Thursday, 3 December 2015

Mac MEDucation 2016

The MacMEDucation program has been planned and coordinated to offer participants a broad exposure to medical sciences, various aspects of the medical school experience, and also career opportunities in the healthcare community. Stated simply, this program will allow participants to explore what it means to be a McMaster medical student. However, we do not want to limit participation in MacMEDucation to students that have expressed a strong desire to attend medical school and we hope to include a wide variety of participants in the program from diverse backgrounds.

When selecting student(s) to represent our school, we will consider both students that have demonstrated a strong interest in medicine (e.g. through extra-curricular opportunities) and also students that have not had an opportunity to explore their interest in medical sciences and/or healthcare.

Each school may select 1 student to attend Mac MEDucation and can include up to 3 students to be placed on a registration waiting list.

  • If you are selected, the program runs Feb 20,21,27 and 28.
  • It's open to Grade 10 and 11 students interested in medicine.
  • It costs $200 if you are selected, and some bursaries are available if students can demonstrate financial need.

If you are interested in being Abbey Park's nominee, please submit your answers to the following three questions. Applications are due to Mac by January 8th, so I need to get your answers in before the end of December so that we can make our decision.

  1.  Sir William Osler stated: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”. Describe what you think Osler meant by this statement.
  2. An important theme in the McMaster medical program is ‘life-long learning’. Why is it important to be a ‘life-long learner’, especially in the medical community?
  3. Why do you want to participate in MacMEDucation? What do you hope to learn?

Thursday, 26 November 2015

APHS Student in Final 10 for Blyth Awesome Summer

Abbey Park's own Devon Penfold is one of the top 10 finalists to take a community service trip to Nicaragua this summer! Now she needs your votes in order to win. If you know Devon, you know she's the type of student who would be perfect for such a trip. She'll give her all to this initiative, and she'll benefit from the experience as well. Visit to vote!

Friday, 20 November 2015

SHAD Applications Final Reminder!

Just a quick note that the SHAD application due date of November 30 is quickly approaching!  A gentle reminder that this is an online application, so you should start, or finish, working on your SHAD application.

Also don't forget:
It costs nothing to apply.
We believe strongly that all qualified students deserve an opportunity to benefit from the SHAD experience, regardless of their financial situation.  We have a substantial fund for financial assistance.
I look forward to seeing your school's applicants, and to welcoming some of your exceptional students to SHAD in 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact SHAD.

Contact info:
Cheryl Thompson
Student Coordinator  |  SHAD | voice (519) 884-8844 ext. 222 | fax (519) 884-0665

Monday, 2 November 2015

University PINs are IN

Attention grade 12 students! PINs are available in guidance. You need these to apply to University using

If you have any questions about the application process, please come and see me or a guidance counselor.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Student Senate

If you want to apply to the Halton District School Board Student Senate, please visit or speak to Sophie Schneider for more information!

Monday, 21 September 2015

SHAD Valley Application Deadline November 30th

SHAD is seeking exceptional students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with incredible intellect, drive, initiative and creativity, who are seeking an enrichment experience. 

SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 600+ students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). There are currently more than 14,800 SHAD alumni including 27 Rhodes Scholars, Top 40 Under 40 & Top 20 Under 20 award recipients, and many other accomplished professionals, all sharing the transformational SHAD experience and able to leverage their SHAD network for life. Founded in 1980, SHAD is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Students selected through the rigorous, competitive process for places in the summer program are top performers typically with grades over 90%, who are also well-rounded emerging leaders demonstrating initiative, creativity and flair. They are leaders in their schools, volunteers in their communities, and are often gifted musicians, artists and athletes.

The admission process is competitive, and the application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. 

The online application due date is November 30*, however you may submit your application any time before then as well. 

Apply at

Monday, 14 September 2015

Waterloo Unlimited

Waterloo Unlimited is an overnight enrichment opportunity hosted by the University of Waterloo. There are programs available for students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

If you thrive on academic challenge, are curious about an array of subjects and are looking to explore university life, you may be a candidate for Waterloo Unlimited, a unique enrichment experience for high school students of exceptional potential.

Each program focuses on a different theme—such as Design, Change or Research.

» Grade 12 Program | Road Map to Research | Nov. 18 – 20, 2015 |3-day program
Expect an immersive, pre-university experience including an introduction to the art
and science of reading academic papers, an opportunity to explore cutting-edge
discoveries with professors, and the chance to engage with student researchers.
Program fee: $300 (includes meals; includes HST)
Supervised hotel accommodation: $180
Application Deadline: October 7th, 2015

» Grade 11 Program | Theme of “Design” | March 14 - 18, 2016 | 5-day program
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: $500 (includes meals; includes HST)
Supervised hotel accommodation: $300
Application Deadline: December 16th, 2015

» Grade 10 Program | Theme of “Change” | May 15 – 19, 2016 | 5- day program
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: $500 (includes meals; includes HST
Supervised residence accommodation: $160
Application Deadline: March 9th, 2016

Waterloo Unlimited applications are available online:

Limited bursary support is available for students in financial need.
Visit our website for details.

