SuperPower Your School – Win $20,000 for your Eco Initiatives

Win $20,000 worth of technology for your school!

Does your school save the planet with its environmental programs? Here’s your chance to superpower your school with the latest technology!

The 2018 Staples Superpower your School Contest, brought to you in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, will run December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018 and will recognize schools that are doing their part to protect the planet. Get ready, because your environmental initiatives could help you win 1 of 10 prizes of $20,000 worth of technology for your school. Please note – entrants must be an elementary or secondary school located in Canada that is either publicly funded or independent.

For more information about the contest, please visit earthday.ca/powereco.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your entry in advance email us at powereco@earthday.ca.

  1. STEP 1: Read the contest Eligibility and Entry Criteria to make sure your school qualifies to enter.
  2. STEP 2: Read the contest Rules and Regulations to learn about the contest details.
  3. STEP 3: Contact Earth Day Canada at powereco@earthday.ca to discuss your entry in advance (optional).
  4. STEP 4: Complete the entry form and submit online at staples.ca/powereco from
    December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

Want to get a head start on your entry? Download the Pre-Entry Guide for a sneak peek at the entry questions and helpful tips!

Register Now!

https://earthday.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/SuperPowerSchool_EntryGuideEN.pdf

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SpeakUp Project Grants for Students in Grades 7-12

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/index.html

2017-18 SpeakUp Project Grant applications are open!
Students in grades 7-12!
Apply by Thursday, December 7, 2017 – before midnight, EST.

What is it?

Student Voice aims to promote student engagement and success in Ontario’s schools by listening to and learning from students. Student Voice provides you, the students, with a variety of ways to share your ideas with your school, the education community and the ministry about what would help support your engagement in your learning. Student Voice can help you take action to shape your learning environment while you build your skills.

We want all students to be successful, and we need your ideas and actions to make this happen.

Check out this video to get an idea of what’s changing for Ontario students!

It all starts with you

Speak up! You have a voice, and we want to hear what you have to say about your education. Your ideas and actions are key in helping Ontario’s publicly funded education system reach the goals set out in its Achieving Excellencevision for education. We want to help you make your school a place where everyone feels welcome and where you are empowered to speak your mind, get involved and become active citizens and leaders.

Students told us that you want to:

  • share your ideas with government on how to strengthen student engagement and make Ontario’s publicly funded education system even better.
  • have a school culture where all students feel and know that they belong.
  • work as partners with your teachers, and participate in school decisions that will shape your lives and the lives of other students.

How can you get involved?

There are four main ways for you to get involved:

  1. Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC)
    Each year, approximately 60 students in grades 7 to 12 from across the province are selected to form the council. MSAC provides advice on ministry policies and programs and also meets with the Minister of Education to share their ideas and perspectives.Find out more about the council.
  2. Students as Researchers (StaR)
    Students as Researchers training provides training for student-teacher teams from grade 7-12 in collaborative inquiry research. StaR teams are taught the fundamental components of social science research (e.g. ethics, research design and methodologies, data analysis, etc.).Students work together to identify and research an issue impacting the student experience (e.g. equity, student engagement, well-being or achievement, etc.). For example, teams could conduct research on questions such as: “What experiences engage students in math class?” or “What conditions help students
    learn?”

    Talk to your school principal if you are interested in participating.

    Check out what we’re doing to give students a voice.

  3. SpeakUp Projects
    SpeakUp Projects grants can help you, the students, get your voices heard and take action by leading projects that make a difference in your school. To date, thousands of students in grades 7-12 have actively led or participated in more than 10,000 projects in hundreds of schools across Ontario.Learn how you can start putting your ideas into action.
  4. SpeakUp in a Box
    SpeakUp in a Box is a “do-it-yourself” forum kit which contains everything you will need to run a student-led forum for 30 participants at your school. It includes facilitator tip sheets, a step-by-step forum guide and forum supplies. During the forum your peers share ideas about what can help students be more engaged in learning and school life.Watch a video about SpeakUp in a Box.

