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Parents and Students

We want our parents and students to be informed.  On this page you will find the student handbook with all of the Vincent Massey guidelines and policies as well as other useful information.

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Please call our main office line to let us know if your student will be away from school 204-729-3170. 
If you are calling to excuse a previous absence please be aware that an absence can only be excused within 5 days of the absence. 

A student's attendance at school has a direct effect on his/her achievement. Therefore, to maximize achievement, students and parents should make every effort to restrict absences to those that are unavoidable. This models the accepted practice in any workplace situation.

Student Handbook



Section A  Administrative Information

  1. School Mission Statement
  2. Timetable Structure
  3. Opening Exercises/Announcements
  4. Class Times
  5. Office Hours

Section B  Student Support Services

  1. Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
  2. Career Education Program
  3. Clinical Services
  4. Counselling
  5. Peer Tutors
  6. Resource Program
  7. Registrar
  8. Social Worker

Transition Support

Section C  School Services

  1. Canteen
  2. Library Services
  3. Lockers and Locks
  4. Lost and Found
  5. School Pictures
  6. Student Parking

Section D  Communication

  1. Home Logic
  2. Automated Broadcasts
  3. Vincent Massey Website

Section E  Graduation Information
  1. Application for Graduation
  2. Graduation Committees
  3. Graduation Day Format

Section F  General School Fees
1.  Vincent Massey School Fee

High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)

The High School Apprenticeship Program allows students to earn high school credits for time spent in "on-the-job" training and employment as an apprentice. The participant, as a student, would also complete the core academic subjects including math, science, and language arts.

At the completion of Grade 12, the student would graduate with a Senior Years diplomas, and would have made progress towards completion of the Apprenticeship program. The individual would continue in training and employment with the employer, and a few years later earn a Certificate of Qualification in his or her trade.

HSAP Incentive – HSAP participants are eligible for assistance to offset tuition costs for full-time, post-secondary apprenticeship training. For every 220 hours of on-the-job training obtained as a high school apprentice (up to a maximum 880 hours), you receive a tuition exemption for one level of in-school training taken in Manitoba (to a maximum of four levels). For more information about this and other grants and incentives in Manitoba, contact the HSAP coordinator or visit

Students interested in this option, please contact the Student Services Department.


Honour Roll

Academic English Program Graduation Honour Roll
Graduating students will receive an honour roll stole and will have their name and picture displayed on the Honour Roll Portrait. Honour Roll recognition requires that the graduation student has an 85% average based on the compulsory English 40S and Mathematics 40S and four other 40 courses at the Grade 12 level.


Advanced Placement Program (AP)

 The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between highschools and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take university-level courses in a high school setting. Participants not only gain university-level skills, but in many cases they also earn earn university credit while still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. The College Board is a non-profit association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to university and opportunity.

The Program's success is rooted in the collaborative efforts of motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed schools. By participating in the Program, secondary schools and students commit to an internationally standardized curriculum and exam.
There are currently more than 110 000 teachers leading AP courses in high schools worldwide. AP teachers are some of the world's finest. The Program is strengthened by their participation in professional development workshops and Summer Institutes.
“Research on the effects of taking AP courses has demonstrated that when AP students reach the post secondary level, they typically enroll in more courses than their peers, achieve higher grade point averages, graduate with double majors, and go on to graduate school at a rate double that of their non-AP peers.” ~ The College Board
  • The transition from high school to post secondary setting is facilitated.
  • Students are motivated to undertake more challenging work.
  • Students are given the opportunity to study their special interests areas in more depth with peers of similar interests and motivation.
  • By meeting the challenge of national and international standards, students are rewarded with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and international credibility of their academic abilities.
  • Students experience the demands of university work. “59% of AP students earn a GPA of at least a B during their freshman year compared to 37% of non AP students.” - The College Board
  • The experience provides direction in the selection of university programs.
  • Students demonstrating outstanding achievement in AP courses may compete for national and international awards.
  • Students receive college/university credits for courses taken in high school which is a financial saving and allows more time for additional courses at university.
How difficult are AP Courses?
Compared with regular high school courses, AP courses are usually more demanding. Critical reading, analyzing data sets, synthesizing evidence to develop new insights are some of the intellectual skills required. Advanced Placement courses are comparable to first-year university courses but they are not impossibly difficult.
AP Exams
For each subject area, students write a three-hour exam in May at their local school. Exams are sent to the Education Testing Service as contracted by the College Board. Test results can be sent directly to universities or colleges as directed by the students. Students can decide after receiving the grade in July if they want their grades forwarded.
Exams receive an overall grade on a five-point scale:
5 - Extremely well qualified
4 - Well qualified
3 - Qualified
2 - Possibly qualified
1 - No recommendation
Each college and university sets its own policies regarding the granting of credit or advanced placement. Students must check directly with the institution. Most institutions accept a grade of 3.
Examination fees are set at approximately $100 Canadian. Students have to pre-pay this amount at the commencement of the course as an indication of their commitment.
Jackie Gudnason