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
cheryl@shad.ca | 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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Computer Science 4 U Day

CS4U Day is an annual event held by the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. High school students, teachers, and families are welcome to join us on campus for an exciting day of speakers and hands-on activities.



Encounters With Canada

Encounters With Canada is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens to meet other young people from across the country. Spend an adventure-filled week in your nation’s capital! Check out future career options, discover your country, share your hopes and dreams. For 36 years, EWC has delivered a rich and varied, bilingual program. To date, more than 111,000 youth have lived the EWC experience… now it’s your turn!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

MoveTheDial - for girls and young women

On November 07, MoveTheDial will be hosting their inaugural Summit that integrates some of the top business leaders from Google, Uber, Shopify, Canadian media and more with high-school students in the GTA! This is an incredibly unique opportunity for students to meet and receive mentorship from some of the sharpest leaders in Canada! 

MoveTheDial's mission is to empower women and young ladies to pursue leadership position in STEM and the workforce. They are a global movement established in multiple cities around the world! The Knowledge Society (TKS) will be hosting the Youth Experience in the morning where all the students will be exposed to next-generation technologies and use them to solve important problems in the world.

Can you please share this application to attend the summit with your students. It is rare that they are given the opportunity to not only learn about exponential technologies, but to have direct access to professionals in the tech industry (FOR FREE).  We know this will be an incredible experience for them! Application deadline is October 17th.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Deadline for National Youth Form is coming up

Spaces are limited for the 2019 sessions in Ottawa.
Forum for Young Canadians is a civics education program for students aged 15-19 years.  Enter into the world of national politics and public affairs.  Meet and interact with senators, MPs, etc. 

Deadline to apply is November 30 for the sessions that run:
February 3-8 and March 17-22.

Scholarships for this week are available.

Visit their website for more details HERE

Any questions are to be directed to forumAS2@forum.ca or by telephone (613) 233-4086 ext 108