Spring & Summer Leadership Programs
Here at Maple Grove, many students show great leadership skills. In recognizing those skills our teachers will nominate a small group of students each year in one of the three programs outlined below. Recommendations and registration typically takes place in January or February of each year. If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.
Queens SEEDS in-Residence Program - Grade 8
The SEEDS program at Queens University offers 3 available weeks in May. These enrichment courses are excellent extensions of the classroom learning and are recommended for the highly motivated student who is a highly-able learner and/or identified gifted. The program is designed to allow participants the opportunity to interact and learn in an environment sensitive to their level of development. Additionally, students stay in residence and participate in a combination of academics, residence life, and cocurricular activities. The four-day stay on campus provides students with a challenging learning alternative and a taste of what university has to offer. All the appropriate information is available from their website if you are interested in this for your son or daughter. This is a totally optional program in which parents take on all costs, transportation and responsibility.
Ontario Education Leadership Camp - Grade 7
The OELC offers programs for students in the areas of Intermediate Arts, Intermediate Athletics, or Intermediate School Leadership course at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (O.E.L.C.) over the summer and is for highly motivated students who are either intellectually gifted students or those who are intellectually curious. and highly-able. These courses help foster skills in communication, decision-making, team building, and problem solving, while doing so in a safe environment that allows students to explore new challenges. Students build the self-confidence needed to become active leaders in their schools and communities through the interests and skills they already possess. Depending on the course students are taught leadership through activities that meet their interests and provide them with new ideas and initiatives to bring back to their schools. This is a totally optional program in which parents take on all costs, transportation and responsibility, however, this program does require a recommendation from the school.
Ontario Education Leadership Camp - Grade 6
The Grade 6 “Leadership for the Intellectually Curious Learner” is a program with OELC. This program runs in June and is for highly motivated students who are either intellectually gifted students or those who are intellectually curious and highly-able. This course will engage these students in a journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they develop the leadership skills necessary to effectively combine their ‘gift(s) with their passions' to make positive contributions to the world. Any other further information about the program is available from their website. This is a totally optional program in which parents take on all costs, transportation and responsibility, however, this program does require a recommendation from the school.
OELC and SEEDS Criteria for Teacher Recommendation
at Maple Grove - Grade 6, 7 & 8
- Student consistently demonstrates qualities of a highly able learner in the classroom and/or gifted identification.
- Student is intrinsically motivated to learn.
- Student consistently demonstrates a mature and responsible attitude with peers and adults.
- Student consistently demonstrates initiative by joining clubs and participation or trying out for school teams.
- No S’s or N’s on their report card learning skills, and typically all E’s.
- Teachers recognize the leadership potential based on the student's behaviour, initiative and attitude in the classroom and around the school.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE – ONTARIO
ISE Ontario’s 3, 4, 9 or 12 week reciprocal exchange programs to France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain or Quebec are open to elementary students. This program is ideal for strong Core French and French Immersion students who then benefit throughout secondary school from their enhanced French skills as well as their heightened maturity, responsibility and self-reliance. Immersion students may apply in their Grade 8 year on the “Go First program. ISE Ontario also offers Summer exchanges in Europe and Quebec, open to Grade 8 students. This is a totally optional program in which parents take on all costs, transportation and responsibility. There is not a nomination process, and parents and students are expected to explore this option on their own, if interested.