Welcome to SHDHS

Dear Students:

Welcome to the 2016/17 school year at South Huron District High School! We hope your summer has been fulfilling and that you are excited to come back to school. Each new school year offers the opportunity for a fresh start and we encourage you to see this as an opportunity to try something new and to challenge yourself.

This year you will notice some changes in staff, most notably in the office Mrs. Bayer-Smith is replacing Mr. Smith, Mr. Allen has been added to the administrative team, and we are lucky enough to have Mr. Simmons here to help us navigate this great school. We also welcome Mr. Oliver and Mrs. Fritzley who are teaching grade 7/8 and have much to offer our school. Finally, we have a new face in our EA staff, Ms. Love, who brings with her some Panther Pride as a former graduate from this building.

South Huron District High School is an exciting place to be and we can’t wait to see what this year will bring.  Throughout the year Mr. Allen, Mr. Simmons, and Mrs. Bayer-Smith will be working hard to showcase all of you and your successes. We encourage you to have a voice in our school, to be involved, and to play an active role in your education.  Come and visit us, share your thoughts, your experiences,  and your learning with us so we can learn from you. Remember, this is your school and this is your future.

It is our hope that at the end of this year you will feel prepared to move forward in your chosen pathway. We hope to provide you with the skills you need to achieve excellence. Our staff  will work hard to support you in reaching your full potential and to help you feel like you belong to a welcoming school community. We encourage you to ask questions, to be curious, and to seek out help whenever you need it. There are lots of people in this great school who are ready to help you reach your goals, so don’t forget to ask.

Wishing you the very best for the 2016/17 school year.


Mr. Allen, Mrs. Bayer-Smith, and Mr. Simmons

(South Huron Administrative Team)

Canadian Author Andrew Pyper Speaks at SHDHS

Ap“But they are only the faces of the dead. Coming into detail as we hurtle toward them. They see us, too. Fingers scratching at the ice’s rough underside, desperate to be the first to pull us down.”

This is a quote from "The Damned", the latest mystery/thriller novel from award-winning Canadian Author Andrew Pyper, who recently visited students of  South Huron District High School (SHDHS) and spoke to them about what it means to be a writer.

The presentation allowed opportunity for students to ask questions and to learn directly from an accomplished writer. In fact, the visit is just one of three workshops planned this year between Pyper and SHDHS as they study Pyper's body of work.

Inspired by authors like Alice Munro and Stephen King, Pyper slowly draws his readers into the world he has created, often playing upon the fear that lies underneath something that at first appears seemingly innocent.

Influences of Pyper's home town of Stratford can be seen in some of his novels, such as "The Guardians" which centres around a dark and foreboding house in small town rural Ontario.

Pyper began his career by writing short stories for various magazines. He is now an award winning author who's books have been translated into multiple languages, with feature length movie adaptations soon to follow.

SHDHS Music Reunites After 65 Years!


On September 27th, almost 100 music alumni and their families, friends and community members gathered in our gym to relive their days as music students at this school.

Guests were treated to a concert, free BBQ, a musical petting zoo (where people could try new instruments) and a room filled with memorabilia and photos form the last 65 years!


We had a number of special guests, including former teachers, administration and some descendants of staff who have passed on. The day featured performances by the current Senior Band and Jazz Combo, Dave Robilliard, a vocal trio and the Alumni band!


Many laughs were shared and stories re-told, and we're so thankful to the many former members of the music program who came back to play and be a part of our special day in honour of our history.