Bluewater District School Board

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Bluewater District School Board
Board office location Chesley, Ontario, Canada
Number of schools 41 elementary schools
11secondary schools
2013-2014 budget (CAD $ millions) $189,000,000
Number of students 17,175
Chair of the Board Jan Johnstone
Director of Education Steve Blake
Elected Trustees

Terry Bell (South Bruce Peninsula, Northern Bruce Peninsula) John Chapman (West Grey, Hanover) Jim Dawson (Southgate, Grey Highlands) Marg Gaviller (Owen Sound) Jan Johnstone (Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss) Kevin Larson (Saugeen Shores, Arran-Elderslie) Marilyn McComb (Georgian Bluffs. Chatsworth) Fran Morgan (Meaford, The Blue Mountains)

Dan Wong (Brockton, South Bruce)

Bluewater District School Board (known as English-language Public District School Board No. 7 prior to 1999[1]) is a school board in the Canadian province of Ontario, with jurisdiction for the operation of schools in Bruce and Grey counties.

Its head office is located in Chesley, in the municipality of Arran-Elderslie of Bruce County.

Bluewater District School Board has approximately 17,175 students in 41 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools. The BWDSB has approximately 3,000 permanent and casual staff, including teachers. There are nine elected trustees on the Board and two appointed First Nations trustees.


The Bruce County Board of Education and The Grey County Board of Education amalgamated on January 1, 1998, to form the new Bluewater District School Board.

The Strategic Plan for Bluewater District School Board was launched at the Regular Meeting of the Board on January 24, 2012. It is the culmination of the hard work of numerous stakeholder group representatives, trustees and staff from planning sessions held in 2011. The Strategic Plan includes the following vision and mission statements along with three Strategic Plan priorities:

Vision: Preparing Our Students Today for the World of Tomorrow

Mission: We are a learning organization committed to providing a quality educational experience for every student in a safe and caring environment.


  • Ensure the well-being of students and staff in a safe supportive environment for teaching, learning and working
  • Provide quality instruction and learning experiences in an equitable and inclusive environment
  • Encourage parent engagement

Athletics of the BWDSB[edit]

Baa logo

Sports at the secondary level are played through the Bluewater Athletics Association. There are offered at high schools in the BWDSB and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board. The winning team (BAA Champions) will go onto a CWOSSA Tournament. The following sports are played through BAA:

  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Badminton
  • Wrestling
  • Rugby
  • Swim Team
  • Cross Country
  • Curling
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Track and Field

Student Senate[edit]

From each high school in the BWDSB, a representative or student senator goes to monthly meetings at the school board office in Chesley, Ontario and brings ideas and suggestions from their school. They are a part of the Student Senate.

In May 2012, the Student Senate held their first conference, "SOS (Support Our Students) - Voices and Choices" at OSCVI in Owen Sound, Ontario with a focus on student mental health. A successful sequel titled, "Rumour Has It", followed in May 2013.

Secondary schools[edit]

Secondary school enrolment and Fraser Institute provincial rankings[2] are as follows:

BWDSB secondary schools
Name Location Enrolment 1-year ranking of 727 5-year ranking of 693
Bruce Peninsula District School Lion's Head 103 497 N/A
Chesley District High School Chesley 216 4 18
Georgian Bay Secondary School Meaford 492 371 426
Grey Highlands Secondary School Flesherton 841 351 523
John Diefenbaker Secondary School Hanover 586 392 379
Kincardine District Secondary School Kincardine 561 294 223
Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute Owen Sound 662 578 463
Peninsula Shores District School Wiarton 278 197 301
Saugeen District Secondary School Port Elgin 604 330 194
Walkerton District Community School Walkerton 409 419 397
West Hill Secondary School Owen Sound 983 279 246

Elementary schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2011". Fraser Institute. May 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 

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Coordinates: 44°18′36″N 81°05′52″W / 44.31000°N 81.09778°W / 44.31000; -81.09778