams
  • School Store
  • Social Justice Team
  • Secondary Schools' United Nations Symposium
  • Student Athletic Association
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook Team

Athletic Teams

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Curling
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Fund Raising Events

  • Angel Tree (Christmas Season)
  • Breast Cancer ResearchCoffee Houses
  • Easter Food Drive
  • InternationalLocal“Movember” Prostate Cancer
  • esearchThanksgiving Food Drive
  • UNICEF- Spread the Net
  • United Way

Before and After School Programs

​In addition to participate in all our co-curricular activities/clubs/teams, students have many opportunities to supplement their learning with attending extra-help session in various subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and Canadian and World Studies. 

After school Literacy and Numeracy classes for student who need further guidance and skill development.

Participating in these outside class programs students have the opportunity to reach their full potential physically, socially and spiritually.

Curriculum Focus

​Our focus is on three main pillars, Academic, Catholicity, and Co-Curricular Activities.  Our aim is to make sure that each individual staff or student feels safe and welcome.  Our goals are to make sure that our students become faith centred individuals who are effective communicators, reflective thinkers and life long learners.

Environmental Focus

Our Enviromental Club with the collaboration of our school community organize a recycling and compost program. ​

Parent Community Involvement

​The Notre Dame Catholic School Council includes parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, community and parish representatives, students and school administrators.  Our council is very active and members have contributed on teams such as our Safe School Action team, Healthy Food and Beverage team and participated in the Home, Parish and School Partnership days.  Our Catholic School  Council meetings provides and opportunity to share information and thoughts concerning our school community. 

Community Use of the School

​Many community organizations use our facilities by registering through our board facility department such as red cross blood donnor clinics.

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Notre Dame Secondary School

Notre Dame Secondary School

Location map2333 Headon Forest Drive
Burlington, Ontario, L7M 3X6
Phone: 905-335-1544 Fax:905-335-0735
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St.Gabriel, St. Paul the Apostle


Cairine MacDonald

Vice Principal

Joanne DeSantis

Vice Principal

Norman Roberts


Lorrie Naar

Bell Times

8:20 am
8:25 am
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
8:20 am
8:25 am
2:30 pm



School Council Members

  • Barretto, Jenny
  • Bell, Kim
  • Booth, Sherry
  • Cleveland, Blair
  • Craig, Andree
  • Culliton, Isobel
  • Deras, Yosselin
  • Duijvestein, Josh (chair)
  • Gora, Dianne
  • Heaton, Elise
  • Honan, Tanya
  • Kerrigan, Dianne
  • Korol, Susan
  • Lachapelle, Wayne
  • Maclachlan, Celeste
  • McLaughlin, Andrea
  • Medland, Tracey
  • Noseworthy, Gary
  • Roberts, Jackie
  • Smith, Adam

Director of Education

Paula Dawson


​Jane Michael


Approximately 1,010 students

Secondary School

Our Vision

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, providing exceptional education, while nurturing the call to love and to serve as a people of faith, living out God's plan.

Our Mission

​The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with home and Church, is dedicated to providing excellence in Catholic education by developing Christ-centred individuals enabled to transform society.

Our Governing Values

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we value:

Our Catholic Faith
and aspire to be models of Christ through our actions of love, forgiveness, compassion, and acceptance.

The Whole Child
and create conditions that support the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of all students so that they may fulfill their God-given potential.

Excellence in Learning
and provide opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of all learners in a supportive, creative and innovative learning environment.

Relationships and Partnerships
and recognize that our success is reflective of the healthy and vibrant partnership of staff, parents, pastors, and members of our broader community.

The Importance of Contributing to Our Communities
and respect diversity, celebrate multiculturalism, honour individual rights, and embrace the social values of collective responsibility and the common good.