Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ridge Debate Club

The Ridge Debate Club is having the second annual debate tournament on Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12.

The tournament will be a great learning experience for young and beginner debaters and a good time while providing you with some great opportunities.

Mr Schaffer is the teacher advisor and you are welcome to get in touch with him in person in classroom 223, the English department workroom 226, or by email at

"Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture" - Ibrahim Babangida

Monday, March 19, 2018

Youth Leadership Camps Canada

Leadership Training

Every single person can be a leader – it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your story is.
And every person, team and group can benefit from YLCC’s leadership training programs that are specifically designed to take your team to the next level. Whether you are part of a students’ council at school or are working at a Fortune 500 company, our Leadership Training Centre can help design, support and facilitate a program that is customized to meet your group’s needs and goals.

Join The Fun

Our Leadership Training Centre is unique – as it allows you, the client, to customize your own leadership training program. Leading up to your retreat, you will work closely with our Program Directors to create programming that will meet your group’s specific needs and goals.
The Leadership Training Centre at YLCC Lake Simcoe is available for booking each spring and fall,
  • Register: Space at our Leadership Training Centre location is limited, so book early to ensure that you get the date of your choice. Please e-mail us at or call us at (705) 326-2433 to talk about planning a retreat for your group!
  • Location: Click here to learn more about our Leadership Training Centre at YLCC Lake Simcoe.

Explore the World on a High School Student Exchange

There are a few student exchange companies that operate within Ontario.
You can do a summer exchange or during the school year (e.g. 9 and 12 weeks).

Do research, make a few phone calls, and share your interest in exploring another culture/language with your parent(s).

Monday, March 5, 2018

Global Student Leadership Summit 2018

On April 9 - 11, 2018, London, Ontario, Canada will host the first-ever Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS). GSLS is the first truly large scale, international, multi-day leadership summit for youth from around the globe.This will be the largest multi-day student leadership event in the world and will welcome over 2,000 youth and educators from over 20 countries, for 3 days of inspiring speakers, interactive workshops and peer collaboration.

Register on or before Monday, March 12!

GSLS will be facilitated by Youth Leadership Camps Canada (YLCC), founded in 1992, YLCC has grown from working with 100 to over 200,000 youth per year and is now one of Canada's premier student leadership organizations.
YLCC inspires and empowers today's youth to leave a positive impact on our world. With our innovative and dynamic staff, we instill in students a greater understanding of the short and long-term impacts of their words, choices and actions.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

University of Waterloo Summer Program

Catalyst Summer Program

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The Catalyst Summer Program is a 2-week program that offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the “traditional leadership program”. Drawing from the University of Waterloo’s strengths in engineering, science, and innovation, high school students develop leadership skills within a community and problem-based context - with real opportunities to put new skills to practice!

Applications LINK

Thursday, February 22, 2018

It focuses on engaging and educating youth to maximize their potential as leaders, encouraging them to participate and positively contribute in their schools, communities and beyond!

·         Secondary Growing Leadership (May 5-9- This course is for students who are interested, or have a need for leadership development. These leaders may struggle with academics or personal organization, and/or access learning support services in their school. Teacher supports are encouraged to register for this course and engage in the professional development sessions being offered by one of our staff, a Special Education Resource Teacher. (See attached SGL Flyer)
·         Secondary Arts – Inspiring Leadership (June 26 – July 2Secondary Arts empowers students to use their creativity and passion to make a positive impact within their classrooms, school and communities. In this course, students will explore their own personal leadership styles and skills through many mediums of the arts, including music (vocal and instrumental), dance, visual arts and drama.
·         Course for Credit - PLF4M – Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (July 1-15) – This 15-day, 1.0 credit course, is an incredible opportunity to earn a college/university track course in an immersive outdoor education environment at OELC. Offered in partnership with YRDSB this course will provide students a unique opportunity to learn mentorship and leadership skills with the well-being of themselves and others in mind. (See attached PLF4M flyer)
·         Secondary Athletics (July 2-8 or July 9-15- Secondary Athletics Leadership uses sport, recreation, and physical activity to harness leadership potential. Through leadership development experiences, activity sessions and roundtable discussions students will identify how they can lead within their classrooms, school, and communities. Students returning to OELC have the option to enroll in the Youth Facilitator (YF) in Training stream of Secondary Athletics and potentially become a YF for our intermediate courses. This year we have an exchange group from NZ and Australia joining us for week 2!
·         Leadership Sportif – (July 22-28– Similar to our Secondary Athletics program but this program is offered in French.  See website for details.
·         Secondary School Leadership (Oct. 10-12 or Oct. 15-17Individual representatives or multiple council members are invited to attend SSL to ignite community, inclusion and belonging within their school! Leaders will be inspired to discover their voice as “partners in education” and develop a student-initiated action plan to implement upon return to their schools. Participants may come from student unity, athletics or arts councils, clubs/committees, Link Crew, transition teams or social justice/advocacy groups and more! SHSM students, ask Ms Vieira how this content could check off a leadership skills and/or communication certificate.


If you need assistance, come by Workroom 214 and ask.
Mr Pearce

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Leadership Opportunity - For Gr 10s only. Deadline is in one week

There is a leadership opportunity for Grade 10 students being offered through the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar (COLS).  Based on an application process here at IRHS, one grade 10 student can be selected to attend a three-day event from May 25th – 27th, 2018. The event is held at University of Toronto, Mississauga.  All expenses, except for transportation to and from the site, are paid for by sponsoring community clubs, corporate sponsors, and individual philanthropists.  Additional details will follow.

The goals of COLS are:

  • Encourage and prepare the next generation of Canada's civic, social and corporate leaders.
  • Provide young leaders with forums to learn "how" to think, not "what" to think, by offering independent and interactive opportunities for critical thinking.
  • Encourage personal growth by promoting positive thinking, goal setting and community involvement.

Feel free to visit their website at:

The application process includes a short essay on the following question:  “Write about a time you had to think outside the box. How did you do it? What was the result?”  

By Friday, February 16th, compose a 75-100 word answer to the question above and share it with Mr. Pearce.  A candidate will be selected from the submitted applications shortly after that time.  
Should you have any questions please feel free to ask.