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
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
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.