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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Gifted & Enrichment Opportunities
 
The Gifted Program at Michael Power St. Joseph High School is a voluntary, non-credit program which provides opportunities for the student to explore areas of interest outside of the regular curriculum.  All identified gifted students will be provided with the opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, enrichment programs, clubs, teams, etc.  All of these benefit the student and help him/her better prepare for the future.
 

Students will be interviewed on an individual basis to discuss their interests.  It will be up to each student to choose his/her level of participation.  Students are asked to provide an e-mail address so that relevant information can be forwarded as the school receives it.  Parents may contact the school Gifted Facilitators to discuss any interests or concerns they may have.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award
 
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Young Canadians Challenge is an exciting self development programme available to all young people, equipping them with the life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities, and their country.  The award is flexible and can be done by anyone aged 14-25 during their own time.  The individual chooses which activies they will do depending on their interests and resources.
 
There are three levels of the award in which you can participate - Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each successive level demanding increased commitment.
 
There are four areas in which the participant needs to become involved:
 
Service will take the form of practical service to individuals or the the community, such as assisting in homes or in institutions, conserving the environment or helping community groups.
 
Expeditions to develop self-reliance by undertaking an interesting journey of discovery in the outdoors.
 
Skills to encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills. The choice can either be a continuing and progressive interest in an activity such as stamp collecting, fishing or playing a musical instrument, or a studey of a topic of personal interest.
 
Physical Recreation to encourage the participation in physical activity and provide an opportunity to improve performance and learn to appreciate physical recreation as an important component of a healthy lifestyle.

 

For more information about the award go to www.dukeofed.org.
 
 
Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly
 
CSUNA is a simulation of the United Nations that catapults into the world of diplomacy and negotiation. The student “delegates” draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiates with supporters and adversaries, resolves conflicts and navigates the UN’s rules of procedure - all in the interest of resolving problems that affect almost every country in the world.
For more information contact the Gifted Facilitators, Mrs. Tindale-Fox or Mrs. Hurley.
 
 
University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science Mentorship Programs
 
The Mentorship Program is for senior high school students who show considerable academic promise and are interested in enriching their secondary school studies by assisting University of Toronto professors in their research and lab work.  The goal of the Mentorship Program is to support and enhance exceptional abilities.  Some of the mentorship research projects include Biochemistry, Immunology, Pathobiology, Italian studies, injury prevention, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, to name a few.
 
 
 
Destination Imagination
 
A creative problem solving challenge providing opportunities to explore and discover unlimited creative potential through teamwork, cooperation and mutual respect.  Students compete at the regional level and, if successful, will attend the global finals in Knoxville, Tennessee.
 
 
 
United Nations Assemblies
 
A United Nations assembly is essentially a large-scale simulation exercise in which student-delegates are assigned various committees within the United Nations where they must represent their country’s interests.  Delegates are required to research predetermined issues and then debate these issues using standard parliamentary procedure.  Instead of presenting their personal views, delegates will debate in favour of their country’s position in the world today in order to defend their nation’s interests.  Delegates attempt to come to agreements on the topics discussed and then draft resolutions, which reflect the consensus of opinion.

United Nations assemblies are terrific learning experiences.  Students who participate in these events not only learn more about issues that affect the world today, but in addition, develop research, debate, and public speaking skills.  As well, delegates meet and interact with people their own age who share the same interests.

Our students have traveled to:
Montreal to participate in SSUNS- Secondary Schools United Nations Assembly www.ssuns.org
Boston - Harvard University United Nations New York City
NHSMUN - National High School Model United Nations

Students participate in the following Model United Nations Assemblies throughout the year:

CSUNA- Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly: www.csuna.org

UTMUN- University of Toronto Model United Nations

CHAMUN- Chaminade College Model United Nations: www.chamun.ca

BAMUN- Bishop Allen Model United Nations

SOMA- Southern United Nations Assembly: www.soma.on.ca
 
Contact: Mrs. Tindale-Fox carmel.tindalefox@tcdsb.com

 

Additional Enrichment Opportunities
 
Conferences
Queen's University Mini-Enrichment Week:
- During May (Sunday - Friday) in Kingston, Ontario.
- Experience university life while taking a one-week course on a topic of your interest.
- More information to come.
 
Rotary Club of Etobicoke:
- For senior high school students.
- During May (Thursday - Saturday), deadline in April.
- This camp is provided free of charge to Etobicoke students who show a keen interest in    entrepreneurship and community service.  Students listen to "top-notch" motivational speakers.
- More information to come.
 
Programs Running Throughout the Year
 
After School Tutoring Program:
- Senior students are needed to work as tutors for MPSJ students.
- Excellent idea for IB students to fulfull their 50 hours of service required for CAS.
 
