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New and exciting hairstyling and aesthetics program

Hairstyling and Aesthetics program has established an innovative partnership with our community partner, La Luma Salon

The Wellington Catholic District School Board is excited to announce a new and innovative program in Hairstyling and Aesthetics. As a district program for Wellington Catholic, students at any of our four Catholic high schools can select the three-credit course as an option. Located at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic High School, the Hairstyling and Aesthetics program works in partnership with La Luma Salon and Academy in downtown Guelph. 

Our first class started in February 2018 and it consists of an eager group of students working to master hair styling and aesthetic skills. At Lourdes, the program offers one credit in Hair Styling and Aesthetics at the grade 11 level and at La Luma Salon, two credits in Co-operative Education.

Our Hairstyling and Aesthetic program teacher, Mrs. Jamie Brown, has partnered with Mr. Andrew McAleese, owner at La Luma and Ms. Christy Munro, La Luma instructor and director of training.

Mrs. Brown works with Mr. McAleese and Ms Munro to deliver a well-rounded program, not only for future hairstylists and salon/spa industry professionals specifically, but also for students interested in barbering, make-up artistry, business, leadership and entrepreneurship. In the salon, students put into practice their hairstyling skills and learn how to work as professional stylists. La Luma offers a rewarding partnership and experience for our students. 

Students develop friendships and witness how La Luma’s post-secondary apprenticeship students are committed to their training and their future careers. The value for our students is they observe and practice professionalism, customer service skills, communication skills, teamwork and the work ethic required to be successful in this field.

The program has created numerous pathways for our students, who have the opportunity to pursue college or university, or the workplace through apprenticeship. All post-secondary pathways are honoured.

In the Lourdes classroom, students learn and practice foundational skills in hairstyling, barbering, aesthetics, business, customer service skills and entrepreneurship. Students gain hands-on experience and make cross-curricular subject connections.

There are multiple subject areas that overlap and complement the components in this program. Subjects areas such as Science, Math, Art, Business, Marketing, and English are brought to light when experienced in a real-world environment, setting off ‘a-ha’ moments.

During the program students benefit from guest speakers, experts in their fields, who come into the classroom. Examples to date include a make-up artist and her model for a demonstration on professional make-up techniques and insight into the industry of make-up artists, and a professional nail technician and instructor from Liliya Saxon Academy in Toronto.

A class trip to the annual Allied Beauty Association Hair Show and the Esthetique Spa International Spa Show in Toronto were special memories for our students. On another occasion, our students will travel to Stratford for a behind-the-scenes tour of the hair, wigs, make-up, wardrobe, set design and cast members for large scale, professional theatrical productions. These field trips serve to enrich the curriculum and expose students to many career path possibilities.

The new Wellington Catholic District School Board Hairstyling and Aesthetics Program provides our students with a constructive, positive outlet to express their God-given creativity through their interpretation of aesthetic beauty. As students progress, they have opportunities to discern their true strengths and determine pathway destinations that can provide meaningful, rewarding occupations that will engage their passions.

Jamie Brown,
Hairstyling and Aesthetics/Co-op Teacher
Our Lady of Lourdes CHS


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