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Student Support Services

The Director of Student Support Services is responsible for the division's Crisis Response, Vocational Counselling, Student Health, and Safe & Caring Learning Environments. For more information on these services please see the articles below.

  • Crisis Response
  • Vocational Coaching
  • Student & Staff Well-Being
  • Safe & Caring Learning Environments

For more information, please contact Jodie Mattia, Director at jodie.mattia@wrps11.ca

Crisis Response

Counsellors assist students who are struggling with challenging issues in their lives by offering crisis response counselling services.

Every student has the right to be supported by a trained professional in the school setting to address immediate personal/emotional needs and concerns of a confidential nature. This might help to resolve difficulties in relationships or normal developmental tasks, or crisis counselling and short-term interventions to help deal with situations that occur suddenly and exhaust normal coping capacity.  The counselling relationship is regarded as confidential.

Crisis Response Counselling services are provided by professionals who have appropriate training and expertise.  These professionals include a divisional Registered Psychologist, Guidance Counsellors and Family School Liaisons (FSLs).

Signed VTRA Agreement

Vocational Coaching

Vocational counselling involves self-exploration and decision making leading the student toward a career pathway, transition into the world of work or further professional education or training.

Planning Information

myBlueprint Education Planner

The myBlueprint Education Planner lets students in Grades 9 - 12 create an engaging and interactive Education Plan at school or from home.  They can build individualized high school course plans, instantly identify the post-secondary options that are available to them and explore valuable information about apprenticeships, college programs, university programs and workplace opportunities across Canada.  From his/her Profile, the student will be able to set goals, save unlimited plans, short-list programs and occupations of interest, record extra-curricular activities and more.

Also, with direct access from home parents can stay informed and involved with their child’s education, by logging in to learn about courses and graduation requirements.

To login, please input the Activation Key, which is available from the counsellor at your school.

Scholarship Information

Even though post-secondary education is expensive, there are many scholarships and bursaries available to help reduce the costs. As well, as students progress through their education, more scholarships become available to those entering into their second, third, or fourth year.

Parents and students will benefit greatly from doing funding research well before graduation https://www.higheredpoints.com/  and http://studentaid.alberta.ca/resources/resources-for-students/ are excellent resources.

Application criteria for scholarships can vary. Some are based on grades, some based on financial need, others on merit, and some a combination of both. However, all of them require an application, so apply for as many as you can.

This is not a complete list so please check with your Career Counsellor. Copies of applications for many of the following awards are available in the Scholarship area of Career Corner.

Awards for Indigenous students

Indigenous student awards encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit students to pursue post-secondary and graduate studies.

Student & Staff Well-Being

School Community Health Education Partnership (SCHEP) is a partnership supported by WRPS, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Wetaskiwin Boys & Girls Club.  SCHEP is based on the foundation of the Comprehensive School Health model that promotes a healthy lifestyle in schools and the community.  Each school has a designated School Health Champion who plays a vital leadership role in healthy living education and promotion. 

Comprehensive School Health is a long-term, whole-school approach involving multiple stakeholders who promote and support healthy living through integrated services, coordination, high yield instructional strategies and family, school, and community partnerships. 

Schools have made excellent progress in building skills and knowledge in the areas of Healthy Eating, Active Living and Student Leadership.

Safe & Caring Learning Environments

Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools believes everyone in the school community shares the responsibility of creating, maintaining and promoting a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity, equity and human rights and fosters a sense of inclusion and belonging. Federal (e.g. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) and provincial (e.g. Education ActAlberta Human Rights Act) legislation, policy and directives are in place to recognize, support and protect the fundamental human rights of all members of the school community.

Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools strives to ensure inclusive learning environments that are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe, and which respect diversity and foster a sense of belonging for all students, staff and families.  This means that each and every person, regardless of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation of that person or class of persons, has relevant learning opportunities and appropriate supports needed to feel valued and to be successful in school.