High School

What a Difference a Year Makes: The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teen

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

A year ago, I sat at my laptop at the dining room table and hammered out a long list of things I thought it was important for my daughter to know. W...

Why School Music Programs Should Get Instagram and Garage Band

Wes Marskell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

For music programs to stay and to continue being relevant, they need to be modernized. In a perfect world, students would have access to computers with recording capabilities and music editing software so they could learn to edit, produce and mix. We need to understand how music and careers in the arts have changed and find ways to teach classes that reflect this ever-shifting landscape.

How I'm Spreading the Word on GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

What a week it's been for me and the anti-GMO movement! This is my first year in high school and I am noticing that my life as an activist is a bit different than when I was in elementary school. The most exciting news I have to report right now though is that George Stroumboulopoulos asked me to be on his show!

Global Dignity Day: How Canadian Youth Are Shaping the Dignity Agenda

Adam Moscoe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Moscoe

On October 16, I will celebrate my first Global Dignity Day as Ottawa Chair and a member of the National Steering Committee for Global Dignity Canada. I cannot help but feel a sense of tremendous excitement surrounding the dignity agenda and its potential to promote meaningful cross-cultural relationships grounded in mutual respect.

Bullying Ends Here: How You Can Help

Tad Milmine | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

Well another school year has just started and "Bullying Ends Here" is in high demand across North America. I am on a mission to continue telling the world about a boy named Jamie Hubley and hope that his story, along with my own, will show youth that they have support and have someone that they can communicate with through email at any time. I have received over 5000 emails in 6 months and I respond to each and every one of them. That is my commitment to youth. I will help any way that I can.

When You Love the Library, You Never Stop Learning

Hilary Farr | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Hilary Farr

It's not easy being a student today. You need some relief -- try Learning-For-The-Sake-Of-It which can discovered and nurtured by...books! Who knows how long these stunning old buildings will survive the wrecking ball or be turned into condos. Enjoy them while you can.

5 Ways Students Can Access up to $15 Million In Unclaimed Funding

Rob Henderson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Rob Henderson

There are various reports about the amount of scholarship and bursary money that goes unclaimed each year. Some reports suggest that it could be over $15 million. While the exact number is hard to quantify, the point is there are millions of dollars that can be leveraged towards your future education. But where is the money, and how can you find it?

Turning Up the Volume on Student Voice in Alberta

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

I just graduated from high school and admittedly, I have never felt directly connected to the Calgary Board of Education or the choices they have made regarding students. Certainly, each school has a representative on the Chief Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and while the benefits of such a council can be seen, it is regardless, not difficult to lose the thoughts of the greater student population which includes more than 100 000 students in the Calgary Board of Education alone.

High School Is Unhealthy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Living

WATERLOO, Ont. - High school may improve young people's minds, but it does the opposite for their bodies.A new study out of the University of Waterloo...

Shad Vallery 2012 - Not Just for Nerdy Kids

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Every July, around 10 Canadian universities scattered across the country play host to 500 students from all provinces/territories and even internationally. Although the program is for open-minded high school students who are not afraid to delve into any subject and become challenged or inspired in ways they never thought possible in one month, I hope to break the stereotype that this is "nerd camp". My program consisted of 56 total Shads and we lived in residence at the university.

ChangeMaker: Have a Learning Disability? This Principal Understands

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Brent Kreuger was written off as "lazy" and "stupid" in elementary school in the 1960s -- a time before the "distracted student" was a mainstream social problem. So Krueger set out create a learning environment where outside-the-box thinkers were labelled "entrepreneurial" instead of "learning disabled." He founded the Praxis International Institute, the alternative high school he now runs as principal.

Are we Bullying the Bullies?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

It is commendable that, as a society, we want to make it clear that no one should suffer persistent harassment and abuse. In our collective zeal to protect our children from harm, we have seen fit to institute a wide variety of anti-bullying curricula, programs, and in some jurisdictions, even legislation. But what else may be happening? While we want to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected from the kind of negative behaviours that many adults can recall vividly, we may be using our schools to bully the "bullies".

High School Classes We Wish We'd Been Able To Take

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Living

There are certain life skills you just don't learn in school -- and lately, we've been wondering why not. After all, while math abilities and history ...

An Open Letter: Saying "I Am Gay"

Adam Goldenberg | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Adam Goldenberg

I came out to my family 10 years ago this month. It was, without question, the hardest thing I have ever done. For a long time, I tortured myself about my sexual orientation. It took a long time before I could even think that little sentence, the one I used to find so horrible and isolating, the one that goes like this: I'm gay.

Ten Things I've Learned From Bullies

Josh Bowman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada Living
Josh Bowman

Bullying is not just the territory of the biggest and strongest. A bully is someone who can create and abuse power in a relationship. Your boss can be a bully. Someone you are dating. The bullying is in the constant threat of violence and the power dynamics at play.

Advice For My 20-Year-Old Self

Lisa Ng | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Living
Lisa Ng

Stop striving for perfection! You'll drive yourself crazy, you won't be able to stop and you won't enjoy being in the moment. A better goal is to aim to be happy instead of perfect. Perfection is overrated. If you ever attain it, you'll realize how empty it feels.

Half Of Grade 12 Students Admit To Drinking In Excess

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Significant percentages of senior high school students report drinking to excess, and some admit driving under the influence of alcohol or ma...

For the High School Graduate: When Should You Take Advice?

Annabelle Fell | Posted 08.30.2011 | Canada
Annabelle Fell

It's scary and exciting out there. And it takes a long time to figure out who you are, what matters to you, what energizes you and how you are different from your parents, teachers, and friends. But remember, you are the captain of your own ship in life.