Black Gold School Division

Our Schools – Your Children – The Future

May 12, 2016

Students expand awareness and understanding of leadership at BGRD Student Leadership Symposium


Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 (BGRD) continues to engage youth through various Division wide opportunities. On April 22, 2016, a total of 270 students, teachers and parents attended a BGRD Student Leadership Symposium at Leduc Composite High School.  This is the fourth BGRD initiated student leadership event to occur within the last four years. The purpose of this symposium was to expand student awareness and understanding of how they can make a positive personal impact within their school and community. At the conference, presentations focused on the key areas of comprehensive school health: the physical, mental and social well-being of peers as well as sessions regarding technology leadership.

Students had the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers:

  • Grade 7-12, Ryan Porter, focused on helping young people find their path to a successful future;
  • and Grade 4-6, Tracy Lookwood, focused on PLAY education.

Also, the entire group had the opportunity to listen to Edmonton Oiler, Andrew Ference, speak about his get active initiative called the November Project. Students also attended age appropriate breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to this year’s theme and discussed with their school peers, strategies on how they can expand leadership within their school environments

BGRD would like to thank the organizing committee, volunteers, staff and our community partners for supporting this event.  Community partners include: Community, Attachment and Purpose (CAP) Project, Leduc County and Second Glance Clothes Ltd.  BGRD would also like to thank all student and teacher volunteers who helped make the day such a success.

The Division is proud to have creative and innovative staff and a forward thinking Board who encourage events such as this to support enhanced student learning.

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