Friday, December 21, 2018

Science Unlimited Summer Camp

Science Unlimited offers high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a week of workshops from the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics and the School of the Environment.

  • Dates: August 12-16, 2019
  • Time: 8:30-4:00 daily
  • Location: UofT Downtown Campus
  • Cost: $325 (Financial assistance in the form of bursaries and scholarships available, contact  for more information.)
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptances: Late April

Applications will open on February 1, 2019 for August 12 - 16, 2019.

To be notified when when applications open, email:

Summer Math Programs @ U of T

Math Academy: August (Grades 9 - 12)
  • The Mathematics Academy Programs are aimed at providing students with experience in Mathematics and Mathematics Research. The program strives to introduce students to concepts not typically covered in the standard curriculum. Students will gain knowledge and skills in various aspects of mathematics and will have a chance to meet with members of the department currently involved in mathematics research.
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Leadership Opportunity: Grade 10s Only

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Here 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 24th – 26th, 2019. 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 is a short essay on the following question:  “Describe what you consider to be your most significant contribution to your school or larger community. Why was it important to you or others?”  

By Friday, January 18th, please compose a 100-150 word answer to the question and share it with me, Mr. Pearce, and be committed for the weekend of May 24-26th.  A candidate will be selected from the submitted applications by January 23rd.  
Should you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

McGill University - McGill Summer Academy

McGill Summer Academy
Following the great success of our first two Summer Academies, we are happy to announce the dates for McGill Summer Academy 2019!

From July 7-20 and July 21-August 3, students in grades 10 and 11 from across the world will have the opportunity to participate in classes, workshops, and social activities introducing them to university life, McGill, and MontrĂ©al - all while being hosted in a McGill Residence!

Students are invited to submit their applications online as of January 17, 2019. Applications must be submitted by February 7, 2019.

Those interested in learning more about the McGill Summer Academy can refer to our websiteand join our mailing list to receive updates on the 2019 program.


McGill Summer Academy Team
McGill University

National Biology Competition

About the 2019 Competition
The 25th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition will be held at participating schools on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
The aim of the competition is to provide all high school students with an opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of biology. We encourage participation of younger students, especially those in Grade 11.
If you are interested, ask your science teacher to register you.

Outreach Physics @ U of T

Bringing physics to the community!

Check out the various enrichment programs and competitions on the link below:


Monday, December 10, 2018

ESQ Winter Programs- Now Open!

Winter 2019 Program Registrations NOW OPEN!

Registration for Winter 2019 programs along with applications for our summer high school programs are now open!  Don't miss out- Sign up today!

Below is the list of programs and applications that are now open:
We hope to see you soon! Any questions? Send us an email and we'll be more than happy to help.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Summer Job Applications and Winter Program Registration- Open Now!

University of Waterloo Engineering Outreach

ESQ Summer Job Applications NOW OPEN!

Interested in being part of the ESQ team next summer? It's time for job applications! Waterloo has many exciting roles and fun programs!

High School Leader (applications now open!)

The High School Instructor at Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) is responsible for working with their team to create a fun, educational and safe environment for their campers. This person will deliver activities created by the University Instructors, engage with, and supervise campers, and any other responsibilities to ensure the camp runs smoothly.

Winter 2019 Program Registrations NOW OPEN!

Registration for Winter 2019 programs along with applications for Waterloo's summer high school programs are now open!.

Below is the list of programs and applications that are now open:
Any questions? Send Waterloo an email and they'll be more than happy to help.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Programming Challenge for Girls

University of Waterloo
The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing

Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G) is a workshop designed to introduce programming to Grade 10 girls who have never programmed before. By the end of the day, students will have learned the basics of object-oriented programming through a hands-on tutorial and challenge.
We will use the programming environment Alice and girls will be in teams of two for both the tutorial and challenge.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Registration closes on November 28.

Click HERE for more information

Friday, November 9, 2018

Advanced Placement Exams

Any student from grade 9 to 12 interested in writing an AP exam next May 2019, can come to an information meeting on Tuesday Nov 13 in Room 211. If you cannot attend and still want information, come see Mr Pearce at lunch in workroom 214.

University of Waterloo Winter 2019 Programming

Save the Date! November 28, 2018

On November 28, 2018, we'll be opening registration for Winter 2019 programs along with applications for our summer high school programs.

Below is the list of programs and applications that will open on November 28, 2018. It's a long list so get excited and mark your calendar!
  • January Camps 
  • E^3 camp applications 
  • Leader in Training applications 
  • Grade 11 Girls Conference applications 
  • Catalyst Summer camp applications 
  • Code Squad camp applications 
  • March Break camps 
  • Girl Guide Badge Day 
  • Go CODE Girl 
  • PD Day events

Thursday, November 8, 2018

SHAD 2019 | The Final Countdown

Submissions are due by November 19. 
The 2019 SHAD program will run from June 30 to July 26.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen and are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase, May 13 & 14, 2019, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.


Friday, November 2, 2018

U of Waterloo: Math Problems

The Problem of the Week is designed to provide students with an ongoing opportunity to solve mathematical problems. Each week, problems from various areas of mathematics will be posted on their website. 


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Engineering Overnight @ McMaster

Are you a Grade 11 girl who is interested in attending Engineering at McMaster University? Come visit our campus on May 10th and 11th and get an opportunity to interact with female undergraduate engineering students and see what McMaster Engineering is all about through this overnight experience! During your time at McMaster University, you will be able to experience hands on workshops, campus/residence life and expand your soft skills! 

Deadline to apply: April 12, 2019 at noon. 


