Heart Lake Secondary School

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Heart Lake Secondary School
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Heart Lake Secondary School Logo (2016-Current)
296 Conestoga Drive.

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Coordinates43°43′00″N 79°47′20″W / 43.7166°N 79.7888°W / 43.7166; -79.7888Coordinates: 43°43′00″N 79°47′20″W / 43.7166°N 79.7888°W / 43.7166; -79.7888
School typeProvincial, High school
MottoStrong Hearts. Bright Minds. Be the best we can.
School boardPeel District School Board
SuperintendentMatthew McCutcheon
Area trusteeValerie Arnold-Judge
David Green
Steve Kavanagh
Suzanne Nurse
School number916269
PrincipalAlvin Au[1]
Enrollment1150 (September 2019)
Colour(s)Blue, red and white             
Team nameHurricanes
Heart Lake Secondary School

Heart Lake Secondary School (HLSS) is a high school in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.[1] It is located at the corner of Conestoga Drive and Wexford Road. Heart Lake has a strong relationship with Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School, one of the feeder schools of Heart Lake, doing collaborations with school bands and other school activities often throughout the year.


  • 1988 - School founded
  • 2005 - Changed from yearbooks to "yeardiscs"
  • 2005 - Character Counts program starts
  • 2006 - Heart Lake wins the Canadian Environmental Award Green Team Challenge
  • 2006 - Graduating students create first "Underground Yearbooks"; continues until 2009
  • September 2008 - New principal replaces the old for the first time since 1999
  • 2008 - HLSS becomes the first certified Ecoschool in Peel, achieving silver status for its environmental efforts
  • 2008 - Dawar Siddiqui is elected as the president of the newly formed DECA-based Business Club created within the school.
  • 2009 - School's first ever eco fashion show was held
  • 2009 - Yearbooks return to Heart Lake
  • 2010 - 1st Semi-Formal.
  • 2018 - Mr. Au becomes Principle



Heart Lake used to have yearbooks on a traditional hard-cover book style. In 2005, the decision was made to discontinue the selling of yearbooks and instead have a DVD yeardisk. Many students do not like the idea of these yeardisks, because there is no room for personal comments. The yeardisk includes two discs with a booklet, that is meant for signatures that students may receive from their friends and teachers. It has become an unofficial Heart Lake tradition for a group of students from the graduating class to make an underground yearbook.

Return to Hard-Cover Yearbooks[edit]

Yearbooks returned to Heart Lake in the 2009-2010 school year, available for students to purchase with a yeardisk as a combo for $45 (compared to $20 originally for one yeardisc in the past years).

Recent yearbook themes include:

  • 2018/2019 - 50s Dinner
  • 2017/2018 - The Great Gatsby
  • 2016/2017 - 90's

Annual events[edit]


Most years towards the end of the school year the Student Activity Council holds the school's annual Carnival. The event generally contains large inflatables, games, popcorn, cotton candy, music, and other fun activities. During the 2018/2019 school year the Student Activity Council was able to offer the Carnival free of charge to the entire student body.


Since 2010 Heart Lake's Student Activity Council has held its annual Semi-Formal with varying themes each year. The only exception was the 2018/2019 school year when sales were to low and the Semi-Formal had to be canceled.

Talent Show[edit]

Annual Heart Lake Talent Show occurs every April, and tryouts happen two months before in February. Students may pay $2 to attend, which also allows them to miss their period 4 class on that day. Unlike buyouts, even those students who have paid cannot leave the school property and must attend the talent show. Students who have teachers who are helping out with the talent show as their period 4 teachers may attend the show for free, if the seats are still available. In 2008, there were 6 performances: martial arts, juggling, rapping, two singing performances, and modern Indian dance. Students have amateurly videotaped the performances with the school's permission and uploaded onto YouTube for 2007 and 2008 talent shows (refer to section below for the playlist link).

School Drama Production[edit]

Heart Lake's Drama production occurs annually in May, based on various classical novels and plays. 2009's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown was Heart Lake's first ever musical production.

School Programs[edit]

Link Crew program[edit]

A 2008-2009 Heart Lake version of the Link Leader application form.

In the 2008-2009 school year, Heart Lake began the Link Crew program that is offered to all high schools and secondary schools in North America. Link Crew allows the school to choose one hundred Grade 11s and 12s to be linked with freshmen throughout the year. The "Link Leaders" help the freshman get involved by informing them about the activities put on by the school and local communities. These students also help to bridge the gap between freshmen and the rest of the school, when the younger students may feel like they don't belong. The leaders are a positive role model for the freshman students during the important transition from middle school to high school.

Regional Enhanced learning program[edit]

Heart Lake's Regional Enhanced Learning Program is designed for exceptional intellectual-gifted students who require extensive modification of the regular school program. To enter the program, you must have already been designated exceptional intellectual-gifted/ The program strives to maximize each student's potential, develops their capacity for self-directed learning, and encourages interaction among gifted peers. Only specific coursers are offered at this level, which includes Grade 9-12 English, Grade 9-12 Math, Grade 9 -12 Sciences, Grade 10 History, Grade 9 Geography, Grade 9-12 French and a few others. For these courses the gifted students are placed into a single class, going at around the same pace as the regular academic students, with some modifications. Several schools offered this program but in 2005, it was made available only to Heart Lake Secondary School in the northern Peel District School Board area.[2]

Library Learning Commons[edit]

The school Library Learning Commons, also known as the LLC, offers a variety of resources for students including fiction and non-fiction, manga and other graphic novels, references such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. The library also has a total of 27 computers, available for students to use along with a photocopier, colour and black and white printers.

Source: Page 14 of 2008-2009 School Agenda
Source: Page 16 of 2009-2010 School Agenda


Various items are sold in the cafeteria's servery every day for students to purchase. Some of the items sold include poutine, french fries, sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, pizza, small snacks, bagels and panzarottis. The cafeteria is also used to hold events throughout the year.

Notable alumni[edit]

Murder of Eric Levack[edit]

In 2003, grade nine student Eric Levack, 14, was murdered in the wooded area behind the school during lunch break. The perpetrator was classmate Justin Morton, also 14.[5][6] Morton pleaded guilty to first degree murder and in 2004 was sentenced as an adult to life in prison,[7] with no eligibility of parole for seven years.[5][8] Morton was the first person in Canada charged with first degree murder under the newly enacted Youth Criminal Justice Act, which came into force on April 1, 2003, the day of the murder.[5][9][8] Morton appeared in the 2007 documentary film In the Shadow of Feeling, which focused on psychopathic personalities, and spoke about the murder. A lilac tree, planted in memory of Levack, stands on the lawn in front of Heart Lake Secondary School.[9]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Heart Lake Secondary School - About Us". Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  2. ^ "Enhanced Learning". Heart Lake Secondary School. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  3. ^ Thompson, Bob. "Michael Cera, Valedictorian Archived 2012-11-06 at the Wayback Machine." National Post. Retrieved on November 19, 2008.
  4. ^ Strauss, Bob (2007-12-08). "Hollywood heavy still a Brampton beanpole". The Globe and Mail. p. R1.
  5. ^ a b c DiManno, Rosie (2008-11-14). "Twisted kid's case a legal joke". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  6. ^ In the Shadow of Feeling. KITG Productions. 2007.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Bob (2009-01-08). "Teen killer sent to maximum security prison". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  8. ^ a b "Ont. teen's killer moved to adult prison". Canada.com. 2008-11-13. Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  9. ^ a b Mandel, Michele (2008-11-09). "Will Eric's killer see real cell?". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-06.

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