Wildcat Weekly - Week of January 18, 2016









Week two into the new year... hopefully your resolutions are still in tact.  




CARE Club Toy Drive January 7th to February 11th (Repeat)

The CARE Club is running the annual Toy Drive again in the New Year right after the Winter Break. Please save any new toys in original packaging to donate to BC Children's Hospital. The collection runs from January 7th to February 11th in time for Valentine's Day. Children's Hospital treats newborns to 18 years old. Our focus is usually on the teen patients in the Oncology ward. New electronics, new movies, new Sephora make-up, new non-violent games, new boardgames etc. are specifically asked for. Please no stuffies as they pose an infection risk and no weapon-type toys (like crossbows). The boxes will be in the front office by January 7th. Please spread the word. 

Thank you for your support of this event. If you have any quesitons, please contact Ms. Ritchie at the school.


Parent Education Night / PAC Meeting - Tuesday January 19, 2016 7pm. (Repeat)

Repeated from the Website:  The McMath PAC is pleased to invite Danielle Aldcorn for our upcoming Parent Education Session on January 19th, from 7 to 8 PM.  (PAC meeting to follow from 8 to 8:30PM).

Danielle Aldcorn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre in Steveston. She works with children, youth and families regarding such issues as anxiety, family conflict, social and behavioral concerns, and autism. She worked within the school district's learning services department for seven years before opening her private practice thirteen years ago. Danielle is also an author for HarperCollins and newspaper columnist for the Richmond News.

Danielle will be presenting on Strategies to Manage Anxiety and Depression in Youth at our Parent Education Session on January 19th from 7 to 8 PM.

Topics covered will include:

  • Recognizing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Some of the factors that contribute to anxiety in high school students (e.g. school, sports, social or lack thereof)
  • Strategies that parents may use to support their children.

Learning and the Brain - January 23, 2016 (Repeat)

Hosted at MacNeill Secondary School from 8:15 AM to 1:15 PM, the Richmond School District's 17th annual "Learning and the Brain" Conference is FREE for parents, caregivers and educators.  Find out more about the keynote speaker and other sessions at the Richmond School District Website.




As a part of an Interact Fund Raiser, the Senior Boys Soccer Team narrowly defeated the staff in a Student/Staff game of Indoor Soccer.  Thanks to Hailey for the photos.





A Visit to Grouse Mountain

The Explorations 8 Students spent a day this week exploring the wintery wonderland of Grouse Mountain this week. 



Interact Raising Funds for Those In Need


One of our many Interact Groups was in action this week.  Along with the student/staff soccer fundraiser (above), the team was involved in raising money through the sale of baked goods during lunches this week.  Thanks Kevin for the photo.




(Updated January 14, 2016)


This section contains new, incoming information only. For additional information 

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JAN 15 & JAN 29/16 - UBC Sauder Info Session & Campus Tour 

-Consisting of a guided building tour and information session hosted by the Recruitment and Admissions Team, this is an excellent opportunity to visit the UBC campus and learn more about the BCom program before the application deadline on January 31st, 2016. Students will learn more about UBC's curriculum, tour their teaching facilities, and hear about some of the unique extracurricular opportunities available to students. This event is timed to occur directly after a general UBC campus tour. Space is limited so register ASAP.   If you are interested in the UBC Campus tour as well as the Sauder Info Session, please make sure to register for both events.  

