Thursday, December 8, 2011

Enrichment Newsletter for December

For further information on all of the items listed below Please see Ms. Patterson ( in room 214

1.      Brain Bee at McMaster
NINTH Annual McMaster Brain Bee
February 21, 2012
 AND the Fourth Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee
May 26, 2012
Register online asap – and then let Ms. Patterson know you are competing!

  1. Encounters with Canada
A week in Ottawa with students from across Canada  APPLY TODAY!
An opportunity to study one of eleven sub-themes for Ages 14-17
Get a PIN number from Ms. Patterson for registration
Special price for VIMY weeks in April.

  1. AP Exam Prep
Exam dates – May 2 – 13, 2011 (Cost $87.00US)
Information available from Ms. Patterson

Deadline for commitment – December 8, 2011

            (Some late applications will be considered)

  1. NYLC Calgary and NYLC Toronto “Courageous Leadership”
March 2011 and July 2011 – 4 day events
You must be nominated ASAP by Ms. Patterson – Grades 9, 10 and 11 only.

  1. Forum for Young Canadians
Spend one of the following weeks on Parliament Hill:
Feb 26 – Mar 2, 2012/Mar 25 – 30, 2012
Focus in on National Politics and Public Affairs

  1. SHAD Valley   For the summer between Grade 11 and 12
Applications available from Ms. Patterson and online
Copy of Application MUST be given to Ms. Patterson
Application DEADLINE is December 7, 2011***

  1. Waterloo Unlimited

Grade 11 program “Design Theme” March 12 – 16/12

applications due December 16/11

                        Cost $450.00 (all meals included) bursaries available
Overnight Accommodation = $300.00

Grade 10 program “Theme TBD” May 13 – 17/12

applications due Mar 9/12
Cost $450.00 (all meals included) bursaries available
Overnight Accommodation = $120.00

  1. Essay Contests
Grades  9 and 10 only.      Anthem           600 – 1200 words
Deadline March 20, 2012
Grades 11 and 12 only      The Fountainhead       800 – 1600 words
Deadline April 26, 2012

  1. E=MC2
Registration takes place in February 2012
Check out the ESU section under “E=MC2”
Details of courses are available after Dec. 1, 2011
See Ms. Patterson in January to make sure you register on time. 
A meeting will be called to review process in early February.

  1. HDSB Public Speaking Contest
Wednesday April 17th 6:30 – 9:30 pm at WOSS
Junior (9 – 10) and Senior (11-12) representatives can compete
See Ms. Patterson if interested – we need to defend our title!

  1. Write for the Oakville Beaver!
Students can write articles for Tom Dykes column in the Beaver
See Ms. Patterson for further Information J

  1. Rotary Club of Oakville Student Exchange
15 – 19 year old student opportunity to a one year (August to August) or short term exchange
Applications being accepted NOW
Selection to be made before Christmas

13.  M.E.I International Academy
“the World is our classroom”   Travel the world, study abroad or next door

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Advanced Placement Exam Info

Advanced Placement
IRHS Newsletter/Contract
Advanced Placement:
·         An opportunity to earn a first year University credit or placement by writing an exam in May, 2012 at IRHS.  Each exam is at a specified time.
·         Some material for the English exam is integrated into the Grade 12 U course, and supplemented by a more intensive and exam focused tutorial series planned for lunch hours beginning in February and finishing in May 2012.  The exam is the equivalent of a first year University exam, and thus preparation must be taken seriously.  For all courses that might offer tutorial support:
o   Students are to attend punctually, ready to take notes and participate in order to prepare.
o   Students are expected to attend all tutorials/study group sessions. 
o   After two (2) missed sessions, a call will be made to parents. 
o   After three (3) missed sessions, students will be withdrawn from the tutorial support program, but may still write the exam in May.
·         The French and Spanish Language Exams will be offered some support by the Moderns Dept., Economics by the Business Dept. and other exams by other curriculum areas and/or teacher “coaches”.
·         All students are eligible to write an AP exam, and it can be written more than once over the years without penalty.
·         The tests are created by the College Board; the same people who prepare the SAT exams for application to American Universities.
·         Exams are administered at IRHS and sent for marking by AP evaluators.
·         By achieving the equivalent of an A or A+ on an exam (which translates to a 4 or 5) a student is entitled to a credit at most Universities in Canada, and can then take only 19 credits for an honours degree instead of 20.
·         By achieving a B (which translates to a level 3) students are eligible for scholarships in B.C. and at some Ontario Universities
·         Information available at &
·         Cost: $87.00 US per exam
·         Deadline: Thursday December  8, 2011
(detach and return the bottom of this form with payment)
o   Cash/Money order for $87.00 US with parent permission slip
o   Name and contact info. on list with Ms. Patterson

