Urgent Message(s)

Message in Response to Ottawa Events

Thursday, October 23 @ 8:30 am

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The tragic events that unfolded in Ottawa yesterday have left many of us at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board shaken and disturbed. As a country, we mourn the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton and a graduate from Sherwood Secondary School, who died tragically in Ottawa.

Cpl. Cirillo was a member of the Hamilton Argylls reserve unit. To honour his memory, all HWDSB schools will lower flags to half-mast today, Oct 23. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Cpl. Cirillo.

We know that Canada is a safe place to live, and that events like this are almost unheard of. Some students may have strong feelings in the wake of yesterday’s events. Please know that our social work team is here for support. In case families find it useful, please find some points below in case you need to support a child:

  • Reassure children concerned about being in danger themselves that they are safe and will be taken care of by adults.
  • Limit media consumption because tragic images can be overwhelming. Young students may not distinguish between crises on TV and their own lives; monitor media and social media use by older students, and be available to discuss if they seem concerned.
  • Stick to family routines, which can help children feel more secure.
  • Do not dwell on a tragedy if your child is not dwelling on it. Answer questions the best you can, but do not have adult conversations in front of children. Watch younger, less verbal children for changes in behaviour.
  • Address your own feelings by talking with friends, family and community supporters. Being open about your emotions will help you support your children.

If your child needs support, please contact your principal or vice-principal so that staff can step in. Together, we can provide students with the help they need.


John Malloy
Director of Education
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Welcome To Sherwood Secondary School

Welcome to Sherwood Secondary, a composite high school with a current enrolment of about 1050 students. The “Home of the Saints” opened in 1967 and we proudly offer a wide variety of exciting and rewarding programs both in and out of the classroom to prepare our students for their futures.

Sherwood students have access to academic, technical, business, athletic, and creative arts programming at the Workplace, Open, College and University levels. We also offer courses that can lead to apprenticeship opportunities, and Special Education Programs.  Highlights of our offerings include:

  • Specialist High Skills Major Health & Wellness Program (Personal Health & Fitness and Health Care)
  • Technology, including Construction (Electrical) &  Transportation 2 credit course packages and Hairstyling & Aesthetics
  • OYAP
  • Athletic Focus courses including  Field Games, Court Games, Ice Games & Racquet sports
  • Mohawk Dual Credit program
  • Arts, including Ceramics & Dance
  • Graduated Support program developing greater independence and life skills for Special Needs students

Our extra- and co-curricular activities are varied and excellent. Not only do we have many sports teams for female & male athletes, we provide opportunities in theatre arts, instrumental and vocal music, numerous clubs and committees, and many student leadership experiences. We also benefit from the strong support of our parents, guardians and community through our vibrant School Council. With this support and the dedication of our talented school staff, we strive to have our students fulfil the mission of Sherwood Secondary School: “To provide every student with opportunities to fully develop his/her talents and abilities in a safe school environment. Our school community fosters a generation of students with the knowledge, critical thinking and social skills necessary to embrace a diverse and dynamic society.”

You can keep up to date with the latest happenings & future Sherwood events with our School Calendar and Principal’s Blog using the following links:

Sherwood School Calendar

Principal’s Blog




Congratulations Sherwood. You do make a difference. http://t.co/eGJIpgIj1k

Posted on Oct 23 2014 @ 1:30 pm

Grads - Monday is the last day to book your photo appt & grad package.Please see Ms. A in room 251 to book an appointment

Posted on Oct 23 2014 @ 11:55 am

Jr Boys Volleyball team will be dismissed at 2pm today for their game at Guido de Bres.

Posted on Oct 23 2014 @ 11:53 am

A message from our Director Dr John Malloy http://t.co/bTxdjdiJU0

Posted on Oct 23 2014 @ 12:51 am

Our thoughts & prayers with the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and the extended armed forces family.

Posted on Oct 22 2014 @ 11:08 pm


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