Leadership:
- Committees: Impaired Driving, Anti-Smoking, Anti-Bullying, Breakfast with Santa, God Squad, Free the    Children, Green Power, Peer Ministry, Student Council, etc.
- Camp White Pine, a grade 9 camp, applications for counselors available at the end of October.
- Everyone should consider something.  Listen to anouncements for more information.
 
Math Competitions:
- Waterloo math competitions.
- Registration is in November, if you do not take math this semester listen for registration date.
- Teacher contact is Mr. Stancati in the Math department.
 
Encounters with Canada:
- This is a one week program of Canadian studies held at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in    Ottawa, see additional handout for theme weeks.
- Teacher contact is Mrs. Peers.
 
Saturday Science Academy, University of Toronto:
- Advanced academic program for students in grades 3 to 12 who have a desire to explore science, math,    and technology in challenging and creative ways.
- Applications and deadlines are available on the following website: www.engineering.utoronto.ca
 
Essay Competitions:
- Human Rights and Race Relations Centre, 1st prize $500, deadline in early December.
- Friars Student Writing Award, 1st prize $500, deadline in early December.
- RCS Essay Competition (International), prizes vary from £150 to £600, deadline at the end of    February.
- FPCBP Portugese Essay Competition, prizes of $1000, deadline in early June.

Scholarships and Bursaries
- Scholarships Canada
- StudentAwards.com
- Wendy's Classical Achiever
- National Scholarship Programme
- TD Canada Trust Scholarships
- The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
 
University of Toronto Gifted Student Conference
-one day conference downtown @ the St. George Campus
 
University of Toronto Elementary Gifted Conference
- April 2011 ( one or two days, specific days to follow )
- Secondary students present workshops to the elementary students
 
Forum for Young Canadians
- Ins and outs of running the country 4 sessions, $895 inclusive
- Teacher contact: Mrs. Peers
 
York University Emerging Global Leaders Program
- May - 3 Day conference
- 50 students from Ontario & the Caribbean
- Competitive Selection Process
See Mrs. Peers for more Information
 
Guelph Interaction
- One day conference introducing you to university living and learning through informative and interactive sessions by Guelph faculty and staff.
- April 2011
 
Waterloo Unlimited
Students will consider the perspective of scientists, engineers, writers, philosophers, and others as they examine the theme of vision. From eyesight to imagination and fine art to flight, we're excited about giving you the opportunity to see "vision" in a whole new light.
 
Ropes Ryerson University
- Research opportunity program in Engineering and Science
- Six weeks paid summer employment for Grade 11 Students
http://www.feas.ryerson.ca/styles/1/women_in_enginneering/
 
Seize Your Future
- Seize your future is an application-based leadership seminar designed to help young women develop leadership skills, acquire decision-making abilities, and become leaders of tomorrow.
www.SeizeYourFuture.ca
 
Mental Health Awareness Week
- May 2- 6, 2011
- Purpose of the week is to bring Awareness to Mental Health issues and to Stop the Stigma surrounding Mental Health.
- Student initiative
Staff moderators: Mrs. Tindale-Fox, Mrs. Peers, & Mrs. Petrini
 
McMaster University Science and Engineering Olympics
- Spend a day at McMaster University competing in Science and engineering challenges that could win you scholarship money to attend McMaster U.
- Date: Thursday October 14, 2010 http://olympics.mcmaster.ca/about/competitions.php
- Contact Mrs. Tindale-Fox to register.
 
Synapse
- a mentorship program connecting youth to health researchers and trainees.
- First hand look at what it’s really like to work in health and science research environment and a chance to get laboratory training and experience.
 
Mini-Med School University of Toronto
- A series of lectures presenting current issues in health science. Five evening presentations.
- U of T St. George campus in the fall, Mississauga campus in the Spring
website: http://learn.utoronto.ca/artsci/minimed.htm
 
Girls Rock Science
- Series of Saturday workshops- Free admission
- Dates to be announced
- U of T Enrichment program
Register online at www.artsci.toronto.ca/prospective Go to high school programs, Academic enrichment
 
Essay Competitions/ Contests
PREPSKILLS Write for Life Oncology Book Contest www.PREPSKILLS.com and click the WINGS OF HOPE link
The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge www.mathieudacosta.gc.ca
Racism! Stop it! National Video Competition www.march21.gc.ca
The Ultimate Dream Job Contest. www.dreamjobcontest.ca
Skills Canada Speech Competition

Summer Opportunities
Junior Rangers Program:
- The aim of the Junior Canadian Rangers Program is to provide a structured youth program which    promotes traditional cultures and lifestyles, in remote and isolated communities of Canada.
- For grade 11 students.
SHAD Valley:
- For senior high school students.
- July summer program at a university campus.
- Students work in teams to develop a business plan for an invention or innovation of their own making.
- Application deadline in early December.
DEEP:
- July Summer Academy at U of T.
- Engineering, science and business enrichment program.
- Application deadline at the end of April.