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

LEAP Academy @ McMaster University

Developed for high-achieving secondary school students, LEAP Academy– the Learning Enrichment Advancement Program – delivers innovative summer courses in McMaster’s state-of-the-art engineering laboratories. Gain a deeper understanding of science, mathematics and technology while exploring today’s most exciting areas of engineering and computer science. Enriching, hands-on activities encourage creativity, personal growth and a passion for learning. Get a jump on university with LEAP Summer Academy 

Visit their website for more details by clicking HERE

Monday, October 29, 2018

Essay Contest

The 2018 Lives That Make A Difference essay contest

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Tell us about the heroes that make a difference in and out of your classroom

Contest closes December 31, 2018.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Foreign Language Exchange Trips

The following two companies offer high school credits as well as a great learning experience:

And this 3rd company does not offer credits but IRHS has had current students participate in exchanges to France!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ivey Summer Leadership Program

Ivey Business School at Western University is pleased to offer the Ivey Leadership Program.

This is a great opportunity for students currently in grades 10 and 11.  Students stay on their campus for 9 days of intense, fast-paced learning and development with Ivey faculty, speakers and team projects.  Students work as teams and tackle topics such as marketing, finance, disruption and innovation, and more.

Program Dates: August 6-15, 2019

Visit their website HERE for more details.

Application deadline is March 13, 2019.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

U of Waterloo: Web Basics

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Web tutorials: Web basics introduces the main ideas behind the specification of a web page in HTML5 and CSS3, assuming no previous background. Explanations are interspersed with exercises and ideas for future practice.


U of T: Munk One Case Competition

Every year, the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy runs a case competition which encourages its students to think on their feet and develop innovative solutions to a global problem. First-year undergraduate teams have already been selected and we are now happy to be opening applications for high school students.

The competition is a great opportunity to present before world-class judges who are experts in their field and gain experience presenting in a university environment. Past topics included human trafficking, homelessness in Toronto, and refugee settlement.

Applications are due November 1st at 11:59pm. 

Dates for the Competition: Monday November 5 and Tuesday November 6, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Queen's Enrichment Mini Course

Students in grades nine through twelve, have the opportunity to spend a week at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, to learn beyond the high school classroom, with engaging and challenging courses that motivate them to explore and apply new knowledge. They return to school with renewed energy, an excitement for learning, and ideas for post-secondary and career planning.

Registration opens in early December.

May 7 - 10, 2019


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Annual Oratorical Contest

The topic for the 2018-19 Oratorical Contest is: Is there a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality? 

Entrants must be under 19 years of age (as of October 1, 2018) and have not yet graduated from high school.

Please note that the completed application must be sent or delivered to the address shown below, together with a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport, and received by the deadline for entries, Friday March 23rd, 2019.  

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Reminder: SHAD applications deadline

SHAD is seeking high achieving students interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with incredible intellect, drive, initiative and creativity, who are seeking an enrichment experience. 

The SHAD program runs from June 30 to July 26, 2019.

The on-line application is due by November 19th.

The admission process is competitive. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. Please review the application requirements below before starting the online application. 

Come see or contact Mr Pearce for assistance in applying to SHAD. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

U of Waterloo: Python from Scratch

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Python from scratch is a gentle introduction to programming, designed with the beginner in mind. No previous background is assumed. Each programming concept is first taught without reference to a specific programming language. Hands-on practice, using the programming language Python, helps to reinforce the concepts.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Annual Essay Contest

This topic for our 2019 essay contest is: "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?".  The contest will be of interest to students in Grades 9 through 12 attending school in Oakville.

The deadline for essay entries is ​January 31, 2019.  Please see the contest rules and application form links below for more information.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

SHAD update

Instagram Live Q&A: On October 18 at 7 PM EDT we will be doing a SHAD application Q&A on Instagram Live. Follow us on Instagram (@SHADprogram) to tune in and get the latest info on SHAD 2019.
The deadline to apply to SHAD 2019 is one month away! We hope to see promising students from your school (who are currently in grade 10, 11 or 12) applying to this opportunity to spend their July at a university campus and unleash their potential as Change Makers.

It can be tough for students to know where to begin with applying to SHAD, so let's debunk the misconceptions surrounding the SHAD application:

Myth 1: Students need to have an average in the high 90's
SHAD values curiosity over high academic grades. We are looking for students who love learning for the sake of learning, are open minded and creative. There is no grade average cut-off for eligibility - if a student loves to learn, encourage them to apply!
Myth 2: Students should only apply if they can afford the full program feeA range of bursaries and scholarships are available to ensure SHAD is accessible to students from diverse economic backgrounds. Last year SHAD awarded over 1 million dollars in bursaries and scholarship for students with demonstrated financial need!
Myth 3: SHAD is a STEAM summer camp that only lasts a month SHAD is a network for life and our SHAD alumni will gain access to benefits throughout their academic and professional careers. Participants receive the SHAD Fellow designation, which is recognized by university admissions and major scholarship providers. This is why our Fellow network of over 17,000 alumni features 32 Rhodes Scholars, 88 Loran Scholars, and 56 Schulich Leaders!
Myth 4: My students are from a rural & remote community and won't fit in Many of our SHAD Fellows from remote communities say SHAD expanded their network. In their words:
Encourage, educate and empower your promising student leaders to 
Thank you for all of your support.
Cheryl Thompson
Student Coordinator  |  SHAD | voice (519) 884-8844 x 222 | fax (519) 884-0665

Arts and Culture Week Oct 28 to Nov 3rd

The Arts and Culture week from Oct 28th to Nov 3rd has a $100.00 discount off the already low price of $750.00

The arts permit us to define ourselves, rather than allowing others to do it for us. Meeting professional artists (contemporary dance, theatre, percussion, multimedia, etc.), participants explore various mediums of expression that free their creativity. Through the means of arts and culture, they reinforce their belief in themselves, develop their creative thought, and find their own voice.