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Leadership training links junior and senior students

Builds relationships for academic and social support

District secondary schools are actively engaging senior students to welcome Grade 9s and ease their transition to high school. Two are featured below.

Centennial Secondary School [1]

Centennial Secondary School is piloting a new student leadership training program and Grade 9 transition program called Link Crew. The goal of the program is to link Grade 9 students with senior students who will be mentors, role models and motivators.

This summer 45 senior students were trained in team building activities, cooperative skill development, and discussion skills. The students then used these skills to host the incoming Grade 9s during a full morning orientation that included large and small group activities. Each pair of Link Crew leaders is assigned a small group of Grade 9s that they will stay in touch with throughout the year.

“By building relationships between junior and senior students, there is built-in academic and social support for all Grade 9 students. Our first Link Crew Orientation was a huge success, and the Link Crew leaders are planning a variety of events and supports to offer the Grade 9s,”states vice-principal Tina Jones.

Centennial Secondary school is a respectful, caring environment for students to learn in. Link Crew is a school community building program that illustrates these qualities and demonstrates that we are committed to the whole student.

North Hastings High School [2]

The second annual Grade 9 Activity Day/House Challenge was held earlier this month. Grade 9 students, partnered with their senior student mentors and Grade 10 mentors-in-training (MITs), participated in a day of cooperative games and team building activities.

The purpose of the day was to build relationships between students across grade levels and to support the transition of Grade 9 students to high school. Senior student mentors and MITs received a day of training prior to the event to support their role as mentors.

“It was a fantastic day with 300 students and many school staff out on the field,” remarks principal Nancy Quinn. “The whole school approach is so important to a program like this. The enthusiasm for our ‘house’ system keeps growing and you can hear students and staff talking about it,” she adds.

At the start of the day, student participants were given crested house T-shirts in their house colour to build house spirit. The field was full of smiling students wearing red (fire), blue (water), yellow (wind), or green (earth) shirts. Staff were involved throughout the day to supervise, barbeque and support the activities.

At the end of the day, ‘fire’ was the winning house!

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for their transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement and we offer unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized.

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• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354