Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sun Life Open Math Contest

Abbey Park students will be writing the Sun Life Open math contest on November 6th, in periods 4 and 5. This is one of the most challenging math contests our students write, so if you are interested in a challenge, come out and give it a try! It's open to all grade 10-12 students.

The Sun Life contest costs $12.50 to write, so drop off cash or cheque (payable to Abbey Park) to Mr. Dick in guidance. The tests will be ordered in mid October, so come and sign up soon!

Math League will also be starting in October. This is a way to prepare for math contests, as at every meeting, a different contest can be written by all members. It's free of charge. The first meeting is October 14th after school, and you can check the calendar for future dates.

Sun Life:

Math League: Link

Friday, 19 September 2014

SHAD Valley 2014-2015

Another new school year has started, and with that, SHAD is rolling out its brochure and awareness campaign to allow the school's most exceptional students to compete for a place in SHAD's 2015 summer program.

Students who attend SHAD say how much the program changed them, from their confidence, to meeting and working with other exceptionally bright students, to being exposed to challenges in science & engineering, to working in groups, and experiences that they have not be exposed to before.

Why should you do this?
  • It cost nothing for the student to apply.
  • It is a great opportunity for students to get a first-hand look and feel as to what will be expected of them when applying to university, and they can dust off their SHAD application and use for university later.
  • Bursaries and scholarships are available. No student is ever turned away because they could not afford to go to the program. We know exceptionally bright students come from all socio-economic backgrounds and believe that there should be no barriers to ensuring students reach their full potential.
  • Students will get an opportunity to be with 50 exceptionally bright students from across Canada for a month, living in residence at one of our host university campuses. 
  • SHAD is not a "CAMP", it is an experience that the student will continue to benefit from, with their network for life.

Please visit the website for more information at If you have any questions, please email

Monday, 15 September 2014

University of Waterloo - "Unlimited" overnight, on-campus enrichment opportunity, gr 10-12

Grade 12 Program | “Road Map to Research” | Wednesday, November 12 - Friday, November 14, 2014
Application deadline: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Expect an immersive, pre-university experience including an introduction to the art and science of reading academic papers, an opportunity to explore cutting-edge research discoveries with professors, and the chance to engage with current student researchers.
Program fee: $300 includes meals
Supervised overnight shared hotel accommodation: $180

Grade 11 Program | “Design” Theme | Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20, 2015. Dates may coincide with some school boards' March Break
Application deadline: Monday, December 15th , 2014

From engineering and the environment to science fiction and virtual reality, students will spend a week exploring the theme of design with a community of like-minded peers.
Program fee: $450 includes meals
Supervised overnight shared hotel accommodation: $300

Grade 10 Program | “Change” Theme | Sunday, May 10 - Thursday, May 14, 2015
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 10th , 2015

We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. In modern times humankind has experienced an unprecedented rapidity of change. How do we adapt, or not adapt... and what are the consequences? Students will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”.
Program fee: $450 includes meals
Supervised overnight shared residence accommodation: $160

Details on all programs, including an easily printable flyer to distribute to students, available here:

Thursday, 4 September 2014


This is a resource for gifted students and their parents to find out about opportunities for enrichment at Abbey Park! I'll post regular updates here, and the enrichment calendar will be kept up to date with contests and application dates for the common programs done by APHS students.