Monday, December 14, 2015

EngAGE at Queen's University in Summer 2016!

EngAGE (the Queen’s Engineering Academy Guided Experience) is an engineering-focused educational summer program that exposes you to the main engineering fields of Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computing, and Mechanical engineering.

EngAGE presents students with a broad engineering overview, using lab facilities and thought-provoking projects to inform and engage students without being technically overwhelming.

The program runs from July 18th to August 19th.  The residence program includes: on-campus residence with three meals/day, full time supervision and supervised activities each evening.

See Mr Pearce for more details or follow this link (this link has been updated with current info as of Dec. 15)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Oratorical Contest

Optimist Club of Oakville presents its annual oratorical contest.

The topic this year is "How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others".

Prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the above topic.  Further information and rules can be found on their website here

Cash prizes:
1st Place: $500.00
2nd Place: $350.00
3rd Place: $150.00

Deadline for entries is Monday March 14, 2016
Contest held on Monday March 21, 2016.

See Mr Pearce for further details!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Grade 11 Waterloo Unlimited Program!

Grade 11 Program: Theme of Design: March 14 - 18,  2016 (March Break for many schools) 

From engineering and the environment to science fiction and virtual reality, students will explore the theme of "Design" across disciplines.  Attending lectures, seminars, and workshops on the University campus, they will join a community of like-minded high school peers from across Canada as they learn the Design Process and its application.

Program fee: $500 includes meals
Supervised overnight shared hotel accommodation: $300

Details on all programs available here:

Application deadline: December 16th, 2015

Join a biodiversity research program this summer!!

  • 21 research programmes in 10 countries.
  • university course credit available
  • field DNA labs, etc.
  • academic collaborations with 150 university staff
  • specialist expeditions for high school students
Posters are up around the staircase.  Go see Mr. Nassara on the 3rd floor for more details!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bootcamp For Brains

Bootcamp for Brains is a skills-building course designed specifically for girls, aged 15-17, who are motivated to crash through ceilings and inspired to make a difference!

Bootcamp for Brains will run two one-week sessions in Summer 2016. 

Applications are now available online! Check out their website for more information:

High School Design Competition Winners!

4 of our Ridge students, Claire & Paige Phillips, Abdullah Mir and Shannon Fenwick, won an engineering competition held at the University of Toronto over the weekend.  

Their challenge was to build a prototype device to lift weight up a side of a mountain.  Their pulley system used water as a counter weight, and while all the other teams used some sort of motor, theirs was the most eco-friendly and easy to assemble!  I think I can safely say this goes to show how our Ridge culture is rubbing off on our students!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Queen's University Upcoming 2016 Programs

Enrichment Mini Course (EMC): Grades 9-12 Enriched academic courses and a glimpse of university life 

Seven Eight Enrichment Days (SEEDS): Grades 7-8 Challenge yourself and explore a new topic 

Summer Enrichment Experience @ Queen’s (SEEQ): Grades 8-12 Expand your mind and experience Kingston in the summer

Queen’s Excellence in Skills Training (QuEST): Grades 7-10 Develop superior communication skills and cultivate strategic relationships to be a successful leader

CALL: 613-533-3181

or come by and see Mr Pearce in the Spec Ed department or email me:

Monday, November 9, 2015

University of Toronto - High School Design Competition

Brought to you by the Hi-Skule Committee. The University of Toronto High School Design Competition (UTHSDC) is a one-day design competition for high school students; the goal of this competition is to engage and inspire students interested in learning more about engineering, while gaining some practical design experience. Date: Saturday, November 28th, 2015 Time: Please check in between 8:15 – 8:50 a.m.; the event concludes at 5:30 p.m., lunch will be provided Location: Bahen Center for Information Technology: check in table is in the Lobby Who: Grades 9 – 12; Note: Grade 9/10s will compete against each other, and 11/12s will compete against each other Cost of registration: $15.00 per person Registration DEADLINE: Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Find out all the event details here:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Enrichment @ Queen's University

EMC = Enrichment Mini Course at Queen's University from May 1 to May 6, 2016 for any student in Grades 9-12. Cost is $795.00 for the week and courses fill on a first come, first served basis. Registration is on-line and opens on December 1, 2015. Check out their website here for more details!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Go CODE Girl @ McMaster University & U of T

