Each September our Grade 9 students spend three days at a leadership conference centre in the cottage country of Northern Ontario. The purpose of this educational experience is to provide an opportunity for the first-year high school students to get to know their new classmates and teachers in an informal and exciting outdoor setting. The program is designed to promote leadership skills, teamwork, with a strong emphasis on ecological awareness.
“The Grade 9 leadership trip was what I expect, and more. From the moment we arrived at Bark Lake and seeing the surrounding crisp cool forest setting we were able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. We were divided into three groups, which really helped us get to know each other very well over the next three days.
My favourite activities had to be the night hike, the bonfire and canoeing. During the night hike we were amazed at how our eyes adjusted to the darkness allowing us to see. Because of the rain the bonfire was improvised, as we moved indoors and sat in front of the warm fireplace, and performed hilarious skits. It was great to see everyone together having so much fun. For me personally, archery was the highlight. I discovered a skill that I never knew I had. This trip was a wonderful experience and a great introduction into Grade 9 at TCPHS.” – Grade 9 student
“The Grade 9 leadership trip was a great new experience for me. Each day was very exciting and filled with many enjoyable activities.
We enjoyed showing off our archery skills, paddling in the canoes, and challenging the low and high ropes. We participated in the “Leadership Olympics” and we really enjoyed the amazing nature all around us. A highlight for me personally was the series of tug of war games, especially our surprise victory!
I really enjoyed this trip. It provided me with valuable insights about my teachers, my classmates and my friends.” – Grade 9 student