  • Further questions about AP at IRHS should be directed to Ms. Patterson    - (905) 845-0012 x240

I ______________________ (student) understand the commitment I need to make in order to be successful on the AP exam in May.

$87.00 US dollars have been paid to IRHS  

Parent or Guardian signature ________________________Date________

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Service Trip to Costa Rica

A Student volunteeer Trip is being planned to
 Costa Rica for March 2012
March 10 - 17 inclusive
Details about Dream Volunteers can be found at the link below.

A parent information night will be held on
 Thursday November 24th
 from 7 - 8:30 pm
 in the Staff Room at IRHS.

For further information, please contact:
Kathryn Patterson -
Dan Devine -
Stephanie Briggs -

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fall Math Circles are over but the program will run again in the spring - Check it out !!

Math Circles
Math Circles are back, starting September 27th!
The UTM Math Circles will be running Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday evenings again this Fall, Starting September 27th. If you took part in Math Circles in Spring 2011, you can still sign up for the Fall. There will be new topics, new problems and new people (both faculty and students) for you to meet!

Otherwise, are you a student in grade 10 to 12, who is interested in Mathematics and are looking to challenge yourself? Then this is the program for you! Please have a look at our poster!

Math Circles
is a FREE weekly enrichment program offered by our Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Participants will work together with professors and members of the department on interesting problems from a wide range of fields within mathematics. The sessions will be very informal and the emphasis is on developing problem solving skills while having fun exploring interesting puzzles and problems.

The sessions are designed to be fun, but at the same time will help participants develop important problem solving skills and an understanding of research techniques. These skills are important not just for mathematicians, but are applicable in many field of work/study and can be applied in many every day situations.

Participants in the program will meet once a week. Most weeks there will be a "theme" of a particular topic or problem, often quite different from what is encountered in the regular high school curriculum. Sometimes there will be one major question that we will work towards answering. Other weeks we will explore many related problems or a specific mathematical topic.

Most sessions will be hosted by Dr. Maria Wesslen, but participants will also have the opportunity to meet and get to know several guest hosts from our Department, including both Faculty and students.

At the end of the semester, those students with regular attendance will receive a certificate of participation.

History of Math CirclesThe Math Circles concept was developed in Moscow in the 1950's as a way to maintain the interest of bright students in mathematics. Challenging material from outside the regular curriculum, as well as preparation for problem solving competitions were seen as the key to maintaining interest. A critical component to the success of this concept was the active involvement of some of the major figures of the Moscow mathematical community. And, indeed, the Math Circles proved to be highly successful with similar groups established throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. The migration of former Soviet scientists to the West at the end of the twentieth century carried the concept to North America. (Source: Fields Institute, University of Toronto)

Session Details
Weekly sessions will run September 2011 to November 2011, on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm. The Department will also be providing a Pizza dinner (please advise in your registration of any diet restrictions).

The program is limited to 20 students, so early registration is recommended. There will be a wait list.

Students are also required to obtain a recommendation for participation from either their high school math teacher or guidance counselor. You will find a section for this on the registration form.

