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Welcome to Perth and District Collegiate Institute!

Perth and District Collegiate Institute is community-oriented hub that is dedicated to developing in students the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to become confident, responsible citizens.

Teachers, educational assistants, support staff and administrators at PDCI strive to work as a team to support every student
’s academic success. The staff partners with parents, community organizations and businesses to promote the social, emotional and academic development of students and to foster individual student talents and interests.

We support our board-wide "Character Always" initiative through modelling and fostering respect, caring, empathy, fairness, honesty, resilience, perseverance and responsibility throughout our daily operations.

PDCI is the school with the most Specialist High Skills Major programs in the UCDSB, a vibrant cooperative education program, a full-sized auditorium, and student-led technology program that embraces student use of technology to enhance classroom learning through the i-coach initiative.

Home to the "Blue Devils", our students participate in a variety of extracurricular and intramural sports and clubs. PDCI enjoys a long-standing history of excellence in the community and it continues to build on this great reputation by working hard to meet the evolving needs of students, families, and the community.

Once again, welcome to Perth and District Collegiate Institute! 

Kellie Weir-Burtt, Principal

Updated September 2017

RECENT NEWS

Farewell, Thank You, and Congratulations to Ms. Keech and Mr. Bourne!

PDCI is saying goodbye to our two amazing Vice-Principals, Ms. Nancy Keech and Mr. Chris Bourne.  While PDCI staff, students and community will miss them both greatly, their dedication and hard work has resulted in promotions with Ms. Keech moving to a principalship at Maple Grove Public School and Mr. Bourne moving to a principalship at South Edwardsburg Public School starting on January 8, 2018.  While this is a definite loss for PDCI, I am confident you will all join me in wishing them both all the best in their new roles.

In addition to this, I would like to welcome PDCI’s new Vice Principals, Dianne Stroud and Justin Purvis. 


Dianne Stroud started her teaching career in 1991 as a Special Education teacher, working with students with physical and/or developmental disabilities, helping them to integrate into their local high school. Much of her teaching career has been as Learning Resource teacher, with a few years as an intermediate classroom teacher. She spent 5 years in system roles including Learning Strategies Consultant, and ABA/Autism Coordinator in the UCDSB.  Ms. Stroud has been a vice-principal for the past 5 ½ years at R. Tait McKenzie and most recently at Almonte & District High School.  She was born and raised in Lanark County and currently lives in the Perth area with her partner, Jim. They have four daughters who are busy with their post-secondary studies. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, biking and kayaking.

Justin Purvis has taught with the Upper Canada District School Board for over 13 years. During this time, he has primarily taught in the junior and intermediate divisions; including teaching assignments at Merrickville, Chimo, Naismith, and Montague. Before returning to the classroom this year, Mr. Purvis spent time in system roles; including a year as a Student Engagement Teacher with the Perth and Smiths Falls family of schools (including PDCI) and 2 years as a Learning Partner in both Smiths Falls and Perth schools.  Presently, he lives in Merrickville with his wife Natalie and their daughter Vivienne. He is an active musician who records and performs locally.

Both Ms. Stroud and Mr. Purvis will be great additions to the school and I am looking forward to introducing them to our fantastic students, dedicated staff, and supportive parent and community.

Updated December 2017

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