This is an opportunity for young women in Grades 9, 10 and 11 to go learn about coding and software development in the computing and engineering fields at the university level. If you are interested in this field of study when you leave high school, I highly recommend you go check out this one-day event being hosted at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto on February 27, 2016. Registration opens in January and this is the link to further information:
This program is brought to you by the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering,

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Global Young Leaders Conference

This is an opportunity for high school students to gain new perspectives on your world by immersing yourself in global issues discussions and study the art of cross-cultural communication. This is a 10-day venture to Washington, D.C. and New York City (optional) "Throughout the program of your choice, students will expand their perspectives and cultivate your inherent leadership skills by examining and discussing global issues with distinguished diplomats and by visiting historical and modern-day bastions of political, social, and economic influence." When: Summer 2016 Cost: See Mr Pearce Deadline: November 6, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

LIFE Matters

Our journey isn’t over;
live, hope & stand together
with Deadmau5 and Bryan BaulmerFriday Oct 9, 2015 8am – 3pm Registration begins at 8:00 am, Gary Allan High School Georgetown Participants must pre-register online @ Event is open to all aged youth; under 12’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Participants will begin with a "walk of hope" travelling from Maple Avenue to the Trafalgar Sports Park, where they will share in a day of friendship, support and hope, enjoyed through a variety of fun and educational activities Transportation will be provided from Acton and Georgetown South (sign up during pre-registration)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Encounters With Canada

Expand your horizons and explore the possibilities for exciting careers that you’ve never before imagined! Visit important Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop your leadership skills and enjoy an extraordinary, bilingual experience. There are 13 themed weeks happening this year from Science & Technology, Sports & Fitness, Medicine & Health, just to name a few. Go alone, bring along a friend or two, meet new people from across the country and maybe even some famous Canadians! Website: Come see Mr Pearce or Ms Patterson for more details.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Encounters With Canada

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WEEK!!! Week of October 4th to October 11. Expand your knowledge of the world and learn more about such topics as globalization, human rights and diplomacy. Hear from ambassadors, international dignitaries and senior public servants. Visits to international agencies, international embassies and Canada's Supreme Court could also be part of the experience. Complete your week with a moving citizenship ceremony and witness people from around the world become new Canadians. Cost is $600.00 Registration here:

Waterloo Unlimited - Grade 12 students

Waterloo Unlimited for Grade 12 Students!

Just a reminder that the application deadline is approaching for this enrichment experience at the University of Waterloo designed for high school students of exceptional potential.
Grade 12 Program | "Road Map to Research: Explore the frontiers of new knowledge" | Wednesday, November 18 - Friday, November 20, 2015 Application deadline: October 9th, 2015
Details, including an easily printable flyer to distribute to students, available here:

Expect an immersive, pre-university experience focused on exploring cutting-edge research discoveries with professors, and the chance to engage with current student researchers. Also included: an introduction to the art and science of reading academic papers.

Program fee, includes all meals: $300. Supervised overnight shared hotel accommodation: $180.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Applied Health Sciences!!

Attention all Grade 10 and 11 students ... participate in hands-on workshops and learn more about career opportunities in health sciences at the University of Waterloo. When: mid-April 2016 (8:30 am - 3:15 pm). Where: University of Waterloo. How much: free. More information: Website: Contact: Trish Grover =

Monday, September 21, 2015

Student Leadership Mission to the North

Global Vision is now accepting applications for the Arctic Youth Ambassador Caucus (AYAC) being held in Iqaluit, NU from October 28th – November 1st , 2015.

Are your students curious about indigenous culture and history? Do they have a passion for development and advocacy? Are they interested in developing their leadership skills through a boots-on-the-ground experience in Canada’s final frontier? Then the AYAC is for them!

At the Caucus, students will join with their Northern peers to learn more about this region of Canada and work on finding innovative solutions to some of the pressing challenges the North faces. At the Caucus, students will:

•       Engage in Roundtables on Northern issues such as Food Security, Health Care, Environment and Education;
•       Meet with the Elders to learn about the rich history of Nunavut;
•       Learn about Northern culture from their peers;
•       Discover the rich culture and sights of Iqaluit as they work in teams to compete in the Amazing Race: Iqaluit;
•       Share unique experiences with new friends from Coast, to Coast, to Coast.

