Explore in the Senior School
Leadership 11 is an exciting course for credit that is designed for students who wish to develop their leadership skills, abilities to motivate others, attain self-awareness in their interactions with others, and ultimately improve their self-confidence in leadership situations. It is designed for Grade 10 or 11 students who are independent and self-motivated learners. This course is scheduled out of the timetable and students have one year to complete it. The course has the following elements: Leadership retreat, Leadership Seminars, Lunch classes, a Senior School Explore Expedition and a Passion Project/Choose Your Own Leadership.
Throughout the year, there will be 6 seminars which will occur approximately once a month after school from 3:20-5pm. These seminars are mandatory and students will find them dynamic and interactive. Some of the themes will be: definitions of Leadership, Personal Leadership, Leadership qualities, Leading Others and Team Building, Situational Leadership, Community-Ship, Leadership Decision Making, Stages of Group Development, Tips and Tools of Leadership, and a Leadership Debate.
Senior School Explore Expedition
Students must complete a Senior School Explore Expedition as a culminating activity to complete the course. A non-refundable deposit for their expedition is due upon acceptance into the course. These trips create a chance for students to take what they’ve learned in theory and apply it in a real, safe and practical scenario. The options vary from year to year and past expeditions have included Tall Ships, Sayward Lake Chain Canoe trip, Sea Kayaking in Nootka Sound, and a Tofino Surf and Service trip on the West Coast. There are two trips offered for students to sign up for including a Gulf Islands Tall Ships expedition in October and a Sayward Lake Canoe expedition in May. These 5-6 day trips will focus on peer leadership, ocean navigation skills, as well as build upon the self-reliance in the outdoors that students focused on in Explore. These expeditions will indeed provide a unique and fond memory of school life for those students who step aboard this rare adventure.
Choose Your Own Adventure – Leadership Experience
This aspect of the course aims to put leadership skills, knowledge and abilities into practice. There are many possibilities for leadership experience both within the Collingwood community and beyond. These may be service or other leadership roles that students are already interested in and committed to, such as camp counselling, coaching, peer tutoring, Belize service project, etc. A minimum of 25 hours of leadership experience must be completed. This experience will be documented and reflected upon in their leadership portfolio. This is a great way to get course credit for leadership service endeavours that students are already committed to.
Leadership Google Classroom Portfolio
Through thoughts & creative reflections students will tell the story of their leadership experiences on a leadership portfolio. This will be a creative outlet for reflecting upon leadership experiences and showcasing skills, abilities and knowledge. Each Seminar assignment as well as goals and reflections prior to and following-up key leadership experiences are posted on Google Classroom.
Registration and Application
In order to fully enroll in this course, students must register with their other courses thru Veracross AND complete the google form Leadership 11 Application. Registration and application does not guarantee placement in the course. Candidates will be selected based upon their application, previous Explore performance, and in consultation with Heads of House and/or Dean of Student Life to ensure that students can handle the extra course load.
Prerequisite: Students must apply by completing an application. Successful participation in Explore 9 is strongly recommended.