Graduation Coach Program
"We are all striving for success"
This year, our Holy Spirit
Catholic School Division has embarked on a journey to create a program that
builds upon the quality programs that are presently offered to you and your
family in our schools. Although addressing the needs of our students has always
been at the forefront of the educational experience, the time has come to
explore new ways to ensure students can be successful on an educational journey
that is both exciting yet quickly changing in our modern world. To that end,
this year the Holy Spirit family of schools is creating a Graduation Coach
program to assist our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and their families on this significant part
of the journey.
Kelsey Kobza is the Grad Coach at Catholic Central High School-East
Campus. He has worked as a junior
/senior high classroom teacher for 17 years, has been a Special Education
Liaison, and a school principal for the previous 10 years within the school
Kelsey believes he is working in
a program that is a key part of the educational experience for students. "Thankfully
for me I have been assigned to be involved with a program that, although is
relatively new, has some wonderful personnel already in place," says Kelsey. "I
have always been thankful of the work our First Nations, Métis and Inuit team does on behalf of students
and families and I am learning more each day as I get a chance to be a part of
characteristics of the Graduation Coach Program for First Nations, Métis, and
academic support for students and assisting them in navigating
Junior/Senior High School
- Providing mentorship to students in the areas
of Academics, Faith life, post-secondary, work experience, and
- Providing a centre for students to work on
their studies and to learn about scholarships, Post-Secondary program
requirements, and part-time or volunteer work opportunities.
- Providing nutritious snacks for students and a
place to meet and be updated about what is going on at the school or in
- Assist schools with transitioning students
between junior high school and the high school.
- Dialoguing with parents about student programs,
needs and areas of concern.
are tasked with:
- Celebrate and learn about the history, culture
and traditions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples
- Determining a plan
for successful graduation and an exploration of careers they may want to
pursue following their high school studies.
- Consistently attending and striving to do their personal best in their
- Being active members
of the school, our Faith community and outside the community.
- Being positive role models for youth and the greater community by
actively volunteering and taking
part in events.
helping new students to the site as they transition from other schools or
authority figures, elders, and parents and remembering to both thank those
that assisted them on their journey and giving back when they can to others.