Registration Links:

Jan 15th Tour:  https://saudercampusvisitjan15.eventbrite.com ]https://saudercampusvisitjan15.eventbrite.com

Jan 29th Tour:  https://saudercampusvisitjan29.eventbrite.com ]https://saudercampusvisitjan29.eventbrite.com

UBC Campus Tours:  https://account.you.ubc.ca/ubc/tour/campustours.ezc                                    


JAN 16/16    Post Secondary Music Education Fair

Location/Time:  Tom Lee Music Hall, 929 Granville Street, Vancouver from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Attend this event if you’re interested in a music career as a performer, composer or teacher, or if you just want to advance  your musical knowledge from traditional music studies in classical performance, music education, composition, music theory, history, musicology, and ethnomusicology ... to studies in jazz, world music, film music, musical theatre, music technology, and cutting-edge studies of music innovation, experimentation, interdisciplinary, new media, and eclectic music  programs. You will have the opportunity to talk to some of BC's Post Secondary Music Universities, Colleges, Academies and Conservatories... in one location, in one day. Free Admission.  For more details and to register visit:  http://bcmusicedfair.ca


JAN 21/16  UBC ~ Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences ~ Information Evening

Learn how you can pursue a rewarding future in pharmacy with UBC’s 'Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy' program. This information session will highlight the expanding opportunities in pharmacy and useful information for applicants including admissions requirements, the application process, and important dates.  Arrive early to meet for a one-on-one and tour of the new award winning building! Tours run at 5:15 PM and 5:30 PM. Registration required (see the link below).

Date/Time:  January 21st, 2016 from 6 - 8 PM

Location: UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,

Questions? Contact:  (604) 822-0344  or  undergrad.pharm@ubc.ca

Details are available at:  https://events.pharmacy.ubc.ca/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D87%26amp%3Brese...

Register for this event at: https://events.pharmacy.ubc.ca/civicrm/event/register?id=87&reset=1


JAN 23/16  CBC Vancouver...Calling all future journalists! (Grades 10, 11, 12 students)

CBC Vancouver is holding a Junior Journalism School for 350 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre  studio on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016.  This one-day workshop will give you exclusive access to a journalism curriculum taught by some of the most successful, veteran, award-winning CBC journalists.  You will learn about topics such as International Reporting, Crafting an Interview, Investigative Reporting, Journalism in a Digital World, and more.  This year's line up features Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Rick Cluff, Andrew Chang, Erica Johnson, Johanna Wagstaffe, Gloria Macarenko, Lien Yeung and more.  Space is limited, and participants are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For registration details visit:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/cbc-vancouver-s-ju...

Not a grade 10, 11, or 12 student in Metro Vancouver, or can't attend in-person?   This event will be live streamed on:   cbc.ca/bc   and via Periscope. Bookmark cbc.ca/bc and you can attend Junior J-School 'virtually'!  For the latest updates on this event - connect with CBC using #CBCJrJSchool on:

~Twitter: @CBCVancouver

~Facebook: VancouverCBC

~Instagram: @CBCVancouver

~Snapchat: CBCVancouver


Vancouver Police (VPD) 2016 Information Sessions 

Interested applicants for Police Officer, Jail Guard, Community Safety Officer, and Traffic Authority positions are invited to attend an information session with VPD's recruiting staff. Come and hear a brief overview of policing as a career and what is involved in the VPD's selection process.

Please note these Information Sessions are not for the civilian and volunteer opportunities with the VPD.  Information Sessions are held at 10:00 a.m.  There is no need to register. Information Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Justice Institute of B.C. Police Academy. The JIBC is located at 715 McBride Boulevard in New Westminster. For details/date:  http://vancouver.ca/police/recruiting/police-officers/information-sessio...


Langara College ~ additional name in Musqueam language

As of Jan. 11, 2016, Langara College has an additional name.  The new name, pronounced 'sno-WAY-ith LAY-lum' which means "house of teaching" is in the Musqueam language.  Langara President Lane Trotter says it was important to have a Musqueam name because the school is located on what was once a Musqueam village.  And while the school has gained a Musqueam name, it is keeping its current name as well. Trotter says the two names will be used interchangeably.  The elders selected the name, and this is the first time a B.C. First Nation has given an aboriginal name to a public post-secondary institution.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/langara-college-new-name-...