For more information and to apply for this Global Vision opportunity, please visit .  If students have any questions, contact Mr Pearce or Ms Patterson and one of them will contact Global Vision on your behalf.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Waterloo Kinesiology Lab Days 2015

Are you interested in Kinesiology?

High school students are invited to visit Waterloo to engage in 3 hands-on workshops
All GRADE 12 Biology students and Exercise Science class students are invited.
Mid December – 10 am – 2:30 pm
Cost - $15

Sunday, September 13, 2015

FORUM for Young Canadians in Ottawa

FORUM is an incredible experience

It allows students who are interested in politics to gain a better understanding of the National decision making processes in Canada.
Students network with youth from across the country, dine with MPs and Senators, attend other political events and sites, and enhance their understanding of the Parliamentay System.
Cost - $895 inclusive (travel, accommodation, meals etc.)
Dates - Feb 21-26  OR Feb 28 - Mar 4  OR Mar 13 - 18

Applications and further information is available at:

See Ms. Patterson if you have questions.

Youth Arts Program-Ottawa display opportunity

Calling all young artists!  The Youth Arts Program at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario invites youth
aged 12-18 to display their artwork in the Legislative Building in Toronto from November 23, 2015 through March 18, 2016.

Visit our
website for more information and to fill out the online application.  Online applications will be accepted from:
September 10 through October 15, 2015
We invite applications from teachers/instructors on behalf of their students, as well as individual youth artists.  If you have any questions about the Youth Arts Program, contact us at


Thursday, May 21, 2015

May was a very Enriched Month!

All year, incredible things happen at IRHS that enrich our students' learning experiences.  Much of the events that occur in May are things that students prepare for over the course of the year.  So - rather than list opportunities ... we wanted to share accomplishments:

This month at IRHS:
*Two full weeks of AP Exams + Late Exams were completed

*Students hosted a Tea for Seniors at Stewart Street Seniors' Home

*A fantastic "Coffee house" was hosted by our "Because I am a Girl" club and involved many student performers

*Sounds of the Spring Concert was a fantastic success

*School wide fundraising for the earthquake tragedy in Nepal

*Grade 8 visit day involved many student leaders from LINK crew and leadership classes - it was a fabulous success

*Our Central Ontario Leadership Seminar Student attended the COLS leadership weekend at University of Toronto, Mississauga

*the Chemistry Contest was written

*Students host a "Play Day" at Ryerson Public School

*Math contests were written

*Students entered poetry contests

*LINK Crew leaders were selected for 2015 2016

*After a great keynote speaker - a pick up Wheelchair basketball game at lunch :)

*Our "Student of Excellence" was honoured by the board

*The Luncheon of Champions honoured student achievements

*Students travelled to Ottawa for Encounters with Canada

and this just scratches the surface. 
Congratulations to all of our students who do amazing enriching things every day!
Just wait - more to come in JUNE!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Enrichment Newsletter March and April


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

1. Essay Contests
Grades 9 and 10 only Anthem 600 – 1200 words.
Deadline March 20, 2015
Grades 11 and 12 only The Fountainhead 800 – 1600 words
Deadline April 26, 2015

2. Encounters with Canada
Get an application code from Ms. P to register ONLINE (discounts available!)
Dates throughout the year – check the enrichment board (rm 214) or on the website.
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 Mental Health and Wellness

3. Brain Bee at McMaster
Annual McMaster Brain Bee April 9, 2015
AND the Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee: June 2015
Register online by April 5, 2015 and then let Ms. Patterson know if you are competing. We won last year – let’s go for it again RIDGE!

4. Guelph Interaction Conference

Interaction is for students who have a passion for learning in Grades 10 and 11.
You may attend on EITHER April 22nd or April 23rd.
There are over 35 workshops to introduce University living and learning through informative and interactive sessions with Guelph faculty and staff.
The fee for the day is $30.00 and includes lunch. Registration fees must accompany registration forms. Registration Deadline – April 8, 2015
Please see Mrs. Gazan for more information

5. AP Exams
Exam dates – May 4 – 15, 2015 (Cost $91.00US)
Exams are ordered 
Information available from Ms. Patterson for next year.