    Learn more and order your kit today!

This is your education. Speak up and get involved! Let’s all work together to ensure Ontario’s publicly funded education system remains among the best in the world.

Send your comments and ideas to studentvoice@ontario.ca.

See what students like you are saying and doing on Facebook to raise the student voice. Share your student engagement thoughts and activities by liking SpeakUp Ontario on Facebook and posting there.

 

Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Contest

Youth Remembrance Contests

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Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion’s longstanding Annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance.

 

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Poster and Literary Contests

The contests are divided into four categories:

 

  • Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6
  • Primary: Grades 1, 2, 3 (Poster Contest only)

The Poster Contest is divided into two categories: colour and black and white. The Literary Contest is divided into two categories: essay and poem. Entries are submitted at the Branch level and winning entries proceed to the provincial and then national level.

Prizes

 

The winning entries for each category at the national level are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year. For the Poster Contest, the second place winners, and those receiving an honourable mention, are displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the Remembrance period in November.

For the senior winners in the four contests (two posters, one essay and one poetry), the Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Service. There, the winners place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada as well as have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.

 

Entering and regulations

Students can enter as many contests as they wish, but can submit only one entry per category.

Local Legion Branches determine the Poster and Literary Contests deadlines for entries. To participate, schools should contact their local Legion in September for information. Contact your local Branch for details.

Download the Youth Education brochure

Download the application form

 

Judging

Initial judging takes place at the community level by volunteers at local Legion Branches. The winning entries are then judged at the provincial level. The winners at this level are sent to Ottawa where the national winners are declared. The winnin

 

g entries are published in the Winners Booklet which is sent to all Branches and available to schools.

Download the Judging Guidelines

Past winners

2017 | 2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

The Legion encourages schools to contact their local Legion Branch for details on coordinating the Poster and Literary Contests.

The First Page Writing Challenge by CBC

the-first-pageThe First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books. What’s the challenge? CBC Books wants students to write the first page of an original book set 150 years in the future. Watch these five Canadian authors who give their tips on writing a great first page.

Download the First Page teacher guide for key concepts to crafting a compelling opening, possible writing topics and discussion questions.

To enter the challenge, visit: cbc.ca/thefirstpage

Contest: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

https://environmentaldefence.ca/2017/10/05/national-competition-invites-canadian-youth-share-local-plastic-pollution-solutions/

Hey, students (& Teachers)!

(Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.)

The world has a big plastic pollution problem on its hands. And there’s a creative way for you to be part of the solution.

Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Canada program has just launched its annual eco-journalism competition for youth. The theme for this year’s competition is: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.

Promo image for Environmental Defence's national eco-journalism competition for youth

For the competition, Canadian youth (ages 11-14 and 15-18) are invited to investigate solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and share what they found through photography, videography, or writing. The deadline for this year’s competition is March 30, 2018.

Winners will be published by Alternatives Journal magazine. First place winners in each category will go on to compete in the International Young Reporters for the Environment Competition, run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Plastic pollution is getting out of control

Plastic pollution on a beach
Photo credit: Cristina Bergman

 

Plastic pollution is one of the fastest growing problems on the planet. Here’s a quick look at how big this problem really is:

The good news is that there are solutions. So, grab a camera and/or your notebook, and head out into your community and start exploring.

Tips to help you get started

Not sure of how to get started with your story? We can help! We have lots of great free resources on our website to help you craft your plastic pollution stories, including handbooks and instructional videos.

Visit youngreporters.ca to learn more. And good luck!

P.S. Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.

Polar Expressions Poetry & Short Story Contests 2017/2018

Student Contests

Now announcing our 12th annual student contests for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2017/2018 National Student Contests

Poetry Deadline: November 15, 2017
Short-Story Deadline: November 30, 2017

Each year Polar Expressions Publishing hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

Educators may wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair).

Information packages, including entry forms are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by sending us an information request.

The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contests!