Friday, January 25, 2013

Halton Secondary Public Speaking Competition

HDSB Secondary Students, 
You are invited to participate in the HDSB Secondary Public Speaking Competition.
To participate in this event, contact Mr. Robin Coverdale at

Please let contact student: Dirk Grebenc if you are planning to compete.
Each school can be represented by up to four speakers.
The maximum number of speakers for the event is 24.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at WHITE OAKS S.S. in Oakville.
6:30 PM in the South-Cafeteria
Prosperity One Credit Union is supporting this HDSB event and will be providing a trophy for the winning school and cash prizes for the Student Winners.
Please respond to let me know that you would like to represent your  High School in this HDSB event.

Students can choose their own topics to present.

The speech should be 3 to 6 minutes in length.
The speech is judged on Delivery , Content , and Overall Impression.

Judges may be volunteers from the Toastmaster Clubs in Halton.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

LEAP Scholarship info for grades 9 and 10 Girls!!!

Venture and LEAP have created the ‘Changing Lives, One Girl At A Time’ Scholarship.  We are providing scholarships to young women to attend our summer programming. I have attached links to both of the Venture and LEAP scholarships. Please read carefully.

Scholarships available for girls in grades 9 and 10 – LEAP:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Enrichment Newsletter - January and February 2013

For further information please see Ms. Patterson ( (room 214) 

  1.  Schulich Leaders STEM Scholarships
Grade 12 Students - See PCC asap with application!

  1. E=MC2
May 5 – 10 2013 at Queens University
Registration Opens February:
Check out the ESU section under “E=MC2”

  1. AP Exam Prep
Exam dates  – May 6 – 17, 2013  (Cost $89.00US)
Money due ASAP
Tutorials begin in February – listen for announcements!
Last day to sign up = February 22, 2013!!!

4.      Top 20 Under 20
Apply before the deadline:  February 1, 2013!

5.      University of Toronto Youth Summer Programs
Faculty of Law and Medicine run summer mentorship programs
$1300 inclusive – 4 week program.  Fees and application due May 20th.

6.      Lead America –
Nominations must be made by February 18, 2013 – See Ms. Patterson

7.      Ministers Student Advisory Council
Deadline – March 1, 2013!
The council is about empowering youth to 'be the change.' Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education.

8.      Brain Bee at McMaster
NINTH Annual McMaster Brain Bee          April 11, 2013
AND the Fourth Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee:  June 1, 2013
Register online asap and then let Ms. Patterson know if 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. NYLC  and GYLC
June, July and Aug. 2013 Students must be nominated-Grades 9, 10 and 11 only.

  1. Waterloo Unlimited 
Grade 10 program, May 12–16, 2013  Fee $450.00 (Overnight accommodation - $120)
The theme of "Change"       5 day program (Sunday through Thursday)
Application deadline: postmarked by March 1, 2013
  1. Essay Contests
Grades  9 & 10 only-.Anthem  600 – 1200 words Deadline March 20, 2013
Grades 11 & 12 only-The Fountainhead  800 – 1600 words Deadline April 26, 2013
Grade 12 – Atlas Shrugged   800 – 1600 words.  Deadline September 17, 2013.
Grade 10 – 12 – We the Living  700 – 1500 words Deadline May 5, 2013

  1. Stratford “Shakespeare School” Residential program July/August
Workshops in Musical Theatre, Shakespeare and Theatre Performance Intensive Grades 9–12 Bursarie available Application Deadline = March 1, 2012
Grade 9 – 1 week ($1500 inclusive)   Grades 10 – 12 – 2 weeks ($2500 inclusive)
Grades 11-12 – 3week intensive program – audition required ($2900 inclusive)

14.  Forum for Young Canadians   APPLY NOW!
Spend one of the following weeks on Parliament Hill:
Feb 24 – March 1, March 17 – 22,  March 24 – 29
Focus on National Politics and Public Affairs

  1. Write for the Oakville Beaver! 
Students can write articles for Tom Dykes column in the Beaver

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

  1. Harvard Summer School
Secondary School Program June 22 – August 10, 2013
Take Harvard courses in subjects that interest you!

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

  1. Live Different – Hero Holidays
You can make a difference!

  1. Duke of Edinburgh Awards