FEB 1/16    Dalhousie University Information Session in Vancouver 

DAL will be visiting cities from coast to coast to host information sessions for prospective students and parents!  They will be discussing their scholarship program and application, residence options, admission and campus life. Following a presentation there will plenty of time for individual questions.  An online event will be available for students who can’t attend in person.  Complete details and registration can be found online at:  dal.ca/connect  http://www.dal.ca/admissions/upcoming-events-.html

Date/Time:  Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.    

Location:  Vancouver Convention Centre (west meeting room 107)  1055 Canada Pl. 


FEB 11/16  Richmond Education Assistant Program (REAP) Information Session  ~ 'NEW' Certificate Program Offered Through Richmond SD#38 Continuing Education

Do you enjoy working with people/students in a school setting?  If so, consider applying for this new certificate program offered through the Richmond School Board.  Completion of this program will open the door to job opportunities! Work with K-12 students with physical, behavioural, sensory and learning needs.  The program is offered full time or part time.  

~Full Time Program – July – November 2016 

~Part Time Program – January – December 2017

*Attend a free Information Session on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 7–8pm at the Richmond Board Office, Main Floor, Board Room, 7811 Granville Avenue, to have your questions answered.  RSVP at: phone 604.668.6123 or email rce@sd38.bc.ca   http://ce.sd38.bc.ca/contact


FEB 25/16  Study and Go Abroad Fair ~ Vancouver

Meet with university representatives from around the world on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at this event.  The expo will also include a Student Travel Zone, with organizations offering internships, volunteer programs, work abroad, and adventure and language travel.  Admission is free.  All grades are invited to attend.  Visit the website for the Exhibitor and Seminar list. For more information and to register:  http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/vancouver/  Register online (and attend the fair) to enter the grand prize draw ...one international return flight to any Air Canada destination.

-Fair Times: 3 pm – 7 pm

-Free Seminars: 2 pm – 7 pm

-Location:  East Ballroom at Convention Level, Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place.  


University of Toronto - Law and Medicine Summer Programs

MAY 1/16 - Application Deadline. Payment is due MAY 16/16

Law: For Students in Grades 10 to 12; 6 one week modules introducing. students to issues in law and the legal field. Spend one to five weeks at the Faculty of Law learning concepts and applying knowledge in a variety of environments. Runs July 3 to August 20, 2016. $1220/wk includes meals, accommodations and supervision. Weekends extra. For module descriptions and details see: www.ysp.utoronto.ca

Medicine:  For Students in Grades 10 to 12; one week modules (4 in total), each introducing a medical discipline, including lectures, and hands-on experimentation guided by medical researchers. $1285/wk includes meals, accommodations and supervision. Weekends extra. Runs July 3 to July 301, 2016. A Fifth Research module for Grade 11 and 12 students only, is offered (fees $4290), where students will participate alongside graduate student researchers. For module descriptions and details see: www.ysp.utoronto.ca


High School Vocational Testing ~ UBC Continuing Studies

Designed to assist teens (ages 16-19) with career exploration and planning for the future, the High School Vocational Package offers insight into personal characteristics that can help teens find direction and uncover potential. Aptitude, personality, values and career interest inventories provide practical individualized information for identifying and evaluating career and post-secondary educational options. Assessments in this online package include: Wonderlic Personnel, Strong Interest Inventory for High School Students, Work Personality Index and Career Values Scale.  Upon completion of the 'online assessments', a confidential one-hour debrief session with a professional career counsellor will be scheduled. During this session, participants receive a series of personalized reports, discuss their assessment results and make an action plan. All appointments are in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square.  For more information contact: 604.822.8585.  Cost: (including tax) $425.25.  https://cstudies.ubc.ca/courses/high-school-vocational-testing/lc300





