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

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

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.

A Visit to L’Arche Daybreak Centre

Grade 10 Enriched Religion had the amazing opportunity to visit L’Arche Daybreak centre in Toronto.

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This world renowned centre is the first and largest L’Arche community in North America. It has been the home to inspirational giants, such as, Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen.

L’Arche says this about itself: “L’Arche is built on the recognition of the ability of individuals with intellectual disabilities to welcome and accept others as they are. We believe that this gift has an important and transformative effect, helping each one of us to become more fully human and thus helping to humanize our entire society.” What stood out for us was that although our culture places much emphasis on achievement and intellectual ability, there is a deeper way to be human – being from the heart. We saw how language shapes our reality. The people, whom we would normally call “residents” are “core members of the community” and those we would call “staff” are “assistants”. Our visit to L’Arche gave us insights into how to live not as “us and them” but how to see everyone as “us”.

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One story that stands out is from a conversation between a core member and Jean Vanier. The core member was expressing how difficult it was when assistants left after being part of the community for a year or two. Jean understood this but said, “They are not leaving us. We are sending them out. They are not the same as they were when they came to us. They have been changed and now we can celebrate that we are sending them out to change the world.”

Mr. Butler

ENG2DN takes a trip to the University of Waterloo

Mrs. Wittmann’s Grade 10 Enriched English students began the day with a student-led tour of the campus, including stops at EIT (Centre for Environmental and Information Technology) where they were shown, among other things, the mineral and dinosaur collections, the Student Life Centre, and the Physical Activities Complex.

They were also given a tour of the Dana Porter Library. The Dana Porter Library is referred to as “Porter” in TRELLIS, the online catalogue. Located in the centre of campus, this 10-storey building houses library administration as well as materials in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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As well, they sat in on two lectures:

Associate professor Jennifer Harris’s class, “Introduction to Literary Studies”

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Assistant professor Beth Coleman’s class, “Introduction to Digital Media Studies”

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University of Waterloo Math Contests

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All Grade 12 students who have registered for the Euclid Math Contest are to report to the Lecture Hall at the morning bell on Tuesday, April 15th. Please bring a pencil, eraser, and non-programmable scientific calculator along with you. Your $5 deposit will be returned to you at this time.

All Grade 9, 10 and 11 students registered for the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Math Contests will be writing in the Lecture Hall on Wednesday, April 16th during periods 1 and 2. Please come before O Canada – and be sure to come prepared.

GOOD LUCK to all of our student Mathletes on this difficult challenge!!!!

Miss C. Stockie