Weekly Schedule

Sessions run on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Room 1157 William Davis Building (formerly South Building). Pizza dinner will be served.
Week 1: September 27, 2011
Week 2: October 4, 2011
Week 3: October 11, 2011
Week 4: October 18, 2011
Week 5: October 25, 2011
Week 6: November 1, 2011
Week 7: November 8, 2011
Week 8: November 15, 2011
Week 9: November 22, 2011
Week 10: November 29, 2011

Download the registration form (pdf document) and fax it to
Yvette Ye at 905.569.4730.
Registration is limited to 20 students, so register early!

If you have additional questions, please contact our Undergraduate Counselor.

Yvette Ye
Tel: 905.828.3801
Email: ugmcs[dot]utm[at]

Encounters with Canada Newsletter LINK

Thursday, November 3, 2011

BRAIN BEE!!! Great competition :)

Hamilton PDF Print E-mail
High school students in the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to compete!  Students will demonstrate their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience, including fascinating topics involving intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, and more.  Participating is a valuable experience that you can add to your resume -- not to mention the possibility of winning prizes and fame!

2012 McMaster Brain Bee:
          Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:00 PM

          Click here to register!

Here is the 2012 Brain Bee flyer -- please feel free to share this with teachers, students, friends, and family.
Please note that there are nearby local brain bee competitions held in Waterloo, Guelph, and Toronto.  Students may not compete in more than one local brain bee competition, and should choose the competition that is closest geographically to their high school.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will get a trophy plaque engraved with their names to hang on their wall.  There will be other 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes -- and every participant will receive a Certificate of Participation from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University.  In addition the 1st place winner will receive: A beautiful traveling trophy plaque engraved with the winner's name, school, and year will be displayed in the trophy case at their school for a year.
The 1st place winner of the local McMaster Brain Bee will represent Hamilton at the Fourth Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee in May 2012, competing for the right to be called the BEST BRAIN in Canada. Graduate students from our department will help the winner prepare for the national event.  Additional exciting prizes are awarded at the national competition each year.  This 2012 CIHR Canadian Brain Bee champion will win a trip for two to represent Canada at the International Brain Bee competition, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, the week of July 22nd, 2012.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Financial Assistance for SHAD Valley applicants

Shad Valley's first application intake date of December 7 is fast approaching.
Plus, we are excited to announce a guaranteed $500 scholarship from the Ministry of Education for Ontario participants!
The Ministry is also generously offering up to 40 full scholarships to qualified students. This is a great opportunity to identify exceptional students who you think would excel in the Shad Valley program and who need financial assistance to attend.


Not only is applying to Shad Valley free, but substantial financial aid is available.
We believe that all qualified students deserve an opportunity to benefit from the Shad Valley experience, regardless of their financial situation. Shad Valley works to make participation possible for candidates that are accepted into the program and demonstrate the need for financial assistance.


Accessibility is one of our core values. Students should not hesitate to apply, as we have a substantial budget for financial aid and no student is turned away due to financial circumstances. Be sure to tell your students about Shad Valley and our significant bursaries and scholarships.


Reach for your highest levels of achievement by applying!
I look forward to seeing your school's applicants, and to welcoming some of your wonderful students to Shad Valley in 2012.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Waterloo Mathematics Contests

The CEMC develops and administers many internationally recognized mathematics and computing contests.