JAN 28/16  The Cmolik Foundation (TCF) scholarships 'in-school' deadline 

The Cmolik Foundation (TCF) scholarships are awarded to deserving British Columbia students that have met adversity during their life and, have demonstrated a good work ethic, tenacity, and other commendable attributes in achieving their academic and social goals; and without TCF's support may not have the means to attend a post-secondary institution. TCF will reimburse up to a total of $35,000 for books and tuition leading to an undergraduate degree or equivalent.  Award of a TCF Scholarship is conditional upon the applicant graduating from a BC secondary school and enrollment in a post-secondary institution, trade institute, or college.  Individuals eligible to receive full funding for their education elsewhere cannot apply for this scholarship.  All applications must be received via mail or submitted online no later than the last Friday in February of any particular year.  A letter from school stating that you are one of two students nominated to apply for the Cmolik Foundation scholarship is a requirement. All applications (2 applicants per school) must be nominated/endorsed by the secondary school.   To be considered for nomination at your school, complete the Reference Letter Form available in the Career Centre, and submit this to your Counsellor...by the 'in-school' deadline date. If you have questions, see your Career Advisor.  The nominated students must submit their application by February 26, 2016.  For details visit:     http://www.thecmolikfoundation.com/scholarships    Scholarship Program rules are available at:  http://www.thecmolikfoundation.com/tcf-scholarship-program-rules


JAN 31/16 - Simon Fraser University Major Entrance Scholarship Deadline

FEB 15/16 - MES applicants must self-report their grades by February 15, 2016.

Students who have applied for admission to the Fall term may apply for the Major Entrance Scholarship (MES) Competition. To be eligible, regular high school applicants must have a minimum admissions average of 90% for the Faculty they have applied to (not rounded up) and IB diploma applicants must have a minimum of 31 IB points. MES winners will be announced in April through to the end of May.  See website for instructions and an application form:    www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/entrance/canadianhs/es-appreq.html



Automatic Entrance Scholarships - SFU offers automatic entrance scholarships which recognize high academic achievement.  Students who apply for admission will automatically be considered.  See Website for details:   www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/students/financialaid/entrance/canadianhs/es-noap...

Entrance Bursaries recognize students with academic performance/potential and high financial need.  A minimum average of 80% is required.  Application required, see website for deadlines and details:  www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/entrance/canadianhs/eab-appreq.html

Other Awards:  Deadlines and criteria varies, please see website for details:  www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/students/financialaid/entrance/canadianhs/ea-othe...                            


FEB 5/16 - Corpus Christi College- Step into Leadership Scholarship 'in-school' deadline 

...will pay the first year tuition. In-school deadline to notify your counsellors that you would like to be 1 of 3 students in your school to be nominated for this scholarship is Feb. 5. A student must have current Grade 12 GPA of 84% or higher and provide proof of demonstrated leadership and community service, and must have applied to and intend to enroll in Corpus Christi College at UBC for 2016/2017. Once the school confirms the student nomination, the student completes the online award application at:  http://corpuschristi.ca/admissions/financial-aid-and-scholarships/discov... and submits 3 references and an essay answering: What does inspirational leadership mean to you? (Max 400 words) Deadline for the nominated students to submit the completed application is March 7, 2016.


MONTHLY in 2016 - NUPGE's Why Unions Matter Contest

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) continue to accept submissions. Every month, until the contest is declared closed, one submission will be chosen as the winner, and the creator will win a $1,000 prize. All entrants must be residents of Canada. Submissions may include videos, poems or songs (300 words maximum). Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or the online video-sharing service of your choice. Once uploaded, you must send an email to [ mailto:whyunionsmatter@nupge.ca ]whyunionsmatter@nupge.ca. Containing a link to the video along with your name, address, and telephone number. Poems or songs may be submitted in writing (or video) to [ mailto:whyunionsmatter@nupge.ca ]whyunionsmatter@nupge.ca as well.  By the 15th of each month, NUPGE will select the winner from all entries received the previous month. The winning entrants will be notified by telephone and/or email and will be posted on: http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca. For details, visit:  http://nupge.ca/content/11147/tell-us-why-unions-matter-and-you-could-wi...


For full details on these scholarships and ALL Scholarship information, go to the Financial Aid Section.