If you have further questions, please contact our Program Co-ordinator at
519-888-4567, ext. 35176 or email

Math Contests!

Math contest forms are now available in guidance. The forms and money are due to Mr. Dick in guidance before October 8th.

Don't be alarmed that there are only 2 contests available, as this only covers Fall contests. Most of our contests are in the spring, which is covered on another form.

Prep for these two contests is available online:

Sun Life Open (recommended for gr 12 students or exceptional students in lower grades):

CEMC (two versions, junior for 9/10, and senior for 11/12. Exceptional juniors can write the senior contest, but no student may write both on the same day):

Monday, 23 March 2015

IEP Contact Records - Must be returned

Hi All,

If you've got a gifted identification, you would have received an IEP contact record in the mail last week. These need to be signed by a parent, and returned to me in guidance.

Mr Dick

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Discovery day at UWaterloo Health Sciences

Area high school students will again have the opportunity to explore careers in the health sciences via a keynote lecture, interactive workshops and discussion with a panel of experts from various related fields.  Event details are posted on the Discovery Day pages of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website:

If anyone is interested, please let Mr. Dick know, either in person or via email. We need to register as a school before anyone can register online.

Online Student Registration will open on Tuesday, March 3rd (if we've registered).

Friday, 23 January 2015

Discover Medicine at McMaster!

Plans are underway for this year’s Discovery Day at McMaster.

High school students and teachers will once again have the opportunity to explore careers in medicine and other sciences via a keynote lecture and interactive workshops.

Mac is currently developing the workshop catalogue and aiming to open student registration Wed., March 25.

As in the past, schools must first be registered on our website by a contact teacher. They hope to have this launched by Mar 1. Listen to the announcements (and watch this blog) for updates.

No date for the event is available yet, but last year it happened at the end of May.

Friday, 16 January 2015

AP Exam Prep

To get practice questions for AP exams, visit

If you have questions, see Mr. Dick or Mr. Watson in guidance!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

The Optimist Club of Oakville invites students to participate in its 2014-2015 Oratorical Contest (that's public speaking for the rest of us), held on Thursday April 2nd, 2015. 

The topic this year is "How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On to Greather Achievements of the Future". Entrants must be under 19 years of age and have not yet graduated from high school. Interested students should prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the assigned topic. Further information about the contest can be found on the club website at

Cash prizes for 1st $500.00, 2nd $350.00 and 3rd $150.00 will be awarded by the club. In addition, the top two contestants will represent Oakville at the Zone competition, with the opportunity to advance to the district level where the top three prizes are $2500, $1500 and $1000.

The contest will be held in the Optimist Meeting Room at the Children's Safety Village, at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Rd just north of the QEW. The event begins at 7:00 PM. 

Applications are available from Mr. Dick in Guidance, and must be mailed in, along with a photocopy of a birth certificate or passport before Monday March 23rd, 2015. In order to make sure they are mailed by then, they need to be in to Mr. Dick by the Friday before March Break.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Dick or to Cathy DiMichele at

Thursday, 8 January 2015

AP Exam Info

AP Exam Information

For those interested in writing AP Exams in May, please find the schedule attached.

Please let Mr. Watson or Mr. Dick know if you are planning on writing an AP Exam(s).

The Cost for the exams this year is $110 CDN/per exam.  Payment can be made on Cashless Schools within a couple of weeks.  Payment is due by March 1, 2015.

There will be a mandatory administrative meeting in April to make sure we complete the necessary paperwork/bubble sheets.  The purpose of this meeting it to save you 45 minutes on Exam Day,

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Watson or Mr. Dick.

More information can be found at: - AP Canada   - Bulletin for Parents and Students

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Student Engagement Conference

Any interested Grade 9 students are invited to register for the 6th Annual Student Engagement Conference entitled: "Body, Mind and Future"

It will be held on: Monday February 23, 2015

It will be held at: Gary Allan High School, 3250 New Street, Burlington

Students who attend will be invited to hear two keynote speakers and attend three workshops, each with a special focus.

a) Academic Focus (Highschool 101, Mapping your Future, Stress/Anxiety at school)
b) Mental Wellbeing (Mental Health Strategies, Body Image/Eating Disorders, Brain Development)
c) Physical Health (Self-Awareness, Fitness, Personal Training and Health)

The cost is only $15.00 and the options will meet a variety of interests.
Transportation is the responsiblity of each school.

I will visit the grade 9 clustered English class tomorrow morning to provide everyone with:
An outline of the day's events
Details about each of the workshops
A Registration form which must be filled out by each student attending with their workshop choices

If you're interested in attending, see Mr. Dick in guidance.

E=MC2 @ Queens

Attention Grade Tens! E=mC^2 is a residential enrichment program at Queen's University in Kingston. Registration runs from Feb 3rd to April 10, and the program runs May 3-8. The $780 registration fee covers the cost of meals, residence and all programs. Live like a University student for a week (only with better food!), and experience an Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) at Queen's!

Dates and Fees:

Testimonials from past participants: