Grade 8 Student Leadership Conference 2015

From Surviving to THRIVING!

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - Registration and a light breakfast. Conference begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 3:00 pm.
Location: St. Michaels University School, 3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, BC
Cost: $50 which includes a light breakfast, snacks throughout the day, lunch, and a conference T-shirt.

SMUS will be hosting the Grade 8 Student Leadership Conference for students in Victoria and the surrounding areas. Grade 8 students are invited to come together, connect, and build both relationships and skills to be successful through this important school year and beyond.

This is a conference that has been created and planned for Grade 8s by Grade 8s!

The theme for the conference is: Grade 8 - From Surviving to THRIVING and will  focus on these topics:

* Self-image and mental health
* Leadership skills
* 21st century savvy
* Strength of character and resiliency

Keynote Speakers:

Anna Soole of iMatter. This talk will be related to real world scenarios of online bullying and social media with the focus on student leaders who make a commitment to give and get respect online.

Ann Makosinski. A 17 year old SMUS student, who is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Ann recently won the Google Science Fair for her most recent invention which is a flashlight powered by the heat of your hand, the “Hollow Flashlight”.

Throughout the day students will choose from a number of break-out workshops, as well engaging in small group discussion with senior students and participating in a game initiative.

Who Should Attend?

The conference is open to all Grade 8 students who are interested in making their school a better place, learning about important topics and are open to meeting and speaking with new people in a safe environment. To ensure a meaningful experience for all involved, we would like to limit the number from each school to 10. Students must attend with faculty or staff from their school.

Student Expectations

All students will be expected to participate fully in all activities. Student participants should have the maturity and independence to successfully work in small groups of other students and from a number of different schools.


Registration is now open and will close January 15. Due to space restrictions initial registration is limited to 10 students per school.