Student Leadership courses and activities at Vimy Ridge Academy are another way we transform passion into performance. Our Core Values focus on Citizenship, Opportunity, Respect, and Enthusiasm, and through our student leadership initiatives, students become engaged in the whole school community and the world around us.
Junior High Leadership
The Junior High Leadership Option course is a choice at Grades 7 and 8 and is mandatory at Grade 9. The course at Grade 9 works through the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada. This is a program where youth, schools, charities, and funders work together to support social services. YPI is an idea that grantmaking can be inclusive and transformative for communities and young people. YPI is a platform for motivating, deepening, and scaling meaningful interactions between people and the social purpose sector. Through YPI, students develop skills, competencies, and positive attitudes towards civic engagement.
Junior High School Course Descriptions
In Learning to Lead 7-8-9, students will develop their leadership and communication skills through the planning and completion of a variety of service initiatives. In this course series, student leaders will develop an understanding of the importance of service and contributing to their communities. Learning to Lead 7-8-9 encourages students to consider their personal role in becoming capable, collaborative, and contributing members of society.
High School Leadership
High School Student Leadership and Student Council work collaboratively on both in-school initiatives as well as community engagement. It is an inclusive program that combines the fun of team building with the meaning of service to create memorable experiences that last a lifetime. The focus of the Leadership Program is on the foundations of leadership, communication, mentorship, volunteerism, and school culture-building projects.
High School Course Descriptions
The Leadership courses are offered at the 15, 25, and 35 levels, both inside and outside the regular class schedule. The course is designed to develop essential leadership knowledge and skills with a focus on the development of character. The course endeavors to develop key values, attitudes, and ethics for leadership and for responsible citizenship in the future. Student Leaders will leave the course as engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and morally responsible and social individuals.
Introductory Leadership 15
The emphasis is leadership, character development, and social responsibility. Student leaders will demonstrate their understanding of the critical values and attitudes needed to become a leader of oneself, therefore, being able to lead others by example. Student leaders will actively engage in the delivery and scope of this class by leading various in-class and out-of-class endeavors.
Student Leadership 25 and 35
Leadership 25 and 35 will encourage student leaders to take more of a leadership role and exemplify what they have learned throughout their exploration of leadership 15. Through this involvement, student leaders will also refine their leadership style, personal vision, their life's direction, and an understanding of their social responsibilities.