2011/2012 Contest Dates for Waterloo Math Contests

Contest Dates
North & South
North & South
Gauss (Gr. 7 & 8)
Pascal (Gr. 9)
Cayley (Gr. 10)
Fermat (Gr. 11)
Fryer (Gr. 9)
Galois (Gr. 10)
Hypatia (Gr. 11)
Euclid (Gr. 12)
Canadian Senior and Intermediate
Mathematics Contests
Canadian Computing Competition

LEAP at Laurier! Grade 9 enrichment


Laurier Enriched Academic Program

Faculty of Education
Bricker Academic Building
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
(519) 884-0710, ext. 3173
fax (519) 884-8697
Our campers are gifted/highly able children and youth in grades 1-9 who are looking for a day camp experience that piques their curiosity and has a large “fun” quotient. LEAP programs, designed and led by certified teachers, employ innovative and creative approaches to learning, and provide a rich variety of activities to appeal to all types of learners.
Jumpstart your mind!
Want to volunteer for LEAP?
We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers aged 16 and over to enhance our programming. Although we would prefer to have our volunteers attend the entire camp session, arrangements can be made to attend part-time. If you have any questions, please contact us at
See volunteer application form below.

Sensational Saturdays
Winter Day Camp,2012
Registration opens November 14, 2011
Sensational Saturdays is a Saturday morning program, 9 a.m. - 12 noon which runs for 6 Saturday mornings from January 28 - March 3, 2012.
Enrichment programming is offered to campers in Grades 1-9.
Fee for the 6 week session is $140.
Registration package and camp descriptions will be available by November 14 so please check back then. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact LEAP at

Related Information Title Type
2011 LEAP Parent/Guardian Permission Form - Volunteers Under 18 Document
2011 LEAP Sensational Saturdays 2012 Volunteer Application Form Document

Encounters with Canada!!

Hi everyone,
Please read the information below as there is a new calendar for the spring and new and exciting opportunities for our students to attend the VIMY weeks in Ottawa with:

Encounters with Canada.

There is a scholarship and bursaries available!!

The Vimy Foundation:

The Encounters with Canada Support Foundation

Director General Brunet thanked both organizations for their generous support of Encounters’ participants. She said it was a great tribute to the strong and longstanding relationship between these organizations and Encounters with Canada – as well as a testament to the hard work and dedication of Program Director Francine Jobin and her staff in delivering an outstanding program week after month after year!


The Encounters with Canada Support Foundation: In 2011, the foundation very generously subsidized the registration fees of all participants by $100 for the Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age theme week. At this year’s annual general meeting, held recently at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, the Foundation agreed to provide a $75 bursary to each student attending the two Vimy weeks this year. For more information about the EWC Support Foundation:
Director General Brunet thanked both organizations for their generous support of Encounters’ participants. She said it was a great tribute to the strong and longstanding relationship between these organizations and Encounters with Canada – as well as a testament to the hard work and dedication of Program Director Francine Jobin and her staff in delivering an outstanding program week after month after year!
: In 2011, the foundation very generously subsidized the registration fees of all participants by $100 for the Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age theme week. At this year’s annual general meeting, held recently at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, the Foundation agreed to provide a $75 bursary to each student attending the two Vimy weeks this year. For more information about the EWC Support Foundation: Director General Linda Brunet is very proud to announce that Executive Director Valerie Bince-Stuart of the Vimy Foundation has confirmed that they will be offering a second week in both 2012 and 2013 for Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age, with the weeks running back-to-back. They will also be paying the tuition for 10 students per year, all finalists of the prestigious Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, which provides scholarships for students to study abroad. For more information about the Vimy Foundation and the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize:

Vimy offers a second week in 2012 and 2013 – EWC Support Foundation donates $75 per student for all Vimy week participants in 2012

Monday, October 10, 2011

Check out these useful sites!!!!!

Journal article search for enriched research and learning - great for research papers and also just because inquiring minds want to know!

A forum where top experts explore the big ideas and core skills defining the 21st century.  Think OUTSIDE the box!

Enrichment Newsletter Oct/Nov

For further information on all of the items listed below
please see Ms. Patterson ( rm 214

1.         Student Achievement Awards
OSSTF Contest “The Right to Speak the Responsibility to Listen”
Check out the options for media and art!!!!