6. HDSB Public Speaking Contest
Tuesday April 14th 2015 6:30 – 9:30 pm at WOSS South in the Cafeteria
Junior (9 – 10) and Senior (11-12) representatives can compete
See Ms. Patterson if interested – we need to defend our title!
Board Contact – Robin Coverdale –

7. Scientifically Yours – a 2 day science experience for Grade 11 Students
May 7-8, 2015 at Brock University.- 25th Anniversary Year!
$285.00 + HST - inclusive
Application Deadline April 22, 2015

8. University of Toronto Youth Summer Programs
Faculty of Law and Medicine run summer mentorship programs
$1260 inclusive/module– 4 modules to select from (many already wait-listed)
Fees and application due May 29th.

9. 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

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

11. OELC – Ontario Educational Leadership Centre
Leadership camps running from May to September with a focus on athletics, music, fine arts, and student council leadership. Cost varies depending upon week chosen
$325.00 – $650.00

12. Harvard Summer School
Secondary School Program June 20 – August 8, 2015

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

14. Projects Abroad
Unique learning opportunities around the Globe!

15. Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Monday, February 9, 2015

Enrichment Newsletter February

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

1. Advanced Placement Exam Prep
FINAL Deadline for contracts and money to Ms. Patterson is:
February 20, 2015
Study groups will be established at team meeting on Friday Feb 6
Exams run from May 4 – May 15th 2015. Cost = $91.00 U.S.

2. FORUM for Young Canadians
$820 – In Ottawa for Grades 10, 11, and 12
Spring 2015. Application deadline coming up soon

3. Math and Computer Contests
See Mr. Cummings or Ms. Singal in room 307 for details. Listen to announcements. Check the Waterloo Website:

4. Waterloo Unlimited
May 10–14, 2015 $450 Deadline March 10, 2015
Grade 10 | Theme of "Change" | 5-day program

5. E=MC2
May 3 – 8 2015 Registration from February 3 – April 10, 2015
Details of courses will be available after January 1, 2015
Registration on line throughout February – CONTACT MS. PATTERSON!
Cost $780.00 for the week

6. Encounters with Canada
Get an application code from Ms. P to register ONLINE (discounts available!)
Dates throughout the year – check the enrichment board (rm 214) or on the website.
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 Mental Health and Wellness

7. Essay Contests
Grades 9 and 10 only. Anthem 600 – 1200 words
Deadline March 20, 2015
Grades 11 and 12 only The Fountainhead 800 – 1600 words
Deadline April 26, 2015
8. McMASTER Engineering Conference for Grade 9 and 10 Girls
June 25th at 8:00 am and June 26th at 1:00 pm.
Applications are due Tuesday March 31st by noon!

9. Brain Bee at McMaster Wednesday April 2015
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! IRHS has a legacy at this event:
Register online and then let Ms. Patterson know you are competing!
To fill out the registration form, click here. Note: the registration deadline is April 2015
Congratulations to everyone -- the 2012 McMaster Brain Bee was a great success
Iroquois Ridge High School cleaned up in 2012 winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Awesome work -- congratulations!!! Manjot Sangha (1st place), Tina Yuan (3rd place), and Alicia Rajwani (2nd place). Congratulations to Manjot, who represented us at the 5th Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee, In 2013 Jae Eun Lee won 2nd place and in 2014, she won 1st place and represented IRHS at the 7th annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee in Hamilton and came 4th.

10. HDSB Public Speaking Contest
Tuesday April 14th 2015 6:30 – 9:30 pm at WOSS South in the Cafeteria
Junior (9 – 10) and Senior (11-12) representatives can compete
See Ms. Patterson if interested – we need to defend our title!
Board Contact – Robin Coverdale –

Brain Bee at McMaster April 9th!

This year's Hamilton Brain Bee will be
held on April 9th, at McMaster University.
Questions: go to

OR - Contact:

Esther Manoian
Brain Bee Coordinator,
McMaster University
ext 22853