Grade 8 Search YourSELFie Leadership Conference

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
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, 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:

  • Lessons from the past (morning keynote address)
  • Social media with a purpose (afternoon keynote address)
  • Stress in a digital age
  • Collaborating in diverse teams
  • Canada's future and you
  • Storytelling with photography
  • Stop motion animation
  • Cell phone use

Keynote Speakers:

Keith Halliday: Director at BCG Centre for Canada's Future, Keith has had a varied career in the diplomatic service and business consulting. He lives in the Yukon writing Tar Sands Diplomat, Aurore historical adventure novels, and Yukonomist column for Yukon News. His keynote address looks at the past, specifically his grandfather’s life, to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that will appear surprisingly familiar to youth today.

Tanya Lee: Middle school teacher with a passion for leadership and personalized learning, Tanya can in fact do it all, from conference planning to pinch pot design. With her communication skills class, she set out on a journey with her Instagram account: talkingwithstrangers. Tanya will share the perspective she gained from social media about positive messaging and the value of disconnecting from time to time.

Throughout the day students will choose from a number of break-out workshops, as well as 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.

Workshop Descriptions

  • Canada's future and you.
  • Change to chill: Stressed out? This workshop will teach you the causes of modern stress and prevention tips online.
  • Fake news: That article you just read- was it really true? We will take a deep-dive into fake news and what to do.
  • The future is collaborative: Collaboration is getting more and more important. We learn together, work together and play together. You will take a quiz to see what kind of collaborator you are and how that affects you.
  • Stop motion for a cause: How do you express yourself when so many others are around you? Stop motion! In this workshop you will raise awareness and be creative by making your very own stop motion video!
  • Capture more than a selfie: Love selfies? This workshop will teach you how to take more than a picture, and make a story with your photos.
  • Leadership through coaching: Do you bring out the best in others? Learn how to communicate, motivate, listen and to support others.
  • Discussion and Debate: Cell phones in the hands of teens.