Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ontario Educational Leadership Centre

OELC is located near Orillia, ON and this summer week-long program is an opportunity to build upon a student's leadership skills and qualities through a variety of mediums.

Each student can choose from 3 streams:
A) School based leadership (eg. student councils, etc.)
B) Fine Arts focus
C) Physical Education/Athletics

Space is limited, students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and must register to reserve their spot for the coming summer. Check out this LINK or call (705) 689-5572 and ask for Patricia.

Second Annual McMaster Earthquake Engineering Competition (MEEC)

McMaster is hosting an Earthquake Engineering Competition on Saturday, February 18. 

There are limited spaces. This is open to all students. 
  • The team rosters will be finalized on Friday, February 10th, so we also ask to be emailed of any changes or additions to the roster by this date.  Teams of 5 or less.

Contact Ms. Nguyen in the Mathematics department for more information.

Engineering Conference @ Guelph University

Interaction - April 26 and 27, 2017

Designed for university-bound grade 10 and 11 high school students, this conference will introduce university living and learning through informative and interactive sessions led by our faculty and staff.
This year, the University of Guelph will offer approximately 35 sessions that provide students with an opportunity to learn more about our academic disciplines and student services.   From Introduction to DNA Barcoding, to Designing for the Wearable Computing EnvironmentWeighing the Profits: A Business Case Competition, or Conflict: The Good and the Bad, your choices are varied. 
Registration is required, and must include a fee of $30 per student (includes lunch). The University will be using a first-come, first-served registration policy. Please get your applications in as soon as possible to ensure you are registered in your chosen sessions.
To register for this event CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Leadership Opportunitiy: Grade 10s only

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 27th – 29th, 2017. 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: www.cols.ca

The application process includes a short essay on the following question:  “People change just like the seasons.  Describe a small or big change that has left a positive impact on you and why?”  

Prior to Friday, February 10th, please compose a 75-100 word answer to that question and share it with Mr. Pearce and Ms Patterson, and a commitment for the weekend of May 27-29th.  A candidate will be selected from the submitted applications at that time.  Those not selected may have an opportunity to take part in a one day COLS seminar in the spring entitled “Promoting Leadership Among Youth” Day..
Should you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Give Respect, Get Respect Competition

Help the Halton and Halton Catholic Board, and the Halton Police Department, spread the message of respect and positive relationships.

Entries must communicate positive real-life strategies promoting messages about:
• Equity and diversity
• Personal well-being and self-esteem
• Healthy relationships and bullying prevention
• Building positive spaces and belonging at a school and in the community

Halton students in grades 6 to 12 may submit entries to be showcased across the Halton Region in three winning categories:
1. Posters
2. Videos
3. Original music composition

Mr Pearce is our school's contact person and the submission deadline is March 9, 2017.

Please read the link below for all the details, rules, etc.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Young Leaders Wanted: A week in Ottawa on Parliament Hill

You will have an opportunity to:
- gain a better understanding of the national decision-making process in Canada;
- get an insiders' view of Canadian politics and public affairs;
- share your ideas and acquire tools for community engagement;
- enhance your leadership and second official language skills;
- and much more!

Session dates:
February 20 to 25
March 5 to 10
March 19 to 24

Who can apply? 
Any 15 to 19 year-old Canadian students who are interested in politics and leaders in their communities. 

January 20, 2017

Program Fee:
The $895 participation covers:

  • hotel accommodation (triple occupancy) at an Ottawa hotel,
  • travel costs are provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Exchanges Canada program,
  • all meals during the program, beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with breakfast the following Friday,
  • instructional materials,
  • transportation by bus within Ottawa and special activities such as the Members’ of Parliament Dinner, Senators’ Breakfast, and closing dinner.
  • If funding the trip is a challenge for you, there are bursaries available for qualifying students. There’s also a good chance you could find sponsors in your community to support this unique educational opportunity.