FEB 27/16 - Engineering Explorations 8 (GRADE 8 GIRLS)

Steveston-London Secondary School is organizing the fourth annual "Engineering Explorations 8" on February 27, from 9:00am to 2:30pm at 6600 Williams Road, Richmond. Event is open only to Grade 8 girls attending School District 38 (Richmond) schools. Registration deadline is February 22 or when the event is full. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is free and lunch is included.

Register online at http://engcite.engineering.ubc.ca/events/ee8/.


MAR 12 & 13/16 - The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too Event 

Over 15,000 participants from around BC and beyond are expected at the Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford, BC for the largest outreach event of its kind, worldwide.  The event aims to address gender and cultural diversity in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence.  Most of the target audience have no experience with, or exposure to, these industries.  Free flights are offered to female first-time fliers to draw females of all ages to the airport and pique their interest in further exploring the hands-on ground activities.  Advance registration is required for the free flight at:  http://www.girlsfly2.ca/events.html  

As well, all participants are encouraged to try their hand at many aviation, aerospace, marine and defence activities.  Civilian and non-civilian agencies and VIPs will be on hand with aircraft and ground support/tactical vehicles to explore.  The event is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend.  No registration is required for the ground activities.  The events are completely free to ensure no barriers to participation.  The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! events are part of an outreach initiative founded by BC pilot Kirsten Brazier in 2012.  Events are held annually during the week of International Women’s Day and in celebration of past, present and future women in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence.  See website for more information:  http://www.girlsfly2.ca/                                


MAR 12 & 13/16 - The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too Volunteer Opportunity 

This free community outreach event to inspire female future leaders in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence needs volunteers! Male and female volunteers of any age and any ability welcome. Opportunities abound for students to shine as a community leader and volunteer.  Help is needed with all aspects of the event – pre-event planning & logistics, set-up, event weekend and post-event clean-up.  If you would like to volunteer for any or all of the above, fill-in the online form at:  http://www.girlsfly2.ca/volunteer.html  or contact them at:  604-210-4033, email:  volunteer@girlsfly2.ca.                      


Exchanges Canada 

Exchanges Canada is a Government of Canada initiative that helps Canadian youth connect with one another, experience the diversity of Canada’s communities, languages and cultures, and get involved in the future of the country. Working with various delivery organizations, Exchanges Canada aims to involve exchange and forum participants from all walks of life, and encourage young adults from underrepresented groups of youth such as Aboriginals, visible minorities and those with disabilities to apply. For details, visit:   http://www.exchanges.gc.ca.  http://pch.gc.ca/eng/1376677169624


Forum for Young Canadians 

...is Canada’s premier civics education program for students aged 15-19 years old. It’s about giving youth a chance to experience Parliament Hill and supports them in using their voice. Forum for Young Canadians presents a fun and valuable opportunity to meet other young Canadians during a week-long behind-the-scenes experience in the world of federal politics on Parliament Hill. Students will learn how to share, collaborate and turn their ideas into community action. They will meet Members of Parliament, Senators and other leading figures in government and the public service.  The $895 participation fee covers program costs, room, board and transportation expenses. Bursaries are available for qualifying students.

The new 2016 program dates are:

-Monday February 15 to Saturday February 20, 2016

-Sunday March 6 to Friday March 11, 2016 

-Saturday March 19 to Thursday March 24, 2016 

Applications are currently available for all three sessions in 2016. For further details, visit:  http://forum.ca/the-program/


Encounters with Canada Program 

This is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens to meet other young people from across the country. Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada, aged 14 to 17 years, come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Within a 27-week framework, EWC offers 13 exciting, career-oriented themes which determine program dates.

Round-trip travel to The Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre is provided free of charge by Canadian Heritage!

The week in Ottawa is a great bargain at only $675, covering accommodation, meals and all program costs - supplies, activities, visits and tours, and travel within Ottawa. Many provincial/territorial governments even help subsidize these expenses! For details visit:  https://www.ewc-rdc.ca/pub/en/about_us