2.                  Loran Awards (scholarships)!!!!!
Applications are online
DEADLINE: Wednesday Oct. 12th for Sponsored applications to PCC
(Deadline to scholarship committee = Oct 19th)
DEADLINE: Tuesday October 26th for Direct Pool applicants
See Ms. Patterson or Mrs. Anstett for details

3.                  Exploravision
Toshiba Sponsored Technology and Science Competition
See Mr. Warner for details

4.                  Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Math Challenge -  Nov 2, 2011
     Gr. 9 to 12     Fee: $12       Registration deadline: October 17
See Ms. |Barsan for details of both Math contests!
Canadian Senior and Intermediate Math Contests - Nov 22, 2011
Intermediate – gr. 9 & 10 and Senior – gr. 11 & 12
Fee: $10       Registration deadline: November 9

5.                  SHAD Valley
For the summer between Grade 11 and 12
Information at lunch on Friday October 21st in room 211
Application DEADLINE is December 7, 2011

6.                  Encounters with Canada

Information at lunch on Thursday October 27, 2011 – Room 211

A week in Ottawa at the Terry Fox Centre with students from all over Canada.
An opportunity to study one of eleven subthemes:
Arts and culture                                        Medicine and Health
Business and Entrepreneurship                 Sports and Fitness
Canada Remembers                                  Law
International Affairs                                 Science and Technology
Journalism and Communications              Social Sciences
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

7.                  Lead America
American based leadership program
Various locations including Washington, NYC, Atlanta, NYC and Boston.
You must be nominated – so see Ms. Patterson!
IRHS Nomination deadline is November 1st
8.                  Waterloo Unlimited

Grade 11 program “Design Theme” March 12 – 16/12

applications due December 16/11

                        Cost $450.00 (all meals included) bursaries available
Overnight Accommodation = $300.00

Grade 10 program “Theme TBD” May 13 – 17/12

applications due Mar 9/12
Cost $450.00 (all meals included) bursaries available
Overnight Accommodation = $120.00

9.                  House of Commons/Senate Page Programs

Deadline Dec 22nd/11 Jan 6th/12

You must be graduating this year and planning to attend a University in the Ottawa area (Carleton, Ottawa, St. Paul’s, etc)

10.              E=MC2
Registration takes place in February 2012
Check out the ESU section under “E=MC2”
Details of courses will be available after Dec. 1, 2011
Look for information on PROCESS on the NEXT Newsletter

11.              Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
See Mrs. Hills (workroom 226) or Ms. Omeri (room 212) for information about the school club

12.              Advanced Placement Exam Prep
Listen for announcements. 
Details to come in late October with a commitment required in late November.
Exams run from May 7 – May 18th 2012.
Cost = $87.00 U.S.

13.              MEI
Motivate, Experience, Inspire (MEI)
The world is your classroom.  International studies available

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Be a Hero for Affordable Housing Contest!

    Be a Hero For Affordable Housing!
2011 marks the 5th anniversary of the

Since its pilot in 2007 more than 200 students representing high schools from across Halton Region have participated in the Be a Hero contest, and more than $5000 in cash prizes has been awarded. 

Created to help bring awareness to the need for more affordable housing in Halton; the Be a Hero. Be a Voice for Affordable Housing contest has been recognized as being a model for youth engagement and recognized by the U.S. based PRNEWS Non-Profit Awards and the Toronto chapter, IABC for Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Be a Hero contest gives high school students a unique opportunity to be a voice for change in their own community by using their creative talents to raise awareness around the issues of homelessness and the need for affordable housing in Halton.

Take advantage of this opportunity to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Deadline- October 31st!

Top Prize:


Raise your voice through:

Visual Arts • Multimedia 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Ultimate Dream Job Contest! Great opportunity for Grade 9 students!

