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About Us

Photo of NorwellNorwell District Secondary School is located at the corner of Main and Cumberland Streets in Palmerston, Ontario. Norwell (which stands for North Wellington) D.S.S. has a rich history that began in the fall of 1940 as the Palmerston High School. We are a mid-sized composite high school with a full range of educational programs – academic, technical, and special education. Over 90% of our students are bused from a wide area of approximately 500 square kilometers.

Principal’s Message

Our goal at Norwell is to engage our students in the learning process, and to challenge them to achieve personal excellence. The secondary school experience should leave every student richer, prepared for the future, and aware of their responsibilities as good citizens. The 2019-2020 Course Calendar is not only an information guide regarding Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements, but also it speaks to our commitment to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. We are determined to build on our honoured traditions, and to create programs that engage our learners. We hope to instill deeper understanding and to make clear connections between what is taught in the classroom and the needs of our global community.

Norwell’s grade nine and eleven Hockey Skills Program and Integrated Arts Projects at Drayton Theatre, CELP, state of the art technical programming,  new LEAF program, and achievement of becoming an ECO Gold School represent the foundation of a new way of building educational programs that are relevant to learning and to our learners. Norwell’s desire to be on the cutting edge of new learning trends is a result of the confidence gleaned from great experience. We look forward to working with your child to help them achieve their greatest potential.

Francis Noventa



September 2019.