Grade 8 Fully Charged Leadership Conference

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - registration. 9:00 am - conference begins. 3:00 pm - conference closes.
Location: St. Michaels University School, 3400 Richmond Road, Victoria, BC.
Cost: $50 - Beyond a jam-packed day of inspiring speakers and engaging workshops, each student will be provided with snacks throughout the day, a taco bar 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: The Reality of Growing Up in a Digital Age and will focus on these topics:

  • Digital citizenship (morning keynote address)
  • Self-acceptance in the age of the selfie (afternoon keynote address)
  • Careers in technology
  • Survival strategies in a digital age
  • Social media with a purpose
  • Digital design
  • Gratitude in a fast-paced age
  • Meme creation
  • Fake news

Keynote Speakers:

Dave Hlannon: Director of Educational Technology at St. Michaels University School, Dave has spent the better part of two decades working on ways to inspire youth to be more creative and master the amazing digital tools available to them. His keynote address aims to raise awareness around digital media consumption and empower a more intentional approach to our screen time habits.

Aysha Emmerson: As a Grade 12 student at SMUS, Aysha knows what it is like to grow up in a digital age. Founder of Self.I.E. Camps and a keynote speaker at this year’s We Day, Aysha will be delivering a message of hope and resilience and how young people can develop a sense of self in the age of the selfie.

Throughout the day students will choose from a number of break-out workshops, as well they will be engaging in small group facilitated discussions.

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. Students are asked to bring a water bottle with them to reduce the waste. Water bottle filling stations are located throughout the campus.

Registration is now closed.