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The creation of the Transition Committees is an integral process in the opening and closing of HWDSB schools. It gives the community an opportunity to voice their collective thoughts, consideration of all the diverse views of the community and students to make the transition as seamless as possible. This is the reason that trustees insist on Transition Committees and the minutes are reported to the Board of Trustees.

The purpose of the Transition Committee is to represent the community, provide input, advice and recommendations, however the final decisions are made by the Principal and Superintendent.

A brief synopsis of the Transition Committee topics of discussion include:

  • Artifacts and school traditions
  • Opening/closing ceremonies
  • Student transition activities
  • Traffic and transportation issues
  • Accommodation and program issues

All Transition Committee meetings are open to the public, however public members will have no voting rights.

Ancaster and Lower Stoney Creek

For information about the following upcoming student transitions at:

·         Queen’s Rangers Elementary School

·         CH Bray Elementary School

·         Ancaster Senior Public School

·         Fessenden Elementary School

·         Collegiate Elementary School

Please click on the links above, or visit our School Construction page.

Once the Transition Committees are established for the above schools, all information from the committee will be found on this page.

New Ancaster Senior / Fessenden Elementary School Campus


As part of the Ancaster Accommodation Review, the Board of Trustees approved the closure of Fessenden and Queen’s Rangers, pending Ministry of Education funding for two new JK-8 elementary schools on the CH Bray and Rousseau sites, as well as an addition at Ancaster Senior.

In March of this year, HWDSB received Ministry of Education funding for a $3,702,489 addition to Ancaster Senior. The addition is currently in for Site Plan Approval and the intention is to have the addition complete for September 2019.

Ancaster Senior and Fessenden Community Information Session Presentation – December 10

Committee Meetings

To be established

Bernie Custis Secondary School Transition Committee


HWDSB’s new Bernie Custis Secondary School will be located at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site). This beautifully designed secondary school will be constructed to meet the needs of students while complementing in the adjacent Tim Hortons Field, Jimmy Thompson pool and the new City of Hamilton Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre.The downtown location allows for a flexible design. It will accommodate 1,250 pupils in approximately 160,000 square foot secondary school with surrounding amenities. The preliminary site design includes a three-storey secondary school, green space and a unique partnership with the City of Hamilton that provides state-of-the-art physical education opportunities for our students.

Committee Meetings

Eastdale / Mountain View Transition Committee


The Board of Trustees approved the closure of Collegiate Avenue, Eastdale, Green Acres, Memorial (SC), Mountain View and R.L. Hyslop Schools and the opening of three new JK-8 elementary schools on the Collegiate, Eastdale and Memorial (SC) sites with modified boundaries between these three schools.

On October 28, 2016, the Ministry of Education announced funding to build a new JK-8 elementary school for 564 students to be built on the existing Eastdale site.

On June 19, 2017, the Ministry announced funding for a new JK-8 elementary school for 495 students to be built on the existing Memorial SC site. They also announced funding for an addition to Collegiate Elementary School to accommodate 213 students.

Eastdale – Mountain View Advisory Committee Meeting Letter – December 7, 2017

Committee Meetings

East Hamilton/Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Transition Committee


At the December 18, 2017 Board meeting, Trustees approved the following motion regarding the French Immersion Boundary Review for East Hamilton and Lower Stoney Creek:

French Immersion at Glen Echo and Glen Brae relocated to Parkdale (Gr. 1-5), W.H. Ballard (Gr. 6-8), A.M. Cunningham (gr. 1-5) and Eastdale (Gr. 1-8).

Grade 1 FI begins at Parkdale and Green Acres (Eastdale) for September 2018 and staff engage with affected school communities and return to trustees with a transition plan for current grade 1-7 students at Glen Brae and Glen Echo.

Transition Plan Development with Affected School Communities

Committee Meetings

To be established


Updated on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
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