Subject: Spread the word about the 2011 Ultimate Dream Job Contest

Get grade nines involved in the 2011 Ultimate Dream Job Contest!
August 29 to October 17, 2011
Do you have a son or daughter starting grade nine this year?  Do you know someone starting grade nine? If you answered “yes” to either of those, pass this email right along!
It’s time again to get grade nines thinking early about career paths and their fav ourite dream jobs. The Learning Partnership, in partnership with Scotiabank®, is launching the 2011 Ultimate Dream Job Contest on Monday, August 29. This national online photo contest is designed to get teens thinking about their futures, in an exciting way.
Grade nines have a chance to:
  • Win one of 18 weekly prizes – three winners each week
  • Win the Grand Prize trip to Ottawa on The Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work™ day
  • Help their schools win $1,000 courtesy of Scotiabank®
How the contest works
From August 29 to October 9, students across Canada in grade nine, Senior I (Manitoba) and Secondary III (Quebec) are being asked to submit photos representing their “dream job,” along with a short description (25 words or less) about why it’s their dream job. The eligible Grand Prize winner will be selected by online voting between October 17 and October 23 with the winner being announced on October 24. To participate, students must be at least 13 and legal Canadian residents.*
Each week for six weeks, the 10 best photos will be displayed online for public voting. (You and your co-workers or colleagues can get involved in the contest by voting for your favourite photos every week.) Three students every week whose photos receive the most votes will win prizes (approximate prize values range from $60 to $350 CDN), which include:
  • Canon®  PowerShot® ELPH 100HS digital camera  
  • Apple 2GB 4th generation iPod shuffle ††
  • HP Mini 210 HD Netbook
  • Xbox 360 – 4GB Console and Kinect Bundle †††
  • And more!
And every week, the first-place winner advances to the finalists’ gallery, for a chance to win the Grand Prize.
The Grand Prize – visiting our nation's capital
All weekly finalists are eligible to win the Grand Prize return trip from their home to Ottawa with their parent/guardian to meet the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons on The Learning Partnership’s 2011 Take Our Kids to Work™ day (Wednesday, Nov. 2). The winner will also tour national attractions such as Parliament Hill, The National Gallery of Canada, The Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Odds of winning depend, in part, on the number of eligible entries received. This great Grand Prize trip has an approximate retail value of $2,450 CDN!
The Grand Prize winner will be announced October 24, 2011.
Spread the word
Encourage grade nines to put on their thinking caps and grab their digital cameras. Spread the word about the contest by talking; by texting; by BBMing on your BlackBerry; or by using this email on your intranet or school website.
Complete details about the contest rules and prizes can be found on the 2011 Ultimate Dream Job Contest website.
Visit our website to learn more about The Learning Partnership.

Potential winners must correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question and sign a publicity/liability release in order to be declared a winner and receive a prize.
* Employees of The Learning Partnership, St. Joseph’s Communications or Scotiabank and their parents, siblings and children, and persons domiciled with such individuals, as well as their agents, parent, affiliated or related companies, subsidiaries, divisions, prize sponsors, and promotional and advertising agencies and administrators, are ineligible to enter.
®Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia
Take Our Kids to Work is a trademark of The Learning Partnership Canada Inc.
†     Canon and PowerShot are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. © 2011 Canon Canada Inc.
††   Apple is not a sponsor of, nor a participant in, this promotion. iPod shuffle 2GB is a trademark of Apple Inc.,
      registered in the U.S. and other countries. 
††† Xbox is a registered trademark of Micr osoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.


The Learning Partnership
Tel: 416 440 5100  Fax: 416 482 5311

Monday, July 18, 2011

Absolute Think Day!

Think Day

What a GREAT day!

Think Day's motivational program allowed groups of our students to take that opening WOW assembly and go deeper in workshops.  The result - some great ideas about how to make a real difference and take real social action as a school.
Absolute’s Show
Students from those workshops will be meeting over the next few weeks to share their brainstorming and determine if they can take on some new and exciting initiatives to "Live Different".

Stay tuned for future developments

“I believe I have witnessed one of the most significant events in our school’s early history”