Grade 8 - From Surviving to Thriving - Conference

Grade 8 - From Surviving to Thriving - Conference

Date: 
January 30, 2015

Grade 8 Student Leadership Conference
From Surviving to THRIVING!

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 8:00  Registration and a light breakfast.
          8:30  Conference begins
          3:00 Conference closes
Location: St. Michaels University School, 3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, BC
Cost: $50 includes a light breakfast, snacks throughout the day, lunch, and a conference T-shirt.
SMUS will be hosting the Grade 8 Student Leadership Conference for students in Victoria and the surrounding areas. Grade 8 students are invited to come together, connect, and build both relationships and skills to be successful through this important school year and beyond.
This is a conference that has been created and planned for Grade 8’s by Grade 8’s!
The Theme: Grade 8 - From Surviving to THRIVING and will  focus on these topics :
* Self-image and mental health
* Leadership skills
* 21st Century savvy
* Strength of Character and Resiliency
Keynote Speakers:
Anna Soole of iMatter –This talk will be related to real world scenarios of online bullying and social media with the focus on student leaders who make a commitment to give and get respect online
Ann Makosinski - A 17 year old SMUS student, who is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Ann recently won the Google Science Fair for her most recent invention which is a flashlight powered by the heat of your hand, the “Hollow Flashlight”.
Throughout the day students will choose from a number of break out workshops, as well engaging in small group discussion with Senior students and participating in a game initiative.
Who Should Attend?
The conference is open to all Grade 8 students who are interested in making their school a better place, learning about important topics and are open to meeting and speaking with new people in a safe environment. To ensure a meaningful experience for all involved, we would like to limit the number from each school to 10. Students must attend with faculty or staff from their school.  
Student Expectations:
All students will be expected to participate fully in all activities. Student participants should have the maturity and independence to successfully work in small groups of other students and from a number of different schools.
Registration will open on January 5 and will close January 12. Due to space restrictions initial registration is limited to 10 students per school.
Check the website www.smus.ca/thriving for ongoing updates.
Please feel free to email Becky Anderson with any questions.
Becky.Anderson@smus.ca