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University of Toronto National Biology Competition

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The 20th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition will be held at participating schools on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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.


Go Guatemala

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This announcement applies to all grade 11 and returning grade 12 students who are interested in learning more about a service learning opportunity. The Waterloo Catholic School Board has been invited to select one student from St. Benedict’s to participate in the Go Guatemala program developed and run by faculty at St. Jerome’s University.

Go Guatemala is a service learning trip that is rooted in volunteering and learning primarily at an orphanage. St. Jerome’s University developed Go Guatemala to assist in educating students as global citizens. Through pre-departure sessions and an international travel experience, participants will reinforce foundations of responsible citizenship.

The selected student would be travelling to parts of Guatemala for 11 days with a group of St. Jerome’s staff and first year students to:

  • Learn about and understand the causes of injustice, inequality, and suffering around the world
  • Investigate the effects of globalization on the world’s oppressed peoples
  • Become part of a community of friendship, support, education and action

For more information, please email or speak to Ms. Smukavich, or come to the information session run by the coordinator from St. Jerome’s on Thursday April 24, 2014 at the beginning of lunch in the seminar room near the guidance office. Information regarding applications, cost and travel itinerary will be given.


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Scrabble Dictionary Adds New Fan-Voted Word

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The makers of the popular board game Scrabble have added a new word to the official player’s dictionary.

Geocache beat out 15 other nominated words in the Scrabble Word Showdown to become the winning word that will be included in the upcoming fifth edition of Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Canada’s Smartest Person

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CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is a new interactive television series that redefines what it means to be smart. We’ll shatter the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff.

Every week four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience in six categories of smarts: musical, physical, social, logical, visual and linguistic. In the series finale eight finalists will go head to head to earn the title of Canada’s Smartest Person. It’s a whole new way of looking at smarts!

How are YOU smart? Join the fun from home to find out. Download the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, or play along online. Every week you’ll go head to head against family, friends and the rest of the country in real time.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is igniting a national conversation about what it means to be smart. Join us as we find out who will earn the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person!

Grand River Film Festival: Call For Submissions

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Submitting to GRFF

We are now accepting submissions for 2014.  GRFF encourages all filmmakers – student, amateur, professional – to submit to our annual competitions.

SHORT Shorts

The SHORT Shorts Competition is a celebration of short films in two categories (Waterloo Region and Cross-Canada). It provides aspiring filmmakers support and exposure of their 15 minute or less film through the hosting of a networking/shorts award event with judging by film professionals, the screening of their film in a festival setting, and the opportunity to win significant cash and product prizes.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

Canadian Short Film Competition
REGULAR DEADLINE: Friday, June 27, 2014
Fee: $10.00

LATE DEADLINE: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Fee: $20.00

Waterloo Region Short Film Competition
REGULAR DEADLINE: Friday, June 27, 2014
Fee: $10.00

LATE DEADLINE: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Fee: $20.00

Knowledge Integration

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The Centre for Knowledge Integration (University of Waterloo) is home to two unique programs: the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration degree program for undergraduate students; and Waterloo Unlimited, a one-of-a-kind high school enrichment program.

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We are committed to providing education and enrichment opportunities that transcend traditional disciplines and prepare our students to adapt to and engage with our complex world.

KI design tool:

  • Start solo
  • Defer judgment
  • Stay focused
  • Post notes and sketches
  • One idea at a time
  • Build on the ideas of others
  • Encourage wild ideas
  • The more ideas, the better

Engaging in Entrepreneurship and Engineering

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WCDSB has partnered with the University of Waterloo to provide a camp called E3 (Engaging in Entrepreneurship and Engineering) for girls entering grade 11 and 12. The camp will be at the University of Waterloo from August 18th – 22nd.

Engaging in Entrepreneurship & Engineering

What is it?

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Engaging in Entrepreneurship & Engineering (E3) powered by Google for Entrepreneurs is a week-long camp for high school students entering grades 11-12 who are interested in learning the basics of entrepreneurship. Whether you think of yourself as an ideas-person, business-savvy, developer, or designer; this camp is for you!   

What to expect?

This will be an action-packed week of business model creation, designing, prototyping, and market validation. The week will culminate with a celebration of the ideas developed at the Communitech Hub. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, apply now for a life-changing experience!

Who is this for?

The Ecamp is only open to students entering grade 11 or 12 (currently in grade 10 or 11) and selection is application-based. For its inaugural week, the program will restricted to female students.  Male students or those entering other grades are invited to sign-up for a notification when the program is expanded.

Please note that this program is not an overnight program.


Dates: August 18-22, 2014 Time: 9am to 4pm each day (drop-off is 8-9am and pick-up is 4-5pm) Location: University of Waterloo (with some off-site trips) Cost: $100 (bursaries are available for those in financial need)


Space in the E3 camp is limited to 25 spots. An application is required. The application form includes some additional questions for us to get to know you better and ensure that the camp group is comprised of diverse individuals.